A new kind of keynote experience.

Part performance, part satire, part dystopian parable of our times: the Black Operative Department talks attempt to understand the technologies, society, media and businesses of the present by imagining them in a chilling near-future.

The Black Operatives Department is a fictional, clandestine, innovation agency created by Marcus John Henry Brown.

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Paul Armstrong - Forbes.

The new talk by Marcus John Henry Brown.

"Unlike anything I had seen before. Part performance, part lecture (and parody) it was like watching a live TED meets ‘Black Mirror’ Live special. Terrifying as it was refreshingly original."

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Who are the Black Operatives Talks for?

The Black Operative Department talks are aimed at intermediate to advanced audiences looking to experience something extraordinary. They have been written with conferences, festivals and business events in mind. They cover a wide range of technology related themes and as well as broader cultural subjects.


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What people say about the talks

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“You might get speakers who are thrilled about the modern age, and you might get those who warn you about it. But you won’t find anyone who delivers a dystopia as engaging, entertaining, thoughtful and incredibly well told as Marcus John Henry Brown does. You’ll not simply get a talk, you’ll get a show.”

Johnny Häusler


“Ask Marcus John Henry Brown to perform one of his brillant talks about the dark future of technology and prepare to have your mind blown. He is a Cassandra-like performer who plays with fictitious dystopian scenarios, many of which have already become a reality. His talks are hyper-entertaining, mind-twisting and utterly brilliant.”

Patrick Breitenbach
Head of Brand Consulting & Strategic Innovation at ZDF Digital.


“Marcus is one of the most disarming and captivating speakers imaginable. He takes the powerful issues of the moment and makes us think more deeply about what’s at stake. You haven’t seen anything like this.”

Richard Huntington
Chairman & Chief Strategy Officer
Saatchi & Saatchi


“A talk from Marcus is nothing short of extraordinary. In fact it’s not a talk, it’s a beautifully crafted piece of theatre. Marcus’ contribution to Silicon Beach 2016 exceeded all of my expectations and left the audience dumbfounded and lost for words. He cleverly intertwined two narratives to stitch together a vision of a future we might not want but we might well be careering towards.”

Matt Desmier
Silicon Beach

About Marcus John Henry Brown

Marcus John Henry Brown

Photo: Raimund Verspohl

Born the son of lorry driving Scotsman, Marcus moved to Germany in 1993 having studied Art & Social context at Dartington College of Arts. He has over 24 years of professional experience and spends his time answering questions for big brands, consultancies, agencies as well as small to medium sized businesses.

He founded MJHB Office for Creative Intelligence in 2014 and CreativeWalks.com in 2015. The Black Operatives Department first appeared in his 2014 re:publica talk, “The Snowden Pitch”.