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The Future.
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On this page you will find videos of keynote speaking, interviews, podcasts, videos that we produce, and other interesting videos about the future that we think are worth highlighting.


In this short film Glen Hiemstra, Founder of Futurist.com, explores what it means to be a futurist and what drives his work. The film was produced by acclaimed filmmaker & director Stephan Gray, Seattle, Washington. For more information contact info@futurist.com.

Virtual Presentations: Futurist.com Think Tank Program on Pandemic Economic Recovery

Futurist.com Think Tank members Glen Hiemstra, Cindy Frewen, Nikolas Badminton and Anne Boysen present a virtual panel for the Greater Seattle Recovery project, sponsored by Greater Seattle Partners. They explore possible post-Covid futures, discussing the future of downtowns, culture and the arts, economic recovery, the future of offices and more.

Singularity Weblog – Nikola Danaylov interviews Glen Hiemstra on 40 Years of Futurism

Singularity Weblog Podcast, with Nikola Danaylov, Nov. 18, 2020
“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.”

Organization Change and Global Shipping – Transas Annual Global Shipping Conference, Vancouver BC

Glen Hiemstra, founder of Futurist.com, delivered a keynote to the Transas Global 2018 Conference in Vancouver BC. This excerpt is focused on organizational change – how do you get from seeing the future to doing something about it? The conference is about global shipping.

Shaping The future and Health Care – Lundbeck Global Commerce Conference, Copenhagen

Glen Hiemstra, Founder and CEO of Futurist.com, delivers keynote speech for the Lundbeck Global Commerce Conference, in Copenhagen. Lunckbeck is a leading global pharmaceutical company focused on disorders of the brain and the central nervous system. Glen addresses the role of transformational leadership in creating the future as he discusses future trends in technology, global demographics and economics, and trends in health care and medicine.

Shaping The future for Energy and Transportation Landmark Innovation Forum and Expo

Glen Hiemstra, Founder and CEO of Futurist.com, delivers keynote speech for Landmark Solutions Innovation Form. Landmark, a Halliburton business line, is the leading technology solutions provider of data and analytics, science, software, and services for the exploration and development of energy. Glen addresses energy, transportation, technology, environment, and more.

Beyond 2020: The Shape of Things at Seattle Interactive Conference

Glen Hiemstra, Founder and CEO of Futurist.com, takes us over the horizon into the world of the future. Are we ready to build a preferred future? Let’s imagine that the issues of transparency, privacy, data security, openness and information ownership have been solved more or less satisfactorily by 2020.

Why Explore the Future

Buhler, Inc.
This is an excerpt from the Keynote speech Glen gave at Buhler’s 150th anniversary celebration.

The Future of Futurists

A Gerd Live Production, with Gerd Leonhard, Anton Musgrave, and Glen Hiemstra, Nov. 12, 2020
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? Here is the full video…

You can jump to highlights with Glen Hiemstra here..
1:15 Defining what a futurist does
2:10 Futures practices in a crisis
7:08 “people know a lot more about the future than they give themselves credit for”
10:39 Predictions vs preferred futures
34:48 Futurism vs. Politics

Future of Transportation: Glen Hiemstra at Texas Transportation Forum

Glen presents the future of transportation at the 8th Annual Texas Transportation Forum in Austin, TX. The panel discussion includes Co-Moderator Congressman Michael C. Burgess, and Michael E. Cline, Ph.D. from Rice University. More about the event can be found here: txdot.gov/ttf/.

Kids View the Future

Children write postcards to the future – the 50 year future – in this charming video from ARC, used by permission.

Solar Roads and Future Solar Energy

We know that enough sunlight hits the earth every hour to power the world’s energy needs for a year. Someday, sooner than many think, earth civilization will be converting to solar energy. One of the most clever ideas for doing so is the solar road.

Future Talks with Glen Hiemstra and Gerd Leonhard

This podcast series includes insight from leading futurists Glen Hiemstra and Gerd Leonhard, who are interviewed by Mobile Entertainment Forum Chairman Emeritus and renowned music industry figure Ralph Simon. Produced by Doug Kaye (founder of the Conversations Network), the video series offers 11 podcasts covering a wide range of topics, including the future of communications, the future of entertainment, and Commercial versus Shared Culture.

Glen Hiemstra – A Keynote Sample Video

Glen worked with Seattle photographer David Ryder to produce this Keynote Sample Video of past keynotes with highlights and commentary.

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