Chief Futurist
& Hope Engineer

Drive profitability today by exploring futures and shifting mindsets from what is to what if…

Futurist Speaker, Author & Executive Advisor

Nikolas Badminton educates and motivates world-leading executives, organizations, and governments on how to ignite curiosity, transformation and change to drive sustainable profit, increased market value and hypergrowth.

His keynotes inspire executives to create powerful visions of the futures, question how we work today, and explore how we need to create resilient and thriving industries power next level human ability.

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Custom keynotes to meet your goals

Nikolas starts with speaking to you about the hopes, goals and objectives for your event. He then undertakes deep research and designs a custom futurist keynote to engage, inspire and motivate action in your audience.

Disruptive industry signals and trends

Nikolas shows you the possible future of your industry, case studies, innovative thinking, exponential technologies – from Artificial Intelligence and Generative AI to sensor fusion, and how they will transform over the next 20+ years.

Actionable learning and takeaways

Nikolas teaches you how to shift your mindset from what is to WHAT IF… and develop future stories using a custom, interactive digital experience for your attendees and online tools to ignite futures thinking.

Live Q&A and workshops

Nikolas' question and answer sessions are legendary. And, his action-driven workshops are essential. It's the chance for the audience to go deeper, challenge, and make the conversation bigger

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Nikolas really knows how to immediately engage and inspire an audience. He not only leaves his audience wanting more, but inspires them in a way that energizes the growth mindset and punctuates a “WHAT IF” mentality.
Nikolas brought a provocative point of view on how AI and the new large compute areas (artificial intelligence, spatial etc.) that left the room starting to shift the way they approach future product framing.
Nikolas is not just an incredible presenter. He grabs the audience's attention and doesn’t let go.
Your keynote session was really on point with what is happening with our company and how to look ahead and "engineer hope"
I found Nikolas' comprehensive and multifaceted approach to visioning the future and its associated trends inspiring and insightful
Nikolas made a huge impact for us to get the conversation about foresight going in North America but also the world.

Facing Our Futures – #1 best seller and award-winning book

Facing Our Futures is a No. 1 Amazon Best Seller in Business Research & Development, JP Morgan’s “Next Gen Pick” for their 2023 Summer Reading List, and selected as a Top-50 Business Book of 2023 the Next Big Idea Club.

Facing Our Futures is the where Nikolas Badminton draws upon his decades of experience as a futurist to provide executives and world leaders 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.

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Chief Futurist

Nikolas Badminton

Nikolas Badminton is the Chief Futurist of the Futurist Think Tank. He is world-renowned futurist speaker, award-winning author, executive advisor, and has worked with over 400 of the world’s most impactful companies to establish strategic foresight capabilities, identify trends shaping our world, help anticipate unforeseen risks, and design equitable futures for all. In his new book – ‘Facing Our Futures’ – he challenges short-term thinking and provides executives and organizations with the foundations for futures design and the tools to ignite curiosity, create a framework for futures exploration, and shift their mindset from what is to WHAT IF…

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Nikolas is the Chief Futurist for the Futurist Think Tank at, 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 will be released – ‘Facing Our Futures’ provides 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.

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Nikolas Badminton is a world-renowned futurist speaker, the Chief Futurist at, Consultant, Author, Media Producer, and Executive Advisor. He has delivered futurist keynotes to and worked with executives and the C-suite at over 300 of the world’s most impactful organizations and governments.

Nikolas and the Futurist Think Tank help executives learn strategic foresight practices that shape the visions that shape impactful organizations, trillion-dollar companies, startups, progressive governments, and multi-billion dollar investment funds.

Nikolas’ keynotes are always customized for what you need and ignite your audience’s thinking to shift midgets from WHAT IS TO WHAT IF… The result is the ability to be curious, explore possibilities, and imagine incredible futures for all.

All keynotes are available in-person at your event or workplace, full virtual from Nikolas’ Future Casting studio (4K streaming and high-production), or in hybrid format using your studio or event space.

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World leaders, impactful organizations and governments engage Nikolas Badminton and the Futurist Think Tank to help them build the skillsets needed for strategic foresight, anticipatory organizational capabilities and the ability to be curious and consider the futures ahead of us deeply.

The Futurist Think Tank works with executives to

  • Discuss of global megatrends, secondary research and scanning for signals.
  • Identify disruptive industry trends.
  • Seek challenges and seeing unforeseen risks.
  • Build WHAT IF… futures scenarios.
  • Write speculative fiction and designing experiential futures.
  • Backcasting and risk anticipation.

The result is bolder future visions of that might be and imagined future states that allow teams to anticipate unseen risks and create stronger strategic plans that guide the companies forward.

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Progressive organizations develop strategic foresight capabilities to strengthen strategic planning, innovation initiatives, and operations. In fact, organizations that build anticipatory capabilities, strategic foresight practices, and future-proof their business have been found to outperform the average by a 33% higher profitability and a 200% higher growth. Those organizations that do not can face performance discounts of 37% to 108%.

Nikolas Badminton and the Futurist Think Tank works with the C-suite and executives to provide Strategic Foresight services, including:

  • Foresight training
  • Foresight workshops (using our proprietary Foresight Development Framework)
  • Future product exploration
  • Discuss of global megatrends, secondary research and scanning for signals.
  • Identify disruptive industry trends.
  • Seek challenges and seeing unforeseen risks.
  • Build WHAT IF… futures scenarios.
  • Write speculative fiction and designing experiential futures.
  • Backcasting and risk anticipation.

