Michael Walsh

Mike Walsh, best-selling author of FUTURETAINMENT and CEO of innovation research lab Tomorrow, is a leading authority on the digital future. He helps to prepare business leaders for what’s next. Rather than focusing on the distant future, Mike takes an anthropological approach – scanning the near horizon for disruptive technologies and consumer innovations on the verge of hitting critical mass, and then translating these into usable business strategies. Mike’s expertise is explaining new patterns of consumer behavior and disruptive technologies in emerging markets.

His advisory work and keynote presentations provide unique insights into the growing influence of new markets on breakthrough innovation and business transformation. A global nomad constantly traveling the world for the best ideas – Mike distills the most relevant insights into tailored keynotes that allow any audience to not only understand, but also start to influence the future direction of their industry.

Mike Walsh helps prepare business leaders for what’s next. With an engaging blend of first hand stories, global case studies and cutting edge research into consumer and technology trends – Mike can bring the future to life for you and your audience.

PROGRAM TOPICS

Mike Walsh’s three core programs are:

  • FUTURETAINMENT (what’s next for your customers?)
  • FLEX (what’s next for your enterprise?)
  • THE FUGUE (what’s next for the world?)

You can experience these topics as either a high impact 50 minute keynote or a half day workshop with interactive exercises and facilitated discussion.  Supported by a global network of analysts and researchers – Mike takes the time to work with you and your team to tailor his presentations to directly address the issues directly relevant to your company and industry.

FUTURETAINMENT – Yesterday The World Changed, Now Its Your Turn

Welcome to the Revolution. The balance of power has shifted and consumers have taken control. How we buy, sell and engage customers with our brands is being transformed by powerful new forces – both technological and anthropological. Based on Mike Walsh’s best selling book, FUTURETAINMENT is a fast paced tour of the latest technologies, global trends, and case studies that will forever change the way you think about your relationship with your customers. In this session Mike shares:

  • The most disruptive trends for 2012 specifically researched for your industry
  • Products and promotions that will engage the next generation of consumers
  • Consumer innovations from fast growth emerging markets – The value of big data, compelling content and next generation behavioral analytics
  • Global best practices in mobile applications and platforms
  • Original video interviews with the scientists, innovators and entrepreneurs whose ideas will drive the future of your business

FLEX – Business Re-Imagined
What does it take to lead a 21st century company? New technology is not only an opportunity to improve productivity, it invites us to ask a much bigger question – can we re-imagine the way we do business? Forces of change surround us. Whether it be generational turnover, the Cloud, mobile work, or the rise of the social enterprise – the companies that thrive in the near future will be the ones that not only embrace change but are the first to break the rules.

With original consumer market research, practical evaluations of next generational enterprise tools and case studies from some of the world’s most innovative firms – you will have everything you need to start thinking like a FLEX firm. In this session Mike shares:

  • The new digital platforms and enterprise tools that can change the relationship you have with your customers and competitors
  • The worldview of your next generation of staff and the new management styles necessary to lead them through disruptive times
  • The new models of innovation suitable for the current, fast paced, uncertain global environment
  • How consumerization, enterprise mobility and the Cloud will change the way your teams colloborate and act on information
  • Relevant case studies of the ‘winners circle’ of companies who have survived disruptive change
  • A roadmap for your company’s future and identify the capabilities you will need to take it there

WORLD NEXT – Your Roadmap To The Global Future
Social unrest, economic turmoil, rapid technological change – we live in a world seemingly dominated by crisis. And yet if you look more closely, you may also see a different set of patterns giving rise to new markets, new consumers and new ways to do business.

