About

Nikolas Badminton, Chief Futurist

“Change is inevitable. You either change, or change happens to you.” Nikolas Badminton

Nikolas is the Chief Futurist, Think Tank leader and Lead Futurist Speaker at Futurist.com, curator at nikolasbadminton.com, a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce, TV personality, and founder of the Future Camp and Dark Futures event series. He’s the futurist that the world’s most impactful companies, A-list Hollywood, and international media turn to for big ideas, new thinking and opinion. 

Nikolas has provided advice to the world’s most impactful companies, including NASA, Google, Microsoft, United Nations, United Way, Bank of Canada, Government of Canada, UK Home Office, Government of Cayman Islands, American Express, AT&T, Thales, Rolls Royce, Heineken, Procter & Gamble, IDEO, and many more.

He speaks on the future of finance and banking, agriculture and food supply, media and advertising, travel and tourism, space and aerospace, government and economic development, automotive, engineering, medicine, elder care and longevity, construction and property development, and high tech. He’s been actively working on our post-pandemic future and the future of work during 2020 and 2021.

His ground breaking research and thinking has been featured by CTV, Global News, BBC, VICE, The Atlantic, Fast Company, Techcrunch, Business Insider, Huffington Post, Forbes, Sputnik and Venturebeat.  

Nikolas’ thinking can be seen in the opening chapter for the new book ‘The Future Starts Now’. He’s also writing a new book that equips world leaders and executives with the tools to imagine new futures, see unforeseen risks and strengthen strategic planning. 

In April 2021 Glen and Nikolas announced that futurist.com will be acquired by Nikolas and will continue to run with his involvement.

Glen Hiemstra, Futurist Emeritus

“If you listen carefully, you can learn what the future is telling you.” Glen Hiemstra

Glen Hiemstra is the founder and Futurist Emeritus of Futurist.com. Glen is dedicated to disseminating information about the future to assist individuals, organizations, and industries in effective strategic planning. An internationally respected expert on future trends, long-range planning and creating the preferred future, Glen has advised professional, business, and governmental organizations for three decades and has served as a technical advisor for futuristic television programs. Audience members for Glen’s keynote speeches and clients for his long-range planning say things like, “Once you hear Glen Hiemstra speak, the future will never look the same.

A writer as well as a speaker and consultant, Glen is the author of  Millennial City: How a New Generation Can Save the Future,Turning the Future into Revenue: What Businesses and Individuals Need to Know to Shape Their Future. Previously he co-authored Strategic Leadership: Achieving Your Preferred Future.

Glen has worked with many leading companies, government agencies and organizations across a wide variety of domains. These include Microsoft, The Home Depot, Boeing, Adobe, Ernst & Young, PaineWebber, ShareBuilder, Ambrosetti (Italy), Club of Amsterdam, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers – Savannah District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers – Pacific Ocean Division, Northern Telecom, REI, Weyerhaeuser, Hewlett Packard, Novo Nordisk, U.S./Mexico JWC, APAX Partners, Costa Rica Hotel Association, Atlanta 2060, Tulsa 2025, Idaho Transportation 2030, Michigan DOT 2030, Federal Highway Administration Advanced Research, Eddie Bauer, Procter & Gamble, ACE Hardware, IHOP, John Deere, Weitz Construction, Lexis Nexus, Land O Lakes, GHD Engineering (Australia), SONAE (Portugal), and others.

Glen at Carter CenterAs a recognized expert in preferred future planning, Glen is a popular keynote speaker who can zero in on emerging trends in economics, demographics, energy, the environment, Internet and communications, science, technology, housing, and transportation. Glen goes beyond simple trend analysis to discuss the opportunities that we all have to shape the preferred future. In his consulting, Glen utilizes tools such as environmental scanning, scenario development, whole systems perspectives, paradigm shifts, and analysis of organizational culture for managing change to assist enterprises to achieve high performance.

A skilled communicator, Glen also offers a variety of informational resources for those interested in exploring the future. Each month visitors from 120 nations come to Futurist.com and the blog for provocative snapshots of emerging ideas, trends, and technologies. Glen can be followed at twitter.com/glenhiemstra and youtube.com/futuristspeaker.

As a media technical advisor Glen has worked on several television productions, including with Steven Bochco Productions (creator of “Hill Street Blues” and “NYPD Blue”), among others. He is often cited in publications such as The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, US News & World Report, Newsweek, The Futurist, USA Today, Business Week, the Economist, Puget Sound Business Journal, and the Los Angeles Times.

In a first career, Glen was an award-winning educator; he also served as a Visiting Scholar at the Human Interface Technology Lab at the University of Washington, which worked on virtual and augmented reality technology.

Glen was educated at Whitworth College, the University of Oregon, and the University of Washington. He lives in Seattle, Washington.

glen's mountain view

Here I am in my preferred element…in this case on Desolation Peak, Washington State North Cascades National Park. In the distance, Mt. Hozomeen. Jack Kerouac, in Desolation Angels, wrote, “Hozomeen, Hozomeen, most beautiful mountain I ever seen.” I agree. (GH)