Discover Your Future: Key Trends, Futurist Keynotes, Industry Forecasts

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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.

 

Future of FinTech - Keynote Speaker on FinTech Innovation - Impact on Banking, Insurance and Personal Finance

I have worked with many of the largest banks and insurers in the world over the last 20 years, and all of them are focussed right now on the threat and opportunity of FinTech innovation.

That's one reason why FinTech is one of the fastest growing areas of IT innovation with over $18bn invested a year.  In the first 3 months of 2017, Global FinTech startups raised $2.78n of investment from global venture capital firms, in 226 separate deals. In London alone there are probably over 10,000 FinTech startups - it is hard to keep track of the frenetic pace of change in this sector.

Why is FinTech so important?

Very simply: FinTech will cause as radical changes to banking and payments as the web has caused to the whole of society.

FinTech combines all the power of the web, the potential of mobile transactions, the capabilities of cloud-computing, of Artificial Intelligence and Big Data analytics, and all the potential of mega-sized IT platforms, to completely transform how money is stored and transferred, globally.

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The Future of War: Hybrid Conflicts, Civil Chaos, Cyberattacks, Border Disputes. Impact on defence spending, Superpowers Military Strategy - keynote speaker

A few years ago, I gave a lecture to the Pentagon (USPACOM), on how to reduce risks of future wars and reduce international tensions. It was one of the toughest assignments I can remember.

Our world spends over $1.8 trillion every year on weapons and other defence costs, or 2.5% of global GDP, down from 4% in the last days of the Cold War, equivalent to $250 per person on earth. Combined sales of the largest 100 arms companies is around $320 billion a year - yet most of it is completely irrelevant to the conflicts of the future.

40% of all global military spending is by one nation alone: America, which burns up more in this way than the next 15 highest-spending nations combined. This is a truly spectacular imbalance of military fire-power, and will be unsustainable in the longer term as we will see.  America only needs to spend 3% of GDP on arms to achieve such dominance – compared to Russia which today spends 4% of a much smaller economy, China 2%, India 2%, UK 2%, France 2%, Israel 6%, Saudi Arabia 9% and Oman 12%.... But how do we ensure world peace?....

Read more: The Future of War: Hybrid Conflicts, Civil Chaos, Cyberattacks, Border Disputes. Impact on defence spending, Superpowers Military Strategy - keynote speaker

   

Next Financial miss-selling crisis? Future of Fund Management. Why most fund managers I talk to do not recommend their own retail actively managed funds. Impact on Future of Banking and Pension Funds. Fund Management Keynote Speaker

Video from 2010 but JUST as urgent and relevant today.

Fund management really matters - as vital to society as hospitals and schools because it protects the wealth of us all as pensioners. For many years, I have given keynotes on global investment trends to Fund Managers from across the world.  I have had over $1 trillion of funds under management of a single audience. But here is a shocking fact. A significant proportion of fund managers (usually the great majority) at events I have spoken at over the last few years lack confidence in their own actively managed investment funds.  For example, most tell me (straw polling during presentations) that they do not recommend their own products to friends and family, and do not commit their own wealth into their own funds unless they need to as part of the job. If fund managers do not believe they are adding value, it becomes a serious ethical issue if those retail funds continue to be actively marketed.  Life is too short to sell things you don’t believe in. So what is the future of actively managed funds?...

Read more: Next Financial miss-selling crisis? Future of Fund Management. Why most fund managers I talk to do not recommend their own retail actively managed funds. Impact on Future of Banking and Pension Funds. Fund Management Keynote Speaker

   

With 3bn accounts hacked in just one company, cyberattacks are greatest risk to large business, nations and wider world - The Truth about Cybersecurity and what to do about it - keynote speaker

What happens when you combine Robotics, Artificial Intelligence, the Internet of Things, Big Data and Cloud Computing, to the world of banking, telcos, mobile devices and personal computers? 

The answer is the you get the biggest target for criminals that the world has ever seen - all waiting online to be attached and exploited in a billion different ways using little more than a couple of computers, owned by very smart geeks. Never in human history has it been possible for one person, sitting in a bedroom at home in a distant land, to create such havoc and chaos, to seize such power.  So what do we do about it?

Cyber-crime will be one of the greatest threats to our world over the next 50 years, and far beyond, into centuries to come.  There is no way back from such a future, except by dismantling all the global e-systems that link us increasingly together. (Extract from book The Future of Almost Everything by Futurist keynote speaker Patrick Dixon.)

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The Truth about Marketing - why most marketing directors hate marketing and how to create magic for customers - marketing keynote interview

Interview on marketing trends, with Patrick Dixon, Futurist - following keynote on the future of marketing at the Swiss Marketing Forum.

It is shocking how many marketing directors tell me in my marketing trends keynotes that they really hate marketing.

Almost all hands go up around the audience at large marketing events when I ask a simple question:

"Put up your hands if you hate marketing - you hate being marketed at.  You hate SMS campaigns directed at your phone.  You get irritated by YouTube adverts that last more than 5 seconds, and so on."

Mystery shopping is a great reality check, a wake up call for many marketing directors and customer experience teams. Pretend to be one of your own customers. Watch, listen, experience.

Read more: The Truth about Marketing - why most marketing directors hate marketing and how to create magic for customers - marketing keynote interview

   

Future of Travel, Tourism, Corporate Travel, Aviation, Hospitality and Hotels - travel industry keynote speaker for American Express

Here is a video of the keynote I gave on the future of travel for American Express in Moscow.  I gave a keynote on the same topic a couple of years earlier and the audience loved it so much that they asked me to return.

To make the point that video conferencing is a terrible experience compared to breathing the same air, being in the same room, they asked me to start my keynote by video link, from another room, and then walk right onto the platform, when talking about video calls and their impact on business travel.

So I recommend that you start the video around 2 minutes in - and enjoy your journey into the future....

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How to repair human organs, build new organs and regenerate your brain, liver, kidney, spinal cord and retina. Why stem cells will change our lives - future of health care

JUST AS I PREDICTED - 14 years ago in the video above.  We are now curing blindness in humans, using their own stem cells.

Stem cells are primitive cells which have the capacity to grow into many different types of organs. We now know that whenever an organ in your body is injured, these special cells are released by the bone marrow into the blood, which automatically search out areas of damage. 

The cells migrate to where they are most needed, and help in repairs.  In most cases we think the way they do this is by producing special chemicals such as cytokines, and other proteins or fats, which stimulate local regeneration.

The good news is that doctors have decades of experience of using stem cells in health care, treating people with advanced leukaemia which is cancer of the bone marrow. And we can find stem cells in many different parts of the body.

Read more: How to repair human organs, build new organs and regenerate your brain, liver, kidney, spinal cord and retina. Why stem cells will change our lives - future of health care

   

The TRUTH about the Global Economy, Wholesale Finance, Future Interest Rates, Real Estate Development and the Future of Banking - Keynote Speaker

We may debate the economics of the world over the last decade, but the fact is that many corporations now have huge cash mountains and no idea what to do with it. Trillions of dollars of cash is sitting in bank accounts of large companies doing nothing at all - more than $2.3 trillion in large Japanese companies alone. $12 trillion was made available a few years ago by Central Banks to the largest banks in their own nations. $3.7 trillion was by the US Federal Reserve alone. In addition $10 trillion of government bonds were issued with negative rates of interest (see below). Yet despite all this, many banks have refused to take cash offered by governments to help stimulate their economies, even when they are effectively fined by Central Banks for doing so...

Read more: The TRUTH about the Global Economy, Wholesale Finance, Future Interest Rates, Real Estate Development and the Future of Banking - Keynote Speaker

   

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