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Jack Uldrich      

Global Futurist & Author

Jack Uldrich is a well-recognized global futurist, speaker, and author of eleven books, including award-winning best sellers. He is a frequent speaker on technology, change management and leadership and has addressed hundreds of corporations, associations and not-for-profit organizations on five continents. He regularly makes television appearances on the Science Channel, the Discovery Channel and is a frequent guest on major media outlets, including CNN, CNBC and National Public Radio.

Jack is also an ongoing contributor on emerging technologies and future trends for a number of publications, including The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Wired Magazine and BusinessWeek.

Jack is a former naval intelligence officer and Defense Department official. He served as the director of the Minnesota Office of Strategic and Long-Range Planning under Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura. His most recent book is Foresight 20/20: A Futurist Explores the Trends Transforming Tomorrow and his forthcoming book is Business as Unusual: The Big AHA.

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The Great Reset: The Emerging Age of Reimagination, Renewal, and Reconnection and Generation RE

A great reset is now upon us. Less obvious is the reality that the world was quietly being reset prior to the pandemic. The rules of business were being rewritten by an extraordinary cadre of individuals, enterprises, and organizations willing to rethink long-held assumptions, reinvent products and processes; and reestablish new and innovative ways to re-engage with both their employees and the wider world. These leaders are at the vanguard Generation RE--an ageless cohort of change agents working to recreate the world anew.

In this refreshing, entertaining, and insightful keynote presentation, global futurist and best-selling author Jack Uldrich shares key insights from his forthcoming book, “The Great Reset: The Emerging Age of Reimagination, Restoration, and Reconnection” (Greenleaf Books, 2021). He also explains how leaders can embrace and leverage the principles of “Generation RE” in order to reframe problems into opportunities, restore communities and our natural world, reconnect with employees and customers at a deeper, more meaningful level, and reimagine a better, bolder and more beautiful.

Business as Unusual: How to Future-Proof Your Business in Transformational Times

The pandemic has catapulted the world into a future of deep change. In this engaging, provocative, and insightful virtual keynote session acclaimed global futurist and best-selling author Jack Uldrich will not only discuss how Coronavirus is transforming the world of tomorrow, he explains why it is accelerating many of the trends that were already at work prior to the epidemic. History reminds us that great crises produce great change--as well as great opportunities. To take advantage of these extraordinary opportunities, businesses must position themselves now to operate in a world where “business as unusual” is the new “usual.” This session will help leaders at every level of an organization leverage ten “unconventional” techniques to succeed in today’s--and tomorrow’s--transformational times.

How the Internet of Things Will Open Up a Future of Opportunity

In this speech, Jack Uldrich explains a common and popular vision of the Internet of Things (IoT). He loosely defines this as the connection of billions of physical objects to the Internet through the use of low-cost sensors. He presents audiences with an example of an alarm clock, which is smart enough to read your daily schedule, review the latest traffic and weather reports, and then communicate this information to your coffee maker in such a way that you’ll be able to maximize your sleep while still getting to work on time with a piping hot cup of java in your hands.

This vision of the future is entirely possible, but it sells short the true potential of the Internet of Thing.

Foresight 20/20: Ten Trends Transforming Tomorrow

The next decade is only a handful of years away. What might the world of 2020 like look like? How will you and your business have changed? More importantly, how will you and your organization need to change? The answer, in two short words, is a lot!

Consider this: Less than 10 years ago, Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and Wikipedia didn’t even exist; neither did iPhones, iPads, apps or Kindles. Now, fast-forward into the future and try to comprehend how accelerating advances in information and communication technologies, the “Internet of Things,” social media, robotics, artificial intelligence, nanotechnology, biotechnology, brain-neural interfaces, gaming dynamics, crowdsourcing, and open-source sharing platforms will continue to drive seismic change and deliver paradigm-shattering transformation to nearly every facet of society. It’s not easy.

In this engaging and entertaining keynote presentation based on his book, Foresight 20/20: A Futurist Explores the Trends Transforming Tomorrow, globally renowned futurist and best-selling author Jack Uldrich will take the guesswork out of understanding the near future by providing an in-depth exploration of how ten technological trends will transform the world of 2020.

Whatever your industry, association or organization, Uldrich will work with you and your staff to create a customized presentation sure to not only energize and enlighten your audience but also provide them with the inspiration and ammunition to harness these trends and create their own successful future.

The Big AHA: How to Future-Proof Your Business Against Tomorrow’s Transformational Trends, Today

The greatest change in the near future will be the rate of change itself—it is accelerating. In this enlightening, energetic, entertaining and educational session, global futurist Jack Uldrich will share the content from his forthcoming book, Business as Unusual: How to Future-Proof Yourself Against Tomorrow’s Transformational Trends, Today, and outline the 10 trends transforming the world of tomorrow, as well as identify a series of concrete actions industry leaders can take today to future-proof themselves and their customers against “the tides of tomorrow.”

