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Dan Goods

Keynote Speaker

Creative Director; Recipient of NASA’s Exceptional Public Service Award; Reveals Particles from Exploded Stars; Visionary

A master storyteller, Dan Goods leaves his audience in a state of awe and wonder through his inspiring stories interweaving the cosmos, creativity, risk taking, and what it means to be human.

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Recognized by NASA with the prestigious Exceptional Public Service Award and named “One of the Most Interesting People in Los Angeles”, Dan is sought after for his ability to communicate the bleeding edge of science and technology through delightful stories that leave audiences reeling with emotion. In the process he gives powerful insights into disruption, divergent thinking, resilience, and the human condition.

Through his passion and inventiveness Dan was given the extraordinary opportunity to invent his own position at NASA’s famed Jet Propulsion Laboratory where he leads a unique team of artists, designers, thinkers and makers called The Studio. They help scientists and engineers create the future and inspire the public through immersive experiences. His talk about how his team helped space engineers invent a COVID ventilator in 38 days is on TED.com. Outside of JPL he has his own studio where he collaborates on innovative projects around the world such as the Museum of the Future in Dubai and the 110ft data driven sculpture called eCLOUD which won the International Design Excellence Award. He is currently developing a way to simulate the feeling of singing in the same room with a million other people.

A gifted speaker, Dan has inspired diverse audiences across the globe through his humor and an unpretentious and approachable style. CEO’s, film makers, marketers, manufacturers, accountants, educators, and technologists have all learned ways of seeing their own projects in new ways through his stories. At the end of his talks Dan shows a magical box which lets you experience, in real time, particles from exploded stars. The audience comes away with a renewed sense of awe in wonder of their lives, able to reimagine their organizations in new ways. 

Dan has been profiled in The Guardian, Al Jazeera, Inc, FORTUNE, CNN, NPR, and the Wall Street Journal, is on the board of the Caltech Management Association, and is an advisor to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s Art and Technology program. 

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Dan Goods on How Playing with Bottles Got Me a Job at NASA
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Dan Goods on Seeing Particles from Exploded Stars
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Dan Goods on Drilling a Hole into a Grain of Sand
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Dan Goods on Creating Moments that Remind People of the Gift & Privilege of Life

Dan Goods’s Speech Topics

  • Creating Powerful Experiences with Data

    In its most raw form, data is just 1’s and 0’s, but with imagination, the right people, and a bit of poetic storytelling they can create powerful experiences. From sculptures controlled by weather around the world, to immersive audio experiences, to communicating with a spaceship on its way to Jupiter, Dan has explored many ways of creating meaningful moments with data. He will share behind the scenes stories of his award winning data driven artworks giving insights into storytelling, multidisciplinary collaboration, and how you might tell stories about your own data.

  • Swimming Like an Otter

    On the first day of his fellowship at the renown California Institute of Technology, Dan’s advisor told him to swim like an otter in the school’s pool for the next 10 weeks. At first unsure of the purpose, he began to realize the gift he had been given and one of the most important lessons of his life, to see from different perspectives. Dan will share his journey from the pool to his out of this world artworks giving your audience tools to see their own projects in new ways and find better solutions along the way.

  • Sneaking Up On Learning

    Have you ever been drawn to something so beautiful or mysterious that it provoked you to start asking questions then down a rabbit hole you couldn't escape until you soaked up all you could, not even realizing that you were learning? Dan has spent his career experimenting with ways to draw people into complex and weighty concepts without them realizing they are having a teachable moment. Hear about his process, what has worked and what has failed, and ideas on how you can help your organization sneak up on learning.

  • Seeing the Unseen

    There are many things in the universe that exist, but cannot be seen with human eyes. This applies to the physical world as well as it does to politics, your business or your personal future. These thoughts have made an impact on Dan Goods life and work. Dan will share his remarkable artwork that brings you closer to an invisible world you never knew, while at the same time sharing his personal story of creating a career that did not formerly exist. With humor and grace, Dan distills complex and weighty concepts into stories that can be universally understood. Through his presentation, you will see that sometimes new technology is needed to see the invisible, but sometimes you just need a new perspective.

What other organizations say about Dan Goods

When he started I wondered what his talk had to do with anything, by the end I realized that it had to do with everything.

Marketing

What other organizations say about Dan Goods

I flew Dan out to be the closing keynote for Australia’s largest digital innovation event, and I have to say I’ve rarely seen anyone change an audience’s state so quickly. His delivery, his passion, and his way of telling a story that engages and enthralls an audience are second to none. I’ve subsequently flown Dan out to speak at other events in Australia and Thailand and have been equally impressed. I can’t recommend him enough!

Technology

What other organizations say about Dan Goods

The thing that inspires every member of every audience to keep creating, keep growing, and keep pushing and innovating is awe and wonder. When wonder dies, so does everything else. Dan is one the best communicators in the world at inspiring audiences to keep that awe and wonder alive. I’d have a hard time thinking of someone more gifted and qualified to recommend for such a purpose. He totally crushed his talk at our conference for a room full of cynical artists and creators and received rave reviews. Get him while you still can.

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