David Houle

Futurist, Strategist, Award-Winning Producer & Best-Selling Author

David Houle
  • Winner of two Emmy’s, a George Foster Peabody Award, and nominated for an Academy Award
  • Author of, Entering the Shift Age, a number one best-selling novel in the category of business planning
  • Consistently ranked as one of the top futurists in the world today

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David Houle is a futurist, thinker, and speaker. Houle spent more than 20 years in media and entertainment. He has worked at NBC, CBS and was part of the senior executive team that created and launched MTV, Nickelodeon, VH1 and CNN Headline News.

Houle has won a number of awards. He won two Emmys, the prestigious George Foster Peabody award, and the Heartland award for “Hank Aaron: Chasing the Dream”. He was also nominated for an Academy Award.

Houle is consistently ranked as one of the top futurists and futurist keynote speakers on the major search engines and in the world today. In the last two years he has delivered keynotes on six continents and twelve countries. He is often called “the CEOs’ Futurist” having spoken to or advised 2,000+ CEOs and business owners in the past four years.

In February 2010, he became a featured contributor to Oprah.com and his column can be found at www.oprah.com/davidhoule.

Houle is also a best-selling author.  Most recently, his book Entering the Shift Age, published in January 2013, is the #1 best-selling book in the category of Business Planning and Forecasting as well as a #1 Amazon best-seller. His first book, the influential and highly acclaimed The Shift Age was published in 2008. His second book, Shift Ed: A Call to Action for Transforming K-12 Education was published in April 2011 and his third book, The New Health Age: the Future of Healthcare and Medicine in America was published in December 2011 and was also a #1 best-seller on Amazon.

Houle is a member of the faculty and the futurist in residence at the Ringling College of Art and Design.

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Entering the Shift Age. This presentation is brand new for 2013 and is based on Houle’s latest book of the same name. Futurist Houle identifies and explains the new age we have entered. He looks at the three forces of the Shift Age, the Five Contexts of the Shift Age and how they will affect us as individuals, business people and leaders. He takes a look at the future of generations, women, technology, energy, education, IP, big data and other topics and provides the audience with eye opening transformations dead ahead. The Shift Age is one of, if not the most transformative and exciting times in human history. Houle leaves us with suggestions for how to prepare for and adapt to this new age. A big picture presentation that is pertinent for any group or organization. It can be customized for any industry or business sector.

Leading and Succeeding in the Transformation Decade. Houle has called 2010-2020 the Transformation Decade. Much of humanity and the world will be transformed during these ten years. Houle presents a look at the Shift Age, the Transformation Decade and all the incredible changes that will occur. He takes a look at the rapidly changing workplace and then presents the qualities and concepts needed to lead, manage and succeed in this decade of incredible change and transformation.

Shift Ed: A Call to Action for Transforming K-12 Education. This presentation is based upon Houle’s new and already much acclaimed book of the same name. As a futurist involved in education, Houle calls for nothing less than the transformation of K-12 education for the twenty-first century. He frams this transformation in both the history of educaion and the future of this new century and the Shift Age. This presentation has already been praised widely by educators as a needed vision of he future of education.

The New Health Age: the Future of Health Care in America. Houle’s new book of the same name has already been called THE book on the future of health care and health care reform. This presentation provides a large, contextual and conceptual understanding of he huge forces and changes that are and will completely transform the health care and medical landscape in America and around the world in the next ten years. Though th ebook will not be published until summer 2011, Houle has already spoken to and been booked by numerous associations and health care companies to provde them with the vision and understanding of the huge changes that are inevitable. A must presentation for any health care or medical meeting.

Future Wow! A two to three hour presentation that is a high level look into the future of humanity 2012-2040. Why is this such a time of transformation? What lies ahead for humanity in the next 10-40 years? Why might we be moving toward the dawn of a new age of transformation? Guaranteed to provide the audiences with a collective “Wow!”

Leading with Vision: Being Slightly Ahead of the Curve. Houle defines what leading with vision means. He gives personal and public examples of leading with vision and how those leaders changed the world, change a business, change a market. He explains why it is so important to be slightly ahead of he curve as opposed to any other place in the curve, be it a curve of innovation, historical inevitability or just a new product category. This speech emphasizes vision, leadership and how they can create unparalleled motivation on the part of those who embrace and follow visionary leadership.

The Shift Age. Since 2007, this has been Houle’s signature and most requested speech. Futurist Houle identifies and explains the new age we have entered. After taking a quick look back at the span of human history, he focuses in on the past 20 years and the transformative changes that have taken place. He then identifies the dynamics that are shaping our world now and will be for the next 10-20 years. The Shift Age will be one of the most transformative and exciting times in the history of humanity. Houle leaves us with suggestions for how to prepare for and adapt to this new age. A big picture speech that is pertinent for any group or organization.

This Spaceship Earth: The Importance of “Crew Consciousness.” Through a provocative and impactful presentation, Houle explores climate change and environmental preservation as well as two concepts he has worked to develop: the notions of “Spaceship Earth” and “crew consciousness.” As Houle guides audiences through concrete evidence of climate change and its effects on the planet, he utilizes a simple metaphor that’s as easy to understand as it is compelling. Houle uses the idea of “Spaceship Earth” to explore the idea that we are merely passengers on this spacecraft of a planet. As such, we must come to recognize that our resources are limited and we are not capable of renewing our own supply. Houle’s presentation concentrates on the theory that, as passengers, we should do whatever we can to preserve and protect our home, developing a “crew consciousness” that forces us to come together for a greater good. The talk comes full circle as Houle provides his audiences with real, measurable means of reducing their carbon footprints and urges them to explore more sustainable ways of living. 

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