World Renowned Futurist
Magnus Lindkvist Speech Sample:
Magnus Lindkvist Topics:
- Trendspotting and Future Thinking
- Society Forecasts
- Business Forecasts
- Thinking Ahead in Turbulent Times
- How to be Innovative in an Uncertain World
Magnus Lindkvist Biography:
Magnus Lindkvist is Director for Trendspotting and Future Thinking at Stockholm School of Entrepreneurship, and an active member of TED – the world’s leading trends forum. He also heads an influential Swedish agency.
We used to think tomorrow would be more or less like today and we were often right. Not any more, according to Magnus. Whilst the brain is wired to think in a linear way, we are living in exponential times in which we need to harness our imagination to prepare for the opportunities and challenges that lie just around the corner.
For example, with the rise of ‘creative’ consumers like bloggers and tweeters, Magnus believes business has to offer customers a piece of the action: ‘profit for effort.’ If they create something, be it a viral campaign or ideas to improve your service, they will want a reward – whether it’s recognition or money (or both).
Looking further ahead, he sees our children enjoying cheaper, more efficient energy. Magnus thinks that the current fears of ‘peak oil’ will come to be seen as no more than a curious example of turn-of-the-century pessimism. He shows how a genome pioneer is developing one potential solution, by using bacteria to create high-octane diesel droplets.
A management consultant and filmmaker by background, Magnus mixes quantifiable business facts with the visionary art of ‘futurology.’ In his own words, his presentations are designed to generate ‘ahhs, ha-has and ahas.’
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