Dr. Rick Stevenson



Quite frankly, I’ve been too busy ‘doing’ to even think about ‘speaking.’ But lately, they have been all coming together in my head–revelations born of experience in the trenches. I now know it is time to share them.

From the Ivory towers of Oxford University to barrios in Brazil, from the soundstages of Hollywood to the Outback of Australia, from the privileged houses of Eton to the orphanages of Cambodia, Rick’s own story is one of diverging experiences and constant change. Yes, he is first a filmmaker, philosopher, author, and listener but he is also a proud imperfectionist and a committed “authentician.” And his greatest descriptor is that of a husband and a father.  He believes that we own nothing more valuable than our own stories and that by learning to unlock them, we can use them to heal us and set us free.


Current In-Demand Topics


Your Emotional Immune System

Rick believes that 4 out of 5 of us don’t need to be a drain on vital mental health services because most of us have within ourselves everything we need to achieve wellness the natural way.

He calls it our Emotional Immune System and it appears to work just like our biological one—when you get a cut, all of the forces in your body go to heal it. The difference is that this Emotional Immune System is activated by one thing and one thing alone:

It is activated by emotional intelligence. It is the key to innovative thinking, authentic leadership, meeting complex challenges, increasing productivity, sparking transformation and creating general wellness.

Good For:
• Kids & Teens
• Adults
• Employees


Taking Campfire 101

It is as old as time itself: Our tradition of telling stories around the campfire. In the flickering shadows we share our deepest thoughts and stories that connect us as humans and build our collective wisdom as a species.

So when did we cease valuing this vital practice and what have we lost as a result? Even if you are in a high-rise or corporate office building, bringing back this tradition will yield untold riches. So break out the marshmallows and have a fire extinguisher near by… it’s time to take Campfire 101.

Good For:
• Kids & Teens
• Adults
• Employees


The Infinite Knowledge of Harold & the Purple Crayon

When Rick was a child, he mysteriously lost his hearing for a year. During that year of silence, it was this illustrated book that gave him hope. In the book, Harold, confined to his room, decides to draw his own adventure using his purple crayon. He wants to go for a walk in the moonlight, but there is no moon, so he draws one. He has nowhere to walk, so he draws a path… and so on.

Harold discovers that he can be the author of his own life, the central character in his own story. In a world often filled with “victims,” how do we find our own crayon?

Good For:
• Kids
• Adults


Who’s Puppet Are You?

According to Rick: “It has come to my attention over 5500 interviews that we are all someone’s or something’s puppet.

“For instance, I have struggled with impatience my whole life. I have been impatience’s puppet. In the last decade, however, I have addressed this problem through the 5000 Days Project. What better way to deal with impatience than to start a project that never ends? Yes, I will never reach the end of this project while I’m alive. There: I found a way to make impatience my puppet.”

Whose puppet are you?

Good For:
• Adults
• Employees


If Knowledge is Power, Self-Knowledge is Superpower

We all have within our grasp direct access to a superpower—one that dwarfs all other superpowers. After all, what good is it to have the power of flight if we don’t know where to go? What good is it shape-shift if we don’t know who we are in the first place?

If the greatest mystery we will ever face is, “Who in the world am I?”, finding the answer to that question can give us power over unlocking almost every other door. This superpower is already inside you. Find out how to unlock it.

Good For:
• Kids & Teens
• Adults


What 40 Thoughts are Filling Your Mental Hard Drive?

While brain science claims we can take in as much as 11 million bits of information per second, we can only really hold 40 thoughts in our head at one time.

Which 40 thoughts we choose to focus on determines our outlook and where we reside on the continuum between our longings and our fears. In fact, it determines our mental health. The great news is that with some practice, we can choose which 40 thoughts fill our mental hard drive.

What 40 thoughts fill yours?

Good For:
• Adults
• Teens
• Employees


Select, Customize & Inspire

  • These topics can be presented as keynote presentations, workshops, campfire seminars, Q&A format, or live online presentation (video conference).

  • Typical presentations range from 30 - 60 minutes.

  • All talks can be tailored to use your existing language and reflect the needs of your organization or event.

  • A slide deck is created to guide people through the content visually.

  • A handful of follow-up materials are included such as private links to supplementary films as well as ebook links and recommendations.

A successful life all comes down to listening to people. Rick’s talk, sharing lessons he’s learned from more than 5,000 interviews, was both captivating and insightful. The takeaways can improve corporate cultures, friendships and families.
— Steve Case, Chairman of Revolution, Founder of AOL; Former Chairman of Time Warner

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- May 24th @ Brisbane Convention Centre
- May 31st @ Melbourne Convention Centre
- June 7th @ Sydney Convention Centre
- June 14th @ Perth Convention Centre

More speaking dates to be posted soon.

Rick’s Bio


Rick Stevenson has filmed over 5500 in-depth interviews with kids and teens from 12 countries as part of a longitudinal project using his StoryQ method of inquiry dedicated to raising emotional intelligence. He is a creative and passionate combination of award-winning filmmaker and Doctor of Philosophy from Oxford University. 

He has directed, produced and/or written twelve feature films and 100 hours of television working with artists such as Robert Redford, Hugh Grant, Christopher Plummer, Kiefer Sutherland, Meg Ryan, and Patrick Dempsey. He’s an author, a public speaker, a husband, and a father of four who splits his time between Seattle, Washington and Vancouver, British Columbia.

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