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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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Over 25+ years Nikolas Badminton, Futurist Speaker, foresight thought leader, and Chief Futurist at that has worked with global clients in technology transformation, strategic planning and strategic foresight consulting services.

He’s worked with leading global think tanks, consultancies, advertising agencies , start-ups and high tech teams to drive transformation and action through strategic foresight, speculative futures, futurist keynotes, futures research, creative innovation programs, culture hacking, exploring 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.

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Igniting curiosity and action in 300+ world-leading organizations and governments

Today, Nikolas works as a futurist speaker and foresight thought leader with world-leading organizations and governments in the United States, Canada, UK, Europe, and Asia.

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 his work in film, news, 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 futurist 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 provides the opening chapter for the 2021 book called ‘The Future Starts Now: Expert Insights into the Future of Business, Technology and Society’ for Bloomsbury.

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 ‘The Future Starts Now’. Both are published by Bloomsbury Business. Please reach out if you’d like to discuss this.

Supercharging organizations as Chief Futurist at

Nikolas is the Chief Futurist at the Think Tank – an international consultancy founded in 1993 that is focused on long-range future trends and on strategies and techniques for shaping the preferred future. Our commitment is to a greater understanding of and enthusiasm about the future and future-related subjects.

He runs this with founding futurist Glen Hiemstra and and incredible roster of notable experts – Dr. Cindy Frewen, Bronwyn Williams, Sanjay Khanna, Anne Boysen, Richard Yonck, Melissa Eshaghbeigi, Tiffany Hamilton, Ramez Naam, and Jared Nichols.

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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.
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The early years: 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 and the beginning of his journey to become a futurist.
Shortly after, he was given his own computer – a ZX Spectrum – and spent hours each day programming, hacking games and working out how to manipulate code. By 1989, he had 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.

Building capabilities: 35+ 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 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.

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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, Disney, 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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