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So, how can you prepare for the unpredictable? The answer will surprise you. The key is embracing paradox: learning to unlearn, thinking about the unthinkable, recognizing failure as a critical component of success, and understanding that an awareness of one’s ignorance is a critical component of true wisdom.

Jack Uldrich paints vivid pictures of what the world may look like in just a few short years. He provides an in-depth exploration of how the “Internet of Things,” ‘Big Data,” social media, robotics, biotechnology, nanotechnology, artificial intelligence, renewable energy, and “collaborative consumption” will change everyday life for all of us very shortly. He follows through with upbeat, practical, and actionable insights on future trends, emerging technologies, innovation, change management, and leadership.


Thriving Today and Tomorrow: How to Think About the Trends Transforming Society

In this fast-paced, energetic keynote, global futurist and best-selling author Jack Uldrich will deliver a tailor-made presentation designed to entice people to think more broadly about the trends transforming their world. Uldrich will then provide tangible tools and techniques to help leaders leverage the transformation and turn it to their advantage.

The RE Generation: The Coming Age of Reimagination, Reconnection, and Regeneration

The “RE Generation” is a generation not defined by age but rather by ethos and action. There exists a growing cadre of individuals, business, corporations, organizations, and not-for-profits that are remaigining the world of tomorrow, reconnectioning to the things that matter most in life, and are fashioning a truly regenerative future. In this engaging, optimistic, and heart-lifting keynote presentation, global futurist and best-selling author Jack Uldrich will not only explain how the “RE Generation” is remaking the world and what this means for you and your organization, Uldrich will explain how you can (and should) become part of the RE Generation.

Jack’s book, The RE Generation, which dives deeper into this topic is expected in the summer of 2022.

Custom Presentations

Jack is known for his willingness to work with clients in order to deliver highly tailored presentations that are guaranteed to inspire and motivate. His sessions are designed to not only help your organization profit today, but continue to prosper long into the future. Jack tailors presentations to a variety of fields, including health care, energy, education, agriculture, finance, manufacturing, retail and investing. Ask how he can create a customized presentation for your organization.

The Big AHA

How to Future-Proof Your Business Against Tomorrow’s Transformational Trends, Today

In the near future, the greatest change will be the accelerating rate of change itself. In this enlightening, entertaining and educational session, Jack shares insights from his book, Business as Unusual: How to Future-Proof Yourself Against Tomorrow’s Transformational Trends, Today. He outlines the ten trends that will transform the world of tomorrow. Jack also identifies concrete actions businesses can take today to future-proof themselves against “the tides of tomorrow.”

Business as Unusual: How to Future-Proof Your Business in Transformational Times

The world has catapulted into a future of deep change. In this engaging, provocative, and insightful keynote session acclaimed global futurist and best-selling author Jack Uldrich will show how the world of tomorrow is exponentially changing and he explains why so many of the trends that were on the horizon in the past year continue to accelerate.

History reminds us that great challenges produce great change – as well as great opportunities. To take advantage of these extraordinary opportunities, businesses must position themselves now to operate in a world where “business as unusual” is the new “usual.” This session will help leaders at every level of an organization leverage ten “unconventional” techniques to succeed in today’s–and tomorrow’s–transformational times.

A More Beautiful Future: Why it Matters and How to Create It

In this powerful and inspirational new keynote, leading global futurist and best-selling author Jack Uldrich cleaves together today’s tectonic technological shifts with yesterday’s timeless principles to craft a clear-eyed and compelling vision of the future.

Appealing to the mind and heart, Uldrich spells out why the key to unlocking the future requires leaders and organizations to mindfully balance today’s hard trends with the ancient wisdom of the past.

The paradoxical combination of focusing like a laser on businesses’ bottom-line while simultaneously casting a broader light on the importance of embracing the interconnectedness between business, humanity, community, and the natural world will not only ensure an organization’s near-term survival, it will position it to grow and thrive across generations.

