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Jim Carroll

Speaker

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Futurist, Business Trends & Innovation Expert

Jim Carroll is one of the world’s leading futurist, trends and innovation experts, with a massive global Blue Chip client list. Over the last 25 years, Jim has shared his insight with more than 2 million people in attendance at his events. He is recognized within the global speaking industry for his highly customized, heavily researched, industry-specific keynotes, leadership presentations and small, intimate senior leadership meetings.

Keynote Speeches

Virtual Keynote | Customized Talks Live-Streamed Online

Jim is able to deliver any of his customized presentations below live online. Streaming to private corporate networks is possible in addition to social networks such as Youtube, LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook Live. The highly customized content can include interactive audience Q&A, live text message polling via PollEverywhere, or a pre-event video to get your audience excited. Jim’s sophisticated broadcast infrastructure is ready to support you – when you are!

Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity and Ambiguity: Leadership Strategies and Insight for the Post Pandemic World

History has taught us that only 10% of organizations become breakthrough performers during a period of economic challenge. 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 order 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.

Our World in 2030: The Post-Pandemic Trends That 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’s in this context that the big ideas are being explored, the bold are defining their future, and the fast are aligning to acceleration. Covid-19 and the economic downturn of 2020 have redefined our future – but it’s by understanding this new future and aligning to the opportunities that it presents that breakthrough performers discover their opportunities!

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

Innovating at high velocity is vital to turning challenge into opportunity. 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.

Is there a future out there? Definitely yes, but a constant drumbeat of negative news can cause people to lose sight of what will happen as we return to a period of economic growth. That’s where Jim Carroll comes in — this noted international futurist, trends & innovation expert spends his time with globally innovative leaders. He’s gained keen insight into some of the key trends which will impact industries, organizations and careers in the next few years to come, in a wide variety of industries from health care, to technology and manufacturing, to the skilled trades. Jim is a passionate believer that we live in transformative times — and in five or ten years, will look back at this time with awe at the new industries, products, careers, and opportunities that were developed.

Jim Carroll delivered an extensive number of global leadership keynotes to major organizations after 9/11, and again after the economic meltdown of 2008-09. He has a proven, battle-tested track record in providing compelling 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 markets through the next five to ten years; where we will see the emergence of new careers, industries, business models and opportunities; and how a relentless focus on opportunity 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.

From Planck Constants to Yottabits: Leadership Agility When 'Faster' Defines the Speed of Fast!

In the world of technology and media, the impossible increasingly becomes possible; the unattainable is within reach; and the imaginary becomes reality before you can plan for it. The world of exponentiating science means that the inevitable march of technological advance leads to the world of the Planck constant and the yottabit – the smallest unit of measure defined and the fastest form of network speed – becoming a reality before you know it. What happens in an industry is which exponentiation accelerates even more? Big ideas, transformative change, and fascinating new technologies that further shape our world.

Futurist Jim Carroll excels at providing keynotes and leadership talks, both for companies in the technology and media industry, as well as CIO/CxO session and keynotes for their customers and their clients. Over the last 30 years, he has been the keynote speaker at dozens of user group meetings, CIO/CxO events, hi-tech company road shows and more. His experience at aligning your message to his trends and innovation insight has been well honed – he headlined a national ‘roadshow’ for none other than the Digital Equipment Cororation in 1994! Since then, has keynoted events for HP, Microsoft, IBM, Cisco and countless others.

In addition, he has led CEO level, internal sales, marketing and IT strategy events for major tech organizations worldwide, providing insight into the disruptive trends, accelerating change, edge-based concepts and science fiction realities that will continue to change their marketplace in the future. His respect is of such a degree that the Consumer Electronics Association invited him to open their annual CEO summit, speaking to leaders from throughout the fast moving technology industry.

Tech and media companies need to ensure that they have a leadership, R&D, sales and marketing infrastructure that continues to align to reality even faster being the new fast, and that their customers have the insight to take advantage of the technology based disruption occurring in their industry. A world in which hyper-innovation becomes the norm rather than the exception — and standing still means instant obsolescence. One where rapid scientific advance defines the agenda – and a trend that might destroy your market already happened yesterday, before you even knew it had happened! A market in which physicists have figure out how to violate the basic rules of physics – such as stopping light in its tracks – and it makes your own product obsolete. Where its no longer crazy to talk about the concept of riding accelerating Human-Computer-Interface technology to put a part of your mind in an external yottabit ball.

Disrupting Energy: Why Accelerating Science and Technology is Disrupting the Future of Energy, Faster Than You Think!

The future belongs to those who are fast! That’s the mantra of futurist Jim Carroll — and no where has this become a reality faster than in the world of energy and utilities.

