My name is Brad Howarth, and I am a researcher, writer, speaker, and facilitator, based in Melbourne, Australia.
For 25 years I’ve been researching and writing on a range of topics for publications in Australia and overseas with a focus on the technology, digital media and marketing industries. Many years ago I was the IT editor and marketing editor for BRW, but these days I tend to work more on custom research projects on behalf of a wide range of clients. Often that means undertaking consulting and research work where I’m tasked with finding the answer to a specific question that is important to a client or an audience, and then bringing that to life through a report or presentation.
As a result, I also spend a lot of time delivering keynote presentations and workshops, and facilitating group discussion.
My keynote speeches revolve around the theme of technology-driven change and how individuals and organisations can embrace change and put it to work for them. This flows from my belief that failure to adapt leads to stagnation, and in this world stagnation actually means falling behind. I’ve always been fascinated by the ways different industries and business operate, and in my presentations I will dive deep into relevant factors to create something that is unique and specific to the audience.
I can also facilitate workshop sessions where I assist groups to understand future possibilities and build strategies to accommodate and benefit from them.
For more information on my speaking and facilitating work, check out my page at my agency, Saxton Speakers Bureau.
And I’ve written or co-authored four books. The first was a study on the Australian startup ecosystem, called Innovation and Emerging Markets, which written way back in 2004, long before startups were cool. The second book, titled A Faster Future, was co-authored with Janelle Ledwidge and investigated the evolution of broadband applications and services and the impact they will have on business, society and individuals.
Two years ago I co-authored the book Managing for Change, in partnership with Peter Fritz AM. Managing for Change sought to assist people to create a better path through life by understanding change and how to wield it to their advantage. Managing for Change is available from Booktopia or in ebook format from Amazon.
Peter and I then teamed up again in 2019 to investigate Australia’s innovation system, and the output of that study can be found in our latest book, Innovation is for Everyone.
I also still find time to write the occasional article, and you’ll find links to some of my recent stories on this blog.
Lead page photo credit – Victor Perton – taken at G20 Agenda for Growth: Opportunities for SMEs – 20 June 2014, Parliament House, Melbourne