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Glen Hiemstra    

Consultant & Founder of Futurist.com

Glen Hiemstra is the founder and owner of Futurist.com. He is dedicated to disseminating information about the future to assist individuals, organizations, and industries in effective strategic planning. An internationally respected expert on future trends, long-range planning and creating the preferred future, Hiemstra has advised professional, business, and governmental organizations for two decades and has served as a technical advisor for futuristic television programs.

A writer as well as a speaker and consultant, Hiemstra is the author of "Millennial City: How a New Generation Can Save the Future," and "Turning the Future into Revenue: What Businesses and Individuals Need to Know to Shape Their Future." Previously he co-authored "Strategic Leadership: Achieving Your Preferred Future." He has worked with many leading companies, government agencies and organizations across a wide variety of domains.

As a recognized expert in preferred future planning, Hiemstra is a popular keynote speaker who can zero in on emerging trends in economics, demographics, energy, the environment, Internet and communications, science, technology, housing, and transportation. He goes beyond simple trend analysis to discuss the opportunities that we all have to shape the preferred future. In his consulting, Hiemstra utilizes tools such as environmental scanning, scenario development, whole systems perspectives, paradigm shifts, and analysis of organizational culture for managing change to assist enterprises to achieve high performance.

As a media technical advisor, Hiemstra has worked on several television productions, including with Steven Bochco Productions (creator of “Hill Street Blues” and “NYPD Blue”), among others. He is often cited in publications such as The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, US News & World Report, The Futurist, USA Today, Business Week, the Economist, and the Los Angeles Times.

In a first career, Hiemstra was an award-winning educator; more recently he served as a Visiting Scholar at the Human Interface Technology Lab at the University of Washington, which worked on virtual and augmented reality technology. He was educated at Whitworth College, the University of Oregon, and the University of Washington.

Speech Topics


Over the Horizon: The Shape of Things to Come

Glen’s most popular Keynote, a powerful presentation that leaves audiences astonished. This is a sweeping overview of the powerful dynamics taking us through a revolution in technology, the economy, and society. Key drivers of change from digital, bio and nano technology, to demographics, and global, social and economic forces are illustrated. Changes to basic pillars of life in the past century…the job, the home, retirement, government, education are examined. The entire presentation is framed in the context of three questions about the future, what is probable, what is possible, and what is preferred. The Keynote is highly customized to particular audiences, from information technology to manufacturing, from health care to finance, and from transportation to education. The Keynote addresses the profound events of 2001, and is usually accompanied by a highly effective visual presentation. Each audience leaves with their horizon stretched, and inspired to create their preferred future.

Beyond 2020: Thinking in the Future Tense

This keynote presentation or seminar explores drivers of future change, including technological, societal, economic, demographic and global forces. A process for thinking about the future and creating the future we prefer is outlined, and in a seminar is practiced. This presentation has an equal emphasis on future trends, and processes, skills, and models for thinking about and creating the future. Keynote, Seminar

21st Century Leadership Challenges

This Keynote presentation or seminar explores up to twelve key challenges facing leaders in all enterprises in the first quarter of the 21st Century. Key future trends along with technological, social and economic drivers of change are summarized. The key emphasis is on identifying and exploring leadership challenges, which include leveraging rapid change, maintaining hope and vision when in turmoil, fostering continuous innovation and risk taking, and more. Keynote, Seminar

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Substantially the same material can be presented under a custom title that the event organizer and Glen create working together.

Navigating the New Economic Era.

He explains how and why we got into the fix we are in, offering a unique historical perspective on demographics, technology, energy, environment, and social values. He then explores the potential long-term benefits that will come from the current downturn, if we pursue the right strategies. With his characteristic optimism, he challenges audiences to use this opportunity to re-think their fundamental premises, and demonstrates how major innovations have come from past recessions. The opportunity is ours. In a nutshell, Mr. Hiemstra says, "This is not our fathers' recession." What emerges on the other side will not be a traditional recovery but rather a new kind of economy, and society. Are you ready to navigate the new economic era?

Beyond 2020: Hope and Possibilities.

Glen's most popular keynote, based on his book Turning the Future Into Revenue: What Businesses and Individuals Need to Know to Shape their Futures. A sweeping overview of four dynamic trend areas: demographics, technology, the new economy, and the next energy revolution. The program gives focused inspiration for developing successful strategic leadership, by sharing insights on how to overcome the biggest challenges we face - the global climate crisis, and the Great Divides. Full of surprises, it is a balanced view of both opportunities and problems, and a hopeful vision for the 21st Century.

The Future of Transportation.

A program based on extensive work with transportation policy and research organizations, influential in setting the national agenda for the next several decades. A look at the future of energy, of automobiles, planes and trains - and of a society in an age of peak oil and climate crisis. This program delves into key technologies and policies that have the potential to revolutionize the way we move about in the world.

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