Jack’s stories, insights, and core message will awaken his audiences to new ways of seeing, hearing, feeling, and thinking, as well as empower them to work toward the creation of a more beautiful future for themselves, their families, their companies, their communities and, ultimately, the world.

Foresight 20/20:  Ten Trends Transforming Tomorrow

The next decade is less than 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: Ten years ago Uber, “The Internet of Things,” and the “sharing economy” didn’t yet exist. Now, fast forward a few years into the future and try to comprehend how accelerating advances in cognitive computing, artificial intelligence, mobile web video communications, virtual and augmented reality, social media, robotics, gaming dynamics, renewable energies, “Big Data”, cyber-security advances and, quite possibly, quantum computing 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 takes the guess-work out of understanding the near future by providing an in-depth exploration of how 10 technological trends will transform the world of 2020.

The Future Requires Unlearning

Today, we live in a world where “constant change is the only constant.” New advances in technology bring forth exciting discoveries every day. But often lost in this new reality is the fact that organizations must unlearn old, obsolete knowledge and old ways of doing business, before they can seize tomorrow’s opportunities.

In this fascinating, informative, and interactive presentation, Jack — hailed by BusinessWeek as “America’s Chief Unlearning Officer”— explains why unlearning is a critical skill for your organization.

How to Think Like a Futurist

The average lifespan of a Fortune 1000 company is 15 years–and dropping. Why is this happening? Primarily, it’s because companies are so focused on the present, they fail to appreciate how the world of tomorrow is changing. Smart companies hire futurists to survive. Wise companies learn how to think like a futurist and instill a “future mindset” throughout their organization.

In this interactive, engaging and educational seminar, best-selling author and renowned global futurist Jack Uldrich will instruct you and your team on how to “think like a futurist” and “future-proof” your organization in the process.

Specifically, you will:

  • Understand the trends transforming the world of tomorrow and learn how to become aware of what is coming next before your competitors;
  • Develop an appreciation for both why humility is critical in navigating the uncharted waters of tomorrow and why unlearning will be as important as learning in the future;
  • Learn how to take action in the face of uncertainty, ambiguity, and rapidly changing conditions;
  • Most importantly, you will adopt the mindset and acquire the tools to begin creating the future yourself.

The “Un-Economist”

Economists are bright, intelligent, well-intentioned individuals but there is one big thing they don’t know: They don’t know what they don’t know.

Take a moment to consider how often professional economists miss the next big shock to the global economy because of an unknown, unforeseen, unexpected or highly unlikely event.

In 1998, the economy was on the brink of a global meltdown because of a little-understood algorithm. In 2001, an unforeseen terrorist attack rocked the world economy. In 2005, unexpected technological advances in horizontal drilling and fracking technology sparked an energy renaissance that turned America into the largest net producer of energy in the world–an event no economist saw coming. And, most recently, the housing crisis and the ensuing global recession escaped the collective attention of every known economist.

Jack Uldrich is different from your ordinary Economist. Billed as the “Un-Economist” Jack Uldrich doesn’t claim to be able to predict the future. But, by focusing on what organizations “don’t know,” he does help them remain vigilant, humble and adaptable so that they are better prepared to meet whatever challenge is coming next.

If you are looking for a speaker to complement your traditional economist, best-selling author, global futurist Jack Uldrich is the perfect addition to your next event or conference.

Business as Unusual: How to Future-Proof Your Farm, Agri-Business or Bank in Transformational Times

Keynote | Audience Participation | Educational | Technical

The world has catapulted into a future of deep change. In this engaging, provocative, and insightful keynote session, acclaimed global futurist and best-selling author Jack Uldrich will demonstrate how the world of tomorrow is exponentially accelerating. He will then explain how many of the trends–including advances in artificial intelligence, blockchain, cybersecurity, data analytics, fintech, gene editing, and regenerative agriculture (among others)–will transform farming and banking in some potentially powerful ways in the years ahead.
History reminds us that great challenges produce great change–as well as great opportunities. To take advantage of these extraordinary opportunities, farmers, bankers, and agribusinesses alike must position themselves now to operate in a world where “business as unusual” is the new “usual.” This session will provide leaders at every level of their organization with the skills necessary to leverage ten “unconventional” techniques in order to succeed in today’s–and tomorrow’s–transformational times.