The future is already here, you just need to know where to look. From disruptive mobile technology from China to India’s low cost business models, next generation mobile banking in Africa and social consumerism in South America – innovation is shifting to a new geography. How we interact, transact and entertain ourselves in the future will be shaped by a billion new consumers from emerging markets. THE FUGUE is your roadmap to understanding and accessing the growth potential of tomorrow’s world. In this session Mike shares:

  • How the Web of tomorrow will be different from the one we use today
  • New markets, consumers and technology trends that will be essential for the global growth of your business
  • Case studies of international companies who have successfully leveraged cultural forces for local market success
  • The disruptive innovation models of your emerging market competitors – The new management styles necessary for leadership in fluid, hyper-competitive and uncertain global markets
  • The winners and losers in the new digital world order and your company’s readiness to survive or thrive

ADDITIONAL PROGRAMS AND WORKSHOPS
TOMORROWLAND – Tales from the Near Future
The future is already here – you just need to know where to look. Virtual currencies in China, web organized flash mobs in Korea, and cashless mobile banking in Africa – sometimes the most disruptive product ideas come from the most unlikely of places. The secret to seeing what’s coming next is to pay close attention to the spaces where all the rules are being broken. Come on a fast paced global tour of the disruptive technologies that will directly impact you and your industry.

THE DIVERGENCE – Why the Future of The Web Will Be Like Nothing You Know Today
What we think of the Web today is only a fraction of its future potential. The Divergence  marks the point where everything we know about the digital world will change. In the coming years, the emerging markets of China, India and Brazil will rapidly overtake the West not only in their rates of economic growth, but as the dominant commercial and cultural influences on the development of the Web. How we interact, transact and entertain ourselves in the future will be shaped by new forms of consumer behavior never seen this side of Silicon Valley. Forget everything you know about West Coast Web etiquette. Tomorrow’s Web will be a milieu of competing cultures – simultaneously a source of conflict and also a wellspring of consumer innovation.

THE ENERWEB – Energy’s Networked Future
Information may be power, but power is also be information. Global environmental concerns are driving not only new investment in renewable energy but also the transformation of the analog power grid into a smart, digital network. What we think of today as a simple electricity outlet will soon become a node in a new networked ecosystem of appliances, applications, and consumer data. The rise of the Enerweb will attract both new kinds of players and encourage new forms of consumer behavior, forever changing the way we think about energy.

 UBIQUITOUS – 24HRS in Tomorrow’s Mobile World
While faster processors, bigger screens and more powerful features steal the headlines – the true mobile revolution plays out daily in its continuing impact on the way we live, work and play. The next generation of phone technology is less about innovative hardware, and more about providing consumers with ubiquitous, high speed access to our social, professional and entertainment networks. From location based technologies, to gesture based interfaces and integrated financial services – the future of your phone may be no phone at all. For advertisers and platform providers alike – the secret to understanding the mobile business of tomorrow is to understand how today’s consumer is already changing.

WORKSHOPS

NEXTLAB – How to Think Like a Futurist
NEXTLAB is a unique learning format. Part insights briefing and part hands on innovation workshop – you will learn to apply the latest tools and techniques that future forecasters use to map out the most significant technological, social and commercial trends on the near horizon. NEXTLAB is a 90 minute session designed for small, dynamic groups. The workshop is divided into three sections – theory, tools and application. In the first section, we discuss the latest thinking around innovation and consumer behavior, and their influence on future outcomes. The next module – tools – is focused on the insight gathering methods used by the world’s best forecasters and explains how you can apply these in your every day activities. Finally, in the third section we conduct a series of practical group exercises that facilitate building a picture of the future of your individual company and industry.

  • Discover the top ten forces that are already changing the relationship you have with your customers
  • Understand how divergent consumer behavior creates new future scenarios
  • Deploy simple collaboration and information sharing systems in your team to maximize your collective wisdom
  • Learn how new social media tools can help you track what people are thinking, doing and saying in real time
  • Build an innovation radar for your company and identify the trends most likely to impact your core business
  • Deploy simple collaboration and information sharing systems in your team to maximize your collective wisdom
  • Use creative consumer focused scenarios and stories to build an ‘innovision’ for what happens next in your industry
  • Effectively communicate your vision of the future to internal stakeholders and your industry peers

