In The News

An archive of articles, interviews and blogs featuring futurist speaker Glen Hiemstra.

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Will this decade be remembered as the Roaring 20s? A futurist weighs in

Puget Sound Business Journal, with Patti Payne, Dec 20, 2020
As 2020 came to a close Patti Payne asked me to reflect on what we might see emerge after Covid in the 2020’s. Optimistic about the prospects for wide-spread vaccination by the end of 2021 and this disease mostly behind us globally in 2022, I suggested that the whole decade may well be viewed as a kind of roaring-twenties. People stream back to offices and downtown life, global travel takes a long time to fully recover but people travel again, climate change is confronted aggressively, the decade is remembered for further developments in space, and more. Read more here

Glen Hiemstra on 40 Years of Futurism

Singularity Weblog Podcast, with Nikola Danaylov, Nov. 18, 2020
“Glen Hiemstra has been a futurist for close to 40 years. But if you think his specialty is forecasting the future then you’d be wrong. No. Hiemstra’s focus has not been on the most probable, or even the possible future. Instead, Glen has chosen to focus consistently on what he calls “the preferred future.” This is also what he’s been advising his clients to do. And shouldn’t we all do just that, focus on our preferred future, be it individually – as humans, professionals, and citizens, or collectively – as corporations, organizations, nations, and even as a civilization? Because as Hiemstra often says “the future creates the present.”

During this 2-hour interview with Glen Hiemstra, we cover a variety of interesting topics such as: what being a futurist means; major failures of futurism such as the collapse of the USSR; Francis Fukuyama’s The End of History and Peter Turchin’s cliodynamics; the probable, possible and preferred future; science fiction as Greg Bear’s sugar-coated pill; why science helps us live more comfortable lives but the humanities give us reasons to live for; genius and stupidity as roommates; collective decision making as the #1 problem we are facing today; the Fermi paradox and the McDonald’s Theory of Peace; declaring wars and other national emergencies as a way of maintaining power; Barbara Marx’s futurist vision; compassion as the way for diminishing polarization; Ray Kurzweil’s concept of the singularity; technological unemployment and a guaranteed minimum income.”…Watch here…

The Future of Futurists

A Gerd Live Production, with Gerd Leonhard, Anton Musgrave, and Glen Hiemstra, Nov. 12, 2020
As part of his new video-cast series, Futurist Gerd Leonhard presents this riveting conversation between 3 renowned and long-time global futurists with a combined experience of over 70 years.

Topics covered: what does a futurist actually do, and how has that changed in the past decade, and as a result of the current global crisis? What is probable in the future, what is possible, and what is PREFERRED? The Future is something that we create every day, not something that just happens to us. The job of a futurist is not to predict but to observe and to help clients think beyond short-term horizons, and to make the right choices today. In addition, we also cover the future of the U.S., Europe and South Africa? A complete transcript (in English) can now be downloaded here, also with links to video excerpts…Here is the full video…

Futurist Glen Hiemstra joins video panel for Recover Seattle

Puget Sound Business Journal sponsored video series, Recover Seattle, September 25, 2020
In this one-hour video panel Futurist Glen Hiemstra joins local Seattle economists and real estate executives to discuss prospects for a post-Pandemic recovery in downtown and greater Seattle. Glen’s primary theme is the need to re-think ground-floor central city development, a trend that was underway pre-Pandemic as well. Watch the panel here

Futurist Glen Hiemstra looks ahead in the age of the pandemic

Puget Sound Business Journal, with Patti Payne, August 1, 2020
In mid-2020 Patti Payne asked me to comment on what business leaders might anticipate and what the could do to ride out the Pandemic and get prepared for a post-Pandemic world. Read more here

Virtual reality check: Futurists dissect Amazon’s new ‘Upload’ TV series, and its digital afterlife

GeekWire, with Curt Schlosser, May 10, 2020
Upload is a new Amazon Prime series about a future world in which in place of death you can upload your mind into a digital afterlife, in which you can live forever (as long as the bills are paid). Writing for GeekWire Curt Schlosser asked several futurists to comment on the show, its speculative tech and the premise. Having watched just a few episodes I suggested the show was good in many ways but wished the afterlife were in the multiverse rather than one high-rise resort hotel! Read more here

Exponential Minds: Glen Hiemstra talks about his 40 years as a futurist

Exponential Minds Podcast, with Nikolas Badminton, 2020
Glen Hiemstra, founder of, talks about his 40 years as a futurist in this 45-minute interview with Nikolas Badminton, part of Nik’s regular program, Exponential Minds. Nikolas is a Think Tank member based in Toronto, and conducts regular Exponential Minds podcast interviews with thought leaders from around the world. In this interview we range widely over what Glen has learned in the 40 years since his first futurist presentation and they highlight some key issues facing our future now.
Listen at Exponential Minds, Season 2 Episode 1, or below…

Space hotels, air taxis will highlight the 2020s, Seattle futurist [Glen Hiemstra] predicts

BizJournals, by Patti Payne, Dec. 20, 2019
The Puget Sound Business Journal took a look ahead at the decade of the 2020’s across a wide range of topics. I had done a similar interview back in 2015 as well as back in 2003. This time we focused on what might develop before the decade is over, and I did indeed suggest that we may see a functioning space hotel, and that we might see some form of personal flying taxi vehicle before we see wide adoption of self-driving cars. Read more

Metro Atlanta Time Machine, with Glen Hiemstra on the What’s Next ATL Podcast

What’s Next ATL Podcast, with Kete Sweeney, 2019
The Atlanta region has developed long-term visions for the future on a couple of recent occasions and has invited Glen Hiemstra to consult on the projects. In the early 1990s they did an Atlanta 2020 project. As the actual year 2020 approached in the fall of 2019, the Atlanta Regional Commission took a look back. Listen to this conversation with Glen Hiemstra on their podcast as we looked back from 2020 to the 90s, and ahead to Atlanta circa 2050. Nicely produced program. Listen now…

Preferred Futuring, with Glen Hiemstra with The Club of Amsterdam

The Future Now Show, Club of Amsterdam, with Felix Bopp, 2019
The Club of Amsterdam, which puts on a variety of programming aimed at exploring alternative and preferred futures, interviewed Glen in 2019 in this video recording to discuss some of Glen’s lessons from 40-years of being a futurist. “At our primary emphasis has always been on creating the “preferred future.” Thus, we have developed methods to push alternative future scenarios toward a preferred scenario for the organization, the community, or whatever enterprise is planning for its future. This approach has been applied to community futures, to transportation, to future libraries, and to information technology organizations.” Watch at Club of Amsterdam or below…

The Future – A Fresh Agenda Podcast with Cristina Mendonsa

Fresh Agenda Podcast, with Cristina Mendonsa, Jan. 22, 2019
Listen to this conversation with Glen Hiemstra about how we solve climate change, electrifying all transportation, tech and space exploration. Glen also has some exercises to position yourself for your best future. Listen now