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Nikolas Badminton, world-renowned Futurist Speaker

From what is to what if…

Futurist Speaker

Nikolas Badminton is a world-renowned futurist speaker. He’s the Chief Futurist, Consultant, Author, Media Producer, and Executive Advisor that has worked with, over 300 of the world’s most impactful organizations and governments willing to challenge our poverty of imagination, awaken curiosity and create incredible futures. He helps shape the visions that drive impactful organizations, trillion-dollar companies, central banks, governments, startups and those.

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Impactful futurist keynotes

We start with your goals and objectives and then develop specific questions, and designs a custom futurist keynote to inspire your audience. This ensures an engaging and relevant experience.

Industry experience

Nikolas brings the depth of his personal and professional experience at the frontlines of human-computer interaction and culture-hacking into each futurist keynote. Your audience will leave with drive and enthusiasm for change.

Essential Q&A sessions

Question and answer sessions are the lifeblood of these futurist keynotes. It's the chance for the audience to explore, challenge, and make the conversation bigger. In addition, we can host group and one-on-one chats to drive deeper engagement.

Post-keynote engagement

Following each keynote, a report is released for all attendees with practical insights and advice on how our futures can be considered and designed. Essential for your business and event attendees.

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Client Testimonials
I found Nikolas' comprehensive and multifaceted approach to visioning the future and its associated trends inspiring and insightful
Youssef Nassef, United Nations
Nikolas 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.
Catherine Roy, Design Lead, Thales International
Nikolas delivered powerful insights into the challenges, opportunities and importance of understanding the technology that will move our industry, and our world, into the future
Darren Wallis, Bayer
Our audience was inspired and entertained, leaving with a new vision of what’s possible and the energy to do so
Sara E. Storrs, United Way Worldwide

Nikolas Badminton, Futurist Speaker FAQ

Nikolas is the Chief Futurist for the Futurist Think Tank at futurist.com, 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 futurist speaker that works with you and your team to plan for custom keynotes for your event that aim to inspire and ignite thinking in your audience. Nikolas starts with the goals and objectives each client has, develops specific questions, and designs the final keynote to fit their audience. He uses cinematic content, videos, stories, and deep research to ensure an engaging and relevant futurist keynote and inspirational audience experience.

In addition, Nikolas’ question and answer sessions are legendary. It’s the chance for the audience to go deeper, challenge, and make the conversation bigger.

No event is too big, or too smalls. Nikolas has engaged focused Board Retreats, Association conferences, all-hands company events and 3000+ person big ticket conferences.

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All futurist 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.

Nikolas Badminton has created a state-of-the-art Future Casting Studio with hi-resolution and hard-wired connections that allows for live streaming and recording of high-resolution (4K / 1080) and cinematic virtual futurist keynotes.

Nikolas’ virtual question and answer sessions go further to increase engagement and knowledge with your teams. It’s the chance for the audience to go deeper, challenge, and make the conversation bigger.

We can also pre-record virtual keynotes for you and your team and provide in-person Q&A sessions as well. This has all been proven to be incredible for hybrid and fully virtual conferences since before the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Nikolas Badminton and the team at the FUTURIST THINK TANK have developed an interactive experience where you can interact with the keynote and learn about building complex futures stories from the signals, trends and scenarios we explore together across a number of areas that we identify as important for you and your audience.

Areas of exploration can include global megatrends, evolution and transformation in your industry, algorithms and data growth, security and privacy, circularity and sustainability (ESG), and more. We adjust for your industry and organization.

This interactive game is played throughout the keynote and can teach you how to

  • Understand signals and trends that will shape the future of your industry
  • Explore scenarios that define technological, human and wildcard futures
  • Shift your mindset from what is to WHAT IF… and develop over 200 stories that can be used as a starting point for exploring the future of your organization and strategic planning.
  • Create fun, engagement and discussion on important topics within your audience

And, following the keynote you will have a deeper understanding of how your organization considers possible futures – is it tech-driven , humanity-focused or hoping that they’ll survive the changes coming your way?

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Following each futurist keynote, Nikolas can provide follow up sessions, client and sponsor roundtables, and a post-keynote report for all attendees with links to research, practical insights and advice on how our futures can be explored, considered and designed.

