To navigate the challenges of an unpredictable future, you need to envision and explore a wider range of possibilities. You need to leverage actionable insights to truly transform your business into a future-forward organization. You need a new mindset – and a new toolset.
Our keynotes go far beyond the “sage on stage” model of information dissemination. We deliver immersive participatory experiences designed to educate, entertain, and most importantly, create measurable change. We don’t hide behind fancy language, but say it like it is and focus on practical takeaway value. We stretch and challenge you and your workshop participants, as learning happens in the sweet spot of just outside our comfort zones. With us, you don’t just sit and listen; you do.
In a tech-driven world and business environment of accelerating change and increasing complexity, the ability to see and think like a futurist offers a growing strategic advantage. But “embracing the future” in business has too often meant succumbing to endless hype cycles, techno babble & wishful thinking. We offer a practical alternative: a solutions-oriented grounding in futures-thinking that cuts through the hype and gives leaders the tools to identify emerging opportunities/threats and to understand the future as a dynamic space for experimentation and learning. We combine principles and practices from the worlds of strategic foresight, social entrepreneurship, tech innovation, and design to create a unique introduction to envisioning the future and learning how to seize it.
If disruption, like change itself, has become a constant, can anything accurately be described as disruptive? We call bullshit on the prevailing narrative and offer instead a contrarian view of the dynamics of disruption in this deep dive. Drawing on dozens of exclusive interviews with category-defining innovators as well as leaders of incumbent organizations that have weathered paradigm shifts in their industries, we provide a practical framework and battle-tested principles with immediate value for both successful (but vulnerable) incumbents and rising entrepreneurs. This session draws a bright line between allowing the future of your business to be something that happens to you versus something that you take an active role in shaping to your advantage, and we invite you on the hard but essential journey to the other side.
The most fundamental change in the marketplace over the last 40 years is that product pyramids are turning into hourglasses, and the middle is disappearing before our very eyes, sending massive ripple effects through the global economy. Over the last decade, we have identified and tracked this seismic shift. In this session, you will learn insights and strategies taken from our research to ensure your company adapts to exponential shifts in technology and markets to survive and thrive.
In a competitive environment where business models get disrupted daily and your competition looks nothing like it used to, how do you not only stay relevant but leapfrog forward? The future of innovation today belongs to the crowd who can outperform and outcompete closed systems. You will learn from first-hand experience how to harness the power of decentralized ideas, resources, and skills; how to bridge untapped geographies and leverage innovation at the edges.
While technologies are maturing exponentially, organizational structures and processes remain stubbornly linear. Yesterday's best-practices – like the Five-Year-Plan or Innovation Funnel – are not sufficient to navigate today's fast-paced, tech-driven world. Explore the groundbreaking new Seven-Layer model which describes and provides actionable insights into the makeup of the future organization. Learn why most companies fail in their digital transformation by only focussing on the upper layers of the model and how to truly transform your business into a future-forward organization.
Building on neuroscience research and strategic foresight practice, we’ll help you break out of the typically unproductive set of responses most leaders have to rising uncertainty (denial, avoidance, paralysis, etc.) to adopt a new generative approach. You’ll learn to differentiate between types of uncertainty, to use irreducible uncertainties to imagine alternate future scenarios, and to transform reducible uncertainties into a sandbox for engaging curiosity and focusing experimentation and learning.
We often find ourselves with the challenge of finding ways to rapidly iterate on our ideas, gather customer feedback, and validate our assumptions – all the while keeping cost down and time spent at a minimum. In this interactive session you will learn the art and science of the innovation methodology used by organizations such as Alphabet/Google [X] to move from conjectures to validated insight in the least amount of time with the least amount of resources.
Our present moment of heightened uncertainty is a perfect time for exploring the relationship between the questions we ask and the answers we find and for learning to use today’s uncertainty as a springboard for tomorrow’s creative inquiry. The question generation workshop (like an ideation session where you start by assuming that you DON’T already have the answers – or even the right questions) is one of our favorite tools for engaging curiosity, opening a more inclusive conversation, challenging assumptions, and fostering innovation.
How do we reconcile the need to focus on short-term results with the critical importance of long-term planning and vision? How do we building adaptability with the desire for control? Leaders face a class of challenges – polarities – which exist not as problems to be solved but rather as tensions to be managed, and learning to manage these tensions effectively through polarity thinking unlocks a new approach to continuous transformation for organization and leader.
