“Every initiative and new thought needs to come back to the importance of balancing the needs of humanity and its consideration of dynamics in our futures with respect to the water-energy-food nexus.”

Nikolas Badminton, Chief Futurist

Nikolas Badminton is the futurist keynote speaker that provides your audience with key insights, signals and trends relating to the Future of Water, Energy, and Food Nexus.

In this futurist keynote he will teach you 3 essential lessons:

  • Understand global megatrends and the complex relationship between water, energy and food
  • See the trends and exponential technologies are helping change our relationship with these foundations of society
  • See how society needs to shift it’s mindset towards water management, clean energy, and sustainability.

Lesson: Understand global megatrends and the complex relationship between water, energy and food

There are forces in the world that have far-reaching impacts across our struggling industrial complex. These include, economic power shifts with China and India as first and second with the United States in third place, the population boom in Africa and Southeast Asia, movements to megacities that will be over fifty million people in size by 2050 (Lagos, Nigeria will be the largest), the worsening global drought and water scarcity with effects on growing food and energy production.

These are the areas where the most essential solutions need to be developed and the foundations of information, energy and transportation will be disrupted by new and existing players. Disruption must be expected. As Nikolas says, “You either change, or change will happen to you.”

Lesson: See the trends and exponential technologies are helping change our relationship with these foundations of society

Nikolas will guide you through the technologies that are helping transform and create resiliency in the water-energy-food nexus.

So many technologies are having an incredible impact – Big data analytics, Artificial Intelligence (A.I.) and machine learning, robotic automation, Internet of Things and the sensor economy, smart cities, genetic editing, sub-orbital Internet, cellular agriculture, solar power and photovoltaics, batteries, wind farms, anaerobic digesters, nuclear fusion, battery farms, super grids, fossil fuels, agriculture, agrifood, agribusiness, QSR, vertical farms, organic food, cellular protein, plant-based foods, Internet of Things, Precision Farming, Rooftop Gardens, Community Farms, Electrification, Electric Vehicles, hydrogen, biofuels, cybersecurity, Nanotechnology, quantum computing, Computer telepathy, and more.

Lesson: See how society needs to shift it’s mindset towards water management, clean energy, and sustainability

We’re at a critical point in history where we must create sovereignty and resiliency around the use of water and consider its impacts. We’re likely to see a 35% reduction in yields of global vegetable and legume production  by 2100 due to water scarcity and increased salinity and ozone (source: PNAS), and an effect on 98% of global electric power generation with a 40% shortfall of available water across the globe by 2030  (source: Nature).

There is good news – if we are to take affirmative action towards a cleaner and more sustainable future. We can provide 86% of global energy demand using renewable energy by 2050 (source: IRENA), and $1.8tr investment could produce up to $7.1tr in economic benefits (source: Global Commission on Adaptation).

Shift your mindset from what is to WHAT IF…

What if you create bolder visions of your futures, strengthen strategic planning capabilities, anticipate unforeseen risks, and understand the value it provides to the market, your customers, and your shareholders? What if you create an anticipatory organizational capability? And, what if you empower all employees to be curious about the futures that lay ahead of us in 10, 20 and 30+ years?

Next Level Futurist Keynotes

Nikolas delivers futures exploration, education and experience in the futurist keynotes he researches and delivers to you and your audience. He undertakes specific research, divines unique perspectives and shares future insights for your industry. The result is a collaborative and impactful futurist keynote that event attendees deeply connect with, and are changed by.

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Contact Nikolas Badminton to discuss your organization’s needs to understand Futures Design at a deeper level and to ignite your event with a world-renowned futurist speaker.

About Nikolas Badminton FRSA, Chief Futurist

Nikolas is the Chief Futurist for the FUTURIST THINK TANK (futurist.com), a Fellow of The Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (The RSA), and works with trillion-dollar companies, central banks, governments, startups and those willing to challenge our poverty of imagination, awaken curiosity and create incredible futures.

He has worked with hundreds of world-leading companies, including NASA, Google, Microsoft, United Nations, United Way, Bayer, Corteva, Bank of Canada,  American Express, AT&T, Thales International, Rolls Royce, Heineken, Procter & Gamble, Government of Canada, UK Home Office, Government of Cayman Islands, IDEO, and many more.

Nikolas has been a mainstay in the media for the past decade talking about our futures. He’s appeared in the ‘Smart Drugs’ documentary, was an advisor to the ‘Age of AI’ series with Robert Downley Jr and appears in the upcoming series ‘The Secrets of Big Data’ on Discovery. He appears regularly on SIRIUSXM, and on CTV’s Future Friday. His essential research has also been featured by the BBC, VICE, The Atlantic, Fast Company, Techcrunch, Business Insider, Huffington Post, Forbes, Sputnik, Venturebeat, and Global News. He also produces and interviews incredible thinkers on the renowned Exponential Minds Podcast. In Fall 2022 Nikolas’ new book on futures design, long term thinking, and strategic foresight will be released – ‘Facing Our Futures’. This essential book will provide executives and organizations with the foundations for futures design and the tools to imagine new futures, create bolder visions, anticipate unforeseen risks, and strengthen strategic planning. Nikolas’ thinking can also be seen in the opening chapter of ‘The Future Starts Now’. Both are published by Bloomsbury Business.