What does a Practical Futurist do?
On a recent call with a client from a global law firm, they remarked that they wish they had my Practical Futurist job title. Over the years, many people have asked me what is the difference between a Futurist and a Practical Futurist. The short answer is in the title. I leave my clients and audiences with practical tips and tricks they can put into place that day.
Below you will find some examples of the practical advice that I’ve given in my online and in-person talks.
Another question I get asked regularly is how do you become a Practical Futurist. I studied as an Engineer many years ago then worked for large technology companies such as IBM, Telstra and Optus as well as ran 6 high-tech startups over a 12 year period. That means that rather than just writing about the future, I’ve been hands on in experiencing new technologies in a commercial environment.
Even throughout the pandemic, I’ve been in heavy demand to help navigate the near-term future. As I found before the pandemic, large corporates need to know how to close the quarter, not necessarily see what life will be like in 20 years. Practical futurists help paint a picture that can be immediately understood.