Insights · October 22nd, 2022

We are proud to announce a new 2023 Keynote and Workshop developed by Nikolas Badminton with support from the Futurist Think Tank – ‘Bracing for recession, Looking to 2030 and beyond’ – that helps you see the dynamics in play and apply strategic foresight in setting out strategic plans to weather the storm of the impending 2023 recession.

New 2023 Keynote and Workshop : Bracing for recession, Looking to 2030 and beyond

The world is reeling in the wake of the pandemic, with global water-energy-food crises, geopolitical unrest and the creeping recession that we feel coming in 2023. We’re now seeing technology hype cycles gather momentum with tensions across generative artificial intelligence, data usage, social media, automation, and other areas.

Now is the time to regroup and get focused on a way forward and we must explore the potentialities of our futures beyond the next 2 to 3 years to see how we can establish more bold visions of the impact we can make.

Nikolas Badminton and the Futurist Think Tank has created a keynote and workshop that helps executives and their organizations understand the playing field today, the tensions in the world, the opportunities we have and the futures that we can create together.

A keynote to prime thinking

Nikolas will deliver an energetic and inspiring keynote that ignites curiosity, shifts your mindset from what is to what if, and teaches you how to think like a futurist. He will share stories of the cultural shifts and winning strategies you have to employ in uncertain times. And, beyond that he will guide you through a workshop that helps you:

  • Understand how foresight helps us navigate through uncertain times – we know that foresight is the missing link between strategic planning, disruption and our futures. Exploring positive and challenging futures is key to establishing a roadmap to navigate recessions and 
  • See shifting global megatrends and geopolitical dynamics that will shape the next 10 years – economic power, population growth, water-energy-food, waste, climate change and energy. 
  • Explore the trends and tensions that will change your industry – Future of Work, Artificial Intelligence and automation, Smart Cities and Urban Planning, Metaverse and Web3, Privacy and Security, Agriculture, Aerospace, Engineering and Manufacturing, Transportation and Logistics, Finance and Insurance. 
  • Establish a sustainability mindset – ESG policy, United Nations SDGs, and circular economy
  • Learn how to operationalize foresight to create organizational resiliency – how we can write scenarios and tell stories of our futures

As always, the keynote and workshop is built in collaboration with clients to create resiliency, an incredible vision of our futures and a plan to get there.

A workshop to establish futures exploration

We have an approach that uses four futures exploration activities that ignites our futures thinking:

1. Creative exploration of what your organization could become in the next 5 to 20 years – client groups discuss the future trends and possibilities they have just heard and summarize what for the table are the most important trends and scenarios for their future:

  • What we need to learn about for the long term
  • What we need to prepare in the medium term
  • What we should begin doing (or stop doing) in the near term

2. Exploring signal intersections – client groups will take 2 to 4 signals and consider the intersections, identify trends and sketch out speculative future products

3. What if scenario sketches – Each table group will build out scenarios that prime thinking of what a future world will look like for your organization.

  • Combining trends and speculative products to create new possible futures
  • Identifying positive and negative effects on the travel dynamics in the US, traveler’s experiences, and the organization
  • Identifying opportunities, challenges and risks

4. Future Headlines – Each table group will imagine future press headlines for the year 2035 and beyond to show the incredible impact that your organization is having on people and the world e.g. ‘We revolutionize equality and access to travel for all Americans’ etc. These will be shared in the event space for the remainder of the event to connect the session more widely with the program.

Reach out to Nikolas to discuss how this can inform and help you navigate the next 3 to 5 years – click here.

The Importance of Foresight and Futures Design

Nikolas Badminton shares his thoughts on the importance of Futures Design at the Elevate Festival 2023 in Toronto, Canada.

Reach out to Nikolas to discuss how this can help you and your organizations navigate the next 3 to 5 years – click here.

You can also preorder Nikolas’ new book ‘Facing Our Futures’ at AmazonBloomsburyBarnes and Noble and other fine purveyors of books. We’s also love it if you considered pre-ordering from your local, independent book store as well.

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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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