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Nikolas Badminton provides coaching to C-suite executives on augmenting corporate strategic planning and risk analysis with foresight processes and capabilities. His ongoing counsel and collaborative methods create the ability for executives to more deeply consider our futures and bring incredible value to their organizations.

In addition, monthly and quarterly signals and trends reports can be provided with active coaching on the implications of

  • Global megatrends, secondary research and scanning for signals.
  • Disruptive industry trends.
  • Unforeseen challenges and risks.
  • WHAT IF… futures scenarios.
  • Exploration of speculative fiction and experiential futures.
  • Backcasting and risk anticipation.

Futures coaching can also be provided for incumbent and incoming Futurist-in-Residence and Chief Futures Officers (CFuO) to ensure a broader worldview is maintained and a connection to the wider foresight community is ongoing.

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Imagine being able to ignite your organization’s curiosity, explore our futures together, and imagine multiple future scenarios that might play out for your industry and organization. Imagine developing that capability and using that foresight to make decisions that can influence the future you want for your organization, your industry, and the world.

Nikolas Badminton and the Futurist Think Tank provides impactful organizations with Foresight Training and Workshops that allow clients looking to learn about the tools and techniques used in foresight, including

  • Global megatrends monitoring
  • Signals scanning and trend identification
  • WHAT IF… scenario development
  • Causal Layered Analysis (CLA)
  • Foresight Development Framework.
  • Positive-Dystopian Framework.
  • Speculative Design and Experiential Futures
  • Future product design
  • Backcasting
  • And, other strategic foresight methods.

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Chief Futurist and leader of the Futurist Think Tank Nikolas Badminton presents the Exponential Minds Podcast where he explores ideas with experts from futures thinking all fields around the world discussing how humanity is impacted by the exponential growth in technology and the thinking behind it.

Since 2016 he has been interviewing incredible creators, designers, thinkers and futurists on their philosophies and work. These include – Denny Unger, Kharis O’Connell, Dr. Wendy Schultz, Madeline Ashby, Karl Schroeder, Monika Bielskyte, Leah Zaidi, Dre Labre, Dr. Jake Sotiriadis, Dr. Joseph Voros, Tracey Follows, Bronwyn Williams, Loes Damhof, Ian Burbidge, Carol Anne Hilton, Rotem Petranker, Pia Puolakka, Chris Dancy, Peter Nowak, Natalie Nixon, Melissa Eshaghbeigi, Rocky Ozaki, Sasha Despotovski, Rafeeq Bosch, Cathy Hackl, Ben Feist, Marianne Lefever, Anne Boysen, Glen Hiemstra, Shawn Kanungo, Liza Amlani, and more.

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Nikolas Badminton owns and operates and is the Chief Futurist of the Futurist Think Tank. began in 1993, when Glen Hiemstra was working on a project in the greater Seattle area to be called ‘Smart Seattle’. From a project team member, Jan Greylorn, he learned about Mosaic, the first web browser that was going to launch that very year, at which point the Internet would start to become the World Wide Web. He also learned that there was an international registry for what would become Home Pages or Domains on this new World Wide Web.

Glen was primed to hear such news because he had literally been studying the future of communication on the Internet since 1980, publishing some of the early academic work on that topic while in academia. And, Glen had been using the early Internet in my futurist consulting business for years via AOL. So he immediately inquired about registering the domain and was surprised to learn that neither the World Future Society nor Alvin Toffler nor anyone else had registered So Glen stepped up and did just that.

And now, over 27 years later, as so well expressed by the poet David Whyte, “I turned my face for a moment, and it became my life.”

By 1995 with the help of Brenda Cooper (now an award winning science fiction writer and member of the Think Tank, but then an IT manager for a small city who was experimenting in writing HTML code) Glen had put a website up, and by 1998 it was well established. You can find a version of that early on the Wayback Machine – this is about the oldest version that you can access.

We at have always offered free information to the public, written by Glen and guest writers, while also acting as a marketing tool for his futurist business of consulting, research, and keynote speaking. At various times Glen tried to make it more of a team operation, most recently with the creation of the Think Tank in 2013.

In 2018 Nikolas Badminton had the the pleasure of connecting and working with Glen and the Think Tank members in running projects, delivering futurist keynotes, creating content and advising clients.

Over the past 25 years Nikolas benefited from the wisdom gained from studying artificial intelligence and linguistics to delivering large scale data analytics solutions to advancing digital strategy and consumer engagement through advertising and sharing economy platforms. This experience is the bedrock for the futures practice he have built over the past 10 years.

In that time Nikolas worked as a futurist speaker and consultant to keynote and advise over 300 companies, established national TV and radio conversations on the future, published research into the implications of artificial intelligence and technologies’ effect on mental health, and advised A-list Hollywood in producing documentaries. In addition, Nikolas has shared over 750 articles on his own website – – in addition to speaking around the world, working with the most impactful companies, and curating events like Cyborg Camp YVR, Dark Futures and Future Camp.

The parallels between the futures practice Nikolas built and what Glen has been delivering for decades are hugely complementary so we decided for Nikolas to take the reins on running for the next 27 years, and beyond.

Nikolas Badminton FRSA takes on the reigns at Chief Futurist of the Futurist Think Tank while Glen Hiemstra remains involved at a distance as Founder and Futurist Emeritus.

Our futures are certainly bright. Come along for the ride.

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