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.

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.


Networked
Societies


Nanotech &
Algorithms


Networked
business


Digital
futures

What people say about the talks

or die trying

LOVE BRANDS


Engaging

“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
Founder
re:publica


Brilliant

“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.


Captivating

“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


extraordinary

“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
Founder
Silicon Beach

it’s your brand, hustle it.

INFLUENCE IS OIL

Booking Enquiries

Interested in putting dystopia at the heart of innovation and booking a Black Operatives Department talk for your conference, festival or business event? Simply fill out this form to find out more.

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”.