If you listen carefully, you can learn what the future is telling you.
Glen Hiemstra, futurist speaker, Founder of Futurist.com, author, blogger, has been listening to the future professionally for two decades. Glen’s popular keynote speeches examine the important events, trends and developments that are shaping the future, with a particular emphasis on how we can create the future we prefer.
Keynotes are customized for your audience. Click here for a list of popular keynote topics. Glen Hiemstra is a powerful and entertaining speaker, a professional speaker for two decades. Audiences have compared Glen’s speaking to Alvin Toffler for the scope of his vision, Jeremy Rifkin for his depth of analysis, and to James Burke for his style of presentation.
Beyond 2025: The Shape of Things to Come
In this keynote Glen offers a sweeping and entertaining overview of the key trend areas shaping the next decade and beyond: demographics, technology, the knowledge-based economy, environment, and the next energy revolution. The predictable but often surprising nature of the future is explored. Listeners are challenged both to wake up to the future and to take the creation of a preferred future into their own hands. Depending on customization to the audience, specific developments that are noted may include the Internet of things, driverless vehicles and drones, nanotechnology, 3D communication and entertainment, consumer and brand trends, the disruptive future of energy, aging and youth demographic trends, confronting the great divides in society, environmental challenges and green business opportunities, and biotech advances that offer the hope of longer and healthier lives. This speech inspires listeners to develop successful strategic leadership and to create the future. This challenging and customizable keynote offers a balanced view of the future, and a hopeful vision for the rest of the 21st Century.
Lessons from the Future: Navigating the 21st Century
In this keynote Glen invites audiences to look at the future with a longer and wider-angle lens than normally used in planning. Using a 10-20 year horizon or more, Glen explores the key forces from 1) society, culture and demographics, 2) science and technology, 3) environment and energy, 4) economy and markets, and 5) governance and regulation that we must take into account in anticipating the future. Key issues of relevance to the audience or industry are highlighted. Then Glen asks, how can we leverage this strategic foresight to shape a better or preferred future? At the end of this keynote those in the audience will have both a better understanding of the systemic big picture that will shape the future, and a better grasp of the mental models and skills and tools required to shape the future.
Our Disruptive and Electric Future
Three technologies are on exponential development curves that will, sooner than almost anyone anticipates, disrupt the global market and open new business opportunities to those who see the future coming. The three technologies are exponential growth in solar energy along with decreasing cost, exponential developments in artificial intelligence and the Internet of Things, and the soon to begin explosive growth of intelligent, driverless (or robotically driven) vehicles, primarily autos but including drones large enough to carry humans and cargo. Everyone is aware of these developments, but most people still tend to imagine them as a kind of science fiction future that may emerge several decades from now. However, in this presentation we learn why these developments will disrupt the traditional energy business, city development, and the transportation industry in the quite near future.
Ask about other popular keynote speeches:
- Creating the Preferred Future
- The Future of Energy
- The Future of Marketing
- 21st Century Healthcare
- The Future of Transportation
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