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Jim  Carroll

Jim Carroll

Futurist, Trends & Innovation Expert

Biography

Jim Carroll is an author, columnist, media commentator, and consultant, with a focus on linking future trends to opportunities for innovation and creativity. He has a 25 year track record in providing direct, independent guidance to a huge, diverse global client base, combined with a previous professional financial background, including 12 years with the world’s largest professional services firm. Jim provides high energy keynotes for audiences of 5,000, or intimate, detailed customized strategic planning sessions for CEO/board/senior management meetings. He has researched key innovation success factors for dozens of associations, professions, companies, individuals, and industries including life sciences, health care, insurance, automotive, manufacturing, agriculture, technology, education, government, consumer products, retail, banking and countless others. Read More >

He is recognized worldwide as a "thought leader" and authority on: global trends; rapid business model change; business model disruption in a period of economic uncertainty; and the necessity for fast paced innovation. He is an authority recognized for his deep insight into the cutting edge trends of our time, including autonomous vehicle technology & self-driving cars, sensors and the Internet of Things, 3D printing, virtual reality, alternative energy generation and storage technologies, genomic medicine and healthcare virtualization, advanced robotics and artificial intelligence, blockchain and virtual cash, machine learning and robotics, crowd-thinking and next generation R&D.

Jim has a track record of inspiring organizations to reframe the opportunity for innovation in the context of significant, transformative change. When the Walt Disney Corporation needed to inspire senior staff on the topics of innovation and creativity, they brought in Jim. The PGA (Professional Golf Association of America) selected Jim to open their Annual General Meeting for his message on future trends and innovation, the first time in their history that they have ever featured an external speaker for their AGM. They then invited him back again to open their annual PGA Merchandise Show, one of the largest trade events in the world. The Swiss Innovation Forum featured Jim as their closing keynote speaker, delivering a message of the hope and opportunity that can come from being relentlessly focused on innovation. Even NASA has had Jim in (twice) to address groups that included several astronauts, directors of launch operations, flight engineers and program managers, on the concept of "transformational leadership" and the "new business of space."

Essentially, Jim assists organizations in dealing with the future, trends and innovation through three distinct types of events: as the opening or closing keynote speaker for the annual meetings/conferences of national or international associations; keynotes or workshops for private corporate leadership events, ranging from small groups of 15 to several hundred executives, often sponsored by the CEO; or keynotes or panel discussions at customer oriented meetings or promotional events.

Jim’s client list is a veritable who’s who of global leaders — including the PGA of America; the Wall Street Journal; DuPont; Honeywell; NASA; The GAP; Lockheed Martin; the Accenture Worldwide Energy & Utilities Conference; Fairmont/Raffles Hotels International; RGA Reinsurance; National Australian Bank; Stryker Technologies; CIGNA; Pfizer; Diners Club; British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC); HJ Heinz; PPG; Johnson & Johnson; NASA Goddard Space Centre; Blue Cross Blue Shield; General Dynamics / Northrop Grumman; Bombardier; Signature Travel; Microsoft; National Recreation and Parks Association; Yum! Brands; Burger King; US Department of Defense; Rockwell Collins; Oracle; International Association of Conference Centres; Pearson Learning; US Air Force Research Laboratory; McKesson; Siemens; US Navy, Marine, Air Force Child Youth Programs; Nestle…all of these organizations have engaged Jim Carroll for a keynote or leadership meeting which focused on future trends, innovation and growth!

Over 2 million people have shared his insight with highly energized presentations in Zurich, New York, Vancouver, Cayman Islands, Prague, Sao Paolo, Palm Springs, Sydney, London, Los Angeles, Budapest, Miami, Toronto, Costa Rica, San Francisco, Nassau and Stockholm.

Jim’s insight has been covered in the UK Telegraph, Dubai’s Capital Magazine and South Africa’s The Star newspaper. He has been covered in the global publications of General Electric, Dow Chemical, Akzo Nobel, Credit Suisse and many more. BusinessWeek named Jim as one of four leading sources for insight on innovation and creativity; he was a featured expert on the prime time CNBC series, The Business of Innovation, hosted by Maria Bartiromo. He has participated in over 3,000 interviews on radio, television and in print, including media exposure and interviews with ABC News, BusinessWeek, INC, Fast Company, CNBC, Texas Meetings and Events, The South China Morning Post (Hong Kong), American Way, The Age (Sydney, Australia), CAPITAL magazine (Dubai/United Arab Emirates) CEO Magazine Hungary, Association LEADERSHIP, The National Post and PROFIT, to name but a few.

