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Jack Uldrich

Global Futurist, Scholar, Author

Acclaimed global futurist, compelling keynote speaker and best-selling author Jack Uldrich provides upbeat and practical insights on future trends, emerging technologies, innovation, change management and leadership.

The Big AHA: How to Future-Proof Your Business Against Tomorrow’s Transformational Trends, Today

The greatest change in the near future will be the rate of change itself—it is accelerating. In this enlightening, energetic, entertaining and educational session, global futurist Jack Uldrich will share the content from his forthcoming book, Business as Unusual: How to Future-Proof Yourself Against Tomorrow’s Transformational Trends, Today, and outline the 10 trends transforming the world of tomorrow, as well as identify a series of concrete actions industry leaders can take today to future-proof themselves and their customers against “the tides of tomorrow.”

Foresight 20/20: Ten Trends Transforming Tomorrow

The next decade is only a handful of years away. What might the world of 2020 like look like? How will you and your business have changed? More importantly, how will you and your organization need to change? The answer, in two short words, is a lot!

Consider this: Less than 10 years ago, Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and Wikipedia didn’t even exist; neither did iPhones, iPads, apps or Kindles. Now, fast-forward into the future and try to comprehend how accelerating advances in information and communication technologies, the “Internet of Things,” social media, robotics, artificial intelligence, nanotechnology, biotechnology, brain-neural interfaces, gaming dynamics, crowdsourcing, and open-source sharing platforms will continue to drive seismic change and deliver paradigm-shattering transformation to nearly every facet of society. It’s not easy.

In this engaging and entertaining keynote presentation based on his book, Foresight 20/20: A Futurist Explores the Trends Transforming Tomorrow, globally renowned futurist and best-selling author Jack Uldrich will take the guesswork out of understanding the near future by providing an in-depth exploration of how ten technological trends will transform the world of 2020.

Whatever your industry, association or organization, Uldrich will work with you and your staff to create a customized presentation sure to not only energize and enlighten your audience but also provide them with the inspiration and ammunition to harness these trends and create their own successful future.

The Future Requires Unlearning

The pace of technological change is accelerating. Today’s organizations are living in a world where “constant change is the only constant.” New advances in biotechnology, nanotechnology and information technology are bringing forth exciting and unexpected discoveries every day, while the expansive and growing power of the Internet, social networking and the open-source movement are fueling the fires which threaten to consume much of today’s existing business landscape.

Lifelong learning will obviously be more essential than ever in this chaotic and churning environment; but often lost in this new emerging reality of exponential change is the fact that before an organization can seize tomorrow’s opportunities, it must first unlearn old, obsolete knowledge as well as unlearn the old ways of doing business.

In this fascinating, informative, entertaining, interactive and enlightening presentation, noted global futurist and best-selling author Jack Uldrich—who has been hailed by BusinessWeek as “America’s Chief Unlearning Officer”—will not only explain why unlearning is a critical skill for your company or an organization’s employees, he will also demonstrate how unlearning can help:

  • Successfully navigate a future where the pace of scientific and technological knowledge is doubling every seven years;
  • Prepare for competition that doesn’t yet exist; and
  • Seize opportunities which are, today, only on the periphery of their imagination.

Vuja De: A Futurist Takes a Backwards Stroll into Your World of Tomorrow

“The perfect keynote for any company, organization or association celebrating a milestone anniversary!”

Winston Churchill once said, “The farther back one can look, the farther ahead one can see.” He was right. And what better time for any organization to look into the future than when celebrating 25, 50 or 100 years of success? 
Global futurist and best-selling author Jack Uldrich has the unique ability to use yesterday’s history lessons as a prism for helping his clients and his audiences understand how the world of tomorrow will be transformed. He has created dozens of customized keynote presentations for centennial celebrations as well as diamond, golden and silver anniversaries. From organizations as diverse as the Casualty Actuarial Society and Stiles Machinery to the Cleveland Community College, TD Bank and the International Card Manufacturers Association, Jack always leaves his audiences proud of their rich tradition and past accomplishments but poised to confidently create their new future. Find out how he can do the same for your organization or company.

Question the Future

Today, the greatest change is the rate of change itself. Put another way, society is transitioning to a period of constant transition. The net effect is that “answers” about the future are decreasing in value. This reality is, paradoxically, placing greater emphasis on the need to ask better questions.

In this thought-provoking but practical presentation, global futurist and best-selling author Jack Uldrich shares with his audience how the art and science of framing and asking better questions cannot only help individuals and organizations survive tomorrow’s rapidly changing environment but thrive by providing the key insights necessary for confidently creating their own future.

Meet Jack Uldrich

Acclaimed global futurist, compelling keynote speaker and best-selling author Jack Uldrich provides upbeat and practical insights on future trends, emerging technologies, innovation, change management and leadership.

Jack Uldrich is highly regarded for his ability to present complex technological and innovative information in an entertaining, understandable and practical manner. As a futurist, Uldrich is frequently asked, “What will the future look like?” And his response is: “Predictably unpredictable.” So, how does a person prepare for such a paradoxical future?  The answer lies in embracing other paradoxes such as learning to unlearn, thinking about the unthinkable, embracing failure as a key component of success, and acknowledging that an awareness of one’s ignorance is a key component of wisdom. Uldrich’s presentations provide scenarios that spell out what the world may look like in just a few short years and provide an in-depth exploration of how the “Internet of Things” and robotics, gaming dynamics and artificial intelligence will change everyday life for all of us by the beginning of the next decade. Uldrich speaks over 100 times a year and collaborates with clients in advance to deliver tailored remarks that will educate, entertain and inspire his audiences. He speaks to many business industries and organizations, especially on the transformation of health care, agriculture, energy, retail, education, and manufacturing.

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