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PAT KANE, 53 (b. 1964, Glasgow), is a writer, musician, curator, consultant, activist, futurist, father and partner, based in Glasgow and London. He is the author of The Play Ethic (Macmillan, 2004), and has written for the Independent, the Sunday Times, the Guardian/Observer and Scotland’s Sunday Herald, of which he was a founding editor in 1999. Currently a columnist with The National, Pat’s forthcoming book (with Indra Adnan) is Radical Animal
The Play Ethic is also a creativity/innovation consultancy that has worked with organisations like Lego, BT, BBH, Nokia, Dentsu Aegis, the UK Cabinet Office and the UK, Scottish, Australian, South Korean and Mexican Governments, among many others. Pat keynotes globally on the power of play, creativity and innovation, in the last ten years speaking in Seoul, New York, Billund, Dublin, Washington, Istanbul, Dubrovnik, Budapest, Barcelona, Berlin and beyond.
Pat is also currently the lead curator of Nesta’s FutureFest event - in his words, “A Glastonbury of the Future”. He is also co-initiator of the new political platform The Alternative UK. And he is still one half of the 80s pop duo Hue And Cry.