From Naked Sheep to Red Monkeys

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Information is the fifth element
— Jef Staes @ TEDx Flanders

Jef Staes has given hundreds of lectures on information and innovation. Settings have varied from large audiences (e.g., TEDx) to smaller interactive groups. The need for a new approach to innovation is always at the center of each talk or discussion.

Everyone is looking for more POwer to Innovate

As a system thinker, Jef looks beyond the classical approach to innovation based on new products and services. This reveals a broader trend that impacts the culture of your organisation.


A new balance

What has fundamentally changed in today's world? Who will be the leaders of tomorrow? The 2D/3D-story is a classic in Jef's lectures and offers a framework to start debating innovation in your company.

Red Monkey Story

With his Red Monkey metaphor, Jef gained national and international recognition. His popular story illustrates why so many resist change. It also presents a new innovation paradigm: A respectful conflict model.


You are a sheep!

Time to wake up and stop following the herd. 'No more sheeping' is a confrontational manifesto against our current educational system and the way we treat talents. With daring statements and bold ideas, Jef opens the floor for discussion.

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Want to book Jef for a keynote?


Whether you're looking for an international speaker at a global conference or an expert for a small-scale in-house event, Jef Staes can deliver an eye-opening keynote or session. He has given keynotes for large audiences (1000+) and small groups (8-20). Jef can also participate in panel discussions or in debate setting.


Keynote can vary from 20 minutes to 2 hours. Requests for longer presentations or workshops are welcome as well.



Jef Staes can deliver a keynote in Dutch or English. Slides are always in English.


Please contact us with details about your event, audience and setting to receive an indication of Jef's speaking fee.