Kevin Stewart


The Forward Factors: Disruptive Ideas that Drive Innovation

Researchers at Yale have proven that our personal comfort zone is a shut off switch for the brain. The more comfortable we are with our opinions and processes, the less effective we will be in every endeavour. In other words, the status quo kills!

As a Farmer, Olympic Television Producer and Media Entrepreneur, Kevin Stewart has developed The Forward Factors, a thought leader platform focused on the eight courageous questions that drive innovation in times of rapid change and disruption.

  •  Do you have an appetite for disruption?
  • Will you be remarkable or invisible?
  • What is the cost of doing nothing?
  • What do we need to quit?
  • What if? The question that fosters possibilities.
  • Have you scared yourself lately?
  • What business are you in?
  • Who or what could make your product or service obsolete?

The Forward Factors is a series of four thought leader keynotes that deliver the only truly sustainable competitive advantage in business: the ability to learn and adapt fast!


  • The Risk Factor: An action-based approach to planning that works because
    action accelerates feedback.
  • The Fear Factor: When did we forget that all the best things in life are on the
    other side of fear!
  • The Connection Factor: During disruption which is more important, what you
    know or who you know? Answer: Both!
  • The Grit Factor: Get knocked down. Get back up. Repeat.

Fake News, Real Probems: How 24/7 news cycle impacts our Mental Health

  1. According to the Journal of Health Communication, people who consume the most news, far from being the most informed, actually have the most irrational and skewed perceptions of reality.
  2. According to the 2020 Edelman Trust Barometer, 49% of those surveyed agree that the media is purposely trying to mislead people and are saying things they know are false or a gross exaggeration.

When we combine these factors, the result is we consume a steady diet of negative and sensationalized information that is having a damaging effect on our mental health.

In recent years we’ve seen more news with a negative bias. British Journal of Psychology reports that consuming this kind of information raises our levels of anxiety, sadness and leads to the catastrophizing of other factors in our lives.

Here are some reasons why negative news is so toxic:

  • Fake news spreads six times faster than the truth (MIT)
  • Our brains are wired to pay more attention to bad news because it’s part of our basic survival instincts. Media outlets are taking advantage of this default setting
  • An astonishing amount of the news you consume is fed to you by algorithms

Fake News, Real Problems: How the 24/7 News Cycle Impacts our Mental Health is a keynote, and online webcast, designed to make media savvy leaders!

In this session you will learn:

  • how to reduce the toxic effects of sensationalized news on your mental health
  • how to identify fake news in emails, on websites and in the mass media
  • how to reduce your dependence upon the 24/7 news cycle and still stay informed