Jim Carroll

Author, Futurist & Innovation and Trends Expert

  • Called "a leading source for innovation insight" by BusinessWeek
  • Invited twice by top execs at NASA to speak on growth and future trends
  • Has shared the stage with President George W. Bush
  • Customizes keynotes with original research into dozens of industries

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Jim is one of the world’s leading global futurists, trends, and innovation experts, with a massive global blue-chip client list. Over the last 25 years, more than 2 million people have shared his insight at his events.

Jim’s global client list gives him a front-row seat to the high-velocity change that is occurring as disruption comes to take hold of every industry and every organization.

With that insight, and the customized research that he undertakes for every engagement, he helps to transform growth-oriented organizations into high-velocity innovation heroes!

Organizations worldwide are working hard to determine what to do in the era of acceleration and disruption – and in large numbers, turn to Jim for the high-level strategic guidance into the trends they must align to and the
strategies they need to adopt.

Jim shares this insight at the top tier of global events, with events that have included Leonard Nimoy (“Spock” of Star Trek), President George W. Bush, the late Carrie Fisher (“Princess Leia” of Star Wars), Terry Bradshaw of the NFL, Biz Stone (Founder of Twitter), Jimmy Wales of Wikipedia, Astronauts Scott Kelly (last pilot of the Space Shuttle), Buzz Aldrin of Apollo 11 and ISS Commander Chris Hadfield, business leaders Jack Welch of GE and Roger Goodall, the Commissioner of the NFL, actors Robert DeNiro, Goldie Hawn & Forest Whittaker, and Lee Trevino and Bubba Watson of golf, among others.

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Our World in 2030: Trends That Will Redefine Your Future. Years from now, we will look back and realize that many industries, technologies, concepts and disruptive ideas accelerated throughout the crisis of 2020 - because they played a major role in the rebuilding of our dramatically different future. We will also know that by carefully analyzing the trends of yesterday in the context of fast-moving events that we were best able to understand these new trends of tomorrow.

Futurist Jim Carroll examines your world and industry in the microscope of a new lens, providing critical insight to the trends that matter - and that redefine our future. The acceleration of trends like 3D printing and biomaterial science, robots & cobots, genetic medicine and virtualized community care, resiliency-oriented supply chains and last mile logistics technology, delivery drones and personal space heat tracking - all of which are playing a role in our eventual post-pandemic, recovery-oriented world. In this new future, business models continue to evolve but at a faster pace; new revenue opportunities are emerging at hyper-speed as entirely new products are invented and new industries are born to deal with the crisis; entire industries are forever changed as the new era of "personal space" and "economic distancing" came to define all forms of human interaction going forward.

It is in this context that the big ideas are being explored, the bold are defining their future, and the fast is aligning to acceleration. Covid-19 and the economic downturn of 2020 have redefined our future - but it is by understanding this new future and aligning to the opportunities that it presents that breakthrough performers discover their opportunities!

Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity and Ambiguity: Leadership Strategies and Insight for the Future. History has taught us that only 10% of organizations become breakthrough performers during a period of economic challenge. What will you do to be part of this elite group of aggressive survivors?

Futurist Jim Carroll has carefully studied the strategies they pursue, the concepts that drive them, and the actions they take to become a success in this complex new world.

It's timely and critical insight! Recovery oriented CEO's and senior executives understand that in addition to managing existing challenges, right now is the time to focus on strategies that align to our complex new reality in order to achieve growth and pursue opportunity. They know that they need to act quickly to establish an innovative mindset with their team in oder to get there quickly.

In this interactive keynote, Jim provides his unique insight on staying ahead in volatile times. A culture that has everyone thinking about what can be done going forward rather than looking back. A solutions-oriented mindset in which people are thinking less about the problems that have occurred, and more about the innovative strategies that could be pursued. A leadership style and mindset that takes on volatility as a form of innovation oxygen, complexity as a foundation for action, uncertainty as the platform for disruption and ambiguity as the clarity for stifling aggressive indecision.

The Next Five Years: Understanding the Trends in Our Post-Covid World. The ultimate impact of Covid-19 on your future? Beyond the fact that we will be living in a somewhat surreal and unusual future, another fact remains – every organization is entering a new future in which a new era of massive acceleration defines everything you will do.

