Public Speaking

I share talks at conferences and leadership events on the human side of technology, designing employee experiences and design in the African context.

My talks are customised for audiences and desired outcomes. I do not have a hard drive full of pre-prepared content but assemble talks to achieve a target condition, be it to spark an interest in design, or the design-thinking process or to share my experience working with leaders in South Africa who are trying to create the conditions for their teams to do their best work.

If you are looking for an alternative to professional speakers and would rather hear from an organisation designer who is actively working on complex and sometimes messy challenges then I am the right speaker for your conference. I will let you down if you are looking for a speaker who is happy to share a talk which might sound like “10 tips to team happiness” or “5 ways to digitally transform”. I am the right speaker for your conference or team if you are more interested in understanding complex systems, systems thinking how to create the capability for change in your team.

My content and delivery are suited for leadership communities or for events where you need to provoke a shift in thinking quickly.

My Speaker Bio 

Vincent Hofmann is the co-founder of Inquisition, SiGNL and The GoodWork Society and a fellow at The Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce. Vincent Hofmann has been described as “1 part tech-geek and 1 part culture-nerd”, “radically honest” and a “boundary hound”.

Vincent Hofmann is on a mission to make work, work and ensure advancements in technology put humanity first. Vincent’s talks are applicable to leaders and teams who understand that they need to reconfigure how they work to be more innovative and more adaptive but aren’t sure how to do so. His talks cover design ethics and human-centred design and organisational culture and designing engaging employee experiences. Vincent focuses on translating theory into practice and gives away as many ideas as his bank-balance will allow him to do so.

Inquisition is an employee experience design firm, which looks at ways to improve the quality of interactions people at work in social, work and space contexts with the ultimate intent to make work more human. Inquisition’s partners design cultural conditions which unlock the creative potential of teams.

SiGNL is a creative technology company which explores ways technology can help people to live better. SiGNL does this as an R&D partner to firms looking to explore emerging technologies like voice and conversational interfaces, data physicalisation and smart devices.

The GoodWork Society is an activist collective which looks at ways to prompt organisations in South Africa to create opportunities for employees to do dignified good work. The GWS explores ways organisations can become contributing members of society in public lectures, debate and research.

Before starting his own businesses Vincent Hofmann was the general manager of Cerebra a globally renowned Social Media agency which is part of the WPP group and combined his interest in social and financial systems as a Sociology lecturer.

Vincent Hofmann stared an award winning blog which aimed at exploring the intersection of music, political and fashion trends in South Africa in the early 00s. Predating Twitter MoralFibre had 4,000 contributors at its peak and grew to be one of the most popular music and lifestyle blogs in the South Africa.