INNOVISION – Bring Future Visions to Life
Innovision is a radically different approach to future thinking and scenario planning. The objective of the Innovision Workshop is to develop a shared view on the challenges and untapped opportunities facing the future timeline of the company and its stakeholders, and capture this in a compelling format for broader comm-unication. In a half day format, our unique process adapts lateral thinking and sophisticated narrative development techniques developed by creative professionals to develop entertainment products. The Workshop is structured into three parts, that loosely follow the structure of a three act film or play. During the discussion, the Tomorrow team will identify keywords and phrases that characterize the scenarios and use these to develop a visual storyboard, used to build the rough cut of the Innovision film presented at the end of the session. We believe that the Innovision process offers a number of benefits over and above a more traditional strategy workshop formats:

  • A more engaging, dynamic and creative framework for collective brainstorming and scenario testing of future conflicts and opportunities
  • Character based approach builds empathy with potential stakeholders and clearer identification of the implications of strategic tradeoffs
  • The final result –  a five minute mini film – provides a powerful communication tool for wider distribution

CONNECT! – The Simple Guide to Social Engineering
This session is an engaging, interactive workshop focused on helping business managers and entrepreneurs harness social networking to transform their customer marketing and communications. Incorporating live demonstrations and case studies of brands that have successfully used services like Facebook, Twitter and Linkedin – this workshop uncovers some of the secrets that social networking gurus use to turn their customers into evangelists.

  • How consumers are already talking about your brand, and how to participate in the conversation
  • How to use Twitter to build your ‘herd’ of brand followers> Building ‘content sharing’ into your website to tap into free network marketing
  • Leveraging Linkedin for targeted business development
  • How to track what your customers are already saying about you in online forums
  • Integrating social media with your CRM strategy – from sales to customer support
  • Developing the right ‘tone’ to talk to your customers on blogs, Twitter and video podcasts
  • The best tools, web services and infrastructure providers to partner with to achieve instant results

MICHAEL WALSH’S BOOK

David Rivkin

David Rivkin

Attorney David B. Rivkin, Jr. has studied the U.S. Constitution and related historical documents with scholarly rigor, and has authored incisive commentary on the critical constitutional issues of our day. Now in private practice, Rivkin’s lengthy career has been distinguished by service in the White House during two presidential terms, in both the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Department of Energy. He is a well-known writer and media commentator on matters of constitutional and international law, as well as on foreign and defense policy. Read more

Robert Bryce

Robert Bryce

Robert Bryce has been writing about the energy business for nearly two decades. His articles on energy and other subjects have appeared in numerous publications ranging from The Wall Street Journal to The Nation and The Atlantic Monthly to Oklahoma Stripper. An experienced and engaging public speaker, Bryce has spoken to numerous professional and civic groups including the Houston World Affairs Council, American Petroleum Institute, National Association of Attorneys General, and the Bruno Leoni Institute in Rome. Read more

Bernard Baumohl

Bernard Baumohl, Chief Global Economist and Managing Director of The Economic Outlook Group, is far ahead of the curve in assessing the direction of the U.S. and world economy. After starting his career as an analyst with the Council on Foreign Relations, he later served as an economist at European American Bank, where he was responsible for monitoring the global economy and developing forecasts. Baumohl was also TIME magazine’s senior economics reporter for two decades. An award-winning journalist, he covered the news from New York, Washington, London, and Jerusalem.

A dynamic and entertaining speaker, Baumohl uses real-world examples and stories to illuminate every U.S. and foreign indicator that matters to the global economy. He discusses how recent geopolitical shocks will change the economy and your business, including the outlook for the economy, jobs, inflation, interest rates and oil prices. He also dissects complex issues such as whether consumer spending and business investments will accelerate or fade and how sectors like housing, travel, retailing, and exports will perform. Baumohl has frequently been featured on television and radio, including CNN and CNBC, and is a regular commentator on Public Television’s Nightly Business Report. He is often cited in the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, New York Times, Business Week, Barron’s, and U.S. News & World Report, and has made hundreds of speeches around the country and lectured at New York University, Duke University, and the New York Institute of Finance.

Baumohl’s incisive analysis of the prospects for the dollar, euro, yen and other currencies, which countries will be the leaders and which the laggards in the global economy, and the greatest economic and geopolitical risks we now face are highly regarded by the media, and will inform your audience on the headline-making issues of the day.

