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Explore Ben Hammersley's transformative keynotes, guiding organizations to thrive amidst technological evolution. With insights honed from WIRED editorship and global consultancy, Ben empowers audiences to navigate digital disruption confidently. Elevate your event with Ben's expertise in decoding future trends and inspiring actionable strategies for success.

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  • Future-proof your strategy with Ben Hammersley’s visionary insights.
  • Gain actionable strategies for navigating digital disruption.
  • Led groundbreaking discussions on global cybercrime.

Unlock the future of innovation and strategy with keynote speaker Ben Hammersley. Renowned for his unparalleled insights into technology and societal trends, Ben Hammersley stands as a beacon in the realm of futurism and digital transformation. As a motivational speaker, Ben Hammersley empowers organizations to navigate the complexities of today’s rapidly evolving landscape with confidence and foresight.

Book Ben Hammersley for your event to delve into cutting-edge perspectives on technology, innovation, and the future of work. With a distinguished career that includes pioneering work as the originator of the term “Podcast,” executive editor at WIRED, and advisor to the European Commission on technological advancements, Ben brings a wealth of expertise to the stage. His keynote addresses are not just informative but transformative, offering actionable strategies to thrive in the digital age.

Ben Hammersley’s motivational speeches inspire audiences globally, from corporate giants to forward-thinking startups, by decoding the complexities of cyberspace and guiding them through the innovation revolution. His insights into digital transformation and the impact of technological disruption on industries are invaluable for shaping robust strategies and staying ahead of the curve.

When you book Ben Hammersley, you secure a speaker who not only delivers thought-provoking content but also engages audiences with humor, real-world examples, and compelling narratives. Whether your organization seeks to enhance its technological resilience, adapt to new market dynamics, or foster a culture of innovation, Ben Hammersley’s keynote addresses provide the tools and inspiration needed to achieve these goals.

Join the ranks of leading organizations that have benefited from Ben Hammersley’s expertise in strategic foresight and his ability to articulate the future with clarity and conviction. Elevate your next event with a keynote that sparks ideas, drives change, and prepares your organization for the challenges and opportunities of tomorrow.

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Cut Through The Clutter: This is what you (actually) need to know (or ignore) about the future

Futurists are full of it. Most of their predictions are based on buzzwords, misunderstood technologies, and bandwagons they never fail to leap aboard, all dressed up with concept art, movie references, and a
fear of missing out. These can be entertaining, but are they useful? Helpful? No. In this, the other kind of future talk, Ben Hammersley will discuss the latest fads and fashions, and examine the technologies for what they actually are and what they can do. He’ll show what is real and what is simply hope, hype, or downright fraud. By reminding us that the heart of strategy is what we choose not to do, will guide the audience to a deeper, more knowledgeable, and more powerful understanding of the world to come.

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Everything you think about Innovation is wrong

For something that holds the key to prosperity and success in the 21st Century, it is upsetting to realize that we’ve been doing it wrong. We think about innovation in the wrong way. We’ve been using the
wrong words, paying attention to the wrong things, and retelling the same, old, wrong, and misleading stories. True innovation does not mean embracing the latest technological buzzword and trying to leap
five years into the future with the help of an AI or a blockchain. It’s not dependent on a small and expensive class of technowizards, or magazine-cover masters of the universe. Instead, innovation is a
skill and a mindset that can be learned by anyone. It’s a continual process that truly cutting-edge organizations – from multinational e-commerce conglomerates to that great new dumpling place down
the street – can develop within every single member of staff. These talks show the true historical and cultural complexities of innovation and teach the audiences how to apply those lessons to their daily
practices. For any organization, industry, or individual who wants to be better tomorrow than they are today, and who suspects that the answer isn’t necessarily in the new shiny and disruptive tech, this topic
will be inspirational, practical, and calmly life-changing.

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The Future of Work, the Workplace, and the Place of Work

For all the technological advances of the past 20 years, and the promises of artificial intelligence, machine learning, and the other super-power-giving technologies of the 2020s, the way we work today
hasn’t changed for a hundred years. The average knowledge worker’s desk is a little different from a Victorian clerk’s. Their office would be a familiar place for their grandparents. But as we become more
aware of the challenges of the coming decade – with its commercial and cultural upheavals already apparent – we’re realizing that now is the time to reassess not only the very way we work but also the
place in which we do it. From the realization that our company’s email culture is making us stupid and that open-plan offices actually reduce collaboration, to the skills we need to work with non-human
colleagues, and the concept of cognitive architecture, this talk helps organizations and individuals who want to work smarter, and more successfully, in the 2020s understand what is happening to the workplace, and how they can make changes today that will future-proof them for tomorrow.

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We all know the world is changing. And many can give examples of the technologies or trends that are contributing to that change. But that is not the whole picture. In this topic, we teach audiences about
the skills, techniques, and cognitive tools that leaders need to both understand those changes and shape their own future. Ideal for executive learning and development programs, or thought-leader positioning
customer events, these keynotes are consistently rated as life-changing, with plenty of actionable takeaways for the audience. This topic also extends well into subsequent break-outs and workshop sessions, which can be provided.

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With so much change, so many disruptions and innovations, transforming the culture, systems, and politics of the world we grew up in, into the world of the 2020s, we have found that most of our clients
have a mental model of the world that is, if not entirely out of date, then dangerously incomplete. In this topic, we show the workings and the shape of the interconnected, interdependent, networked, co-arisen
modern world, and how it affects the audience’s business and lives. From youth culture in Brazil to high-speed rail in China, Russian postmodern foreign policy to non-human corporations, weaponized
memetic infections to European nationalism, solar punk to climate mitigation to shadow economies, we provide a true grounding in today, without which you cannot possibly plan for tomorrow. This is
especially appreciated by c-suite audiences and has been a repeated hit at evening events with partners and spouses.

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We are all bringing yesterday’s war to today’s battlefield. In the modernity of today’s world, we have a profound misunderstanding of the nature of geopolitical, commercial, and personal threats. It isn’t
kinetics that will get us, but confusion. The post-modern asymmetric reaction to the extreme commercial and military hegemony of the West, or the quasi-monopoly power of the large corporation is no longer
one of physical violence, but of memetic infection, and purposeful, weaponized, confusion. For these audiences, leadership, and strategy, is the art of making the best decisions with the knowledge available.
But making those decisions requires accurate data, clear analysis, and accurate thinking, without interference. In this talk, we detail how the final line of risk is the individual executive’s ability to think
clearly, how this is under a specific targeted attack, and how to defend against that. This topic is of deep interest to multinational top-tier executives, or those being shaped into becoming so. It can also include
follow-up reading and online sessions.

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