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Jim Carroll      

One of the World’s Leading Global Futurists, Trends & Innovation Expert; Speaker & Authority on Rapid Business Model Changes

Jim Carroll is recognized as the world’s leading futurist, trends and innovation expert, with a massive global blue chip client list. For more than 25 years, Jim has shared his insight with more than 2 million people in attendance at his events.

Jim’s global client list is extensive and covers virtually every industry sector, including the World Bank, Volvo, NASA, the PGA of America, the Walt Disney Organization, the World Government Summit in Dubai, the Swiss Innovation Forum, the Wall Street Journal, National Australia Bank, WorldSkills, Microsoft, Johnson & Johnson, DuPont, The GAP, the US Air Force Research Laboratory, Godiva, SAP, Pfizer, Mercedes Benz, and hundreds more.

This client list gives him a front row seat to the high velocity change that is occurring as disruption comes to take hold of every industry and every organization. With that insight, and the customized research that he undertakes for every engagement, he helps to transform growth-oriented organizations into high-velocity innovation heroes!

In 2020, Jim has been busy providing his insight from a state of the art virtual broadcast studio, which features high end video production, multiple camera angles, multimedia special effects, online interaction, audience polling, panel discussions and more. His investment in leading technology has allowed him to deliver his effective online leadership insight in an interactive broadcast style that redefines the state of the possible, with an opportunity for attention grabbing online content, and engaging interactivity.

Jim is recognized worldwide as a “thought leader” and authority on: our post-pandemic economy; economic recovery strategies; the future of the workplace; new business and governance opportunities in the era of International upheaval; rapid business model change and industry transformation; business model disruption and the acceleration of market change; global economic trends; 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, 3D printing, virtual reality, alternative energy generation and storage technologies, the transition to electric battery vehicle technology, genomic medicine, CRISPR and healthcare virtualization, advanced robotics and artificial intelligence, blockchain and virtual cash, machine learning and robotics, crowd-thinking and next generation R&D.

Jim’s insight has been covered in the UK Telegraph, Dubai’s Capital Magazine, South Africa’s The Star, and AP News, among hundreds more. BusinessWeek named Jim Carroll as one of four leading sources for insight on innovation and creativity. He was also a featured expert on the prime time CNBC series, The Business of Innovation.

Jim Carroll is an author, with numerous books including Think Big, Start Small, Scale Fast; Surviving the Information Age; The Future Belongs To Those Who Are Fast; Ready, Set, Done; and What I Learned From Frogs in Texas: Saving Your Skin with Forward Thinking Innovation.

Speech Topics


What Do World Class Innovators Do That Others Dont Do?

Jim Carroll has been the featured trends & innovation speaker at a wide variety of corporate leadership meetings for Fortune 1000 organizations. These meetings, often sponsored by the CEO or other senior members of management, have been focused on successful, forward oriented innovation strategies. Through his participation, has seen firsthand what these organizations are doing to position themselves for post-recession opportunity. One thing they are certainly doing is finding innovative solutions to complex problems. In this motivational keynote, Jim outlines what hes seen global innovation leaders concentrating on to ensure market success.

And most important: world class innovators arent afraid to back away from big ideas: they know that right now its a great time to made bold decisions, and take decisive advantage to forge aggressive new paths against their competitors.

When Do We Get to Normal? Why Thinking BIG Will Help You Seize The Opportunities of the 21st Century

The new normal is that nothing will ever be normal again. Instead, transformative, deep substantive change now drives nations, markets, industries, professions and knowledge.

The future belongs to those who are bold, and who are willing to think about the BIG BETS that need to be made to seize the future. In this keynote, youll be impassioned to think about how the real opportunities of the future will unfold.

The Future of Education: Rethinking Opportunity in the Era of Knowledge Velocity

In his keynote presentations, Carroll provides concise insight that links a wide variety of global social, demographic, scientific, technological, business and other trends to the impact on education. He provides a an understanding on the velocity of change impacting the industry, and why we need to rethink the context of "how we teach" in light of the realities that has knowledge growing exponentially, the foundation of knowledge generation forever changed and global social networks challenging traditional education delivery models. The reality is that the exponential growth of knowledge leads to massive career specializationwe are in the midst of a fundamental structural organizational and career change, and by 2020 or sooner, it will be all about "just-in-time knowledge."

Healthcare 2020: The Transformative Trends That Will REALLY Define Our Future

Where will we by the year 2020? We will have successfully transitioned the system from one which fixes people after theyre 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.

Location is the New Intelligence: Customer Interaction in the Era of Pervasive Mobile

Were at the leading edge of the merger of three perfect trends: the rapid and massive emergence of a massive mobile infrastructure with increasingly intelligent devices. Pervasive location awareness as a result of GPS and location intelligence/mapping trends. And a consumer mindset that is increasingly open to new forms of interaction.

Futurist, Trends & Innovation Expert Jim Carroll is setting the retail, marketing and advertising world on fire with his fast paced insight into one of the most important trends to shape the customer-business relationship in the last few decades. Move over social networking location is the new intelligence!

