Pat Kane
@patkane / Trailblazer member


Male, London, Greater London, United Kingdom, birthday 10th March
Joined May 2017

PAT KANE, 53, is a writer, musician, consultant and activist, 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 Observer and Scotland’s Sunday Herald, of which he was a founding editor in 1999. His 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 few years presenting in New York, Washington DC, Billund, London, Mexico City, Istanbul, Dubrovnik, Budapest, Mexico City and Seoul. He has worked with educators, play workers and social workers across the world, helping them build their play capacities to help families and communities become stronger and more adaptive.

Pat was the founding curator, and currently co-curates, Nesta’s FutureFest event ( He is still one half of the 80s pop duo Hue And Cry. 


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Frank Sinatra, Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Roberta Flack, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Gladys Knight, McCoy Tyner, Oscar Peterson, Joni Mitchell, James Brown, Marvin Gaye, Tom Waits, Elvis Costello, Kurt Elling, Count Basie, Nelson Riddle, Sly Stone, Sam Cooke

Don DeLillo, Gilles Deleuze, Charles Dickens, John Donne, Manuel Castells, Jurgen Habermas, Theodor Adorno, Greil Marcus, Don Paterson, McKenzie Wark,



Pat Kane
22 August 2018, 11:41
Are festivals are moving to the next stage of their (ancient and long) development. Could they become experimental spaces for better societies? In particular, could they be test-beds for how we can make the best of the time and resources potentially liberated by AI and automation? 
Pete Lawrence commented and likes
10 May 2017, 21:11
Pat Kane - Update
3 years 2 months ago