Acclaimed global futurist, speaker, and best-selling author Jack Uldrich is frequently asked, “What will the future look like?” His response is, “Predictably unpredictable.” So how can you prepare for the unpredictable? The answer will surprise you. The key is embracing paradox: learning to unlearn, thinking about the unthinkable, recognizing failure as a key component of success, and understanding that an awareness of one’s ignorance is a key component of true wisdom.
Uldrich paints vivid pictures of what the world may look like in just a few short years. He provides an in-depth exploration of how the “internet of things,” big data, social media, robotics, biotechnology, nanotechnology, artificial intelligence, renewable energy, and “collaborative consumption” will change everyday life for all of us in the very near future. He follows through with upbeat, practical, and actionable insights on future trends, emerging technologies, innovation, change management, and transformational leadership. He is an advisor to Fortune 1000 companies and has spoken to hundreds of businesses and organizations on five continents, including General Electric, General Mills, the Young Presidents Organization (YPO), Pfizer, Invitrogen, St. Jude Medical, AG Schering, Imation, Fairview Hospitals, Touchstone Energy, and more.
Widely-Respected Expertise and Best-Selling Books. Uldrich is the best-selling, award-winning author of 11 books, including his latest, Foresight 2020: A Futurist Explores the Trends Transforming Tomorrow, and the upcoming book, The Big AHA: How to Future-Proof Yourself Against Tomorrow’s Twelve Transformational Trends, Today. His other well-known titles include The Next Big Thing is Really Small: How Nanotechnology Will Change the Future of Your Business, Into the Unknown: Leadership Lessons from Lewis & Clark’s Daring Westward Expedition, and Jump the Curve: 50 Essential Strategies to Help Your Company Stay Ahead of Emerging Technologies. He is also the author of Green Investing: A Guide to Making Money through Environment-Friendly Stocks, Higher Unlearning: 39 Post-Requisite Lessons for Achieving a Successful Future, Unlearning 101: 101 Lessons in Thinking Inside-Out the Box, among others.
Uldrich is a frequent guest on major media outlets, including CNN, CNBC, and NPR, and he is an ongoing contributor on emerging technologies and future trends for publications like the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, WIRED, and BusinessWeek. His work has appeared in the Futurist, Future Quarterly Research, the Wall Street Reporter, Leader to Leader, Management Quarterly, and hundreds of other newspapers and publications around the country. He also regularly makes television appearances on the Science Channel’s FutureScape and the Discovery Channel show Inside Out.
Unlearn Your Assumptions. Uldrich is the founder and “Chief Unlearning Officer” of The School of Unlearning—an international consultancy designed to assist organizations succeed tomorrow by unlearning today. He is known for his willingness to work with clients well in advance of his presentations in order to deliver highly tailored presentations that are guaranteed to help his clients not only profit today, but continue to prosper long into the future.
Jack is a former naval intelligence officer and Defense Department official. He previously served as the director of the director of the Minnesota Office of Strategic and Long-Range Planning.
Jack will serve as the evening keynote on January 18.