TOPICS

What is the outlook for the US and international economy?
Using both humor and facts, Mr. Baumohl clearly lays out the most likely path for the economy. His comments touch on the outlook for consumer and business spending, jobs, inflation, and interest rates. His analysis also includes the turbulent geopolitical climate in Europe, China, the Middle East, and Latin America. By tracking economic and international political trends, Mr. Baumohl has remained ahead of the curve in assessing the direction of the economy and global events.

Geopolitical Risks: Where is the world headed?
Rarely have business leaders and investors confronted so much uncertainty about the future. There is political paralysis in Washington, a sovereign debt crisis in Europe, dangerous conflicts in the Middle East, and rising tensions in Asia. You can almost hear the geopolitical pot boiling furiously. Yet the sobering fact is corporate managers and investors still need to make decisions — and be able to justify them. Mr. Baumohl tackles all the key issues: Which shocks are likely to erupt in the future? What implications will they have for the economy? How can you protect your business and personal investments with so many global storms brewing?

Seminar: What are the best economic indicators that help keep you ahead of the business cycle?
Do not be caught by surprise. Learn how easily accessible economic indicators can help you better anticipate turning points in the economy. By studying the best forward-looking economic reports, decision makers can foresee well in advance shifts in consumer and business spending, interest rates, operating costs, employment trends and foreign economic activity. You do not need a PhD in economics or statistics to benefit from this presentation. It is held in plain, non-technical, English and can be of interest to those in manufacturing, retailing, tourism, marketing, transportation, human resources and money management.

Full Biography

Bernard Baumohl is Chief Global Economist at The Economic Outlook Group. He is known for being ahead of the curve in assessing the direction of the U.S. and world economy. Mr. Baumohl began his career as an analyst with the Council on Foreign Relations, a think tank specializing on international affairs. He later served as an economist at European American Bank with responsibilities to monitor the global economy and develop forecasts. Mr. Baumohl is a dynamic and entertaining speaker.

Apart from his role as chief global economist, Mr. Baumohl also teaches at the New York Institute of Finance. He has been a frequent guest on television and radio, including CNN, CNBC, and is a regular commentator on Public Television’s Nightly Business Report. He is cited often in the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, New York Times, Business Week, Barron’s, and U.S. News & World Report. He has also made hundreds of speeches around the country and lectured at New York University, Duke University, and the New York Institute of Finance.

Mr. Baumohl was also TIME magazine’s senior economics reporter for two decades. An award-winning journalist, he covered the news from New York, Washington, London, and Jerusalem.

Mr. Baumohl is author of The Secrets of Economic Indicators: Hidden Clues to Future Economic Trends and Investment Opportunities. This best-selling book is winner of the Readers Preference Editor’s Choice Award for Finance and has been translated into several languages, including Russian and Chinese.

He is also a recipient of the John Hancock Award for Excellence in Financial Journalism, and is a member of the National Association for Business Economics and the American Economic Association. Mr. Baumohl holds an M.A. from Columbia University.

Michael Colopy

Michael Colopy

Michael Colopy is a Foreign Affairs Specialist who’s presentation method is brain-stretching, enlightening and memorable. He addresses corporate and association audiences on global trends and the challenges US business experts around the world, especially in dealings with China, a country he knows well. In an engaging narrative style, incorporating new developments – including the morning’s news – Colopy conveys deep and broad knowledge, navigating, analyzing and forecasting world currents since 1988. Read more

Ian Bremmer

Ian Bremmer

Ian Bremmer is the president of the world’s leading global political risk research and consulting firm, Eurasia Group. He is creator of Wall Street’s first-ever global political risk index now the GPRI (Global Political Risk Index) — a joint venture with investment bank Citigroup. Bremmer has written for Washington Post, Newsweek, and Harvard Business Review and appears frequently in the media as a political risk expert. He works with financial, corporate, and government groups to provide them with accurate information and insight on how political developments move markets. Read more

Barry Asmus

An unapologetic advocate of free enterprise and privatization, Barry Asmus is recognized as a revolutionary thinker who delivers his ideas in an energy-filled entertaining presentation. Asmus doesn’t just talk policy – he makes it happen. A senior economist for the National Center for Policy Analysis, Asmus has directly influenced how world leaders approach social security, health care, monetary and fiscal policy and other equally complex issues. With presentations customized to reflect your particular economic policy needs, Asmus helps audiences understand major policy issues – without all the jargon.

