Sean Pillot de Chenecey Speaker

Sean Pillot de Chenecey

An inspirational speaker, best-selling author and insight/innovation/strategy expert, who has consulted for some of the world’s biggest brands

Sean Pillot de Chenecey: Biography highlights

A foresight strategist, inspiring speaker and author of two dynamic books. The first 'The Post-Truth Business' focuses on trust, empathy and ethics, the second 'Influencers & Revolutionaries on innovation, behavioural change and sustainability. His informative podcast #TheNewAbnormal illuminates cultural, social and organisational issues re: hope, community and resilience.

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His speeches and workshops (including webinars) focus on three key areas:

• Innovation, Trends & Scenario Planning (re: NextGen Technology and Societal Futures)
• Authenticity, Empathy & Trust (re: brand development and reputation capital)
• Hope, Community & Resilience (re: the way forward #AfterCovid)

Following a decade with cutting-edge agencies, Sean became a trend and strategy consultant. Since then, he’s conducted ethnographic research around the world, gaining actionable insights for leading brands in a wide range of sectors. He’s fascinated by the individuals, movements & events that shine a light on social and cultural change. As a result of this, he has a very deep level of knowledge regarding the genuine issues impacting brands from a ‘Now / Next / Why’ perspective.

Sean has given speeches at marketing conferences and cultural events in cities around the world: from San Francisco to Berlin to Tokyo, and from Stockholm to Istanbul to Melbourne. He’s spoken at venues ranging from the Empire State Building to the Houses of Parliament, including boardrooms, theatres, stadiums & festivals. Sean has given many talks online alongside moderating webinars, hosted podcasts, appeared on TV & radio shows, etc. He’s written for int’l business magazines, been quoted across a wide range of int’l newspapers, and has also lectured on marketing trends and consumer behaviour at leading universities for over a decade.

His motivating talks (whether they be to ‘inform, persuade or inspire’) include a powerful mixture of research anecdotes, philosophical theory and ‘big-thinker’ references regarding brand development, scenario planning and business futures.

Sean’s first book “The Post-Truth Business” went to No1 in the ‘Business Bestseller’ charts and was a finalist in the 2019 Business Book of the Year Awards. It was the first business title to connect the areas of trust, privacy, disinformation, ethics and empathy. In speeches referencing it, he takes an inspiring look at how to rebuild brand authenticity, consumer engagement and reputation capital in a distrusting world. The book focuses on subjects relating to brand futures including:

• The impact of fake news, disinformation and the weaponizing of lies
• The safeguarding of privacy, alongside privacy as a tradable asset
• Why brands must demonstrate their cultural understanding
• Examples of conscious capitalism and brand activism
• National branding and reputation capital
• Leveraging the power of ‘brand trust’

His second book “Influencers & Revolutionaries” focuses on best-practice and leading-edge innovation on an international basis. It describes exciting actions being taken by dynamic organisations across numerous sectors in answer to emerging trends, social issues and changing behaviour. Sean illuminates an extensive range of innovative ideas and solutions; and explains why numerous disruptive trends indicate what the future may hold. The book’s subjects include:

• Emerging trends, new consumption patterns and niche areas of growth
• Rejuvenating business tactics via radical thinking and risk-taking
• Leading-edge innovation theory, and an ‘Innovation Manifesto’
• Trend forecasting and scenario planning re: brand strategies
• Innovative approaches to social and environmental issues
• The future city, future home and the future of work



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World Retail Conference

The World Retail Congress is renowned for attracting excellent speakers for each of its annual events. Following on from his previous speeches at the congress, this year Sean gave a superb trend research talk as part of our Leadership Programme for CEO's. He also chaired dynamic marketing panels with innovative brands and leading-edge agencies. I'd highly recommend him for companies seeking a deeply informed and entertaining speaker!'

Ian McGarrigle
m:united McCann

'At a time when there is so much disruption, trust is more important than ever. The Post-Truth Business provides invaluable insight into how brands can earn trust and play an authentic and meaningful role in consumers' lives. Sean has always had a knack for uncovering human truths and cultural insights, and he delivers again with The Post Truth Business. It's a must-read and its publication couldn't be more timely'.

John Dunleavy
Global President

'Sean provides an incisive view of the troubled cultural and political landscape that modern brands need to navigate. But what makes this book 'mission critical' is the rigorous research, laser insights and the intelligence briefings he has extracted from a broad range of experts. The Post-Truth Business is a field manual for marketers'.

Paul Kemp-Robertson
Founder & Chief Brand Officer

'YMS is Europe's leading youth marketing conference. As a renowned independent researcher and public speaker, Sean has given trend speeches and chaired sessions at YMS for years, and at this year's event he ran the 'Brand Positive' session featuring some of the biggest names in CSR from the IT, entertainment, fashion, banking and agency sectors. It was also great that, once again, he wrote about Youth Marketing Strategy for Contagious. If you want a really informed trend forecaster to speak at your event, he's your man.'

Simon Eder

'A deep study into the culture of post-truth and what it means for brands. This book is a rigorous read for those who want to better understand the implications of our post-truth era'.

Sarah Rabia
Global Director of Cultural Strategy
Kjaer Global Futures

'Everything starts with trust - but how do brands reset their moral compass and gain trust in a post-truth era? Via brilliant storytelling and research, this hugely inspiring and insightful book shares compelling examples of leaders, brands and business models showing the way forward. I believe this is the ultimate handbook for anyone who wants to build reputation capital and future-proof their brand in a post-truth environment'.

Anne-Lise Kjaer

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