Futurist speakers: Movie mogul Samuel Goldwyn said it. Physicist Neils Bohr said more or less the same thing: ‘Never make predictions. Especially about the future’. Doesn’t stop people trying. And it doesn’t stop audiences wanting to know from a futurist speaker what tomorrow will hold. Here in the UK we’ve heard quite a lot in the media recently about superforecasting – Dominic Cummings recommending that press should read the work of Philip Tetlock and his now famous book of 2015.
The role of speakers in the category is often to focus on finding deep-seated patterns in history and cyclical behaviour. In this way futurist speakers can help people and organisations to understand likelihoods and possibilities. They can help people to prepare for different scenarios, for changes that could well be coming in society, in technology, in geopolitics or on Love Island.