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Peter Leyden made many radically optimistic predictions in WIRED magazine in the 1990s about a technology-driven “Long Boom” that would transform the global economy by 2020. He was right. Now the prescient futurist brilliantly explains the new technologies and megatrends that are coming in the next 25 years.
As WIRED magazine’s managing editor and the author of two highly influential big idea books about the future—What’s Next and The Long Boom—Peter Leyden helped introduce the world to every stage of the digital revolution. His work inspired the generation of startup founders who rewrote the rules of business, ushering in the era of constant innovation that we are still reckoning with today.
A tech expert across multiple industries, Leyden now explains how we’re heading into not one but three inexorable, world-historic tech booms: in clean energy tech (like electric mobility), biotech (like genetic engineering) and still more infotech—driven by what will be ubiquitous AI. He explains how these booms will impact your organization, reshape cities, drive economic growth, improve lives and lead to a more sustainable world.
A master of strategic foresight, Leyden worked closely with the pioneers of the futures business and he now works as a senior advisor to top companies like Autodesk helping them prepare for what lies ahead in many fields. He helps audiences connect the dots between key economic, social, political and demographic developments and see the big-picture trends shaping American and the world in the decade ahead.
A serial entrepreneur—the founder and CEO of two future-focused media startups from 2008 to 2020—Leyden understands firsthand how and why business has changed so dramatically. He offers prescient insights into how the 2020s will bring an unusual number of fundamental system changes, and then gives actionable advice on how leaders can make the paradigm shift in understanding these next systems, so they can make timely shifts in strategy.
A gifted storyteller, Leyden offers entertaining, high-energy sessions that combine humor and a can-do spirit with vivid, cutting-edge multimedia presentations backed by lots of data to share an optimistic, inspiring vision of the future.
Futurist Peter Leyden tells the epic story of our times and lays out the probable future of America and the world in a comprehensive narrative that weaves together the most important developments that are coming in technology, science, economics, politics and society. He gives audiences a vivid, big-picture look at the many transformative changes that will have the greatest impact on our lives, our work and the planet over the next 25 years. He explains how we can and will solve many of our great challenges like climate change—leaving audiences energized and inspired.
Tech expert Peter Leyden explains both the new technologies and the megatrends that are all-but inevitable in the next 25 years—what he calls “The Inexorables.” Leyden lays out the next waves of tech changes inexorably coming in Infotech (like near-ubiquitous AI), Biotech (like genetic engineering) and Energy Tech (like renewable energy and electric transportation) that will add up to an economic long boom. He also explains the key generational shifts and demographic changes, as well as important global trends, that he believes will shape our future in profound and mostly positive ways.
Strategic foresight analyst Peter Leyden believes we are now at a rare historic juncture that is bringing fundamental change across multiple systems in the 2020s. Many systems that have defined how the world works (such as in energy and transportation) are fading away, but the new systems that will supersede them are far from developed. This poses an unusual strategic challenge—leaders need to make paradigm shifts in understanding how these new systems will work so they can develop the right strategies going forward. In a presentation particularly valuable for senior leaders and management teams, Leyden helps audiences see both the opportunities and the risks.
The can-do optimist Peter Leyden uses this talk to counter all the pervasive doom and gloom narratives and make what he calls a Positive Reframe of what’s actually been happening in recent decades and what’s likely to emerge in the decades to come. He tells the story of real progress in America and the world today and great progress that lies just ahead, based on his recent magazine piece The Great Progression, 2025 to 2050. This talk places our current era in the broader context of American history and makes a compelling case that we’re heading into another period of great progress that will solve many of our greatest challenges.
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