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Global Futurist and COO of Fast Future Publishing

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Keynote speaker Steve Wells is an experienced strategist whose professional background lies in finance, strategic planning, partnership development, futures research, publishing and facilitation. As a speaker, consultant and director of operations at Fast Future Publishing, Steve advises clients, such as global corporations, on the transformative potential of disruptive technologies.

Do you want to know how your brand can leverage disruptive technologies to create distinctive identities in our fast changing world? Then keynote speaker Steve Wells is your best answer. Steve can help businesses harness the potential of disruptive new technologies in order to drive exponential growth and improvementHe has a particular focus on the new models of leadership, collaboration, and innovation required to sustain and differentiate brands in a rapidly changing reality. Speaker Steve Wells has worked with a range of clients across a number of different sectors including Allergan, The American Association for the Advancement of Science, Association of Independent Tour Operators, Astra Zeneca, BDO UK LLP,  EU Directorate General for Communications Networks Content and Technology, Harman International Industries, International Legal Technology Association, National Health Service (UK), Pfizer, Premier Media Group, Sky UK, Terrapinn Global Events, and UK Government Department of Business Innovation & Skills.

As an independent consultant and certified speaker Steve Wells has conducted research and analysis into emerging technologies for a range of client organisations; conducted scenario development and futures analysis for the UK affiliates of a number of global pharmaceutical companies. He has researched and reported on the pharmaceutical industry / NHS partnership working landscape; conducted competitive analysis of partnership working practice of major pharmaceutical companies in the UK; led a collaborative futures project on the aging population in Northern Ireland, Scotland, and Wales for the Future Analysts’ Network, a network of public and private sector futures practitioners formerly facilitated by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.

Steve’s previous staff role experience includes leading the strategic planning process for Pfizer Ltd in the UK; development of a collaborative approach to trend and driver analysis; and leading the development of UK healthcare system scenarios to support strategy development.

His current roles include Project Manager and Co-editor of “The Future of Business” – the first book in the FutureScapes series from Fast Future Publishing. Steve is the co-editor and a contributor to both “The Future of Business” and a forthcoming book on “Unleashing Human Potential – The Future of AI in Business”.

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    Exponentiality, Mindset and Leadership in a World of Disruption

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    Getting Out of Our Own Way – The Case for Change

    • Exploring the implications of culture and organisational DNA as a hurdle and enabler to radical change and embracing opportunity.

     

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    Disruption and Opportunity – Creating a Very Human Enterprise

    • Exploring the opportunities technology development represents in creating a better future for humanity.

     

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    The Blurring of Magic & Science – A Possibility Explosion

    • How exponential science and technology will drive more change to society in the next 25 years than we have seem in the last 300.

     

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    Augmented and Immersive – the Hyper-connected Internet of Humanity

    • Exploring the changing world of B2C communications and marketing.

     

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    The Future of Work in an era of Exponential Technology Development

    • Exploring the context of the changing nature of work and the potential implications for work and businesses.

     

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    Exponential Technology Disruption

    • Exploring the future implications of technology driven disruption on organisational culture, customers and customer value, and talent.
11.13.2017

Interview with Steve Wells

What first made you believe that technology can lead to a more human enterprise?

This question extends beyond our enterprises and into society more broadly. Two things in particular come to mind. Firstly, a sense of self-preservation in humanity; our collective desire to survive and thrive that should kick in before we let the machines take control. I realise that sounds a somewhat dystopian possible outcome, but maybe consideration of the “do nothing” outcome will galvanise people and governments to prevent the machines from winning.

Secondly, I am sensing an increasing realisation that the question about what technology is capable of, is no longer “could we?” but “should we?” The notion of magic and science blurring; of science fact becoming equally as fantastic as science fiction is starting to galvanise debate about the ethics of allowing technology to develop without sensible checks and balances. These same issues play into our businesses; how do we engage our people and re-train them to focus on higher value tasks as the more repetitive tasks and “grunt work” are undertaken by automated systems. How do we develop work processes and experiences that value our people for their uniquely human attributes?

Do you find that working with enabling change has taught you to be more flexible in your personal life as well, or have you always been flexible and this made you ideally positioned to work with the changing workplace and technologies?

I have definitely brought a number of professional insights to change into my personal life. The first thing that comes to mind is that we don’t resist change, we resist being changed, and that when we are leading the change, dialogue and honesty about the change are crucial. These seem to me to be sensible principles in both personal and professional situations. I also believe that an appreciation of our span of control is critical so we focus our energy on what we can change and not what we can’t.

As the world becomes increasingly uncertain and complex, wicked problems – where we are uncertain about the problem and have little or no agreement to the solution – are becoming more prevalent. These issues play into an evolving leadership skills set that have yet to make it into wide-spread common leadership practice, but that will be increasingly vital through the wave of change we are seeing.

Which disruptive technologies do you find particularly interesting?

I find the number of technologies, the scope of the developments, and the combinational potential of many technologies simply mind blowing. But if I had to pick two that fascinate me, they would be artificial intelligence (AI) and 3D printing.  Both have the potential to radically change our lives and our businesses. AI is showing enormous potential to automate work, automate sense-making, organise our lives, and drive actions from deep analysis, to literally driving autonomous cars. 3D printing could not only radically change our notions of manufacturing across a number of different sectors, but also have a profound impact on related component manufacture and logistics.

How are your keynote presentations unique?

I think I help people see beyond the near term horizon and beyond industry sector or business boundaries. In our ever more complex world, technology is one of the drivers of change and we need to always keep it in context of the others. My objective is always to help leaders make connections, give them some insight, develop a sense of the uncertainty and complexity but also provide some guidance to help them to see a way through. I also like to encourage people to realise that in the midst of exponential science and technology development, the critical issues relate to people.

Who or what inspires you most?

I am always inspired in how I relate to people by my father. I also value highly Stephen Covey’s 7 habits as a guide to relating to people and helping me to be successful in what I do. I am inspired by my colleague and business partner Rohit Talwar. His energy and creativity in our business is amazing.

Do you have a favourite experience from your career?

I don’t have one favourite experience from my career but I have been fortunate to study change and consulting at Ashridge Business School which on the back of a number of leadership interventions at Pfizer (where I worked for 20+ years) have shaped my business and professional approach. I am also fortunate to have traveled to a number of countries around the world and am forever fascinated by the similarities and differences wherever I go. And I always enjoy every speaking opportunity. Each one is a different experience and an opportunity to learn something new.

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