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Dr. James Canton

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Futurist, author, visionary business advisor and co-chairman of the Futures and Forecasting Track at Singularity University

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Keynote speaker Dr. Canton serves as Co-chairman of the Futures and Forecasting Track at Singularity University. Singularity University is educating a new generation of leaders to use advanced technologies to transform the planet for the better. He is a highly sought-after keynote presenter. He has spoken to thousands of organizations on five continents. He is noted for his fascinating, informative and entertaining keynotes.

Futurist, Author and Visionary Business Advisor

Dr. James Canton is a renowned global futurist, social scientist, keynote presenter, author, and visionary business advisor. For over 30 years, he has been insightfully predicting the key trends that have shaped our world. He is a leading authority on future trends in innovation and The Economist recognizes him as one of the leading futurists, worldwide. He is the author of The Extreme Future: The Top Trends That Will Reshape the World in the 21st Century, Dutton 2006, and Technofutures: How Leading-Edge Innovations Will Transform Business in the 21st Century, Next Millennium Press, 2004.

Dr. Canton is CEO and Chairman of the Institute for Global Futures, a leading think tank he founded in 1990 that advises business and government on future trends. He advises the Global Fortune 1000 on trends in innovation, financial services, health care, population, life sciences, energy, security, workforce, climate change and globalization. From a broad range of industries, clients include: IBM, BP, Intel, Philips, General Electric, Hewlett Packard, Boeing, FedEx, and Proctor & Gamble. He is a Senior Fellow at the Center for Research in Innovation at Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management and on the advisory board of the Corporate Eco Forum. He has advised three White House Administrations, the National Science Foundation and MIT’s Media Lab, Europe.

Recognized as “one of the top presenters in the 21st century” by Successful Meetings Magazine, Dr. Canton is a highly sought-after keynote presenter. He has spoken to thousands of organizations on five continents. He is noted for his fascinating, informative, dynamic and entertaining keynotes.

A frequent guest of the media, Dr. Canton is a commentator on CNN. He was named “the Digital Guru” by CNN and “Dr. Future” by Yahoo.  Dr. Canton’s media coverage has included CNBC, Fox, PBS, ABC, Fortune, The Wall Street Journal, The Economist, Bloomberg Report, The New York Times, US News and World Report, CEO, CIO and CFO Magazines.  His Global Futurist blog is followed by a world-wide audience.

Dr. Canton serves as Co-chairman of the Futures and Forecasting Track at Singularity University. Singularity University is educating a new generation of leaders to use advanced technologies to transform the planet for the better. This first year of the program has brought together an outstanding faculty to enable the leaders of tomorrow.

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    Keynote by Speaker James Canton

    The Extreme Future: The Top Trends That Will Shape the 21st Century

    • Based on Dr. Canton’s acclaimed new book, The Extreme Future, this informative keynote provides a strategic overview of the top trends that will shape the future of business and society.
    • Constantly updated with fresh research and forecasts, this keynote is a strategic briefing on what disruptions and opportunities are coming fast that will impact your world.
    • Future trends covered include: Climate, energy, technology, the workforce, security, the economy, health care, demographics, entertainment, and lifestyles.
    • Find out what’s next and how to prepare today via this overview of the most recent forecasts that will shape the future marketplace, society and your life.

     

    Keynote by Speaker James Canton

    Technofutures: The Top Innovation Trends That Will Shape The 21st Century

    • The global innovation economy is the central driver of business change in this century.
    • This keynote is a sweeping overview of the top innovations and technologies that will transform the future—many that are emerging now.
    • Based on his CNN special and book, Dr. Canton identifies the top innovations–from the Internet 3.0 to next generation genomics, virtual reality media, anywhere wireless, longevity medicine, quantum computing and nanotech to robotics that will drive future change in business and society.
    • This keynote is an entertaining overview about the future of innovation what is coming fast—and how you can prepare for the extreme change.

     

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    Navigating the Extreme Economy – New Keynote!

    • The current economic crisis offers companies and leaders a unique opportunity to rethink their business. It is no longer “Business as Usual”.
    • Complext new challenges brought by the customer, technology, competitors and the marketplace will make being successful in business tougher than ever.
    • Welcome to the Extreme Economy.
    • In this keynote, best-selling author, futurist and business visionary, Dr. James Canton identifies the key trends, risks and strategies that will enable you to effectively deal with the Extreme Economy.

     

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    Future Smart: Managing Extreme Change – New Keynote!

    • Managing change has become recognized as one of the key drivers of competitive advantage, growth and success for any business.
    • Many of the challenges facing business can be overcome by better managing change.
    • Being a faster, smarter change manager will be a vital competency for the 21st Century Leader.
    • How leaders understand change and use change differently than the competition may become a secret weapon for building future growth and sustainability into their business.
    • This keynote will teach leaders how to manage change for innovation to get the authentic benefits.

     

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    The Innovator’s Mindset

    • Innovation is central competitive force of the 21st century organization.
    • This keynote is a strategic overview of what leading innovators think and do to succeed.
    • Business cases where innovative leaders and companies are using strategies to grow market share, establish competitive advantage, better deliver customer experiences and enhance quality will be demonstrated.

     

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Interview with Dr. James Canton

What types of technologies do you see playing a major role in the next decade?

There are seven top technologies that will transform the economy, business and our lives over the next decade. I profiled them in my last book, The Extreme Future. They are IT, including cloud computing, big data; nanotech which is about the design of matter; biotech and the life science revolution in health care; neurotech which is about how our brains work; robotics and quantum technology, the manipulation of time and space and geoengineering, the quest for managing climate and energy.

How will the concept of innovation change?

Innovation will become accelerated to a pace that will redefine the competitive landscape of nations, industries, organizations and individuals. Those that don’t innovate–experiment, learn, adapt fast enough or deep enough will not thrive. Most of the products and services that we will be using in five years have not been invented yet. Fast and disruptive innovation will be the currency of survival. We need to learn to change faster and embrace more science to be effective in the marketplace. Innovation is a mindset, a cultural shift and should be part of the new DNA of an organization.

What types of keynotes do you deliver most often?

My top keynotes are the Extreme Future: the top trends that will transform markets and society. This is collection of strategic global trends about tech, economics, demographics, workforce, business, climate and energy based on my last book. My Technofutures keynote focuses on the future of technology and innovation, dealing with IT, mobile, cloud computing, analytics, eCommerce as well as robotics and nanoscience. Other leading keynotes are: The Innovator’s Mindset; The Extreme Future of Health Care; The Connected Enterprise; The Future of Mobile Commerce to name a few.

Why should event planners use you as the keynote for their next event?

Event planners should only use me if they are interested in an insightful, entertaining and informative keynote that audiences will be talking about well after the event is over. I work hard to make every keynote the best one I have ever given. I enjoy motivating my audiences to get ready for the future. This comes across in my enthusiastic and positive view of change.

How do you work with planners to prepare for an event?

We have a three part strategy in working with planners for an event. We ask that they fill out our client inquiry form so we can capture basic info. The real magic comes when we speak to the planner ahead of time and listen to what he or she needs for their client. I then will speak with the client and I and my team will prepare for the client engagement call to understand the event and the client organization, market and industry. Working with the client and the planner, I take the info from the client call, our research and the client inquiry form to formulate the keynote to address the client’s objectives.

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