Matthew Griffin, award winning Futurist and Founder of the 311 Institute is described as "The Adviser behind the Advisers." Recognised for the past five years as one of the world's foremost futurists, innovation and strategy experts Matthew is an author, entrepreneur international speaker who helps investors, multi-nationals, regulators and sovereign governments around the world envision, build and lead the future. Today, asides from being a member of Centrica's prestigious Technology and Innovation Committee and mentoring XPrize teams, Matthew's accomplishments, among others, include playing the lead role in helping the world's largest smartphone manufacturers ideate the next five generations of mobile devices, and what comes beyond, and helping the world's largest high tech semiconductor manufacturers envision the next twenty years of intelligent machines. Matthew's clients include Accenture, Bain & Co, Bank of America, Blackrock, Bloomberg, Booz Allen Hamilton, Boston Consulting Group, Dell EMC, Dentons, Deloitte, Deutsche Bank, Du Pont, E&Y, Fidelity, Goldman Sachs, HPE, Huawei, JP Morgan Chase, KPMG, Lloyds Banking Group, McKinsey & Co, Monsanto, PWC, Qualcomm, Rolls Royce, SAP, Samsung, Schroeder's, Sequoia Capital, Sopra Steria, UBS, the UK's HM Treasury, the USAF and many others.
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF
Richard Branson is one of the most iconic entrepreneurs of all time but sometimes you’ve got to give the critics fuel in order to create the future.
I have to admit I do sometimes have to sit back and pinch myself, after all, it was only a few months ago, comparatively, that the Discovery Channel interviewed me to illicit my opinions on Elon Musk and his vision for the future of transportation, and now, as we wave goodbye to January here I am again being asked to commentate on Richard Branson’s future visions. It’s a funny old world, but as I say in my interview, criticising people who are trying to make the world a better place, change the status quo and, or, push the boundaries of what’s possible is easy, but if more people got off the fence and holstered their poking fingers then we might already have managed to solve some of the world’s greatest challenges.
You can find the excerpt of my interview below, happy reading, and let me know what you think – am I right or wrong in my opinion?