Nikolas is committed to executive and team engagement and reference for your business and event attendees beyond the futurist keynote provided for your event.

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“If operations are the body, strategy is the brain then Foresight is the awareness and consciousness of an organization. We need to embrace foresight and challenge our collective poverty of imagination to create long-term profit and resiliency.” Nikolas Badminton

Futurist Speaker Nikolas Badminton provides your audience with insights into futures design processes, including strategic foresight, signals scanning, trends identification, scenario development, speculative fiction, experiential futures, design fiction, and how foresight can be applied in your organization.

In this futurist keynote he will teach you 3 essential lessons:

  • Understand how Futures Design is essential for your business, explore future horizons and shift your mindset from what is to WHAT IF…
  • Explore future horizons and shift your mindset.
  • Create corporate foresight capabilities to unlock more profit and value in your organization.

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Futurist Speaker Nikolas Badminton provides your audience with key trends and stories relating to market disruption, exponential technologies, open innovation, patents and intellectual property development, innovation mindsets, non zero sum principles and sustainability – United Nations’ SDGs and Circular Economic principles, and more.

In this futurist keynote he will teach you 3 essential lessons:

  • Understand global megatrends and how to spot market disruption
  • See the trends and disruptive exponential technologies that are driving incredible innovation in organizations
  • how to create a innovation mindset and a culture of sustainability in your organization

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Futurist Speaker Nikolas Badminton provides your audience with key trends and stories relating to the Great Reset, the Great Resignation, hybrid work, nomadic workers and new models of hiring, remote work, virtual and collaborative workspaces, virtual reality, metaverse, and more.

In this futurist keynote he will teach you 3 essential lessons:

  • Understand global megatrends and how global work culture has been changed forever
  • Consider what trends and exponential technologies are shaping the future of work
  • See how leading organizations are rethinking collaboration and productivity in the workplace.

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Futurist Speaker Nikolas Badminton provides your audience with key trends, stories and case studies relating to water scarcity, renewable energy, solar, wind farms, anaerobic digesters, nuclear fusion, battery farms, super grids, fossil fuels, agriculture, agrifood, agribusiness, QSR, vertical farms, organic food, cellular protein, plant-based foods, Internet of Things, Precision Farming, Rooftop Gardens, Community Farms, Electrification, Electric Vehicles, hydrogen, biofuels, and more.

In this futurist keynote he will teach you 3 essential lessons:

  • Understand global megatrends and the complex relationship between water, energy and food
  • See the trends and exponential technologies are helping change our relationship with these foundations of society
  • See how society needs to shift it’s mindset towards water management, clean energy, and sustainability.

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Futurist Speaker Nikolas Badminton provides your audience with key trends, stories and case studies relating to the circular economy, United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), recycling, resale economy, zero waste, life cycle assessment, Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG), socially conscious investments, and more.

In this futurist keynote he will teach you 3 essential lessons:

  • Understand global megatrends and how waste is the cultural byproduct of our industrial complex
  • See the exponential technologies are helping change our relationship with the products we build and waste as a whole
  • See how society needs to shift its mindset towards waste management, and sustainability.

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Futurist Speaker Nikolas Badminton provides your audience with key trends, stories and case studies relating to big data analytics, sensor economies, Internet of Things, machine learning, robotics, robots, cobots, human and the machine, autonomous vehicles, and more.

In this futurist keynote he will teach you 3 essential lessons:

  • Understand global megatrends and how artificial intelligence is changing our world
  • See the exponential technologies built on the foundation of artificial intelligence and how they will change the world
  • See how society and business needs to shift its mindset towards intelligence augmentation.

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Futurist Speaker Nikolas Badminton provides your audience with key trends, stories and case studies relating to avionics, autonomous planes, Lunar settlements, 3d printing and additive manufacturing, digital twins, digital triplets, blockchain, and more.

In this futurist keynote he will teach you 3 essential lessons:

  • Understand global megatrends and how Aerospace, Engineering and Manufacturing will evolve
  • See the exponential technologies that are changing Aerospace, Engineering and Manufacturing
  • See our futures and how we will evolve towards a more sustainable world.