Jim Carroll is also an author, with books including Surviving the Information Age, The Future Belongs To Those Who Are Fast, Ready, Set, Done: How to Innovate When Faster is the New Fast and What I Learned From Frogs in Texas: Saving Your Skin with Forward Thinking Innovation. Read Less ^

Speaker Videos

Highlight Reel

Speaking Reel

The Seeds of Disruption: The Impact of Edge Thinking

Disruptive Trends in the Era of Acceleration

There's More Disruption Than You Think

The Future World of the Jetsons is Already Here Today

It's All About the Batteries

The Next Generation and Interactive Sports

The Acceleration of Self Driving Cars and Trucks

Speech Topics

Accelerating Creativity: How to Rethink, Redo, Realign and Rethink your Future

We will see more change in every industry in the next 10 years than we have seen in the last 100 as transformation and disruption sweeps the world. Read More >

Every company is faced with the rapid emergence of new competitors, significant new business models, more challenging consumers, the acceleration of science a race to the pricing bottom, and a transition to the speed of innovation that will define their future. How do you get ahead? By turning on your innovation engine, firing your creativity thrusters, and strapping in for a rocket ride into your faster future.

In this keynote, futurist and innovation expert Jim Carroll shares the insight that he has gained by spending the last 25 years with a relentless focus on what turns organizations into high-velocity innovation heroes. None other than NASA has invited Jim in – twice – to share his insight on innovation strategies.

Innovative organization accelerate their creativity by turning their innovation engines upside down, focusing on customer-oriented innovation and other unique models. They excel at sourcing ideas from the outside, turning that unique insight into fuel for their internal innovation factories. They challenge themselves on speed by getting into an iterative process of constantly rethinking, adjusting and redoing in order to discover the next best thing. They challenge themselves on business cycles, time to market and more.

In accelerated organizations, partnership is a key focus, collaboration is critical, agility is oxygen and imagination is relentless.

Launch yourself into the faster future with this unique, high energy keynote for global futurist, trends & innovation expert Jim Carroll! Read Less ^

Think Big, Start Small, Scale Fast: Aligning Yourself for the Era of Acceleration

We live in a time of massive challenge, and yet one of massive opportunity. We’re faced with deep and complex issues involving the environment, health care, water and food. At the same time, every industry is faced with upheaval and disruption. In this context, every industry is being redefined at blinding speed by technology, globalization, the rapid emergence of new competitors, new forms of collaborative global R&D, and countless other challenges! The speed with which these changes occur are now being increasingly driven by the arrival of a younger, more entrepreneurial generation; a group that seems determined to change the world to reflect their ideas and concept of opportunity. They’ve grown up networked, wired, and are collaborative in ways that no previous generation seems to be. Read More >

And therein lies the challenge.

Most organizations are bound up in tradition, process, certain defined ways of doing things — rules — that have helped them succeed in the past. Over time, they have developed a corporate culture which might have worked at the slower paced world of the past — but now has them on the sick-bed, suffering from an organizational sclerosis that clogs up their ability to try to do anything new. Those very things which worked for them in the past might be the anchors that could now hold them back as the future rushes at them with ever increasing speed. They are being challenged in a fundamental way by those who think big, and by some really big, transformative trends.

How to cope with accelerating change? In this keynote, Jim outlines his simple but transformative structure: Think big, start small and scale fast! The new model for going forward in the era of accelerating change involves aligning yourself to the big opportunities of today through bold, transformative thinking; the small scale steps that you can take today to align yourself to this future, and focusing on a culture of speed and agility that can help you to get there at the right time!

In this riveting keynote, Jim Carroll covers the major trends and opportunities that come from “thinking big, starting small, and scaling fast,” by addressing some of the fundamental changes that are underway. It’s based on his forthcoming book of the same name. Read Less ^

From Planck Constants to Yottabits: Leadership Agility When 'Faster' Defines the Speed of Fast

In the world of technology and media, the impossible increasingly becomes possible; the unattainable is within reach; and the imaginary becomes reality before you can plan for it. The world of exponentiating science means that the inevitable march of technological advance leads to the world of the Planck constant and the yottabit - the smallest unit of measure defined and the fastest form of network speed - becoming a reality before you know it. What happens in an industry is which exponentiation accelerates even more? Big ideas, transformative change, and fascinating new technologies that further shape our world. Read More >

Futurist Jim Carroll excels at providing keynotes and leadership talks, both for companies in the technology and media industry, as well as CIO/CxO session and keynotes for their customers and their clients. Over the last 30 years, he has been the keynote speaker at dozens of user group meetings, CIO/CxO events, hi-tech company road shows and more. His experience at aligning your message to his trends and innovation insight has been well honed - he headlined a national 'roadshow' for none other than the Digital Equipment Corporation in 1994! Since then, has keynoted events for HP, Microsoft, IBM, Cisco and countless others.

In addition, he has led CEO level, internal sales, marketing and IT strategy events for major tech organizations worldwide, providing insight into the disruptive trends, accelerating change, edge-based concepts and science fiction realities that will continue to change their marketplace in the future. His respect is of such a degree that the Consumer Electronics Association invited him to open their annual CEO summit, speaking to leaders from throughout the fast-moving technology industry.

