Global Futurist, Speaker, Author

Jack Uldrich

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Jack Uldrich is a well-recognized global futurist, speaker, and author of eleven books, including a number of award-winning best sellers. He is a frequent speaker on technology, change management and leadership.

Jack Uldrich is a well-recognized global futurist, speaker, and author of eleven books, including a number of 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’s “FutureScape”program and the Discovery Channel show “Inside Out,”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 previously served as the director of the Minnesota Office of Strategic and Long-Range Planning. His most recent book is Foresight 20/20: A Futurist Explores the Trends Transforming Tomorrow and his forthcoming book is Business as Unusual: How to Future-Proof Yourself Against Tomorrow’s Transformational Trends, Today.

  • The "Un-Economist"

    Economists are bright, intelligent, well-intentioned individuals but there is one big thing they don't know: They don't know what they don't know.

    Take a moment to consider how often professional economists miss the next big shock to the global economy because of an unknown, unforeseen, unexpected or highly unlikely event.

    In 1998, the economy was on the brink of a global meltdown because of a little-understood algorithm. In 2001, an unforeseen terrorist attack rocked the world economy. In 2005, unexpected technological advances in horizontal drilling and fracking technology sparked an energy renaissance that turned America into the largest net producer of energy in the world—an event no economist saw coming. And, most recently, the housing crisis and the ensuing global recession escaped the collective attention of every known economist.

    Jack Uldrich is different from your ordinary Economist. Billed as the "Un-Economist" Jack Uldrich doesn't claim to be able to predict the future. But, by focusing on what organizations "don't know," he does help them remain vigilant, humble and adaptable so that they are better prepared to meet whatever challenge is coming next.

    If you are looking for a speaker to complement your traditional economist, best-selling author, global futurist Jack Uldrich is the perfect addition to your next event or conference.
  • How to Think Like a Futurist

    The average lifespan of a Fortune 1000 company is 15 years—and dropping. Why is this happening? Primarily, it's because companies are so focused on the present, they fail to appreciate how the world of tomorrow is changing. Smart companies hire futurists to survive. Wise companies learn how to think like a futurist and instill a "future mindset" throughout their organization.

    In this interactive, engaging and educational seminar, best-selling author and renowned global futurist Jack Uldrich will instruct you and your team on how to "think like a futurist" and "future-proof" your organization in the process.

    Specifically, you will:

    - Understand the trends transforming the world of tomorrow and learn how to become aware of what is coming next before your competitors;
    -Develop an appreciation for both why humility is critical in navigating the uncharted waters of tomorrow and why unlearning will be as important as learning in the future;
    -Learn how to take action in the face of uncertainty, ambiguity, and rapidly changing conditions;
    -Most importantly, you will adopt the mindset and acquire the tools to begin creating the future yourself.
  • Question the Future!

    Today, the greatest change is the rate of change itself. Put another way, society is transitioning to a period of constant transition. The net effect is that "answers" about the future are decreasing in value. This reality is, paradoxically, placing greater emphasis on the need to ask better questions.

    In this thought-provoking but practical presentation, global futurist and best-selling author Jack Uldrich shares with his audience how the art and science of framing and asking better questions can not only help individuals and organizations survive tomorrow's rapidly changing environment but thrive by providing the key insights necessary for confidently creating their own future.
  • Vuja De: Strolling Backwards into the Future

    Winston Churchill once said, "The farther back one can look, the farther ahead one can see." He was right. And what better time for any organization to look into the future than when celebrating 25, 50 or 100 years of success?

    Global futurist and best-selling author Jack Uldrich has the unique ability to use yesterday's history lessons as a prism for helping his clients and his audiences understand how the world of tomorrow will be transformed. He has created dozens of customized keynote presentations for centennial celebrations as well as diamond, golden and silver anniversaries. From organizations as diverse as the Casualty Actuarial Society and Stiles Machinery to the Cleveland Community College and the International Card Manufacturers Association, Jack always leaves his audiences proud of their rich tradition and past accomplishments but poised to confidently create their new future. Find out how he can do the same for your organization or company.
  • Business as Unusual

    As Yogi Berra once famously said, "The future ain't what it used to be." He was right. In fact, the future is going to be downright unusual. This begs the obvious question: How do you prepare for an uncertain and unpredictable future? The answer is that you and your organization must think and act in unorthodox ways.

    In this unconventional keynote presentation, Jack helps his audience unlearn the barriers currently holding them back so they can unlock new levels of creativity and innovation. He then concludes by guiding participants through a series of tangible actions that will unleash their ability to create their own future and, in the process, achieve uncommon levels of success.
  • How the Internet of Things Will Open Up a Future of Opportunity

    By 2020, it is estimated that 50 billion physical objects will be connected to the Internet. What does this mean for your business? In a word, everything. The "Internet of Things" is poised to radically transform customer behavior, business models and the nature of business itself. In this powerful keynote session, Jack will not only explain the Internet of Everything, he will help participants understand how they can prepare today in order to prosper tomorrow.
  • The Future Requires Unlearning

    Today, we live in a world where "constant change is the only constant." New advances in technology bring forth exciting discoveries every day. But often lost in this new reality is the fact that organizations must unlearn old, obsolete knowledge and old ways of doing business, before they can seize tomorrow's opportunities.

    In this fascinating, informative and interactive presentation, Jack — hailed by BusinessWeek as "America's Chief Unlearning Officer"— explains why unlearning is a critical skill for your organization.
  • Foresight 20/20: Ten Trends Transforming Tomorrow

    The next decade is less than 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: Six years ago Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Smartphones and cloud computing were all still in their infancy, and Uber, "The Internet of Things," and the "sharing economy" didn't yet exist. Now, fast forward a few years into the future and try to comprehend how accelerating advances in cognitive computing, artificial intelligence, mobile web video communications, virtual and augmented reality, social media, robotics, gaming dynamics, renewable energies, "Big Data", cyber-security advances and, quite possibly, quantum computing 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 takes the guess-work out of understanding the near future by providing an in-depth exploration of how 10 technological trends will transform the world of 2020.
  • The Big AHA: How to Future-Proof Your Business Against Tomorrow's Transformational Trends, Today

    In the near future, the greatest change will be the accelerating rate of change itself. In this enlightening, entertaining and educational session, Jack shares insights from his book, Business as Unusual: How to Future-Proof Yourself Against Tomorrow's Transformational Trends, Today. He outlines the ten trends that will transform the world of tomorrow. Jack also identifies concrete actions businesses can take today to future-proof themselves against "the tides of tomorrow."
  • Custom Presentations

    Jack is known for his willingness to work with clients in order to deliver highly tailored presentations that are guaranteed to inspire and motivate. His sessions are designed to not only help your organization profit today, but continue to prosper long into the future. Jack tailors presentations to a variety of fields, including health care, energy, education, agriculture, finance, manufacturing, retail and investing. Ask how he can create a customized presentation for your organization.

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