Common Sense, Uncommon Wisdom

Adapted from his full length article, “The Extraordinary Leadership of Benjamin Franklin”, in the fall 2005 edition of Leader to Leader, this talk outlines what businesses and individuals can still learn from one of America’s greatest scientist, businessman, diplomat, politician and Founding Father.

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Five-Star Leadership

Taken from his awarding-winning book Soldier, Statesman, and Peacemaker: Leaderships Lessons from George C. Marshall this talk explores the leadership principles of the man Winston Churchill called “The Last Great American.”

Into the Unknown: Leadership Lesson from Lewis & Clark’s Daring Westward Adventure

Adapted from his book of the same name, Uldrich tells the inspirational story of Lewis & Clark’s amazing Journey of Discovery and explains what today’s businesses can still learn from these explorers’ trek into the unknown.

Investing in Nanotechnology: Think Small, Win Big

This topic, which is the title of Uldrich’s third book (released in March of 2006), is ideal for audiences in the investment or financial services industries who are looking to profit from emerging trends.

The Next Big Thing is Really Small: How Nanotechnology Will Change the Future of Your Business

This topic, which is taken from his 2003 besting-selling book of the same name, can be tailored for any audience or industry. In the past year, Uldrich has spoken to a variety of groups in the pharmaceutical, energy, educational, agricultural, retail, insurance and computer industries about nanotechnology’s impending impact on their businesses.

The Future is Green

Jack Uldrich, the author of the best-selling books, Green Investing: A Guide to Making Money Through Environment-Friendly Stocks (2010) and Jump the Curve: 50 Essential Strategies to Help Your Company Stay Ahead of Emerging Technologies (2008), lays out in this entertaining, educational and informative presentation eight reasons why your future will be green. He further explains why “going green” will have as much to do with the color of money as it does protecting the environment. Depending upon the audience and the goals of the conference, Mr. Uldrich will tailor his remarks to: discuss particular green technologies (e.g. solar, wind, biofuels, advanced batteries, demand management and energy conservation technologies, etc.); emphasize the opportunities inherent in emerging green technologies, such as fuel cells and wave power; or outline the business and investment strategies necessary to take advantage of the coming green revolution.

Innovating Out of the Recession and Into a More Successful Future

The economy has slowed to a crawl but the development of new emerging technologies has not. Smart companies and organizations understand the best way to confront the slowdown is to speed up. Noted futurist and best-selling author Jack Uldrich outlines eight concrete strategies that will kick start innovation and help your organization create a new and profitable future.

The Future Requires Unlearning

he pace of technological change is accelerating. Today’s organizations are living in a world where “constant change is the only constant.” New advances in biotechnology, nanotechnology, and information technology are bringing forth exciting and unexpected discoveries every day, while the expansive and growing power of the Internet, social networking and the open-source movement are fueling the fires which threaten to consume much of today’s existing business landscape.

Life-long learning will obviously be more essential than ever in this chaotic and churning environment; but often lost in this new emerging reality of exponential change is the fact that before an organization can seize tomorrow’s opportunities it must first unlearn old, obsolete knowledge as well as unlearn the old ways of doing business.

In this fascinating, informative, entertaining, interactive and enlightening presentation, noted global futurist and best-selling author, Jack Uldrich—who has been hailed by BusinessWeek as “America’s Chief Unlearning Officer”—will not only explain why unlearning is a critical skill for your company or an organization’s employees, he will also demonstrate how unlearning can help:

  • Successfully navigate a future where the pace of scientific and technological knowledge is doubling every seven years;

  • Prepare for competition that doesn’t yet exist; and Seize opportunities which are, today, only on the periphery of their imagination.

The presentations draw heavily on Uldrich’s two new books on unlearning:Unlearning 101: 50 lessons for Thinking Inside-Out the Box and Higher Unlearning: 39 Post Requisite Lessons for Achieving a Successful Future.

Future Trends in Healthcare, Energy, Technology, Retail and other industries

Jack Uldrich also speaks frequently on future trends for specific industries. In 2010, he has addressed numerous medical associations on “The Future of Health Care,” as well as a handful of other business associations on the future of manufacturing.

The Exponential Executive:

The topic of Jack Uldrich’s forthcoming book of the same name; this fast-paced, entertaining and enlightening presentation (which is also available as either a full or half-day seminar) introduces his audience to the reality of exponential technological change and then provides 11 tangible leadership characteristics designed to help executives and managers navigate and lead their organizations through this era of accelerating change.

Jump the Curve: 50 Essential Strategies to Help Companies Deal with Emerging Technologies.

Based on Jack’s book by the same name released in 2008 by Adams Media, Jack explores how exponential trends in information technology, biotechnology, robotics, manufacturing, material science and nanotechnology, are all converging at this unique moment in history. Uldrich’s presentation lays out ten specific strategies that executives, businesses and industries can use to navigate and survive in this era of unparalleled change

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