Pat Kane

Lead FutureFest curator

Chair: Pat Kane

Pat Kane, 52, is a writer, musician, consultant and activist, based in Glasgow and London. He is the author of The Play Ethic (Macmillan, 2004), and has written for the Independent, the Sunday Times, the Observer and Scotland’s Sunday Herald, of which he was a founding editor in 1999. His forthcoming book (with Indra Adnan) is Radical Animal.

The Play Ethic is also a creativity/innovation consultancy that has worked with organisations like Lego, BT, BBH, Nokia, Dentsu Aegis, the UK Cabinet Office and the UK, Scottish, Australian, South Korean and Mexican Governments, among many others.

Pat keynotes globally on the power of play, creativity and innovation, in the last few years presenting in New York, Washington DC, Billund, London, Mexico City, Istanbul, Dubrovnik, Budapest, Mexico City and Seoul. He has worked with educators, play workers and social workers across the world, helping them build their play capacities to help families and communities become stronger and more adaptive.

Pat was the founding curator, and currently co-curates, Nesta’s FutureFest event. He is still one half of the 80s pop duo Hue And Cry.