Glen Hiemstra

Futurist Studies: Creating Your Preferred Future

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Glen Hiemstra, Futurist, was telling audiences about global warming and climate change…in 1987. He was writing about the age wave and the end of classic retirement…in 1995. Glen was previewing nanotechnology…in 1989. He was describing genomic science and biotechnology even earlier.

Glen was studying how the Internet would change human and organizational communication in 1981, before the Internet was even a public network. In the mid-1980's he was telling people about the coming economic growth of the Pacific Rim countries. By 2001 Glen was describing peak oil and the coming energy transformation as the greatest economic opportunity of the next half-century.

As early as 2006 Glen was telling people why the debt bubble would burst, as it did more than a year later. To deal with breakthrough trends like these, Glen was helping large and small companies, educational institutions, government agencies and communities re-think their future vision.

Oh yes, and Glen Hiemstra was the one professional futurist with the foresight to register and become Founder and CEO of the website visited by people from 120 nations each month.

This is why audience members for Glen's keynote speeches and clients for his long-range planning say things like, "Once you hear Glen Hiemstra speak, the future will never look the same."

Glen Hiemstra is dedicated to disseminating information about the future to assist individuals, organizations, and industries in effective strategic planning. An internationally respected expert on future trends, long-range planning and creating the preferred future, Glen has advised professional, business, and governmental organizations for two decades and has served as a technical advisor for futuristic television programs. A writer and blogger as well as a speaker and consultant, Glen is the author of Turning the Future into Revenue: What Businesses and Individuals Need to Know to Shape Their Future (Wiley & Sons 2006). Previously he co-authored Strategic Leadership: Achieving Your Preferred Future.

Glen has worked with many leading companies, government agencies and organizations across a wide variety of domains. These include Microsoft, The Home Depot, Boeing, Adobe, Ernst & Young, PaineWebber, ShareBuilder, Ambrosetti (Italy), Club of Amsterdam, Northern Telecom, REI, Weyerhaeuser, Hewlett Packard, Novo Nordisk, U.S./Mexico JWC, APAX Partners, Costa Rica Hotel Association, Atlanta 2060, Tulsa 2025, Idaho Transportation 2030, Michigan DOT 2030, Federal Highway Administration Advanced Research, Eddie Bauer, Procter & Gamble, ACE Hardware, IHOP, John Deere, Weitz Construction, Lexis Nexus, Land O Lakes, and others.

As a recognized expert in preferred future planning, Glen is a popular keynote speaker who can zero in on emerging trends in economics, demographics, energy, the environment, Internet and communications, science, technology, housing, and transportation.

Glen goes beyond simple trend analysis to discuss the opportunities that we all have to shape the preferred future. In his consulting, Glen utilizes tools such as environmental scanning, scenario development, whole systems perspectives, paradigm shifts, and analysis of organizational culture for managing change to assist enterprises to achieve high performance.

A skilled communicator, Glen also offers a variety of informational resources for those interested in exploring the future. Each day visitors come to and Glen's blog for provocative snapshots of emerging ideas, trends, and technologies. produces short videos for the web on a variety of future topics.

As a media technical advisor Glen worked with Steven Bochco Productions (creator of "Hill Street Blues" and "NYPD Blue"), among others. He is often cited in publications such as The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, US News & World Report, The Futurist, USA Today, Business Week, the Economist, and the Los Angeles Times.

In a first career, Glen was an award-winning educator; more recently he served as a Visiting Scholar at the Human Interface Technology Lab at the University of Washington, which worked on virtual and augmented reality technology.

Glen was educated at Whitworth College, the University of Oregon, and the University of Washington. He lives in Kirkland, Washington with his wife Tracie. They have three adult children.

His programs include:

Beyond 2020: The Shape of Things to Come

Glen's updated keynote, offering a sweeping and entertaining overview of the key trend areas shaping the next decade and beyond: demographics, technology, the knowledge-based economy, and the next energy revolution. The predictable but often surprising nature of the future is explored. Listeners are challenged both to wake up to the future and to take the creation of a preferred future into their own hands. Specific developments that are noted, depending on customization to the audience, include telepresence, nanotechnology, 3D communication and entertainment, consumer and brand trends, the real situation with oil and energy, aging and youth demographic trends, confronting the great divides in society, environmental challenges and green business opportunities, and biotech advances that offer the hope of longer and healthier lives. This speech inspires listeners to develop successful strategic leadership and to create the future. Full of surprises, this customizable keynote offers a balanced view of the future, and a hopeful vision for the rest of the 21st Century.