Going beyond the nomenclature, participants will explore the practical “Eight Word Mission Statement” framework to connect purpose (both your companies and your personal) to an actionable and guiding mission statement. Going from the bigger why to the actionable and measurable how is imperative to bringing purpose to life, applying this framework to the triptych of self/other/world will make for better, more effective leaders.
Disruption Mapping provides a simple, intuitive system for organizing thoughts about a likely future development or trend and identifying possible long-term implications (positive and negative) in a structured but highly collaborative way. This highly interactive, practice-oriented workshop will help you think more deeply about the dynamics of disruption — anticipating future implications and exploring unintended consequences. As a result, you & your team will be better able to foresee future opportunities and emerging threats to your business.
Pascal Finette is a globally-renowned and acclaimed public speaker, covering topics from disruption, digitization, technology trends, organizational and cultural transformation, new business models, decentralized innovation, leadership, and entrepreneurship, in formats ranging from high-profile keynotes, live and online next level learning experiences to workshops and executive roundtables.
Anchored in his experience as a trained economist and with more than twenty years of experience in the technology industry, he has helped thousands of clients see the future of exponential technology, how economic models are shifting to identify new opportunities and develop successful disruptive business strategies. As an innovative and impactful keynote speaker, Pascal will bring this expertise to your audience whether in person or online, blending frontier technologies, and thought-provoking knowledge with deeply engaging, refreshingly honest, and highly motivating presentations.
Pascal is a master at drawing audiences into a spellbinding future where artificial intelligence, robotics, synthetic biology, and other exponential technologies solve humanity’s greatest challenges. His presentations make sense of our rapidly accelerating, changing and converging world — cutting through the noise, synthesizing the essentials and connecting the dots to prepare your company or career for the exciting opportunities ahead.
Called a “prophet” by Germany’s leading TV station ARD, featured in a primetime documentary about Silicon Valley (ARD: “Go West, Ihr Genies!” — watch here), on the cover of Brazil's leading business magazine Epoca Negócios, and voted one of the top 100 Internet influencers by Wirtschaftswoche, Pascal’s work is on the edge of technology, entrepreneurship, transformation and global impact.
Pascal is a frequent speaker and lecturer at several acclaimed universities and businesses schools around the world, including Berkeley Haas School of Business, Stanford University, London Business School, International Institute for Management Development (IMB), European School of Management and Technology (ESMT), HEC Paris, and ESADE.
He’s the author of the book “The Heretic - Daily Therapeutics for Entrepreneurs”, contributed to many bestselling business books including “The GuruBook” and “Revolution? Ja, Bitte!” and is currently working on a new book about the future of organizations and business models.
Learn more about him and watch some of his talks below (and see his talks and media appearances on our video page), check out his resume and get in touch to discuss your event and how we can create an unforgettable experience for your audience together.
Jeffrey Rogers is an award-winning educator and sought-after speaker and facilitator obsessed with one essential question for our time: How do we thrive as leaders and learners in a world of accelerating change and systemic disruption?
Around that investigation as his central theme, he weaves keynote sessions, live and online learning experiences, and designs workshops to spark mindset-shifting conversations touching on: emerging technologies and social trends, convergence and complexity, innovation and impact, and leadership and the imperative of lifelong learning.
Foundationally, Jeffrey believes the future is too important to be left solely to the futurists, and his grand professional goal is to empower more people to think/act/live and lead like the future is theirs to create. He’s connected dots and ideas for a long list of Fortune 500 companies, been a top-rated facilitator and moderator of executive education programs and international summits for Singularity University since 2017, and dropped in as a guest lecturer and workshop leader at UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business, the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford, and the Empowerment Summit at ECAL in Lausanne.
Engaging, dynamic & oriented toward practice, Jeffrey is a captivating speaker for a crowd of thousands and a thoughtful and playful facilitator for more intimate live online or in-person workshops and roundtables — everything from inspiring crash-course keynotes on exponential technology & futures-thinking to multi-day immersive learning journeys into creative leadership and organizational change.
* Please note that we, unfortunately, need to be very selective about pro-bono engagements, as Pascal has too much stuff on his plate as it is. If you want him to speak at your event pro-bono, send us an email giving some context as to why you want him to speak.