“When it comes to the future, you can always try for a better headline!” -Futurist Jim Carroll
Archives for November 2017
“Things that worked for you in the past might now be the anchor that holds you back. Abandon your legacy – embrace a new one!” – Futurist Jim Carroll
‘’ Today, I’m in Oklahoma City to headline the Chamber of Commerce luncheon, with a keynote that will provide for the next wave of economic growth. It’s oil and energy country, yet there is a massive wave of transformation hitting the energy sector as grid parity rushes at us, the grid gets smart, cars go electric, and micro-grids dominate the future. What happens when economies change? Some people cling to an old economy – others embrace the future.
It should be fun!’’
Over 700 local executives from throughout the city attended the event that I headlined, with a keynote that took a look at over 20 trends that are providing opportunity in the global economy.
While much of the US is on the ropes with the never-ending political soap opera, senior executives are also eager to understand where the global economy is really headed. OKC picked me to do this job, and the reports coming in are that they are thrilled with the job that I did!
Obviously, this is a HOT topic, and being invited in by one of the pre-eminent automative companies in the world to share my thoughts on these trends is certainly a career highlight! 2017 was characterized by an increased number of organizations looking for in depth insight to the massive disruption occurring in the industry – I spoke at automotive, trucking, hi-tech, finance and insurance conferences about the impact of self-driving, autonomous vehicles. Simply check out some of the posts in the automotive trends section of my blog – it’s over there on the right — for some insight into why companies like this are choosing to bring me in.
“In the race to the high velocity future, skills access is the new high-wattage energy!” -Futurist Jim Carroll
‘’ I’m off to Detroit today where I’ll speak tomorrow at Mercedes Benz North American HQ on the future – and obviously, electric vehicles, batteries and self-driving cars. MB is investing $10 billion to accelerate its capability in electric vehicles, but one investment — it is also working hard in the autonomous space.
A big part of this investment will go into new skills and knowledge — as it transitions from a company based on carbon to one based on a different type of energy!’’
“Be bold in your thinking, daring with your dreams, and fast with your actions!” – Futurist Jim Carroll
“The photo is from my keynote for the 100th anniversary of Nikon in Tokyo last month. The quote involves my keynotes for NASA, an organization that has had me in (twice!) to help frame issues of future trends and innovation.
Was my talk effective? This was the feedback! “Great presentation, great perspective, EXCELLENT on all accounts.” “Outstanding. Very thought provoking which I believe was the intent” “It takes a lot to impress an astronaut. And I’m impressed! Thought provoking!” “I resonated with this speaker; it’s very hard, NASA needs more of this kind of attitude to more readily accept changes to explore/exploit opportunities”