Insights January 6th, 2022
2021 has been a stellar year for business. The team and I have worked with numerous clients to deliver futures design to great organizations research, training, workshops and design activities. In addition, it was a year where we delivered dozens of engaging virtual keynotes as well.
We’re excited for 2022 and there are already some exciting media projects underway in addition to some significant in-person and virtual keynotes.
I wanted to share some of the kind words from my clients and do reach out to discuss your project and/or event.
Virtual Keynote Testimonials
2021 was the year when the Future Casting Studio matured and evolved. Clients loved the virtual keynotes delivered.
“It was a pleasure to have met you and a privilege to have a chance to lead the Qs for the team. I can certainly attest to the fact that it was well received as my own team members were writing to me throughout and after the session with high praise. The consensus was that it was a great balance of ‘out there, big ideas’ coupled with how it could come to life in our ‘real worlds’.”
Vanessa Crooker, Vice President, Marketing, Global Merchant & Network Services, American Express
“You wowed the crowd! Our Audience was begging for more! Super interesting, visionary and matching content, unique presentation formant & you’re a very engaging and powerful speaker. Definitely one of the big highlights during our event! Nik, you killed it!”
Nicole Schwaegerl, Head of Community at Transporeon
“Nikolas has a rare talent for looking into the future, analyzing trends and data and making predictions. He did an excellent job of tailoring his presentation to our audience. He was more than willing to meet as needed with us to discuss the content and allowed us to review it and provide feedback. The end result was a fresh, innovative and relevant presentation delivered in a highly engaging manner, which our audience loved. We would not hesitate to recommend Nikolas to others.”
Robin Cowper, Associate Director, Mechanical Contractors Association of Western Washington
“As the City of Dublin, Ohio, USA embarks on a community-wide effort to envision and plan for an exceptional future, Nikolas provided a global and forward-thinking perspective that really helped jump-start our public input process. The possibilities he shared were well informed and rooted in research. His presentation was exactly what we needed to help spark innovative thinking and drive an ongoing community conversation.”
Lindsay Weisenauer, City of Dublin Public Affairs Officer
“Nikolas was a pleasure to work with. He took the time to survey our delegates, tailor his ideas to our audience, and delivered an engaging and thought-provoking talk that resonated with our conference theme. He was an excellent choice to close our event, inspiring visioning for the future of our sector and providing delegates with a call to action when considering the future of their communities.”
Ana Fuller, Local Government Management Association of BC
“Just wanted to send a sincere thank you for your Keynote and engagement, which really worked so well in setting the stage for a great retreat. The Board really enjoyed what you had to say and it absolutely got them thinking big. And you did just a super job with the questions and discussion, so interesting. I am sure that your slide notes will be read by all. Thank you and hope to work with you again someday!”
Lori Mathison, President and CEO of Chartered Professional Accountants of British Columbia
“The Pear Healthcare Solutions team had the pleasure of collaborating with Nik on a special event that we developed and executed for community pharmacists practising in Saskatchewan, Canada. vHe was part of a multi-expert panel that was tasked with shining a light on the opportunities that exist for pharmacists to evolve and grow their businesses amidst never-ending change and challenges.
Nik was FULL of energy and enthusiasm, and worked closely with our team to ensure he fully understood our audience, so he could meet them where they are…BUT push them into thinking about some really novel approaches. He was positive, engaging, and delivered a fantastic virtual performance. His concepts were truly thought-provoking. Our client was happy and we were happy. Would highly recommend Nik as an addition to any event where you need a lens on the future…and how to get there!”
Dawn Murphy, VP, Client Services, Pear Healthcare Solutions Inc.
“You were brilliant. Your insights, inspiration and incredible depth of knowledge left all of us ready to leap into the future. You were engaging, personable and completely entertaining. Your natural rapport made our entire conference feel like we were the only reason you got out of bed that day. We were the centre of your attention, and because of that, all of us are better equipped to engage on the important global issue of transformational aging in a changing world.
Nik, we all stood a little taller, smiled a little bigger, and reached a little higher because of your presentation. Thank you.”
Bill Pratt, Chief Relationship, Research & Innovation Officer, Eden Care Communities
Futures Research, Training, and Consulting Testimonials
We have developed a suite of tools for research, training and futures consulting and have been working with the public and private sectors to deliver significant projects. We are also happy to partner with larger consulting organizations on enhancing their strategic planning capabilities to include foresight planning activities.
Organizations are choosing to embrace futures design and we are excited to help them and you step confidently towards our futures. See what some clients shared about working with us.
“Nikolas worked to help us to look out 10 to 20+ years to see the possible futures for aviation, airports, energy, and retail that may shape our future operations and passenger relationships. He also brought the evidence of possible futures back to today and made insightful recommendations to create deeper passenger experiences and commercial opportunities. Nikolas brought great value to our organization and I recommend him to others looking to broaden their strategic planning and design capabilities with foresight and futures thinking.”
Ian Clarke, CFO, Greater Toronto Airports Authority
“Working with Nik is an absolute pleasure. He landed in projects and got up to speed with the world of acronyms and grasping the realities of a global engineering company in no time. He is a talented future expert with a natural gift for futures and strategic business thinking. He made a huge impact for us to get the conversation about foresight going in North America but also the world.
Nikolas helped us on 3 different projects successfully, sometimes with extremely short deadlines. He is very productive, inventive and strategic and shows a great deal of initiative and attention to detail and listens to what people have to say. Nik is always upbeat, with a great attitude & possesses all the skill sets that you would want in a highly productive team member. I can’t say enough good things about Nik.”
Catherine Roy, Design Lead, Thales International
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About Nikolas Badminton
Nikolas Badminton is the Chief Futurist at futurist.com and a world-renowned futurist speaker, consultant, researcher, and media producer. He helps trillion-dollar companies, progressive governments and the media shift their mindset from “what is” to “WHAT IF…” The result is empowered employees, new innovative products and incredible growth that leads to more revenues and a more resilient future.
Nikolas 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 can be found on BBC, VICE, The Atlantic, Fast Company, Techcrunch, Business Insider, Huffington Post, Forbes, Sputnik and Venturebeat.
Nikolas provides the opening chapter – ‘Start with Dystopia’ in a new book – ‘The Future Starts Now: Expert Insights into the Future of Business, Technology and Society’ on Bloomsbury. His new book ‘Facing Our Futures’ is due out in 2022 on Bloomsbury and equips executives and world leaders with insights and foresight tools to imagine disruption, strengthen strategic planning, and see unforeseen risks.Nikolas is a Fellow of The Royal Society for Arts, Manufactures and Commerce – The RSA. The organization has been at the forefront of significant social impact for over 260 years with notable past fellows including Charles Dickens, Benjamin Franklin, Stephen Hawking, Nelson Mandela, and Tim Berners-Lee.