A “Fenomen” is a leader against all odds, a creative solution or person that
exists even though it goes against all common logic that it does.

Theme of the year


June 7-8, 2018

A “Fenomen” is a leader against all odds, a creative solution or person that
exists even though it goes against all common logic that it does.


We're living in a global moment where we need to reimagine everything. Disrupting is no longer enough, we need to crush the old and lead people to the new in a compassionate way.

Historically, the greatest innovation stems from times of the greatest instability. Creativity rises from the pressures of chaos. The innovations created in post-war, post-depression periods or periods of great cultural upheaval, have been traditionally remarkable and long-standing; they have been phenomena.

The ones that will rise and thrive in today’s era are the outsiders and free thinkers; those who know no boundaries because they come from none. Brilliant Minds 2018 will shine a light on these most open-minded creators we will call: “Fenomen”

Defintion: Swedish for “Phenomenon”, A “Fenomen” is a leader against all odds, a creative solution or person that exists even though it goes against all common logic that it does.

Today’s tempestuous times call for more than entrepreneurs, more than disruptors or creators, they call for Fenomen, the highest level of innovators.

We will focus on “Fenomen” in 3 Areas: Health, Leadership and Education.

Our mission and goals

Brilliant Minds is a two-day leadership summit in Stockholm and the platform of a global community and movement shaping the future by challenging the present.

We aim to leverage the spirit of the entrepreneur, a fearless, free and results-driven mindset, to convene great people to do great things for the world together, not apart. We believe every challenge and opportunity can be advanced in the marriage of human creativity and technology.

What is going to happen in 2018?

In 2018, we will orchestrate a siren call to action for the highest kind of innovator— the Fenomen— who doesn’t succumb to fear and resentment, but demonstrates resilience in the face of intolerance, inequality and the challenge posed by those technology has left behind.

We’ll continue to serve as a “Platform of Platforms”, building an inclusive pool of great ideas, connecting people to those ideas and to each other. When everyone else strives for individual success, we remain rooted in our Swedish values of collaborative creativity. We will change the world faster together than apart.

We will build a foundation approach to scale the Brilliant Minds model globally to influence the future of education, leadership and the convergence of humanity and technology.


Today business and change happen ”in-between”, in between sectors, generations, and personal identities. We take a cross-sector approach to collaborative creativity and consensus building to burst silos and bureaucracies. This approach is in line with the Swedish values of collaboration, transparency and equality.

No other event platform out there brings such incredibly different people together in such an authentic way to scale our voices and values in unison.

The beauty of Brilliant Minds is its pristine vision toward the highest levels of thought leadership. We’re an event whose currency lies solely in people, their activation and mutual inspiration.


Sweden is a nation that ”has reached the future first”.

Stockholm has germinated a highly future-oriented business model based on trust, empowerment and safety. Swedes innovate because they can; because their government and society is built on the principle of empowering both men and women with all the tools they need to succeed and to feel safe.

A nation with local roots and global reach, Sweden represents a vibrant symbiosis between the old and the new, tradition and history married with cutting-edge innovation and openness. It’s an ecosystem that is less afraid of new technology and more afraid of being stuck in the past.

Swedish values transcend borders. They are universal, next generation values that underpin how we define modern global citizenship.

When it comes to innovation, tech, gender equality, green living, collaborative and sustainable business models, Sweden has been leading the world for decades, and has formulated a new model of creativity, one that is sustainable and exponential.

We hope to “scale Swedish values” to make the world more innovative and open. We believe the future starts in Stockholm and we shine our light on it through Brilliant Minds.

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