Tech and media companies need to ensure that they have a leadership, R&D, sales and marketing infrastructure that continues to align to reality even faster being the new fast, and that their customers have the insight to take advantage of the technology based disruption occurring in their industry. A world in which hyper-innovation becomes the norm rather than the exception -- and standing still means instant obsolescence. One where rapid scientific advance defines the agenda - and a trend that might destroy your market already happened yesterday, before you even knew it had happened! A market in which physicists have figure out how to violate the basic rules of physics - such as stopping light in its tracks - and it makes your own product obsolete. Where it’s no longer crazy to talk about the concept of riding accelerating Human-Computer-Interface technology to put a part of your mind in an external yottabit ball. Read Less ^

Healthcare 2025: The Transformative Trends That Will Really Define Our Future

Everyone in a leadership position in the health care system knows that the challenge are substantial and immense. A rapid increase in lifestyle disease, skills shortages, the acceleration of science and medical device technology, combined with cutbacks in funding and resources. That’s why innovation has quickly come to be one of the top issues that senior health care executives and medical professionals are focused on. There is a realization that there is an urgent need to challenge the very philosophies upon which the system is built. That’s why the insight of global futurist Jim Carroll is so timely. In this cutting edge keynote he will provide you with insight into the major scientific, technological, consumer and social trends that will, by the year 2025, allow for some very dramatic changes in the concept of health care delivery. Read More >

Where will we be the year 20250? We will have successfully transitioned the system from one which “fixes people after they’re sick” to one of preventative, diagnostic genomic-based medicine. Treating patients for the conditions we know they are likely to develop, and re-architecting the system around that reality. A system which will provide for virtual care through bio-connectivity, and extension of the hospital into a community-care oriented structure. A consumer driven, retail oriented health care environment for non-critical care treatment that provides significant opportunities for cost reduction. Real time analytics and location-intelligence capabilities which provide for community-wide monitoring of emerging health care challenges. “Just-in-time” knowledge concepts which will help to deal with a profession in which the volume of knowledge doubles every six years. That and much, much more.

The fact is, we are going to witness more change in the scientific and technological world of health care in the next ten years than we have seen in the last 25. In his Healthcare2025 keynote, Jim puts into perspective why innovation is no longer just a fashionable phrase — it’s the critical new leadership focus for executives in the health care sector. Read Less ^

The Jetsons Have Arrived 50 Years Early: What Are YOU Going to Do About It?

We have a new vocabulary! Self-driving cars, 3d printing, crowdfunding, the sharing economy, blockchains, personal drones, swarmbots, smart dust, vertical farms, Internet of Things, cognitive computing, smart factories, artificial intelligence, augmented reality, quantum computing, intelligent farms, smart clothing! What seemed to be science fiction just a few short years ago has become a reality today, as time compresses and the future accelerates. Read More >

George Jetson lived in the future, but the future is here now. Take a voyage with Futurist Jim Carroll into the world of tomorrow, today, as he outlines the key trends, technologies, ideas and initiatives that are transforming our world around us at hypersonic speed. A world in which the medical tri-corder of the 23rd century is available today, the idea of Rosie the Robot is no longer a figment of our imagination but an emerging reality, and the flying car of the future will quickly morph into reality from today’s fast-moving drone industry.

In just a few short years, it will the year 2025, and the world of tomorrow will be your reality of today.

Are you ready for what comes next? Read Less ^

The Internet of Things: Disruption & Opportunity in an Era of Pervasive Connectivity

Every industry is set to be transformed as an era of hyper connectivity becomes the new norm. The result? Massive business model disruption; the rapid emergence of new competitors; industries in which customers empowered with mobile devices control a wide variety of devices that are a part of their daily lives; unique opportunities for deep analytical insight into trends and opportunities emerging in industries; a reinvention of manufacturing, logistics, retail, healthcare and other industries because of consumers that are empowered, connected, and enabled with a new form of lifestyle management that we’ve never witnessed before. Read More >

The Internet of Things is happening everywhere. Think about the video in the context of literally any other industry, and you realize the scope of the potential disruption that is occurring.

The Internet of Things is real, and it is unfolding at a blistering pace. We’re in the era of connected thermostats that link to an intelligent energy grid; autonomous vehicle technology that is self-aware, and networked into sophisticated, intelligent highway flow control systems. A connected trucking fleet that is self-diagnostic, predictive, and built for zero down-time . Intelligent home appliances that link to packaged food products that automatically upload carb, sodium and other dietary information as part of an overall health and wellness program.

Jim Carroll has been talking on stage about the Internet of things since the late 1990’s, when he began using the phrase “hyper connectivity” to describe a world in which “every device that is a part of our daily lives is about to become plugged in.” Since then, he has delivered his insight on the topic to a wide variety of organizations: several global technology leaders with a keynote talk on the future of home automation; several of the world’s largest HVAC companies about what happens when a global, intelligent home and industrial energy infrastructure emerges through widespread connectivity; consumer, food and packaged goods conferences about the impact of intelligent packaging. He has been booked by many leading global health care organizations for keynotes that have focused on what happens when consumers start aligning their wellness strategies through their own personal healthcare infrastructure.

The Internet of Things is a substantive, transformative trend that will provide more change in every industry in the next ten years than they’ve seen in the last thirty. Read Less ^

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