Matthew Griffin, described as “The Adviser behind the Advisers” and a “Young Kurzweil,” is the founder and CEO of the World Futures Forum and the 311 Institute, a global Futures and Deep Futures consultancy working between the dates of 2020 to 2070, and is an award winning futurist, and author of “Codex of the Future” series. Regularly featured in the global media, including AP, BBC, Bloomberg, CNBC, Discovery, RT, Viacom, and WIRED, Matthew’s ability to identify, track, and explain the impacts of hundreds of revolutionary emerging technologies on global culture, industry and society, is unparalleled. Recognised for the past six years as one of the world’s foremost futurists, innovation and strategy experts Matthew is an international speaker who helps governments, investors, multi-nationals and regulators around the world envision, build and lead an inclusive, sustainable future. A rare talent Matthew’s recent work includes mentoring Lunar XPrize teams, re-envisioning global education and training with the G20, and helping the world’s largest organisations envision and ideate the future of their products and services, industries, and countries. Matthew's clients include three Prime Ministers and several governments, including the G7, Accenture, Aon, Bain & Co, BCG, Credit Suisse, Dell EMC, Dentons, Deloitte, E&Y, GEMS, Huawei, JPMorgan Chase, KPMG, Lego, McKinsey, PWC, Qualcomm, SAP, Samsung, Sopra Steria, T-Mobile, and many more.
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF
The future is emerging faster and is more complex than many of us can imagine which is why during this keynote I de-mystify it.
Firstly, I’d like to thank Lucia and the team for inviting me to be the keynote for this years SlovakiaTech festival held in Bratislava where robots from ABB Robotics were creating and selling art for local charities alongside students from the local university who were showing off their various breakthroughs in brain machine interface technologies.
Entitled Mastering the Exponential Future I took the audience, which consisted of everyone from government ministers through to local businessmen and women, on a journey of the future starting with the accelerating pace of change and how to understand and predict it, and then running through the various science fiction technologies that are now science fact before diving into how all of the breakthroughs we’re seeing today will disrupt and accelerate the pace of cultural, industrial, and societal change.
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Like many of the events I attend in Eastern Europe, with the last one being in Romania, the buzz and the enthusiasm was infectious, so it was only natural that afterwards we ended up having conversations about how we build the right cultures and ecosystems to help these communities thrive on the global stage.
As I see as I travel the world it’s often not the enthusiasm to build a better future that’s the problem – it’s connecting people to the right communities and resources so we can help them realise their full potential, but fear not I have a plan so let’s just hope that that, like all of the science fiction technologies that are becoming science fact becomes real too. Stay tuned, and now, as for me it’s on to Cyprus and Greece.