Susie Maguire

Company: susiemaguiredotcom

Role in Company: Founder

Country: United Kingdom

Presentation Takeaways

1. Where and why human intervention matters most
2. What not to automate
3. The importance of living deliberately

Speaker Biography

Susie is a Speaker, Author, Illustrator, Consultant and Coach who works with kids, adults and business’ worldwide to bring energy, excitement, change and magic to the most fabulous privilege we all enjoy, being alive! She has been consulting with organisations in transition and in the midst of major transformations for 20+ years. She has worked alongside internal teams to create phenomenal hearts and minds engagement from small teams to 20,000+ people on a global scale. Her clients have included Facebook, Ericsson, Philips, Unilever, PepsiCo, Sky, Compaq/HP, STMicroeclectronics, Mitel Semiconductor, The BAA and Financial Conduct Authority to name just a few. She also works with private clients delivering workshops and coaching sessions for people who want to live life to the absolute fullest. Susie has one son, now 15, and has raised him without school, whilst travelling with him to more than 50 countries around the world.

Presentation Description

As the world rushes headlong towards the automation of everything, with the objective of reducing human intervention to a minimum, Susie Maguire argues that we need to design spaces and places in our homes, our workplaces, our societies and our schools where we swim against this tide, where human intervention is intentionally maximised, where connection is the path, where creation and creativity are the process, and where love is the point.

“I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived”

These words from Henry David Thoreau were written during his time living in a tiny cabin on Walden Pond, Massachusetts between 1845 and 1847.

Inspired by these words and the cabin in the woods, Susie made the decision early in life, to live deliberately and encourage others to do so too. In this talk, she tells stories from her own journeys, at home, at work and always around the world, when maximum human intervention made the maximum difference to her, her son and all those that they encountered.

Losing everything in 2008, and faced with confronting the essential facts of life, Susie says “In my nothing, I discovered my everything, and that experience has influenced all that I’ve done since.”

As an early adopting gadget girl, Susie loves all things tech, but she is also wildly in love with being human, and believes that we should cling hard to our humanity in the coming years, or risk losing not just what makes us truly happy, but what also makes us who we are.