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David Birss

ProgramDigital Creativity Lab, 2013

Current OccupationToday I'm a thinker, writer, doer and talker. Tomorrow's up for grabs.

NationalityUnited Kingdom

Current LocationLondon

"I'm gonna leave this place better than the way I found it was" - Tom Waits

Dave has been a stand-up comedian, nude model, session musician, farmhand, busker, veterinary assistant, dishwasher, breakfast show DJ, graffiti artist, poet and university lecturer.

Somewhere in this journey he discovered advertising and ended up becoming Creative Director of several agencies, including Poke, OgilvyOne and McCann Worldgroup.

He now runs Additive, an inspiration and education company that works with agencies, brands and industry organisations all over the world.

And because he doesn’t want to be the guy who teaches but doesn’t do, he continues to work on all kinds of creative projects.

Last year he published his first book: A User Guide to the Creative Mind.

He also hosts the Future of Advertising podcast, where he interviews industry legends to find out where they think the future lies.

He's recently been appointed as the Editor at Large for The Drum magazine - the UK's finest advertising journal.

But he always wanted to be a lumberjack.