Lessons from the Future – Navigating the New Economic Era

This is a keynote tuned to the 2010 economic realities. Glen was one of the earliest voices to warn of an impending economic collapse, more than a year before it happened. In this keynote Glen explores how we got here, and then moves to the the real question: now that we're here, how do we move forward? He lays out a vision for a preferred future based on revised values, innovation and new technology. Acting wisely now can lead to a future that is more sustainable, of higher quality, and happier than what has come before. Glen believes that we have a rare opportunity to create a world that works. It may not be our father's recession, but it can become our children's renaissance.

The Future of Media and Communication in a Data Flow Culture

A provocative program based on the online video series "Future Talks," produced by the Conversations network featuring Glen Hiemstra and EU futurist Gerd Leonhard. What is the future of media and communication when music flows like water, consumers become producers, Web 2.0 grows up into Web 3.0, bandwidth is nearly free, copyright is challenged, advertising is in flux, and the old world passes by with a song? How can "Data Flow Culture" support and extend the tremendous creativity now flowering in the universe of new media and networks?

21st Century Healthcare

Healthcare tomorrow will not, and must not, resemble health care today. Whatever becomes of health insurance reform in the U.S., demographic and financial challenges both urge us toward necessary changes. The big three technologies-bio, nano, and information-are together revolutionizing many medical treatments. Super longevity is on the horizon-but, lacking decisive action, millions may be left out. What is coming, what must be done? By imagining the preferred future of healthcare, we can aim our efforts toward the creation of an exciting, feasible and equitable industry.
Creating Preferred Futures

This keynote presentation or seminar explores the drivers of future change, including technological, societal, economic, demographic and global forces. An eye-opening approach for thinking about the future and creating the future we prefer is outlined; in the seminar we put this approach into practice. With an equal emphasis on future trends, and processes, skills, and models for thinking about and shaping the future, this presentation shows how we can approach future planning with an effective long-range view, while harnessing the potential of the possibilities in front of us right now.

The Future of Transportation

A program based on extensive work with transportation policy and research organizations influential in setting the national agenda for the next several decades. A look at the future of energy, of automobiles, planes and trains-and of a society in an age of peak oil and climate crisis, this program delves into key Demographic Tidal Shifts and What they Mean for Your Enterprise

Demographic Tidal Shifts and What they Mean for Your Enterprise

Here we examine the five generations alive today – the traditionals, the boomers, the X'ers, the millennials, and the next generation being born today. Customized to the interests of the audience, the program may explore selling into these generations, or recruiting and managing them, or both. A particular focus is often placed on the age wave now beginning, and on the millennial generation – better characterized as the "digital natives." This latter group, larger than the baby boom, is unique in so many ways. An in-depth program might examine:

* How big the age wave actually is, and why we do not yet "get it".
* A long-range view of how Digital Natives will change the world over the next 10 to 100 years.
* Myths and facts about Millennials, and the contexts that shape them.
* Anticipated market and values preferences.
* Activities to improve intergenerational relationships in your enterprise.
* Great ideas for how to recruit, retain, and manage Digital Natives.
* What declining global birth rates might mean for our future.
An important feature of this program is to time-shift the generations ahead, for example to the year 2020, when Boomers will be age 56-74, X'ers will be age 40-55, digital natives will be age 20-40, and the next generation will be age 1-19. As Glen Hiemstra says in Turning the Future Into Revenue , "In this first quarter of the twenty-first century, major demographic tidal shifts are underway. Some we see, but we underestimate the implications. Others we fail to see, though the evidence is right before us."

Our Economic Future in a Global Age

An examination of economic, population, social, energy, environmental and technological trends from a global perspective-a time of more creative opportunity than ever, yet one of great turmoil as well. As global dynamics drive us further toward income inequality, the fundamental values issues that are raised must be considered at a deep level. Calling upon the creative resources of the human family, this program explores the critical choices and dynamic possibilities that lie ahead.

Create a Custom Program

We learn about your industry and apply our targeted futures research toward a vision of the future that will specifically address the special interests of your audience. Past examples include The Future of…

* global trade
* workforce
* human resources
* public works
* cities and communities
* bioethics
* technology
* computing and the internet
* insurance
* housing and real estate
* construction trades
* education
* manufacturing
* banking and financial services
* global investing
* philanthropy

Travels from: Seattle, WA