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Nils Vesk

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Nils Vesk

Nils Vesk has been applying, teaching, and researching innovation around the world for over 18 years. The key innovation problem he solves is that organisations have too few innovations and they are too far apart.

Nils’ research has identified that the major cause of this problem is that our biases get in the way of innovating. Simply put ‘what we see changes what we see’. This is human nature, except it often results in us filtering and making decisions we’re not even aware that we’ve made.

This is why Nils believes that every innovation expert you’ve ever heard speak, has been totally right yet totally wrong at the same time. Each expert (and everyone else) comes with a bias based on the professional roles they have had in their career.

Having spearheaded the science of diagnosing and prescribing critical innovation skills. Nils has reinvented the innovation process, through the use of innovation archetypes. By matching the right perception to a specific situation we can hatch the innovation.

Professionally trained as a designer Nils used ‘Design thinking’ as a key skill in becoming Australia’s pioneering ‘Innovation Architect’.  Nils is democratising innovation so that everyone, not just a select few, can create rapid commercial innovation that helps to create millions of dollars of additional revenue.

Nils is the author of the innovation book Innovation Archetypes: democratising innovation (2015), Ideas with Legs: how to generate and realise ideas (2011), Life's little toolbox: tips for a happier healthier you (2003) and co-author of Ideas: original perspectives on life and business from leading thinkers (2006)


Innovation is bandied around organisations on a daily basis but is it really understood? Nils explains innovation and how to achieve it with proactive tools and habits you can develop immediately.
— Jason Sharp, Coordinator Economic Development, City of Moonee Valley

career highlights


career highlights


2016: Nils starts the year with pharma’s, tech companies, environmental firm & education institutions. Films 12 part series on Innovation Archetypes

2016: Nils starts the year with pharma’s, tech companies, environmental firm & education institutions. Films 12 part series on Innovation Archetypes

Nils works through-out Asia & Australia including Japan, Taipei, Hong Kong & Hanoi delivering innovation programs

Nils works through-out Asia & Australia including Japan, Taipei, Hong Kong & Hanoi delivering innovation programs

2015: - Nils represents australia at the world hang-gliding championships in mexico. Bronze team medallist

2015: - Nils represents australia at the world hang-gliding championships in mexico. Bronze team medallist

2015: Nils completes prototype of theinnovation book ‘Innovation Archetypes’

2015: Nils completes prototype of theinnovation book ‘Innovation Archetypes’

2014: Nils designs and runs 12 month innovation architect training program. Judge for Hills young innovator of year award

2014: Nils designs and runs 12 month innovation architect training program. Judge for Hills young innovator of year award

2013. Nils documents, tests & releases over 50 innovation process maps & 50 ‘how to innovate’ videos for select clients

2013. Nils documents, tests & releases over 50 innovation process maps & 50 ‘how to innovate’ videos for select clients

2012 -2013: Nils continues conference speaking to audiences of 3000+, runs first ever commercial innovation summit

2012 -2013: Nils continues conference speaking to audiences of 3000+, runs first ever commercial innovation summit

2012 -2013: Nils continues conference speaking to audiences of 3000+, runs first ever commercial innovation summit

2012 -2013: Nils continues conference speaking to audiences of 3000+, runs first ever commercial innovation summit

2004 - 2010: Nils continues running innovation programs, consulting for organisations & developing IP

2004 - 2010: Nils continues running innovation programs, consulting for organisations & developing IP

2003: Nils lands publishing deal for first book. Continues running workshops for organisations

2003: Nils lands publishing deal for first book. Continues running workshops for organisations

2000: Nils starts up own business running programs for corporates applying design thinking

2000: Nils starts up own business running programs for corporates applying design thinking

1996 - 2000: Nils works as both urban designer & landscape architect on multitude of infrastructure, health and housing projects

1996 - 2000: Nils works as both urban designer & landscape architect on multitude of infrastructure, health and housing projects

1995: Nils works on projects throughout asia based in singapore. Projects range from new cities to hotel resort design.

1995: Nils works on projects throughout asia based in singapore. Projects range from new cities to hotel resort design.

1994: Nils’ first job out of University has him working as an attraction/amusement designer. Projects include interior design of museums, exterior design of theme parks & designingretail customer experiences

1994: Nils’ first job out of University has him working as an attraction/amusement designer. Projects include interior design of museums, exterior design of theme parks & designingretail customer experiences

1994: Nils graduates from University of Canberra with a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture with electives in graphic communication &  fine arts

1994: Nils graduates from University of Canberra with a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture with electives in graphic communication &  fine arts