James Canton, Ph.D.

Dr. James Canton is a renowned global futurist, social scientist, keynote presenter, author, and visionary business advisor. For over 30 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 The Economist recognizes him as one of the leading futurists, worldwide. He is the author of The Extreme Future: The Top Trends That Will Reshape the World in the 21st Century, Dutton 2006, and Technofutures: How Leading-Edge Innovations Will Transform Business in the 21st Century, Next Millennium Press, 2004.

Dr. Canton is CEO and Chairman of the Institute for Global Futures, a leading think tank he founded in 1990 that advises business and government on future trends. He advises the Global Fortune 1000 on trends in innovation, financial services, health care, population, life sciences, energy, security, workforce, climate change and globalization. From a broad range of industries, clients include: IBM, BP, Intel, Philips, General Electric, Hewlett Packard, Boeing, FedEx, and Proctor & Gamble. He is a Senior Fellow at the Center for Research in Innovation at Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management and on the advisory board of the Corporate Eco Forum. He has advised three White House Administrations, the National Science Foundation and MIT's Media Lab, Europe.

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Predicting the Trends that Shape Our World

For over 30 years, Dr. James Canton has been insightfully predicting the key trends that have shaped our world. He is a leading authority on future trends in innovation and The Economist recognizes him as one of the world's leading futurists. He is the author of The Extreme Future: The Top Trends That Will Reshape the World in the 21st Century and Technofutures: How Leading-Edge Innovations Will Transform Business in the 21st Century.  A frequent guest of the media, Dr. Canton is a commentator on CNN and was named "the Digital Guru" by CNN and "Dr. Future" by Yahoo. 

Successfully Leading Businesses into the Future

Dr. Canton is CEO and Chairman of the Institute for Global Futures, a leading think tank he founded in 1990 that advises business and government on future trends in innovation, financial services, health care, population, life sciences, energy, security, workforce, climate change and globalization. Comprising a broad range of industries, his clients include: IBM, BP, Intel, Philips, General Electric, Hewlett Packard, Boeing, FedEx, and Proctor & Gamble.  Recognized as "one of the top presenters in the 21st century" by Successful Meetings Magazine, Dr. Canton has spoken to thousands of organizations on five continents and is noted for his fascinating, informative, dynamic and entertaining keynotes.  His Global Futurist blog is followed by a worldwide audience.

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The Extreme Future: The Top Trends that Will Shape the 21st Century

Based on Dr. Canton's acclaimed new book The Extreme Future, this informative keynote provides a strategic overview of the top trends that will shape the future of business and society. Constantly updated with fresh research and forecasts, this keynote is a strategic briefing on what disruptions and opportunities are coming fast that will impact your world. Trends covered include the future of: climate, energy, technology, the workforce, security, the economy, health care, demographics, entertainment, and lifestyles. Find out what's next and how to prepare today via this overview of the most recent forecasts that will shape the future marketplace and society and your life.

Technofutures: The Top Innovation Trends that Will Shape the 21st Century

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. Canton identifies the top innovations--from the Internet 3.0 to next generation genomics, virtual reality media, anywhere wireless, longevity medicine, quantum computing and nanotech to robotics that will drive future change in business and society. This keynote is an entertaining overview about the future of innovation what is coming fast-and how you can prepare for the extreme change.

Navigating the Extreme Economy

The current economic crisis offers companies and leaders a unique opportunity to rethink their business. It is no longer "Business as Usual". Complex new challenges brought by the customer, technology, competitors and the marketplace will make being successful in business tougher than ever. Welcome to the Extreme Economy. In this keynote, best-selling author, futurist and business visionary, Dr. James Canton identifies the key trends, risks and strategies that will enable you to effectively deal with the Extreme Economy.  

The Innovator's Mindset

From his work with Apple, Disney, GE, Boeing and many other companies, Dr. Canton explains how to deliver innovation as a key competitive force to drive success. This keynote identifies the key factors in making innovation work--by focusing on how leading innovators think and act. This keynote identifies the Four Strategic Mindsets that can accelerate or resist organizational innovation.  Business cases where innovative leaders and companies are using strategies to grow market share, establish competitive advantage, better deliver customer experiences and enhance quality are examined.

Eco-Business: Towards a Sustainable Future

How will the green and clean trend affect the future of business when over 90% of consumers indicate they are concerned about the environment? What is your Green strategy? There is a clear trend emerging and it is Green. From Green finance and Green cities to renewable energy and Clean Technology, find out how to prepare today. With this keynote any organization can learn how to develop a sustainable or Green business strategy.

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 Internet--starting with Web 2.0 and going deep into the future--telepresence, social graph, virtual reality, social networking, pervasive mobility, sensing and the impact on consumers.

The Extreme Future of Health Care

A series of radical trends and disruptions are reshaping health care. This profound transformation will change business models, standards of care, the management of disease and redefine the health care model. What will happen next will affect the future of business, science, the workforce and society. The transition from health care 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 2.0 to 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 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 21st Century Leader

Leadership is being redefined in the global economy where challenges from technology, the workforce, customers, and the competition are changing the very nature of organizations. Learn how to develop the Future-Ready Leadership Strategy, to anticipate the business-critical trends that will shape tomorrow. Find out how leaders can better prepare for the future.

Consumer Trends 2015

Get in synch with the mind of the consumer. Where are future consumers headed and why? This keynote reviews the top consumer trends that will shape the marketplace of today and the future. Emerging trends such as the Blended Reality, Social Networking, Click-Stream, Green & Clean, and Health Enhancement will redefine markets and products. Find out what the key consumer trends are that will determine competitive advantage in the near future and how they will affect you.

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 mBusiness and the Wireless Information Society

This keynote reviews the top trends, innovations, opportunities and risks that will shape the future of mobile business and its impact on society. From the customer-centric world to pervasive mobility-a new wireless future is emerging.

The Click-Stream Consumer

There is a powerful and dynamic new consumer who is fast emerging in the global marketplace. A new report by the Institute for Global Futures focuses on the power of the Click-Stream Consumer. 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. Companies will have to retool their enterprise to attract them. Find out how.

The Future of MegaCities

A transformation in cities is going on. Over 80% of the 6 billion people on the planet today are living in cities. By 2040, there will be over 8 billion. Over 100 new cities will be created within 25 years in China alone. Over 20 new Megacities will redefine the consumer marketplace and society. Most of these cities of over 8 million people each will be in the developing world. With the huge migration to cities of the global population, what challenges will these cities face? What are the opportunities and risks? How should global organizations prepare for the future of cities?

The Real-Time Enterprise: Creating Competitive Advantage in the Global Economy

New and complex changes are emerging that will force enterprises to operate in entirely new ways. The interconnected linkage of supply chains, markets and businesses represents a new challenge for all companies. The key strategy for creating competitive advantage lies in understanding the trends that will shape the networked marketplace. RealTime is the pass code for the 21st century enterprise.

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.

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