Here are some facts about your future:

  • 68% percent of organizations have said that global pandemic has forced them to adapt and change their business model
  • 77% recognize the need for systemic change in their operations
  • 82% believe a more challenging economy is in their future
  • and yet 47% of CFO’s are not very comfortable committing to new investments in the next 6 to 12 months

The pandemic has changed everything, and future-oriented leadership is more important than ever before. History tells us that every global crisis shifts the axis of the future of our universe and every crisis offers an opportunity to improve.

In this keynote, Futurist Jim Carroll provides you detailed, customized insight on the trends that matter as we go forward into a world driven by uncertainty, impacted by potential relentless volatility, and unrelenting waves of massive opportunity. For over 25 years, Jim Carroll has provided senior-level leadership insight on how to become a future-ready organization. With clients such as NASA, Disney, Pfizer, Microsoft, Chrysler, the World Government Summit, Godiva, and Nestle, he has a proven track record of aligning organizations to a fast-moving future.

Understanding 2025: What Comes Next? Your Industry, Your Trends, Your Opportunity in our Post-Pandemic World!

We’ve been through the most tumultuous era in decades! The global pandemic shifted the edges of our collective universe, disrupted our future, and realigned our opportunities.

What’s your plan for moving forward into recovery and opportunity?

Futurist Jim Carroll provides a concise outline of what comes next – and what you should do about it!

The simple fact is that every industry continues to be redefined at blinding speed by new technology, collaborative global R&D, virtualized workforces, and accelerated science. Organizations learned something new about agility, speed, and flexibility during the pandemic, and this simple fact redefines the staggering speed of change to come next.

In this industry-specific, highly customized keynote, futurist Jim Carroll covers the key scientific, technological, knowledge, and skills trends that existed Pre-Covid, and then outlines the new challenges and opportunities that exist as we go forward into a vastly new, more complex future.

9 Things You Need to Do Right Now: Rediscovering Growth, Opportunity and the Future When Volatility is the New Normal!

Innovative organizations succeed by mastering the pace of the new high-velocity economy.

In an era of economic challenge, they focus on discovering opportunity!

Innovating at high velocity is vital to turning challenges into opportunities. Jim Carroll believes that organizations that focus on staying ahead of fast-paced economic trends in an era of volatility are best positioned for long-term success.

How? Innovative organizations succeed by mastering the pace of the new high-velocity economy. In an era of economic challenge, they focus on discovering opportunity while moving through uncertainty!

In this keynote, Jim Carroll builds on insight captured during periods of economic uncertainty to provide a concrete foundation in which to move forward despite relentless economic volatility. It’s proven, battle-tested insight and time-tested strategies on aligning to the future despite uncertainty. In this leadership-oriented talk, Jim covers the trends that will provide for major growth opportunities through the next five to ten years where we will see the emergence of new careers, industries, and business models and how a relentless focus on these opportunities and growth is directly linked to future success. He will help you to make sense of what happened, where we are now, and what do we do next!

Jim Carroll will challenge you to focus on the opportunities of tomorrow, rather than the challenges of today.

Bridging the Acceleration Gap: Achieving Growth By Aligning to The Trends of Our Post-Pandemic Future

Are you structured for slow in a fast world? The global pandemic has changed the axis of our universe. What was disruptive before is now massively transformative.

Do you have a strategy to keep up?

History tells us that every global crisis shifts the axis of the future of our universe, and every crisis offers an opportunity to improve. In the harsh reality of our post-pandemic world, leadership strategies that worked yesterday are exposed as being irrelevant tomorrow even while they are being actively considered today.

Pre-pandemic, CEOs and organizations were dealing with a world of business model disruption, the acceleration of technology, the faster evolution of key skills, and other critical issues. Now, in the harsh light of our new world, one thing is clear – the future is even more complex than it was before. And a simple fact has emerged – there is a massive and growing gap between the speed of change and the ability of organizations to keep up. Bridging this gap is critical to future success – and the significance of your inability to bridge the gap is even bigger than it was before.

Bridge the gap! What worked yesterday will not work tomorrow! You are on a guaranteed path to failure if you don’t align with our new reality – by mastering the disconnect between speed and structure. The acceleration gap is very real, and it’s growing larger all the time. Successful organizations will be those who can shrink the gap, minimize its impact, and turn it into an opportunity rather than a threat.

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