Insights · January 1st, 2021

This archive article was written by Glen Hiemstra, Futurist Emeritus.

Glen Hiemstra founded in the 1990’s and is now Futurist Emeritus in the Think Tank. An internationally respected expert on creating preferred futures, long-range planning and assessing future trends, Glen has advised professional, business, community, and government organizations for three decades. He is available to work with incredible clients on futurist keynotes and foresight consulting projects.


Richard Yonck, Author and member of the Think Tank, recently said goodbye to 2020 by highlighting five trends for 2021. Richard does not normally do forecasts or predictions, and notes that with these five trend domains he is highlighting key areas of interest to watch in 2021. Richard offers a link for each domain.


Want to see the future of digital health tools? Look to Germany.


“It will change everything”: DeepMind’s AI makes a gigantic leap in solving protein structures.


UK firm to turn moon rock into oxygen and building materials.


A study predicts smooth interaction between humans and robots.


Researchers advance a universal influenza virus vaccine.

Richard’s most recent book, Future Minds: The Rise of Intelligence from the Big Bang to the End of the Universe, is a terrific read. He explores the rise of intelligence over deep time, and posits that we are adding artificial or biological intelligence to this continual evolution. We, and the universe, get more intelligent over time. In this compelling presentation to the Seattle Town Hall series Richard explores the future of intelligence.

Richard is available for keynote and other presentations. Contact us to inquire about booking Richard in 2021.

Also see more trends from Chief Futurist Nikolas Badminton at

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Nikolas Badminton – Chief Futurist

Nikolas Badminton

Nikolas is the Chief Futurist of the Futurist Think Tank. He is world-renowned futurist speaker, a Fellow of The RSA, and has worked with over 300 of the world’s most impactful companies to establish strategic foresight capabilities, identify trends shaping our world, help anticipate unforeseen risks, and design equitable futures for all. In his new book – ‘Facing Our Futures’ – he challenges short-term thinking and provides executives and organizations with the foundations for futures design and the tools to ignite curiosity, create a framework for futures exploration, and shift their mindset from what is to WHAT IF…

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