There is no doubt that the next phase of the world of energy involves the convergence of a variety of trends, each of which is significant on their own, but combined, provide an opportunity for massive disruption — and opportunity.

The era of massive hyper-connectivity at an industrial, commercial and residential level as a result of the acceleration of the Internet of things. The rapid advancement of energy science, particularly with battery storage, alternative energy sources and other leading edge technologies. Business model disruption through the fast arrival of technologies that support personal and local energy energy microgrids through backyard wind, solar, biomass and other forms of energy generation. New demand and infrastructure requirements arising from such significant trends as smart cities, self-driving cars and intelligent highway infrastructure. And then there are simple light poles — which are now becoming ‘fitbits for cities’ with embedded environmental sensors, car-charging technologies, Wi-Fi hotspot capability and traffic management technologies!

But wait — there’s more! At M.I.T. they are even in the midst of research as to how to grow solar cells from plants!

That’s why no less than the Edison Energy Institute has stated that going forward, “The threats posed to the electric utility industry from disruptive forces, particularly distributed resources, have serious long-term implications for the traditional electric utility business model and investor opportunities.”

Leading energy organizations worldwide have been booking global futurist Jim Carroll for his insight on the accelerating trends which are redefining the global energy and utility sector at a blistering pace today. We will see more change in the energy industry in the next 10 years than we have seen in the last 100 – are you ready?

Insurance in the Era of Disruption: The Challenge of Change with Fintech, Accelerated Risk and Hyper-Connectivity

Let’s face it: the trends impacting life and property/casualty and groups benefits insurance companies are real.

The industry is bring rapidly disrupted by tech companies. Existing brokerage and distribution networks will be obliterated as more people buy insurance direct. Predictive analytics will shift the industry away from actuarial based historical assessment to real-time coverage. Policy niches, micro-insurance and just-in-time insurance will drive an increasing number of revenue models. The Internet of Things (IoT) and massive connectivity will provide for massive market and business model disruption. Fast paced trends involving self-driving cars, the sharing economy, blockchains, personal drones, swarmbots, smart dust, artificial intelligence and augmented reality will either mitigate, accelerate or challenge the very notion of risk assessment and underwriting! What happens when Amazon, Google or some kid in a garage decide to really change the insurance business model?

What seemed to be science fiction just a few short years ago has become a reality today, as time compresses and the future accelerates. Whichever way you look, all sectors of the insurance industry are set for an era of disruption, challenge and change!

Is the industry ready for transformative change? Not really! A recent survey indicated that while 94% of Chief Strategy Officers at insurance companies agree that tech will “rapidly change their industry in 5 years,” fewer than 1 in 5 CSOs believe their companies are prepared. Does the insurance industry have the innovation culture necessary to deal with the potential for what comes next? Maybe not.

Jim Carroll has been helping insurance organizations in the world understand the tsunami of change that is FinTech, the impact of mobile technology, social networks, rapid business emergence, accelerated risk, the emergence of new global competitors and heightened customer expectations. In his keynotes he puts into perspective the real trends impacting the future of insurance, offering critical insight into the key innovation and leadership strategies in a time of disruptive change.

Healthcare 2025: The Transformative Trends That Will Really Define Our Future

Everyone in a leadership position in the health care system knows that the challenge are substantial and immense. A rapid increase in lifestyle disease, skills shortages, the acceleration of science and medical device technology, combined with cutbacks in funding and resources. That’s why innovation has quickly come to be one of the top issues that senior health care executives and medical professionals are focused on. There is a realization that there is an urgent need to challenge the very philosophies upon which the system is built. That’s why the insight of global futurist Jim Carroll is so timely. In this cutting edge keynote he will provide you with insight into the major scientific, technological, consumer and social trends that will, by the year 2025, allow for some very dramatic changes in the concept of health care delivery.

Where will we be the year 2025? We will have successfully transitioned the system from one which “fixes people after they’re sick” to one of preventative, diagnostic genomic-based medicine. Treating patients for the conditions we know they are likely to develop, and re-architecting the system around that reality. A system which will provide for virtual care through bio-connectivity, and extension of the hospital into a community-care oriented structure. A consumer driven, retail oriented health care environment for non-critical care treatment that provides significant opportunities for cost reduction. Real time analytics and location-intelligence capabilities which provide for community-wide monitoring of emerging health care challenges. “Just-in-time” knowledge concepts which will help to deal with a profession in which the volume of knowledge doubles every six years. That and much, much more.

The fact is, we are going to witness more change in the scientific and technological world of health care in the next ten years than we have seen in the last 25. In his keynote, Jim puts into perspective why innovation is no longer just a fashionable phrase — it’s the critical new leadership focus for executives in the health care sector.

