A multi-media entrepreneur, Dave Stewart is recognized as one of the most respected and accomplished talents in the music industry today. Beyond his creative work as a musician, Stewart is a renowned producer, writer, and known for his astute business acumen. He was recently named one of the 100 Most Creative People in Business by Fast Company Magazine.Following its huge success in the United Kingdom, Stewart released his new book The Business Playground: Where Creativity and Commerce Collide (Financial Times / Pearson) worldwide in July 2010.Awarded Business Book of the Month by all major UK retailers, this innovative guide is designed to show business people everywhere how to rediscover their creativity. Through a mix of inspiring creative conversations with Twitter co-founder Evan Williams, Tony Award winning director Matthew Warchus, Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, and the legendary Mick Jagger; case studies of groundbreaking companies like Google, NASA, and Nokia; stimulating stories; and a quirky selection of idea-inducing games, business people will be able to bring the workplace back to life and unleash their creative potential. The foreword is written by Virgin mogul Sir Richard Branson.Stewart's career spans more than 25 years and more than 100 million album sales. With Eurythmics' partner Annie Lennox, Stewart delivered ingenious pop / rock hits such as "Here Comes The Rain Again", "Who's That Girl", "Would I Lie To You", "Missionary Man", and "Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)". In 1999, the duo was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Brits, followed by a world tour that saw proceeds donated to Amnesty International and Greenpeace.One of the most sought-after writers and music producers, Stewart has crafted songs for and collaborated with the likes of Bono, Bryan Ferry, Gwen Stefani, Tom Petty, Katy Perry, Celine Dion, and Shakira. Stewart is currently co-writing and co-producing Stevie Nicksâ€™ 7th album which marks the first occasion Nicks has ever collaborated on a solo album. Stewart has shared the stage with everyone from BB King, U2, and Eric Clapton to Bruce Springsteen, Mick Jagger, and Bob Dylan. Stewart has won Best British Producer four times and Best British Songwriter five times, as well as numerous Grammy, MTV, and European awards.A highly-regarded artist and filmmaker, Stewart has scored films for directors Robert Altman, Paul Verhoven, and Ted Demme, and has written and produced the title songs for many hit movies throughout the years. Together with Mick Jagger, he wrote and produced the score for Alfie, starring Jude Law, which won the pair a Golden Globe for Best Original Song. Stewart produced the award-winning documentary Deep Blues, and his feature directorial debut Honest premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in 2000. Dave was Guest of Honor for the Opening Ceremony of Cannes Film Festival in 2002 at the "Why are you Creative" Exhibition. Stewart and songwriter / producer Glen Ballard recently wrote a musical adaptation of the 1990 Jerry Zucker film Ghost, which will open in London's West End.Stewart's work as a professional stills photographer has been well documented. He has worked on numerous major ad campaigns and magazine covers and lectured on creativity for the UK Government and the advertising industry. He has exhibited solo and group shows at Paris Museum of Modern Art, Whitney Museum NYC and the Saatchi Gallery London. In 2003 Stewart was approached by Nelson Mandela to help fight against the Aids epidemic. Mr. Mandela gave Stewart his prison number 46664 to use in some way and Stewart not only came up with a whole Global Campaign using the number for telephone donations but went on to write songs with Bono, Paul McCartney, Queen, The Neptunes, Anastacia and many others, then launched into organizing the biggest concert ever staged in South Africa appearing on stage with Beyonce, Bono, Bob Geldof, Queen, Anastacia and longtime partner Annie Lennox. The concert went live to over 1 billion people, Oprah Winfrey devoted a week to this special event and the foundation is now fully established. Visit www.46664.com.As an entrepreneur, Stewart has worked with Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen to create The Hospital, a multimedia creative centre and members club in London. On his own, Stewart has established Weapons of Mass Entertainment, a "media company for the new world" (The LA Times), linking creative ideas to a host of projects in film, television, books, theatre, and new media.For the last three years, Stewart has held the unique title of "Change Agent" for Nokia, the world's largest mobile phone company. He is charged with connecting Nokia to talent, opportunities, and new ideas, while creating new content business paradigms for the entertainment industry. Together, they are engineering a new distribution model for the next generation of the entertainment business.Described by Bob Dylan as "a fearless innovator," Stewart is an acclaimed public speaker. He regularly advises corporations and businesses on creativity and innovation. Stewart is currently recording his solo album in Nashville's infamous Blackbird Studio, with a release date set for the spring of 2011.Testimonials"Captain Dave is a dreamer and a fearless innovator, a visionary of high order, very delicately tractable on the surface but beneath that, he's a slamming, thumping, battering ram, very mystical but rational and sensitive when it comes to the hot irons of art forms. An explosive musician, deft guitar player, innately recognizes the genius in other people and puts it into play without being manipulative. With him, there's mercifully no reality to yesterday. He is incredibly gracious and soulful, can command the ship and steer the course, dragger, trawler or man of war, Captain Dave." Bob Dylan."Innovation requires vision, intuition, courage and ability to see what's other's don't see. Dave has them all." Tero Ojanpera (Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of Nokia)."When I met Dave in September of 2000, he talked for 12 hours about the impact of digitalization on the production and distribution of media. As a banker, I didn't know what the hell he was talking about - nor did anyone else. Over the next five years, we all found out" Michael Philipp, (Chairman and Executive Board Member of Credit Suisse Europe, Middle East and Africa)"Dave is who we all want to be - living his dream and actually changing the world every day with his gentle inspirational genius." Janice Vandenbrink (Senior Vice President of Global Systems at Visa International)"For over 30 years I have been working with creative people the world over; but none compare with Dave. His creative cup overflows with originality, profusion and, most importantly, generosity. He is undoubtedly a genius." Andy Law: Worldwide Chairman, The Law Firm"Dave Stewart is one of those special people who inspire creativity. If you are a song writer and you collaborate with Dave, great songs will just flow. If you are an entrepreneur and you spend time with Dave, you will know exactly what your next business idea should be, if you are a philosopher and you get talking to Dave, your mind will suddenly have clarity like never before. If you are a student and you listen to Dave, immediately you will believe in yourself and know exactly what you need to do next. Dave is a creative genius in his own right........but he's also great to have around"! Simon Fuller :- Founder and CEO of 19 entertainment (creator of American Idol)"Dave is a true idea man for the 21st century, meaning that he's often having three ideas simultaneously, all of them original. Sometimes it seems that half the high-tech innovations of our time were created just so that Dave's mind could move at a higher speed." Alan Poul:- (Executive Producer / Director HBO "Six Feet Under", "Rome").