What if we become Futurists and Activists?
Over 25+ years Nikolas Badminton, Futurist Keynote Speaker and Chief Futurist at futurist.com that has worked with global clients in technology transformation, strategic planning and strategic foresight consulting services.
He’s worked with leading consultancies, advertising agencies and platforms teams to drive action in boosting innovation and creativity, hacking culture, applying of exponential technologies, and foresight planning. He helped clients create incredible transformation, customer engagement, and he’s won awards in technology and advertising. Nikolas’ passion, experience and positive activism shines through and inspires clients scan and understand signals of change, build resiliency through anticipating unforeseen risks, strengthening strategic planning, and creating bold visions of the future.Contact Nikolas
Computer programming, Internet revelations and Artificial Intelligence
Nikolas first sat at a computer in 1980 at the tender age of 8, and was given a copy of the Usborne Book of the Future by his father. This was the beginning of being inspired by what the future could hold for all of us.
At the age of 11 Nikolas was given his own computer – a ZX Spectrum – and spent hours each day programming, hacking games and working out how to manipulate code. In 1989, he focused his education on building out graphical programs and database solutions from the ground up.
In 1993, Nikolas enrolled in BSc in Applied Psychology and Computing at Bournemouth University in the United Kingdom. This progressive degree allowed him to experiment with the Internet, data, Organizational Design, Cognitive Psychology, Human-computer Interface (HCI) design, Artificial Intelligence, and debate Chaos and Complexity theories and the emerging cyberculture.
His final year thesis focused on a study into sub-symbolic language systems, how Artificial Neural Networks (ANNs) could aim to infer grammatical structures from them, and how we are potentially facing a devolution of grammar. Nikolas writes regularly on the subject of Artificial Intelligence to this day.
24+ years of experience and impact
In 1996, Nikolas started working in the space business for Matra Marconi Espace in Toulouse and Portsmouth, and eventually moved on to lead strategic capabilities a number of high-profile data and technology providers, management consultancies, advertising agencies and sharing economy platforms – Kenan Systems, Lucent Technologies, Capgemini, Blast Radius, DDB, TAXI, and Freelancer.com to name a few. In these places he built teams and led strategic programs delivering large-scale data analytics and CRM practices for impactful governments and global blue chip organizations.
In these roles Nikolas worked with CEOs and their executive teams to change how they see the world and provide impactful strategic advice. His advice has resulted in hundreds of millions of dollars in operational savings and increased revenues.
World-renowned Futurist Speaker
He has delighted more than 200,000 people at over 300 events with his insights, humour and guidance. He has also connected with millions through TV, media and radio. He is committed to keep pushing leaders to think bigger about their role in the future and to impact billions of people by providing a number of services over and above speaking.
Nikolas has advised Robert Downey Jr.’s team for the ‘Age of A.I.’ documentary series, starred in ‘SMART DRUGS – a Futurist’s journey into biohacking’, and features on CTV, Global News, Sirius XM regularly. His mind-expanding research and opinion has also been featured globally on BBC, VICE, The Atlantic, Fast Company, Techcrunch, Business Insider, Huffington Post, Forbes, Sputnik and Venturebeat.
He has a chapter for a 2021 book called ‘The Future Starts Now: Expert Insights into the Future of Business, Technology and Society’ for Bloomsbury – reserve a copy today.
Nikolas is also writing a book to give a new and fresh perspective on how to apply strategic foresight in your organization – stand by for updates and do reach out if you’d like to discuss your book project.
Work with Nikolas
Today, Nikolas Badminton is recognized as a world-renowned Futurist Speaker, Futurist Consultant, Author and Executive Advisor that creates foresight capabilities that help shape impactful organizations, trillion-dollar companies, progressive governments, and 200+ billion dollar investment funds. Nikolas will shift your mindset from what is to ‘WHAT IF..?’ and into brighter futures.