Future of Business – Futurist Thomas Frey
DON’T LET YOUR BUSINESS BECOME BLINDSIDED BY THE FUTURE
Have the events of the past couple years taught you anything? Is anything that you are doing today considered “business as usual?” What long-term trends can you extrapolate from the recession, and how will the post-recession economy react to all of the changes being made?
If you are struggling to answer these questions you’re not alone. Don’t let the tragically uninformed ruin your company. Your competitive edge is only a futurist away.
FUTURE OF BUSINESS KEYNOTES
FUTURIST THOMAS FREY, Google’s Top Rated Futurist Speaker, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE DAVINCI INSTITUTE
“The greatest value in understanding the future comes from spotting the major cultural, demographic, societal, and economic shifts early and translating them into viable business strategies,” says Tom.
As the Executive Director and Senior Futurist at the DaVinci Institute, he works closely with the Institute’s Senior Fellows and Board of Visionaries to develop original research studies, which enables him to speak on unusual topics, translating trends into unique opportunities.
As part of the celebrity speaking circuit, Tom continually pushes the envelope of understanding, headlining events with some of today’s most recognizable figures: Tom Peters, Nobel Peace Prize winner Mohammad Yunus; former CEO of General Electric, Jack Welch; former New York City Mayor Rudy Giulliani; Former President of Colombia, Andrés Pastrana; Prime Minister of Spain, Felipe González Márquez; Nobel Prize winning economist Joseph Stiglitz; Saudi Prince Turki Al–Faisal; and former World Bank President James Wolfensohn.
His keynote talks on futurist topics have captivated people ranging from high level government officials to executives in Fortune 500 companies including NASA, IBM, AT&T, GE, Hewlett-Packard, Lucent Technologies, First Data, Boeing, Capital One, Bell Canada, Visa, Ford Motor Company, Qwest, Allied Signal, Hunter Douglas, Direct TV, International Council of Shopping Centers, National Association of Federal Credit Unions, Times of India, Leaders in Dubai, HSM ExpoManagement, and many more.
Because of his work inspiring inventors and other revolutionary thinkers, the Boulder Daily Camera has referred to him as the “Father of Invention”. The Denver Post and Seattle Post Intelligencer have referred to him as the “Dean of Futurists”.
Before launching the DaVinci Institute, Tom spent 15 years at IBM as an engineer and designer where he received over 270 awards, more than any other IBM engineer. He is also a past member of the Triple Nine Society (High I.Q. society over 99.9 percentile).
Tom has been a columnist for the Denver Post, Rocky Mountain News, and Boulder County Business Report, and is the author of the 1998 book “Inventions of Impact”. He currently writes a newsletter entitled “News from the Future” and has written numerous articles on a wide range of futurist topics. He has also been a contributing writer for The Futurist Magazine and is the Editor of the Impact Lab, an online emerging technology blog which was recently rated by Popular Science Magazine as one of the “top five science blogs in the known universe”.
On the set of CNN in Mexico City with News Anchor Carmen Aristegul
Popular ‘Future of Business’ Speaking Topics
Over the past decade, Thomas Frey has built an enormous following around the world based on his ability to develop accurate visions of the future and describe the opportunities ahead. Having started seventeen businesses himself and assisting on the development of hundreds more, the understanding he brings to his audiences is a rare blend of reality-based thinking coupled with a clear-headed visualization of the world ahead.
Predicting the future has little value without understanding the driving forces behind the trends, subtle nuances that can be leveraged, and implications for both the people directly affected in the industry as well as others farther down the technological food change.
But his work is not just restricted to advances in technology. Rather, he takes a much larger view of the playing field including shifts in governance, system changes, evolving attitudes and human conditions, and much more.
Each year his talks touch the lives of tens of thousands of people. Here are some of his most popular topics, but don’t feel restricted by this list. Every year he designs dozens of custom presentation based specifically around the needs of a particular audience.
1.) BUSINESS TRENDS IN THE POST RECESSION ECONOMY
As I started pulling my notes for a recent “future trends” talk, I instantly became overwhelmed by the sheer volume of changes currently in the works. The number of moving parts seems to exceed the number of stationary parts. All of our markets, systems, and technologies have become incredibly fluid, and much like a rudderless boat, we are heading to parts unknown. To most, the chaotic nature of interconnecting trends and the extreme possibilities appear at times like a spinning compass needle. However, the disarray that we find ourselves in cries out for answers – some glimpse of the uncharted waters that lie beyond the horizon. Economic uncertainties create great opportunities for those who can spot them, and that’s where I come in.
This talk uncovers the driving forces behind the turbulence and focuses on where the opportunities lie. It is the perfect opening keynote for an event, setting a positive tone with a message of hope for tomorrow’s business leaders. – Keynote
- Fourteen Future Trends for Business in 2009 and Beyond (Published in ColoradoBiz)
- Rethinking Scarcity in an Abundant World
- Watching the Income Tax System Implode (Published in ColoradoBiz)
- Seven Predictions for the Coming Age of Micronations (Published in The Futurist)
- The Coming Wave of Entrepreneurship (Published in ColoradoBiz)
2.) THE COMING OF THE GIANT DATA TSUNAMI
As corporations shift more and more of their operations to the cloud, we are seeing the telltale signs of a modern-day tsunami that is on the verge of exploding around us. While many are still reeling from the past decade of exponential information growth, the coming years will see billion and trillion fold increases, the likes of which are destined to overload every system currently on the drawing board.
