Insights May 7th, 2023

It’s 2023 and there are many people in the world that call themselves a Futurist Speaker. Not all provide organizations and governments what they need – a method for starting futures work along with a kick start of how to start the work of scanning for signals of change. Nikolas Badminton is a futurist speaker that has built his steadfast reputation doing just that.

Nikolas Badminton is a world-renowned and respected futurist speaker that has been working with clients for 30+ years to ignite thinking and here are 5 futurist keynotes from Nikolas that have helped audiences reframe their thinking.

Nikolas Badminton joined over 700 people at the Vancouver International Privacy & Security Summit (VIPSS) to share his thoughts on the future of privacy and security in the year 2

The Future of Technological Infrastructure

Nikolas Badminton joined BICSI at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas in September 2022 to speak to 2000+ members about the futures, challenges and opportunities that lay ahead of us.

Here is more about this keynote – ‘FACING OUR FUTURES’ – 20 years ago few people could have imagined that data would be the world’s biggest resource and tech companies would take the place of big retail, oil and banks as the most valuable companies. With that, we know that connectedness is no longer optional. Our world is contingent on the infrastructure of the Internet, connected devices, machine learning and new ways of connecting humanity for the good of the world. Today, opportunities are abundant and the ability to anticipate what is coming is becoming of utmost importance. Nikolas will show you how to shift your mindset from what is to what if… and see the cultural shifts, signals and innovative thinking that will change our technological world over the next 10, and 20+ years.

The Future of Security & Privacy

Facing Our Futures – 5 themes for the next 10 years – 2023 has started and the world not only feels different, it feels more uncertain than ever. This is the territory of futurists, social activists, technologists and policy makers. It’s time for us to step up. Futurist speaker Nikolas Badminton explores 5 themes that will shape the thinking about how we plan for our futures together – Geopolitics, Permacrises, Simulation, Utopia, and Longtermism.

Facing Our Futures at Elevate Festival 2022

Nikolas Badminton had the pleasure of addressing over 2000 people at Meridian Hall in Toronto at the amazing Elevate Festival.

In his keynote Nikolas discussed key concepts around the plurality of our futures, challenging the poverty of imagination, embracing exploration of signals and trends, scenarios and storytelling and how we need to look out for black elephants.

The Future of the Metaverse Virtual Keynote

Nikolas Badminton talks to a large Big 4 consultancy client about the challenges and opportunities when considering experience futures by utilizing web3 and metaversal experiences. 

The Future of Agriculture

New ways of sustainable and innovative agricultural practices have never been needed more than they are today. By 2050, the United Nations has stated that we will need to grow 60% more than today. To do that we need to look to new innovative practices, exponential technologies, and diverse ways of thinking about food production to help us achieve that. 

Nikolas will take us from ‘what is’ to ‘what if…’ and help us imagine the potential with the future of agriculture using ‘signals of change’ he sees is using Big Data, the Internet of Agricultural Things, transportation, agritech, genetics, cellular protein and other advancements.

Working together collaboratively

Nikolas has developed a collaborative process so we ensure we create something compelling for your audience, and my keynotes use stories, images, videos and statistics to show how our world is changing to uncover new opportunities. 

Subject matter is adjusted per client and covers a number of critical areas of exploration and consideration. Here is one example of this for a finance client focused on the future of payments:

  • Futures Exploration – How can we challenge the poverty of imagination, change and futures exploration supercharging strategic thinking.
  • Global Megatrends (and effects) – Economic shifts, population growth and megacities, water-energy-food nexus + climate, global energy shifts.
  • Change Drivers – Building trust and resiliency; Mobile and Fintech growth; Generation Z and financial behaviors, social media (esp. Tik Tok), wallets; Pandemic effects – 1st purchases, eCommerce growth; Wealth distribution.
  • Disrupting Finance – Data and AI / Tools vs. Cognition / Bias and data dignity; Central Banking / CBDCs and reserve currencies (USD vs. Yuan); Neo-banks and payments; Superapps and super-ecosystems; Web3 / Metaverse / Gaming ecosystems.
  • Futures Storytelling – how we can take the signals and trends to create design fiction that helps us feel the futures ahead of us.

Facing Our Futures – A book for your attendees

In February 2023 Nikolas Badminton released a #1 best selling book out that attendees may be interested in –  ‘Facing Our Futures: How foresight, futures design and strategy creates prosperity and growth’ – ‘A fascinating insight into how professionals and businesses can develop their foresight and strategy to ensure that they are prepared for an unpredictable future’ – read more here

Nikolas Badminton – Futurist Speaker – Biography

Nikolas Badminton FRSA is a global futurist speaker that mentors top executives and the highest levels of government to explore desirable futures, anticipate unforeseen risks, and strengthen strategic planning. 

He has spent 30+ years working with leadership at over 300 leading organizations at the frontline of foresight, strategy and disruption – including NASA, United Nations, Google, Microsoft, Intel, WM, HSBC, VISA, TD Bank, DISCOVER, American Express, Bank of Canada, Rolls Royce, Procter & Gamble, US Department of State, UK Home Office and many more. 

Nikolas’ #1 best selling book ‘Facing Our Futures’ – released internationally on Bloomsbury Business – helps executives ignite curiosity and embrace futures thinking. The result is future preparedness, better strategic planning, more profit and growth.

Nikolas’ essential research has been featured by the BBC, VICE, The Atlantic, Fast Company, Business Insider, Forbes, Sunday Telegraph and many others.  He appears on SIRIUSXM and CTV regularly, was a key advisor to the ‘Age of AI’ series with Robert Downey Jr, and appears in the Franklin Institute’s series ‘2050’.

About Nikolas Badminton

Nikolas Badminton is the Chief Futurist at He’s a world-renowned futurist speaker, consultant, author, media producer, and executive advisor that has spoken to, and worked with, over 300 of the world’s most impactful organizations and governments. He helps shape the visions that shape impactful organizations, trillion-dollar companies, progressive governments, and 200+ billion dollar investment funds.

Grab a copy of Nikolas #1 best selling book ‘Facing Our Futures’ at AmazonBloomsburyBarnes and Noble and other fine purveyors of books. We’s also love it if you considered ordering from your local, independent book store.

Facing Our Futures Futurist Keynote

Nikolas Badminton

Nikolas Badminton is the Chief Futurist of the Futurist Think Tank. He is world-renowned futurist speaker, a Fellow of The RSA (FRSA), a media personality, 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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