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Futurist Speaker Nikolas Badminton provides your audience with key trends, stories and case studies relating to automated logistics, autonomous highways, drone delivery, sub-orbital logistics, automotive innovation, electrification and charging infrastructure, Electric Vehicles (EVs), luxury vehicles and the influence of UHNWIs, hydrogen, biofuels, and more.

In this futurist keynote he will teach you 3 essential lessons:

  • Understand global megatrends and their impact on supply chains and how Logistics and Transportation works.
  • See how exponential technologies are changing the Transportation ecosystem.
  • See our futures and how we will evolve towards streamlined supply chains, empowered organizations and a sustainable transportation ecosystem.

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Futurist Speaker Nikolas Badminton provides your audience with key trends, stories and case studies relating to regenerative agriculture, agrifood, agribusiness, quick-service restaurants (QSR), ghost kitchens and dark kitchens, food apps, vertical farms, organic food, cellular protein, plant-based foods, Internet of Things, Precision Farming, Rooftop Gardens, community farms, electrification, electric vehicles (EVs), carbon farming, hydrogen, biofuels, greenflation, and more.

In this futurist keynote he will teach you 3 essential lessons:

  • Understand global megatrends and their impact on the Future of Agriculture and Agribusiness, and food production
  • See the exponential technologies that are changing Agriculture and Agribusiness
  • See our futures and how we will evolve towards a more abundant and sustainable world.

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Futurist Speaker Nikolas Badminton provides your audience with key trends, stories and case studies relating to securities, the futures of fiat currencies, regulations, digital currencies, cryptocurrencies, algorithmic trading, social media scanning, future of insurance, sensors and premiums, investment portfolio, stock markets, meme stocks, stonks, Gresham’s Law, and more.

In this futurist keynote he will teach you 3 essential lessons:

  • Understand global megatrends and their impact on the Future of Finance and Insurance.
  • See the trends and exponential technologies that are changing Agriculture and Agribusiness.
  • See our futures and how we will evolve towards a more considered, fair and sustainable world in relation to Finance and Insurance.

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Futurist Speaker Nikolas Badminton provides your audience with key trends, stories and case studies relating to megacities, passive house design, energy, water management, sponge cities, container homes, pre-fabrication, earthships, De Aardehuizen, the 15 minute city, Mayor Hildago’s Paris en Commun, designing happy cities, citizen engagement, social cohesion, waste management, community energy grids, off-grid living, tiny homes, homelessness, shelter, public art, eDemocracy, and more.

In this futurist keynote he will teach you 3 essential lessons:

  • Understand global megatrends and their impact on the Future of Finance and Insurance
  • See the trends and exponential technologies that are changing how we design cities
  • See our futures and how we will evolve towards a more abundant and sustainable world.

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Futurist Speaker Nikolas Badminton provides your audience with key trends, stories and case studies relating to Web3 and the Metaverse, cryptocurrencies, Gresham’s Law, Virtual Reality (VR), Augmented Reality (AR), Mixed Reality (XR), 3D immersive environments, Virtual Work, Entertainment, aSports, Fashion, Retail, Non-fungible Tokens, Tokenization, NFTs, blockchain, second life, Meta Horizons and more.

In this futurist keynote he will teach you 3 essential lessons:

  • Understand global megatrends and their impact on the Future of Metaverse, Web3, and Digital Engagement.
  • See the trends and exponential technologies that are changing how we design cities.
  • See our futures and how we will evolve towards a more equitable and connective world

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Futurist Speaker Nikolas Badminton provides your audience with key trends, stories and case studies relating to vulnerability exposure in our connected world, cyber criminals, cybersecurity, hackers, social engineering, white and black hat hacker mindsets, and more.

Nikolas Badminton is the futurist keynote speaker that provides your audience with key insights, signals and trends relating to the Future of Privacy and Security.

In this futurist keynote he will teach you 3 essential lessons:

  • Understand global megatrends and how privacy and security play a critical role
  • See the trends and exponential technologies that are exposing and helping us with privacy and security
  • See our futures and how we will evolve towards a more secure world where we have more control.

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