At the heart of the coming data tsunami are a number of organic business models with real-time data collection systems driven by our need for precision, awareness, and instantaneousness.
We are facing increasingly complex problems associated with data storage, data transmission, data processing, and even data acquisition. However, the opportunities are just as great as the problems with every obstacle representing a problem-solving challenge upon which great business enterprises will be formed.
This talk is centered on three detailed scenarios based on currently emerging technology. It is the perfect jaw-dropping presentation to kick off events for people in the information management, data storage, and data mining industries. – Keynote
3.) THE FUTURE OF INNOVATION
Our current economic problems have but one way out, and that one way is through innovation.
New systems for innovation are now springing to life, each with its own unique way of tapping the most talented among us, turning raw ideas into the products, services, and economic engines that will power-shift us into the future.
But that won’t be easy. We are approaching the age of 100 million products in the marketplace. Patent filings have reached an all time high, yet the lag-time in receiving a patent is still painfully slow. We are becoming a hyper-individualized society that believes there is a product available to solve every problem, need, or desire. We are transitioning from a product based economy to an experience based economy. Baby-Boomers are beginning to shed many of their physical possessions as they realize that experiences are far more valuable than physical ownership.
So where will the creative minds of tomorrow take us? What are the forecasts for future sciences, talent trends, intellectual property breakthroughs, and societal shifts that will change the way business works in the future? This talk helps listeners climb aboard a fascinating journey into what’s hot in tomorrow’s world of innovation. – Keynote
- Lessons from the Ancient World
- Messing with the Reality of Reality
- Manipulating Our Minds, One Fractal at a Time (Published in Morning Calm)
- Approaching Maximum Freud
4.) THE FUTURE OF BUSINESS, ONE BRILLIANTLY INSPIRED INNOVATION AT A TIME
What will be the most important thing that happens in the next ten years? Will it be some brilliantly inspired innovation that shapes tomorrow like space hotels, nuclear fusion, or flying cars? Or will it be a fix for one our major problems such as a cure for cancer, diabetes, or famines? Or will it be some global system or new form of government that takes center stage?
If we look closely at the systems, trends, and emerging technologies we can begin to extrapolate some clear visions of the future. The world of tomorrow is being created inside the minds of brilliant people, and their ability to move their ideas from the drawing board into the spotlight has been reduced from five years a generation ago, to five minutes in today’s fast moving digital world.
This talk helps you step inside the minds of key innovators and immerse yourself in the intellectual flash points that will redefine business in the future. It is the perfect compliment to long range planning, strategic visioning, business development, trend modeling, and new product design efforts. – Keynote
- The Coming Wave of Entrepreneurship (Published in ColoradoBiz)
- Death to the Gatekeepers
- The Empire of One
THE THOMAS FREY EXPERIENCE
When hiring a professional speaker, one of the key differentiators is the audience experience. Thomas not only comes to each talk loaded with provocative knowledge, but with just the right amount of humor, motivation, and tantalizing information bits that people can immediately put to use and gain a competitive edge.
Thomas Frey’s Life-Changing Audience Experience:
- Journey into the Future: The future is not a destination. It doesn’t end when we get there. Rather, each talk is a journey into the future that can best be described as a series of great stories told from resting points along the way.
- Engaging Delivery: The kind of thought-provoking dialog that Thomas brings to the stage requires an intense delivery that enables the audience to become immersed in the revelations, grasp the possibilities, and feel the salient touch points.
- Cutting Edge Thinking: While some speakers offer creative insight into the world around us, Thomas pushes far beyond the limits of conventional wisdom, often talking about extreme futures, building intriguing “what if” scenarios as a tool for discussing far reaching implications.
- Positive and Uplifting: It’s easy to wallow in the underbelly of life, finding all the things that can and will go wrong. But that is not the Thomas Frey Experience. Every problem creates an opportunity, and every opportunity is the dark cloud’s silver lining that can lead to a better future ahead.
- Energizing: New ideas have a way of infusing audiences with energy. He has an uncanny ability to find people’s raw nerve endings and teasing them with positron sparks designed to energize their minds.
- Challenging Assumptions: Too often our thinking gets stuck because it’s anchored in the stale old thinking of the past. Our ability to craft a better future stems from our capacity to break through these barriers and focus on the opportunities that lie ahead.
- Personable: We live in a world where, in spite of all our advanced communication technologies, people remain dreadfully detached from one another. So it is refreshing to find a speaker who cares about the people around him and enjoys their company.
- Custom Tailored: All talks are custom tailored to mesh well with the goals of the conference organizers as well as those who are attending.
“The future is truly a magical place. I have been there and would love to have you join me on my next journey.” –– Thomas Frey