Nikolas Badminton is a world-renowned futurist speaker and thought leader that mentors top executives and the highest levels of government to explore desirable futures, anticipate unforeseen risks, and strengthen strategic planning. 

He has spent 30+ years working with leadership to build hope of a better future at over 400 leading organizations at the frontline of futures, strategy and disruption – including NASA, Disney, Google, Microsoft, Intel, IBM, WM, JP Morgan CHASE, VISA, TD Bank, American Express, AtkinsRéalis, Thales Group, BISCI, ISACA, Rolls Royce, Procter & Gamble, US Department of State, UK Home Office, United Nations, and many more. 

Nikolas is the Chief Futurist of, author of the #1 Best Selling book – Facing Our Futures: How foresight, futures design and strategy creates prosperity and growth – selected as JP Morgan’s ‘Next Gen Pick’ in their 2023 Summer Reading List – and a renowned futurist speaker, researcher, and media producer.

He helps trillion-dollar companies, progressive governments and the media ignite curiosity, shift their mindset from “what is” to “WHAT IF…” The result is empowered employees, new innovative products and incredible growth that leads to more revenues and a more resilient future.

Nikolas speaks from audiences ranging from board retreats and executive workshops to impactful government agencies and 37,000+ all-hand company meetings. The results is ignited imaginations, a futurist mindset and new pathways forward for a more hopeful future.

2024 Futurist Keynotes

Top-rated, and award-winning, Futurist keynote speaker Nikolas Badminton is now offering three exciting new keynotes for the 2024 to 2025 events season on Artificial Intelligence, Hope, and Innovation.

  • EXPONENTIAL HUMANITY – embrace new frontiers in A.I.
  • HOPE ENGINEERING – the power to change our world
  • SUPERCHARGE INNOVATION – find new opportunities with futures work.

Each one builds off of Nikolas extensive multi-decade experience and the needs he is seeing in the clients that he speaks to.

Read more details about each of them here.

Future of… Keynote Series

In addition to these 3 essential keynotes, Nikolas Badminton has tapped into his 35+ years of experience and over 300 futurist keynotes to develop specific research and insights into a number of key industries.

Click through to look at his featured ‘Future of…’ keynotes:

World-class Futurist Keynotes

The Future of Hope

The Future of Technology & Artificial Intelligence

Futurist Speaker Nikolas Badminton traveled to Zagreb, Croatia to speak at the Future Tense conference. Watch this keynote and learn about how we scan for signals, build trends, explore scenarios and tell stories of our futures so we feel how it is for us. See the tech that I think will disrupt. Understand the structural challenges and megatrends that deserve our attention, time and effort.

The Future of Data, AI & Infrastructure

20 years ago few people could have imagined that data would be the world’s biggest resource and tech companies would take the place of big retail, oil and banks as the most valuable companies. With that, we know that connectedness is no longer optional. Our world is contingent on the infrastructure of the Internet, connected devices, machine learning and new ways of connecting humanity for the good of the world. Today, opportunities are abundant and the ability to anticipate what is coming is becoming of utmost importance. Nikolas will show you how to shift your mindset from what is to what if… and see the cultural shifts, signals and innovative thinking that will change our technological world over the next 10, and 20+ years.

Nikolas Badminton on the importance of Futures Design

Nikolas Badminton shares his thoughts on the importance of embedding Futures Design into your organization or government at the Elevate Festival 2023 in Toronto, Canada.

UBIQUITOUS FRONTIERS: The next 50 years for Allstate (virtual keynote)

Nikolas Badminton dives into the next 50 years and the technology areas that will be affecting our ubiquitously connected world and the Internet of Things (IoT). He discusses robots, augmented reality and quantum computing. He also reminds us that we are human and there needs to be an ethical and moral balance in how we create out technological reality.

More keynotes, TV and radio interviews can be see at Nikolas’ Youtube Channel.


Nikolas has had the pleasure of speaking to over 300 incredible companies. Here is what some of them say about their experiences working with a world-leading futurist speaker:

“Nik is not just an incredible presenter. He grabs the audience’s attention and doesn’t let go.”


“Nik had that right balance of setting up the way we think about the future. He brought a provocative point of view on how AI and the new large compute areas (spatial etc.) that left the room starting to shift the way they approach future product framing. I highly recommend Nik!” VERIZON

“We have received an overwhelming amount of positive feedback from our attendees, who found your session to be one of the highlights of the conference.” Komunikacijski Laboratorij

“It was a pleasure to have met you and a privilege to have a chance to lead the Qs for the team.  I can certainly attest to the fact that it was well received as my own team members were writing to me throughout and after the session with high praise.” American Express

“You wowed the crowd! Our Audience was begging for more! Super interesting, visionary and matching content, unique presentation formant & you’re a very engaging and powerful speaker. Definitely one of the big highlights during our event! Nik, you killed it!” Transporeon GmbH

Facing Our Futures: How foresight, futures design and strategy creates prosperity and growth – JP Morgan’s ‘Next Gen Pick’

Nikolas has written a fascinating insight into how professionals and businesses can develop their foresight and strategy to ensure that they are prepared for an unpredictable future.

In Facing Our Futures: How foresight, futures design and strategy creates prosperity and growth, Nikolas Badminton draws upon his decades of experience as a consultant and futurist to provide readers with the skillset and outlook they need to prepare their organization, team and themselves for whatever obstacles the future may hold. CEOs, executive teams, government leaders and policy makers need to gain a broader perspective and a firmer grasp on how their relevant industry, society or community is evolving and changing. Once they have acquired this foresight, they need to then discover how to fully harness it – by strengthening their foundations, forecasting and establishing a resilient and adaptable strategy.

Facing Our Futures: How foresight, futures design and strategy creates prosperity and growth acts as a primer on the value of seeing how bad things can get and the power in imagining these futures. It also provides a proven strategic planning and foresight methodology – the Positive Dystopia Canvas (PDC) – that allows leaders to supercharge their teams to build evocative visions of futures that strengthen planning today.

The book has been selected as the ‘Next Gen Pick’ in JP Morgan’s 2023 Summer Reading List.

We can arrange for you to host book signings and bulk book orders for your organization and event so do contact us to discuss this with us.

You can order at Amazon, Bloomsbury, Barnes 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.