co-founder and creative director
Idealist Group is a production company of ideas, a platform for everything I do. The mission of the company is to improve the world with bold ideas that are executed well.
At the moment Idealist Group concentrates only on one area: the future of education.
founder and CEO
HundrED helps schools change by seeking and sharing scalable innovations in K12 education. Our goal is to be the world leader in this field by 2020.
member of the board
Royal Restaurants is the largest private restaurant enterprise in Finland. Operations include over 30 high class restaurants in Helsinki area. All the brands are independent. The group employs over 600 people.
right wing, active member
Pietarinkadun Oilers is the leading charity ice hockey team in Finland. It has raised over 2 million euros for charity, mostly for children’s hospitals and to help children with cancer.
Singa is world’s largest collection of high quality karaoke tracks on mobile, browser or smart TV. The vision is to bring the wildly popular karaoke industry out from the 90s and into the streaming era. Singa is the Spotify for karaoke.
Intervisio is an Emmy –awarded independent tv-production company based in Helsinki.
- creativity and innovation (the basics, how to improve and manage it)
- change (how to make it happen, how to manage people in it)
- execution (how to make things happen, dreaming and doing)
- positive feedback (how to and how not to)
- uncertainty (and how to cope with uncertainty)
- growth mindset (how to create one)
- lifelong learning (how to foster it)
- design thinking (from first insights to prototyping)
- self management (how to prioritize, manage time and e-mails)
- the future of work (how to increase meaning, achievement and a sense of control)
- digitalization and the future of media
- Italian cuisine
Kuinka Idea Syntyvät (How Ideas Are Born)
with Jussi T. Koski
Aglio & Olio
with Tuukka Koski and Kimmo Kivilahti
Ravistettava, Omskakas (Shaken & Stirred)
with Katja Lindroos
Matkanopas (Travelguide for companies)
with Risto Kuulasmaa
with Tuukka Koski and Kimmo Kivilahti
Työkirja (The Workbook)
with Pekka Pohjakallio
A Good Life
Luova järkevyys (Creative Cleverness)
Uskonko (I believe, don’t I?)
with Annamari Heikkilä
Saku Tuominen founded Broadcasters, one of the most succesful Finnish independent tv production companies with Juha Tynkkynen in 1989. They sold the company twice, both times to Sweden but to different buyers, first to MTG and then to Zodiak Entertainment.
In 2009-2010 Saku Tuominen was the Chief Creative Officer of Zodiak Entertainment, the world’s 3rd largest tv production company in London.
During his 20 years in television he has produced thousands of hours of programmes and created almost 100 tv formats.
In 2009 Saku Tuominen founded Idealist Group, a production company of ideas. The mission of the company is to improve the world with bold ideas that are executed well. At the moment he concentrates only on improving K12 education globally through his education company HundrED.
He has been teaching creativity and innovation in more than a hundred companies around the world, and in Aalto University in Helsinki. He has also written 10 books; about innovation, the future of office work, good life, human belief systems, everyday creativity, and Italian cuisine.
At the moment he is also a board member of Royal Restaurants, the leading independent restaurant group in Finland.
As a hobby he has written music criticism for over 20 years, he produces olive oil from Piantone olives in Le Marche, Italy and has won silver medal in old timers world championship in Ice Hockey in 2009 in Quebec City, Canada.
He shares his time between Helsinki, Finland and Paterno, Italy, with Sara (an author), Siiri, (a daughter) and Hilma (a golden retriever).