Popular Keynote Topics for Futurist Thomas Frey – Architect of the Future
Over the past decade, Thomas Frey has built an extensive following around the world based on his ability to uncover unique insights into the future, and describe the enormous opportunities that lie 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 to come.
Thomas has been featured in thousands of articles for both national and international publications including New York Times, Huffington Post, Times of India, USA Today, US News and World Report, Popular Science, The Futurist Magazine, Forbes, Fast Company, World Economic Forum, Times of Israel, Mashable, Bangkok Post, National Geographics, ColoradoBiz Magazine, Rocky Mountain News, and many more. He currently writes a weekly “Future Trend Report” newsletter and a weekly column for FuturistSpeaker.com.
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 chain.
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, demographics, system changes, evolving attitudes, deviations in the human conditions, and much more.
Each year his talks touch the lives of tens of thousands of people with his unique brand of customized presentations designed specifically around the needs of each and every audience.
With that in mind, here are some of his most popular topics. But don’t feel restricted by this list as he loves to tackle unusual topics.
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Setting the Stage
The people of the world have an “unfinishable mandate” to continually stretch, grow, propagate, and master not only the world around us, but also the entire universe.
The human race has a genetic pre-disposition for pushing the envelope, coloring outside the lines, and reaching for things that will forever be unreachable.
As individuals, there will be some who are content to find inner peace and live a minimalist lifestyle. But as a race, we are driven by the need to make a difference, be admired for our accomplishments, and create moments of triumph in our otherwise pale existence.
We have only taken the first step in a trillion mile journey. The next few steps, in my opinion, will be nothing short of spectacular.
Popular Industry Keynotes
Megaprojects – “The Coming Explosion of Megaprojects”
Gone are the days where people are impressed by projects costing $10-$50 million or even $100 million. We are witnessing an explosion in the number of $1 billion+ projects with many now exceeding $100 billion. Megaprojects are set to triple over the coming decade, reaching a staggering 24% of global GDP by 2030. Additional information here.
Insurance – “The Future of Risk”
The insurance industry exists as a tool for mitigating the costs and damage associated with a single incident occurring for an individual or organization. But the concept of risk is changing. Driverless cars are reducing risk while flying drones are increasing it. Peer-to-peer models, automated sales channels, telematics, home automation, the sharing economy, big data, pay-as-you-go policies, shifting consumer preferences, and identity theft are all in the process of creating a far different landscape for the insurance industry of tomorrow. Additional information here.
Money & Banking – “Rethinking the Banking and Finance Industry One Transaction at a Time.”
There are approximately 2.5 billion people in the world who do not have access to traditional banks, yet nearly half of them have a mobile phone. The future of banking will be mobile, happening on devices we carry in our pockets, built into jewelry, and on our wrists, not in fancy office buildings. Brach banking will all but disappear. In less than five years, smartphones, watches, and other devices will replace credit/debit cards, wallets, lenders, stockbrokers, and insurance agents. And we’re just getting started. Additional information here.
Internet 10.0 – “The Future of the Internet – 8 Expanding Dimensions”
With the Internet being a multidimensional communications network, I like to think of it from the perspective of being inside a bag with people pushing on all of the outer walls simultaneously. The future of the Internet is not any one thing, it’s many. For this talk, I’ve broken the transformative nature of the Internet into eight causal dimensions that I use to expand our understanding of this super complex communication system. Additional information here.
Education – “Micro Colleges and the Emerging Education Marketplace”
It is no longer possible to predict the educational needs of business 4-5 years in advance. In fact, we need to prepare students for jobs that don’t exist, using technologies that haven’t been invented, to solve problems we don’t even know are problems yet. Micro Colleges are a responsive framework for creating talent pools to meet the fluid demands of business. With the average person entering the workforce in 2030 needing to reboot their career six times, we are entering a period of unprecedented opportunity for reskilling tomorrow’s workforce. Additional information here.
Future Jobs – “Preparing Yourself for the Workforce of the Future”
What are the odds that the job you’ll be doing 10 years from now doesn’t exist today? Turns out the odds are pretty high. Even though much of today’s technology is giving us super-human attributes and virtually everyone can now think-faster, know-faster, and do-faster than ever before, every new technology requires new skills, talents, and understandings that are hard to quantify. This talk takes audiences on a fascinating journey into the industries of tomorrow and the jobs they’ll create along the way. Additional information here.
Libraries – “The Future of Libraries: A Liquid Network for Our Ideas”
At a conference on the “Future of Libraries” put together by the American Library Association at the Library of Congress in Washington DC, I proposed a rather unusual mission for libraries, that of becoming “liquid networks” for our ideas. Libraries are not just about books, they’re about ideas. Even though we have thousands of placeholders for our momentary flashes of brilliance, the reality is that most public and private companies tend to have a rather short life expectancy, and some ideas need a far longer gestation period. That’s where using libraries as a more stable storehouse of information comes into play. Additional information here.
Driverless Transportation – “The Coming of Peak Car”
There’s a significant difference between a driverless car and a fully autonomous vehicle. We already have a number of vehicles on the road today with driverless features, but that’s only a small step towards the no-steering-wheel type of driverless car many are imagining. Over the coming decades, a number of industry-wide “epiphany moments” will cause business leaders to rethink the true scope of the coming impact. Additional information here.
Agriculture – “The Future of Agriculture, Soon to Become the Coolest Profession on Earth”
Can better food create better people? Will a better food supply lead to healthier, stronger, better thinking people? This is exactly the premise that is driving many of the advances in farming today. To understand agribusiness in the future, we must probe into the changing nature of consumer demand and the entire human-food interface. As we transition from today’s fad-based diets to more science based ones, our ability to read and monitor a person’s metabolic reaction to the food eaten will cause the agriculture industry to evolve with great precision around the tiny niche demands in consumer marketplace. Additional information here.
Your Business in 2030 – “Creating a Future-Resilient Organization”
Unlike the study of macro or megatrends, situational futuring is a micro-futuring process that begins with a single invention, tiny idea, or what-if condition and expands from there. The process begins with an initial scenario and asking some of the standard who-what-when-where-how-and-why questions. Probing deeper, questions formulated around things like timing, monetary implications, disruptive effects, symbiotic partners, who-wins-who-loses, wild cards, policy changes, and strange bedfellows will help expand your thinking even further. This works particularly well in a brainstorming environment where thoughts and ideas can be quickly sketched out, described, or clarified so more can be added. Additional information here.
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Thomas Frey Unplugged – Future Trend Briefings
Tom’s understanding of the world around us clearly shines when he goes off-script and gets interactive with small groups and executive teams. Both his depth of knowledge on specific industries, coupled with a broader perspective on system, technology, and lifestyle trends makes each session a riveting experience. Gone are the vagaries and generalized outlooks that accompany most predictions. Instead, he has a way of opening the hood to reveal the inner workings of the real drivers powering the engines of change.
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