Offering an invigorating examination of a changing world, Asmus explores the limitless opportunities emerging from a borderless and knowledge-driven society, sharing the international economic and political trends shaping business and investment strategy in today’s global economy. A sought after economist who USA Today recognized as one of the nation’s top 5 most requested speakers, he is the author of many books including his most recent Bulls Don’t Blush, Bears Don’t Die.

 

PROGRAM TOPICS

America’s Economic Future
The United States is fighting to come back from the deepest recession since the Great Depression. What economic policies would be most helpful to create jobs and economic growth? Can America compete globally with our current tax system, two trillion dollars of annual government regulation and costly new health care policy? What are the inflationary implications of our current spending levels, monetary easing and national indebtedness? Dr. Asmus will give his views on America’s three unstoppable trends and outlook for the future.

Globalization: International Prosperity and Its Impact on America
As the current world economy speeds from $65 trillion of world GDP in 2011 to $130 trillion in 2030, will America hold on to its number one position? Will the world’s emerging countries rush to urbanization provide an opportunity for American expertise and trade? Dr. Asmus’ twenty-five years experience of tracking over a hundred of the world’s economies in an economic freedom index helps clients identify both growth and opportunity prospects.

Healing Health Care in America
As the national health care countries of the world move away from a single payer system, why is the U.S. moving towards it? When does NHC work for a country and when does it not? What five steps must America take to empower medical consumers and force health care providers to compete? Competition works in every other sector of the economy, why not health care? The National Center for Policy Analysis is widely recognized for its health care expertise on affordable, portable and transparent patient controlled alternatives.

Powering America’s Energy Future
North America could become the largest energy producer and exporter in the world. The four largest gas fields in the world recently discovered in the U.S. along with its vast coal reserves are literal game changers. This is the time to increase domestic energy of all forms? Energy production will be a focal point of the next election and could be an exciting bright spot in America’s immediate future.

Full Biography

Dr. Barry Asmus speaks, writes, and consults on political and business issues facing America. Recognized for his views on making the U.S. a world-class competitor, he was twice voted the Outstanding Professor of the Year, as well as honored with the Freedom Foundation at Valley Forge Award for Private Enterprise Education.

Dr. Asmus is a Senior Economist with the National Center for Policy Analysis. Dr. Asmus has been named by USA Today as one of the five most requested speakers in the United States. Over the last twenty-five years, Dr. Asmus has spoken to thousands of companies and associations throughout the United States. He has testified before the House Ways and Means Committee regarding our income tax system and was a featured speaker in a privatizing Social Security conference for Western European leaders.

On recent trips to Romania, Albania, China and Peru, Dr. Asmus has encouraged government leaders to pass free-market, low tax, protected property rights and free trade policies.

Dr. Asmus is the author of nine books. His book, Crossroads: The Great American Experiment was nominated for a H.L. Mencken Award. As a Professor of Economics, he was twice voted University Professor of the Year and was honored with the Freedom Foundation Award at Valley Forge for Private Enterprise Education.

Asmus also co-anchored a syndicated radio called “Perspectives on the Economy.” Dr. Asmus is an effective advocate of free market economics. He is a recognized thinker who delivers his ideas in an enthusiastic and energy filled presentation.

Kent Moors

Kent Moors

Dr. Kent F. Moors is an internationally recognized expert and educator in global risk management, oil/natural gas policy and finance, cross-border capital flows, emerging market economic and fiscal development, political, financial and market risk assessment. Dr. Moors is the executive managing partner of Risk Management Associates International LLP (RMAI), a full-service, global-management-consulting and executive training firm. Dr. Kent Moors has been on the front lines of global energy for 30 years now! Read more