Discover Your Future: Key Trends and Scenarios for Growth

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* 15.5 million visitors, 6 million video views, conference keynotes by Patrick Dixon, Chairman Global Change Ltd, ranked in the past as one of 20 most influential business thinkers alive today (Thinkers 50), Futurist author of 16 books including The Future of Almost EverythingFuturewise, Building a Better Businesss and Sustainagility with 52,000 Twitter followers, 700,000 links to this site. He has worked with over 400 of the world's largest corporations. Book an event with Patrick Dixon, one of the world's best known Futurist keynote speakers.

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Truth about Robots - will robots destroy millions of jobs? What future for human beings at work? Robotics Keynote Speaker

Robots and Robotics Keynote SpeakerYesterday I shared a platform with a ROBOT to give a keynote for EY (Ernst & Young) - as I do regularly....but I'm at no risk whatsoever of losing my job to the automaton.

I have worked with over 400 of the world's largest companies over the last few years, as a Futurist advisor / keynote speaker - and huge numbers of them are worried about robotics / AI. What does it mean for our business? Are we investing enough in Big Data analytics? How will competitors attack our markets using robotics and next-generation automation.

At the same time, in the media everyday we see sensational headlines such as "Hundreds of millions of jobs will be lost to robots", suggesting that humankind will never be able to find enough work for tomorrow's people, because so many jobs will be done by machines....

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Truth about Blockchain and BitCoins – impact of Blockchain on your industry, business and wider world. BitCoin and other cryptocurrencies - keynote comment

I have advised hundreds of the world’s largest corporations on digital trends, and one of the biggest that CEOs and boards are now talking about is Blockchain. What is Blockchain and what does it mean for us?  Could Blockchain wipe out our business, or will Blockchain help us grow? Here is a comment after my recent keynote for the global team of Generali Insurance, on Blockchain.

Blockchain means that anyone in the world with online access can prove a particular document exists, when it was sent, who it was sent to and so on.  We can also prove that an event has taken place, in a way which is fully transparent to everyone who needs to know this around the world. The implications of this are going to be huge.  And it will be many years before we work it all out.  

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Future of Digital Marketing - make magic for customers: video and notes of entire Futurist keynote at Google premier event: mobile marketing, social marketing, YouTube / viral marketing, mobile banking and retail for 350 Google Digital Marketing Partners

Watch entire keynote on future of digital marketing - at Google premier marketing event - Google Accelerate. How to create magic for your customers using social media marketing and mobile marketing. Future of pay-per-click advertising, and mobile marketing campaigns and digital marketing. Discover the greatest secrets of all successful mobile marketing, social marketing trends, how to make money using Big Data and why Little Data matters most in targeting customers. How to use live data analytics to sharpen digital marketing and social media campaigns. Why social marketing can freak out your customers. The end of traditional marketing – transition to a personal advisor along the journey of life. Over 67,000 companies globally sell themselves as digital marketing experts but only 350 across the whole of Europe, Middle East and Africa are fully accredited as Google Digital Partners - and most of these global experts were in my audience. 

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How to spot Fake Forecasts, Bad Analysts and False Futurists - secret of more accurate forecasting. Shocking truth about easily avoidable Futurist errors

It is often said that no one can predict the future, but the truth is that forecasting is far easier than you may think, because many things change more slowly than media hype suggests.  I know this from advising hundreds of the world's largest corporations on the impact of key industry megatrends, for more than 20 years, and from writing many books about the future since 1987.  I’m not talking about share prices, commodity prices or currency rates.  Anything to do with markets is as difficult to predict two months ahead as the British weather. Every now and again in history there is a genuine step-change, for example the collapse of communism, or a global war, or the creation of the web, but such things are rare.  That’s why most board room debates about the future are not usually about direction of a trend, which tends to be fairly obvious, but about timing or speed of that trend. Judge me on my own record - content on this website goes back to 1996.


Here's what I wrote a while back for Wired Magazine (adapted)...


It is often said that no one can predict the future, but the truth is that forecasting is far easier than you may think, because many things change far more slowly than media hype suggests.  I know this from advising corporations on the impact of key megatrends, over the last 20 years, and from writing many books about the future since 1987.

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The truth about North Korea, President Trump, the real risk of war, and why options for the Pentagon and rest of world are so limited. What is likely to happen next.

Despite all the hot words from President Trump and some of the absurd commentary in the media, here is the truth about North Korea’s rapid military direction and about the complete impotence of the rest of the world.  And all taking place at a time when there are more geopolitical risks globally than for 30 years.

The fact is, that as we see every day in the failed state of Zimbabwe, or Afghanistan or more recently in the chaos of Venezuela, or in Syria or Iraq, the most powerful military forces in the world can be humbled and humiliated by the resilience and complexity of the tiniest of nations, however chaotic or weak they may appear to be.

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Truth about Mobile Payments, BitCoins, BlockChain and Cryptocurrencies - future of digital payments and banking. Why Telcos AND Retail Banks face major challenges

Video for Google on Digital Payments

I often give keynotes at banking conferences on mobile banking and digital payments - and BitCoins are often discussed. For over two decades, many people have been trying to develop a digital alternative to physical bank notes – to pay for things online in a fast, easy, secure and totally anonymous, private way. Are BitCoins the answer?

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Future Trends - impact on Portugal and rest of world. Managing risk and uncertainty, robotics and AI, and future ethics. Summary of keynote.

Interview for AESE Business School in Lisbon - about to give a keynote on global trends - 19th October 2017.  Here are major issues that are impacting very large numbers of companies across the world.  I usually group them as six factors that spell the word FUTURE, each of which forms one face of a cube.  The energy which spins the cube is EMOTION – reactions to events or trends are usually more important than events themselves.

“The world can change faster than you can hold a board meeting”, you said in a presentation. Among the hundreds of possibilities of change and innovation, what are the key trends do you foresee as having the most impact in business and personal life in this new World 4.0?"

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Future of Manufacturing 4.0, Logistics and Supply Chain Management, managing risks, saving costs, seizing new markets - Futurist keynote video for IBEC manufacturing conference

Keynote on Future of Manufacturing - for IBEC. Topics covered include managing uncertainty Future of Manufacturing 4.0; Digital Enterprises 4.0. Future of robotics. Future of 3D printing. Impact of online and mobile e-commerce on retail supply chains and customer expectations. Impact of global scale on manufacturing. Future of niche manufacturing, self-diagnosing and self-healing factory assembly lines. Why supply chains are becoming more regionalised.  Why radical changes are coming to manufacturing in China. Impact of digital tracking on manufacturing, and supply chain management.  Why Little Data is even more important than Big Data.  Truth about cyber-risks. Future of green tech innovation and green tech impact on every aspect of manufacturing.  Simple ways to cut more than 50% of road haulage energy use.

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