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James Canton

Global Futurist & Author

Biography

James Canton is a renowned global futurist, social scientist, keynote presenter, author, and visionary business advisor. For over 25 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 technology. He is the author of Future Smart: Managing the Game-Changing Trends that Will Transform Your World, The Extreme Future, and Technofutures. Read More >

Canton is chairman and CEO of the Institute for Global Futures, a think tank he founded in 1990. The largest companies and governments in the world have gained from his foresight. He advises Global Fortune 1000 on trends in innovation, financial services, healthcare, life sciences, energy, security, workforce, climate change, and globalization. He is a senior fellow at the Center for Research in Technology in Innovation at the Kellogg School of Management and serves on Motorola’s Visionary Advisory Board. He has advised three White House Administrations, the National Science Foundation and MIT’s Media Lab in Europe.

Recognized as “one of the top presenters in the 21st century” by Successful Meetings magazine, Canton is a highly sought-after public speaker. 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 worldwide, Canton is a commentator on CNN. He was named "The Digital Guru" by CNN and “Dr. Future” by Yahoo. His media coverage includes CNBC, Fox, PBS, ABC, Fortune, The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg Report, The New York Times, US News and World Report, and CEO, CIO and CFO magazines and his work has been recognized by Forbes, The Economist, PBS, Fortune, Discovery, and The Wall Street Journal. A worldwide audience follows his Global Futurist blog. Read Less ^

Speaker Videos

Introduction

The Emerging Nanofuture

The Extreme Future

Speech Topics

Velocity: The Future of Business

The speed of change in innovation, markets, tech, business, and society is redefining the competitive landscape. Velocity is also creating new risk and new opportunity to do business in an entirely new way where experimentation, customer enablement, and innovation-forward ideas are driving success. Find out the strategies of the Velocity Business and how you can thrive in this new world in this presentation from Dr. James Canton.

The Extreme Future: The Top Trends That Will Shape the Next 10 Years

Based on Dr. James Canton’s best-selling book, discover the top trends from tech, population, medicine, climate, workforce, competition, energy to geopolitics that will shape the future—and how you can prepare today to meet the challenges of that future.

The Future of Cloud Computing & Big Data

Smarter, faster, leaner business is coming led by IT. A transformation in IT is coming fast. The next generation of business services will be shaped by cloud computing and big-data analytics. Find out how to use these two massive innovations to establish a competitive advantage in your organization and what’s next for business and IT. Learn about integrating your mobile, social media, customer service management, and business process transformation to this key trend. Learn how to turn your info into powerful innovative knowledge about customers, employees, and competitors from using smarter IT strategies based on this trend.

The Mobile Future

An explosion of apps, devices, platforms, and media are transforming business, markets, and society. Mobility is transforming business. But what are the implications for your business? The mobile web is transforming the enterprise, how we touch and transact with customers, and how we interact with partners and with employees. How will mobile and social play out? Find out what’s next and what the top trends for mobility will be this year.

The Innovation Economy

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. James Canton identifies the top innovations—from Internet 3.0, next-generation genomics, virtual reality media, anywhere wireless, and longevity medicine to quantum computing, nanotech, and robotics that will drive future change in business and society.

The Innovator’s Mindset

Innovation is a 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.

Web 2.0: The Future of the Internet

Radical evolution of the Internet will continue to transform business, communications, and society in fundamental ways. This keynote forecasts the key trends that will shape the future starting with Web 2.0 and going deep into the future—telepresence, social advertising, virtual reality, social networking, pervasive mobility, sensing, and the impact on consumers.

The Extreme Future of Healthcare

A series of radical trends and disruptions are reshaping healthcare. This profound transformation is coming from epigenetics, bioscans, and synthetic biology to wireless medicine. What will happen next will affect the future of business, science, the workforce, and society. The transition from healthcare as disease care to prevention will transform human beings. Few organizations are prepared for the trends that are coming and what will be required to effectively navigate this future.

The Future of Financial Services in a High Tech World

New innovations from wireless to Internet 2, mobile payments, digital cash, and virtualization are reshaping the competitive landscape of financial services. From digital TV to wireless connectivity in cars and public kiosks, new tech innovations will drive competition. Shifting customer segments and globalization are creating change. This keynote from Dr. James Canton identifies the top tech trends that will reshape financial-service companies impacting on customers, industries, and markets.

Help Wanted: The Future of the Workforce

This keynote identifies the top trends that will shape the future of the workforce. Access to smart and skilled talent will define the winners and the losers in the 21st-century economy. This presentation reviews the emerging workforce trends and challenges that will impact organizations worldwide. These forecasts will bring to light the future risks and shifting demographics, skills, tech, needs, and values of the future workforce.

The Click-Stream Consumer

From mobile phones and iPads to interactive TV and videogames—there is a powerful and dynamic new consumer who is fast emerging in the global marketplace. He or she represents a new buying category of $1 trillion. Who is this consumer? How do you sell to them? How can you reach them? What do they need? The Click-Stream Consumer will redefine markets, industries and competition in the near future.

Eco-Business: Towards a Sustainable Future

Sustainability is a powerful new trend affecting markets, business and consumers. Changes in climate, oil, energy, security, pollution and eco-hazards create new risks and opportunities for business. This keynote shows how to develop an Eco-Business strategy that is clean and green.

The Future of Globalization

What are the ways to leverage globalization for competitive advantage? What is happening offshore in regarding innovation, population, economics that you need to know about NOW? This keynote forecasts the opportunities, trends and challenges of globalization. Find out what’s next for the future of globalization including: the war for talent, real-time trade, supply chains, technology, security, emerging markets, new consumers and the Innovation Economy. Explore new forecasts from China, India, Latin America, the US and Europe. Discover how your organization can better navigate the future.

The Future of Security in a High Tech World

This presentation examines the future of security in a high tech world. Dr. Canton will identify the top trends, developments and emerging technologies that may determine your economic survival in the future. Technology is a key weapon used by terrorists for attack as well as a powerful deterrent for prevention and protection. This presentation demystifies the technologies, describes in a non-technical way the future issues and maps the landscape of challenges that will face every organization as it learns to navigate the future.

Books & Media

Books

The Twenty-First Century Leader

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