In The News

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

In The News 2014-2016
In The News 2012-2013
In The News 2010-2011
In The News 2008-2009
In The News 2006-2007
In The News 2004-2005
In The News 1998-2003

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

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

Exponential Energy: Top 4 takeaways from the Jax Infrastructure Innovation Summit

Jacksonville Business Journal, by Will Robinson, Oct. 8, 2018
Following the Infrastrcuture Innovation Summit where Futurist Glen Hiemstra spoke on exponential energy, the BizJournal summarized 4 key takeaways, including a highlight of Glen’s program noting wind and solar will proliferate. A highlight video was posted as well, link here

Futurists Predict What Online Dating Will Look Like In 10 Years

Mel, by Quinn Meyers, Dec. 11, 2018
A huge number of couples now meet through online dating and match services. In a future wold of AI, VR and other genetic decoding, what is the future of online dating? Futurist Glen Hiemstra joins several other futurists in speculating about online dating and relationships in the next 10 years and beyond..Read more

The Future of Ag Labor:

Yields Magazine, by Glen Hiemstra, Fall Issue, 2018
In this invited article published in the NW Farm Credit Services online magazine Yields, Glen Hiemstra was asked to explore the future of farm labor in the U.S. Farm labor has historically relied heavily on temporary and permanent immigration, and despite advances in robotic technology, it is likely that the future of farm labor will continue to look to immigrants. This at a time when immigration is being limited and attacked. How these two opposing forces will work out in the coming decade and beyond is the focus of this piece. Read more

Soon Hiring: Human Trait Designers and 7 Other Out-There Jobs of the Future, by Hayden Field, May 9, 2018
Futurist Glen Hiemstra joins other experts in suggesting 8 unique jobs of the future. These include AI ethicist, Human trait designer, and Space Habitat designer plus five more future jobs.Read more

10 things predicted to happen before the pay gap closes

CNBC, by Zameena Mejia, April 10, 2018
“Futurist Glen Hiemstra, an innovation expert and founder of, tells CNBC Make It that in 200 years, we should expect a largely robotic workforce, driverless air taxis and the spread of indoor farming, to name just a few changes.

“Hiemstra is optimistic that the global gender wage gap will close sooner than WEF’s current prediction: “The further out you look, the more choice you have to create a future you prefer, rather than merely adjusting,” he tells CNBC Make It

“In the meantime, here are 10 enormous ways the world is predicted to change, before the gender wage gap closes:…” Read More

Energy 2025 is surprisingly different from energy 2017

Huawei WinWin Magazine, by Glen Hiemstra, Sep. 23, 2017
In this article for WinWin Magazine by Glen Hiemstra, we look at what will be changing in the global energy system by 2025, with a focus on three primary forces of change: Systems intelligence, Environmental and economic imperatives, and Sunshine-based electrification. Read more

LA Olympics: What we got in ’84 and what we might get for 2028

KPCC, archived recording and article, August 1, 2017
Glen Hiemstra is interviewed about LA in 2028 as it hosts the Olympics. What might the future bring for transportation, security, hospitality, sport, and more. Fun listen or read.

Professional Futurists Converge on Seattle to pick up hints about what lies ahead

GeekWire, Alan Boyle, July 28, 2017
Glen Hiemstra is interviewed along with other professional futurists gathered in Seattle for their 15th Anniversary meeting. The conference focused on the the future of human and planetary health, along with space and science fiction. Glen was on the organizing committee. Read more.

DELIVERED. Goes back to the future with…GLEN HIEMSTRA

DHL Delivered Magazine, Tony Greenway, February 24, 2017
After I did a program at the annual DHL global energy conference, their industry magazine produced this in-depth interview article on my work and my approach as a futurist. “Will the future be a scary, dystopian place, where societies are fractured and technology is out of control? Not according to Glen Hiemstra, who looks into the future for a living. He is decidedly more optimistic than that.

“To be optimistic about the future is a choice one makes,” he admits. “But the fact is that when things get bad, the human race has generally proven its ability to step up and solve the issues threatening us. True, we often wait until it’s almost too late – but we do it.” … more