Additional Customized Presentations

Jim also offers customized presentations on Financial, Automotive, Technology, Education, Retail, & Manufacturing. View more information here

Platform Plus Presentations

Unique formats and ways to connect with audiences.
Online Training | Video Leadership Series
Reaching people in their new workspace at home is the new normal. In times of uncertainty, leadership is crucial to long-term success. Jim Carroll established a global reputation for leadership advice on working through the downturns of 2001-2 and 2008-09. During this time, 10% of organizations became breakthrough performers in the recovery phase by moving fast. Jim will show your virtual audience exactly what's needed to achieve this type of success in this professionally produced video series with customized messaging. Lessons will be tailored for your leadership needs and can focus on a selection of the 20+ Leadership traits needed to align your organization to the era of acceleration.

Audience reviews:

  • I can think of no greater keynote speaker presentation through which I've sat, and I am confident that we will be looking to use him again at future conferences. The thought leadership and action-provoking sentiments that he evokes are truly remarkable. Without question, his insights are what many companies need as numerous organizations begin their climb out of some of the troubling days of late and into the revitalized times ahead.


    - SAP North America
  • Stunning – captivating – challenging! You really got our global franchisees thinking about the fast future — I’m not sure if they will ever view the future in the same way!


    - Burger King
  • We were extremely pleased with Jim's presentation... the content was bang-on and would hopefully prompt people to think about the rapidity of change going on in our world!. Jim's storytelling approach really helps to get his points across! He did a great job!

    - Walt Disney Company
  • An outstanding presentation for an industry and association that falls on its traditions so often. We learned that our tradition should not be something that holds us back, but rather the launching pad for innovation for the future.

    - 94th PGA of America Annual General Meeting
  • Jim is one of the best speakers we've had. He had excellent information that our attendees could take home and incorporate it into their plans immediately. He also incorporated our messages into his presentation that helped localize the information for our group. Highly recommended!

    - Illinois Bureau of Tourism
  • Another home run! Powerful, articulate, thought provoking and energetic! Jim's delivery on the importance of staying abreast of rapidly changing trends truly can assist in changing the way we do business!

    - US Navy, Air Force, Marine Child Youth Program Conference
  • You were spectacular! ..... Feedback on you and your presentation were phenomenally positive. Our attendees were particularly impressed with how you demonstrated ways in which they could immediately apply what they had learned.

    - American Payroll Association
  • You certainly challenged us as to the pace of change the future is bringing to our industry, at the same time that you inspired us to embrace it’s opportunities. You were outstanding! Ranchers are pretty conservative – particularly here in Texas – but you were the best speaker we’ve ever had at our event!

    - Texas Cattle Feeders Association

Speaker Biography

Jim’s global client list is extensive and covers virtually every industry sector, including the World Bank, Volvo, NASA, the PGA of America, the Walt Disney Organization, the World Government Summit in Dubai, the Swiss Innovation Forum, the Wall Street Journal, National Australia Bank, WorldSkills, Microsoft, Johnson & Johnson, DuPont, The GAP, the US Air Force Research Laboratory, Godiva, SAP, Pfizer, Mercedes Benz, & hundreds more.

This 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!

In 2020, Jim has been busy providing his insight from a state of the art virtual broadcast studio, which features high end video production, multiple camera angles, multimedia special effects, online interaction, audience polling, panel discussions and more. His investment in leading technology has allowed him to deliver his effective online leadership insight in an interactive broadcast style that redefines the state of the possible, with an opportunity for attention grabbing online content, and engaging interactivity

He is recognized worldwide as a “thought leader” and authority on: our post-pandemic economy; economic recovery strategies; the future of the workplace; new business and governance opportunities in the era of International upheaval; rapid business model change and industry transformation; business model disruption and the acceleration of market change; global economic trends; and the necessity for fast paced innovation. He is an authority recognized for his deep insight into the cutting edge trends of our time including autonomous vehicle technology, 3D printing, virtual reality, alternative energy generation and storage technologies, the transition to electric battery vehicle technology, genomic medicine, CRISPR and healthcare virtualization, advanced robotics and artificial intelligence, blockchain and virtual cash, machine learning and robotics, crowd-thinking and next generation R&D.

Jim’s insight has been covered in the UK Telegraph, Dubai’s Capital Magazine, South Africa’s The Star, and AP News, among hundreds more. BusinessWeek named Jim Carroll as one of four leading sources for insight on innovation and creativity. He was also a featured expert on the prime time CNBC series, The Business of Innovation.

On the side…Jim is an avid golfer both live on the links and virtually online.