What futurists (or “futurologists”) do is to help people plan and prepare for the future, as opposed to offer predictions about the future. This can involve looking at future trends, notably about new technologies and technology trends, and a lot more besides.

If you’re looking for a conference speaker, a keynote speaker, or a workshop presenter or facilitator on this topic, the examples below represent some of the keynote speeches or workshop presentations I’ve given as a futurist speaker in the past. But each presentation is created specifically to suit your needs. If you don’t see a presentation about the future that would work for your conference, by all means contact me, and we’ll see if we can create one specifically for you.

Driving Tomorrow: The Future of the Automotive Industry

Car manufacturing is arguably the most important manufacturing industry in the world, and may also be the most rapidly changing heavy industry. Futurist Richard Worzel is a business visionary grounded in the real world, a Chartered Financial Analyst, and a best-selling author. In this overview of the future of the automotive industry, he provides a roadmap of what’s ahead, including:

  • How demand for cars is changing due to demographics, with boomers retiring, Millennials having different tastes, women rising in importance, and populations continuing to migrate into urban centres.
  • How 3D printing technologies are changing all manufacturing industries, but particularly cars, precipitating changes in techniques, designs, weight, distribution & logistics, customization, and much more besides.
  • How and why public attitudes are changing on climate change, GHGs, emissions, and CAFE standards, and what those attitudinal changes mean to the industry.
  • What are the power & fuel systems of the future? What are the roadblocks, and how will the trade-offs be made?
  • What are the prospects for the global and North American economies, and how should the auto industry prepare?

Richard will start with the big picture, then bring it down to the automotive aftermarket, then end with an overview of futurist planning tools that can help organizations become more flexible, and develop their foresight. The result will be both a better understanding of what’s ahead, and better tools to exploit the future.