Stephen Scott Johnson has 20 years experience helping people and organisations ignite purpose, growth and impact. His keynotes and masterclasses challenge stereotypes and equip audiences with essential knowledge, tools and strategy to lead and thrive in the emergent cultural paradigm.

STEPHEN SCOTT JOHNSON is an expert in change management who has worked with hundreds of people and organisations to transform their impact. His clients include Sanofi, Unilever, Victoria EPA, Department of Justice, TELSTRA, Momentum Energy, BMW, Air New Zealand, UNESCO, Mondelez and ecostore, just to name a few. 

With an A-list of appearances including London Festival, SXSW, Creative Innovation Global, and ADTech, Stephen is an inspirational speaker who covers a diverse range of topics with something to suit any audience. He is critically acclaimed with accolades including Cannes Cyber Lion, AIMIA and webby. 

Stephen’s presentation style is a potent blend of contemporary insight and pragmatic leadership. He cuts-through inertia and equips audiences with what they need to transform engagement, innovation and performance.

Stephen is the author of two books—EMERGENT—Ignite Purpose, Transform Culture and Make Change Stick—an essential governance framework for organisations to lead and thrive in the emergent cultural paradigm; and CO-CREATE—Culture Of Innovation By Design – an essential guide for leaders of innovation and change. 



To have Stephen speak at your next event please call Gaya on +61 (4) 9707 8889 or email


Organisations seeking an essential governance framework to lead and thrive in the emergent cultural paradigm need look no further than the author of the most illuminating book on the subject.

This keynote is based on Stephen’s forthcoming book Emergent – Ignite Purpose, Transform Culture and Make Change Stick.

Today’s workplace demands are creating extraordinary challenges for organisations; power is shifting, and the spotlight has forced businesses to engage with stakeholders in more meaningful ways. EMERGENT provides a way forward through the transition, with expert guidance and a clear, actionable framework for implementation.

More than a simple DIY for change, Stephen empowers organisations to diagnose change risk, address current shortcomings and adapt to the increasing current away from hierarchies to leaner, flatter networks. Unguided, most fail in their attempt; this shift exposes huge skills deficits, a lack of engagement, lack of market reach and penetration and more.

“Culture is not a box you tick as a leader. It’s about creating a purpose worth getting behind. EMERGENT unpacks how you do that. Johnson is a movement maker and this book is a must read for leaders who want to make a difference.”
— Matt Church, Founder Thought Leaders Global

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By placing purpose at the centre of what they do organisations can inspire collective action and innovation that unlocks big change. This keynote helps you identify your current cultural mode and provides practical ways to transform engagement, growth and impact.


> Provide you with a unique governance framework for culture transformation

> Energise and mobilise change, innovation and growth

> Address skills deficits, values misalignment, and failed engagement

> Ignite your organisation’s purpose and help you move into the future

Leading successful change is hard. Increased demands for autonomy and individual empowerment shine a spotlight on outmoded change and performance measurement methodologies that lack vital human connection. This keynote equips leaders of change with an essential system and strategy to ignite purpose, growth and impact.

Widespread yearning for a more ‘complete’ experience is challenging institutions to recognise demands for autonomy and individual empowerment. Companies seeking new competitive advantages seek effective strategies to forge long-term sustainability, and understand the importance of including customers and employees in the design and growth of their business.

In this keynote Stephen unpacks the CATALYST Engagement System™, an essential governance framework that equips leaders of change with everything they need to ignite purpose and spark their very own cultural movement.

CATALYST is the ripple engagement system behind some of the world’s most influential movements and enterprise communities. It is a potent alternative to traditional change practices that equips organisations with everything they need to transform culture and engagement.

When people have change ‘done to them’ culture turns toxic leading to apathy and inertia. CATALYST helps minimise change risk by making it an aspirational and co-created quest. This way, the usual fear and fatigue of change is diffused and a culture everyone believes in can be co-created.

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> An essential governance framework to lead and thrive in the emergent cultural paradigm

> Tools and strategy to ignite purpose, growth and impact

> Co-create value for your entire ecosystem of stakeholders (employees, customers et al) 

> Help you spark and sustain your very own cultural movement


Add one of these sessions to extend the impact of Stephen speaking at your conference.

These sessions can also be delivered from the main platform where appropriate.

The Art of Communicating In Crisis

This presentation equips Corporate Affairs and Communications professionals to confidently navigate and engage controversy and crisis. Stephen draws on a remarkable blend of real-world experience and online forensics to empower business leaders with essential tools to mitigate risk, manage reputation, and transform stakeholder relations.

Vulnerability, Reconnection, and the Quest To Create A Life of Purpose

Vulnerability, intuition, and interdependence are traits not typically associated with success and power. In this potent presentation Stephen shines a spotlight on ego and the artificial construct; the external self-protective identity we unconsciously create to survive in a world of misconstrued feeling, function and emotion. This is a unique and insightful talk that challenges leadership stereotypes to unlock ‘true power’ and potential in people and culture.

The ‘Superpower’ Combo To Drive Workplace Innovation and Wellbeing

From the radically transparent and agile approach of leading startups to the notoriously secretive practices of Apple, modes of culture vary from innately synergistic to ‘scripted’ regulatory silos. This presentation is focused on nurturing a culture of curiosity to enhance love of learning and emotional wellbeing.

Influencing Advocacy and Engagement Through Conscious Governance

Our capacity to lead in the emergent future is not merely about resource and being agile; it requires intuition and an ability to forge strong social and emotional bonds with stakeholders. With corporate governance and representation in crisis, engagement and retention demands a new type of influence and conscious leadership. Learn the secret to inspiring radical engagement and advocacy.

From Command-and-Control to Collaborative Ecosystem

The destabilisation of institutional power and rise of community power has become the conversation of our time. Value creation is fast, fluid and persistently disruptive. Federated leadership and collective identity has changed the game and business needs a new set of skills to lead and thrive. Learn how to influence and create consensus through authentic community engagement.