Keynote | Educational | Entertainment | Technical | Motivational

In this wildly unpredictable but ultimately fascinating and informative keynote presentation, global futurist and best-selling author Jack Uldrich will not only explain how artificial intelligence is transforming farming and agriculture, but he will conduct a live, curated conversation with AI (using the ChatGPT platform) as part of the presentation.

Few people are better prepared than Jack to guide your organization into this brave new future. He has been thinking and writing about this moment for over two decades. He is the author of “Jump the Curve, a book that covered exponential trends in technology; “Higher Unlearning,” which dealt with change management in the face of a rapidly changing future; and, most recently, “Business as Unusual,” a short manifesto that outlined ten strategies for coping with this unique moment in human history.

For those who are fearful of AI, Jack argues that those concerns are justified but, ultimately, society’s most outstanding obligation is to leverage this powerful new technology to help make all of us more human by freeing all individuals, including farmers and agri-business leaders alike, to focus on those characteristics and skills that are–and will remain-uniquely human.

Keynote | Educational | Inspirational | Technical

Agriculture is on the cusp of revolutionary change. The confluence of a series of powerful technological, geopolitical, economic, and social megatrends will create an increasingly chaotic and cloudy future for everyone.

Within this swirling sea of uncertainty, a literal world of opportunity awaits those who accept change, stay flexible, embrace experimentation, and work to create a culture of innovation.

In this energetic, entertaining, educational, and enlightening keynote presentation, futurist and best-selling author Jack Uldrich will begin by outlining the startling–and sometimes staggering–advances in artificial intelligence, synthetic biology, gene-editing, robotic automation, sub-orbital Internet, and precision and vertical farming. He will then discuss how these trends are converging with other seismic shifts in geopolitics, consumer behavior, and economics to drive everything from innovative new financing models to advances in sustainable energy and the growth of regenerative agriculture.

Uldrich will conclude by sharing concrete actions farmers and agribusiness leaders can take to survive and thrive in tomorrow’s world of rapidly accelerating change.

Why Future Trends in Agriculture Will Demand Unlearning  

Keynote | Educational | Technical | Motivational

In the past 100 years, the world has witnessed a startling change—everything from mass industrialization and globalization to space flight and longer life expectancies. Experts now predict society will see a comparable amount of change within the next two decades. Noted global futurist Jack Uldrich will provide a fast-paced and insightful overview of how ten technological trends—genomics, artificial intelligence, Blockchain, Internet of Things (sensors), satellites, data analytics, genomics, biotechnology, nanotechnology, 5G/rural broadband, renewal energy, artificial meat, and urban agriculture—are fueling significant change within the agriculture industry. Uldrich will then share a number of “unlearning” strategies workshop attendees can employ today to prepare themselves for tomorrow’s change and seize the opportunity to create a better and brighter future for their patients and the people with whom they work.

Major Take-Aways:

  • Gain an understanding of how technological trends are transforming agriculture
  • Come to appreciate why unlearning will be just as important as learning in the future
  • Become aware of the skills necessary to “create your own future.”
  • Change is the only constant. Flexibility and adaptability are crucial to prospering in the future.
  • The future is here now. However, one must expose oneself to diverse individuals and divergent ideas to glimpse it.
  • To appreciate all the future has to offer, one must “learn to unlearn” and embrace ambiguity.
  • The future is incredibly bright. A healthy belief in the “impossible” is necessary to capture its full potential.