If you’re looking to engage with some of the most creative and innovative thinkers in the South West, refresh the way you think about your business and indulge in a feast of ideas – you may want to head to Vision 2017.

Coming to the University of Bristol Students’ Union on 14 November, the conference has announced its full line-up featuring transformational talks on everything from the next digital revolution to future developments in AI, 360 and VR storytelling and diversity.

“We have been able to secure an incredible line up of visionary speakers who are set to inspire delegates and open minds”


Speakers will come to Bristol from around the world to Vision to present their ideas, including futurist Tracey Follows who’ll take the audience through the digital revolution’s impact on ethics, Tarek Nseir Co-President of the British Interactive Media Association who’ll explore how we should respond to the big shifts emerging in technology and Anna Rafferty, Global Director of Digital Marketing at BBC Worldwide whose talk is entitled ‘Creativity in an Algorithmic World’ – plus many more.

Caroline Marshall (pictured left), Editor and Operations at Bristol Media and producer of the event, tells us: “Vision has become a beacon to inspire those who work in our creative sector and it confirms Bristol’s place on the world map as a centre for creativity and innovation. Once again, we have been able to secure an incredible line up of visionary speakers who are set to inspire delegates, open minds and potentially change the way they run their businesses.”

Returning expertise

One keynote speaker, Blair Enns (pictured right), is returning to Vision for a second time after speaking at the conference back in 2010 – to deliver his highly sought-after talk ‘Five Constraints: Thought Experiments in New Business’.

The progressive ideas he presented back in 2010, on how creative services are bought and sold, are still being discussed among agencies and this year he is set to alter perceptions again on how we do business, sharing self-imposed limitations as the keys to illuminate a strategy to success.

Blair Enns says: “Seven years ago, Vision was my first speaking engagement in support of the launch of my new book, ‘The Win Without Pitching Manifesto’. Seven years later, Vision is again the inaugural venue for my first lecture after the launch of my next book, ‘Pricing Creativity: A Guide to Profit Beyond the Billable Hour’. I’m looking forward to returning to Bristol and sharing some constraint-driven exercises designed to improve the new business performance of any firm.”

Of course, as well as the 15 talks and keynotes throughout the day, attendees will have the chance to connect and initiate partnerships and collaborations among Bristol’s high-profile creative community.

Tickets are available from £185+VAT on the Bristol Media website. For the full line up, head to the Vision Conference page or to keep up to date with further announcements, you can follow Bristol Media on Twitter here: @Bristol_Media.

Alice Whale