Moving Beyond the Meltdown: Aligning Yourself for Growth Through Innovation

Jim Carroll, one of the worlds leading futurist, trends & innovation expert, shares his insight on the strategies that leading edge organizations are pursuing to stay ahead of the economy.

Its timely and critical insight! Many CEOs and senior executives understand that in addition to managing existing challenges, now is the time to focus on trends and the future, and that they need to act quickly to establish an innovative mindset to get there intact. Jim provides his unique insight on staying ahead in volatile times, through his signature keynote addresses, after-dinner talks, discussions at small intimate management/Board meetings, or by speaking and participating in large scale senior management and leadership meetings.

7 Things You Need to Do Right Now: Aligning The Fast Future to Your Current Strategy

Product innovations occur today at such a pace that time to market is now measured in weeks rather than years. A furious pace of technological innovation continues unabated, with the rapid emergence of new technologies that change entire industries. Customer mindset has become increasingly difficult to capture as we become a society with massive attention deficits. Business models are subject to upheaval due to economic turmoil, commercialization of product, and the rapid emergence of new competitors.

Its a fast paced world and thats why leading edge organizations are focused on key leadership strategies that provide for a fast paced future. In this inspirational keynote, Jim Carroll will challenge you to confront the big trends that you need to face head on and what you should be doing RIGHT NOW.

Wheres the Growth? Transformative Opportunities for Transformative Times

In a highly customized presentation, he outlines the major trends that will impact you, and what you need to start doing now in order to respond. He will open your mind up to the opportunities of this transformative time a new era when big ideas and bold action are proving to be the foundation for significant transformation in how we approach global challenges, problems and opportunities. In doing so, he will ensure you are well positioned for the future!

Were in a new fast paced worldalready, 175 million people worldwide participate on social networks through mobile technology. Organizations are faced with tremendous new challenges and opportunities in building and sustaining a brand image in this era of hyperconnected consumers. And given the rate of change that is occurring as consumers increasingly begin to influence brand perception, the new reality is that it costs substantially more to maintain relevance of brand image today. The biggest challenge for brands? We find ourselves in a period of time in which a brand is no longer what you say it isits what the consumer says it is!

Whats Happening with Our Workforce: Making Generations Work!

Join international futurist, trends & innovation expert Jim Carroll as he explores some of the biggest challenges facing organizations today. With the coming end of retirement, most companies will come to realize theyll need a lot of telephones with big buttons for members of the 70+ folk who are still a part of their workforce and a lot of innovative workplace practices as well.

Jims unique insight into emerging HR trends is in high demand 3,000 members of the International Human Resource Information Management Association recently heard him put the issues in context on stage in Dallas, Texas. Join Jim as he shares his insight into the trends that you are already faced with, and the innovative and creative ways that you can come to grips with the depth of the challenges ahead.

Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity and Ambiguity: Leadership Strategies and Insight for the Post Pandemic World

History has taught us that only 10% of organizations become breakthrough performers during a period of economic challenge. Futurist Jim Carroll has carefully studied the strategies they pursue, the concepts that drive them, and the actions they take to become a success in this complex new world. It's timely and critical insight! Recovery oriented CEO's and senior executives understand that in addition to managing existing challenges, right now is the time to focus on strategies that align to our complex new reality in order to achieve growth and pursue opportunity. They know that they need to act quickly to establish an innovative mindset with their team in oder to get there quickly. In this interactive online virtual keynote, Jim provides his unique insight on staying ahead in volatile times. A culture that has everyone thinking about what can be done going forward rather than looking back. A solutions oriented mindset in which people are thinking less about the problems that have occurred, and more about the innovative strategies that could be pursued. A leadership style and mindset that takes on volatility as a form of innovation oxygen, complexity as a foundation for action, uncertainty as the platform for disruption and ambiguity as the clarity for stifling aggressive indecision.

Our World in 2030: The Post-Pandemic Trends That Redefine Your Future

Years from now, we will look back and realize that many industries, technologies, concepts and disruptive ideas accelerated throughout the crisis of 2020 - because they played a major role in the rebuilding of our dramatically different future. We will also know that by carefully analyzing the trends of yesterday in the context of fast moving events that we were best able to understand these new trends of tomorrow. Futurist Jim Carroll examines your world and industry in the microscope of a new lens, providing critical insight to the trends that matter - and that redefine our future. The acceleration of trends like 3D printing and biomaterial science, robots & cobots, genetic medicine and virtualized community care, resiliency-oriented supply chains and last mile logistics technology, delivery drones and personal space heat tracking - all of which are playing a role in our eventual post-pandemic, recovery oriented world. In this new future, business models continue to evolve but at a faster pace; new revenue opportunities are emerging at hyper-speed as entirely new products are invented and new industries are born to deal with the crisis; entire industries are forever changed as the new era of "personal space" and "economic distancing" came to define all forms of human interaction going forward. It's in this context that the big ideas are being explored, the bold are defining their future, and the fast are aligning to acceleration. Covid-19 and the economic downturn of 2020 have redefined our future - but it's by understanding this new future and aligning to the opportunities that it presents that breakthrough performers discover their opportunities!

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