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
Around the world trillions of dollars are being spent on building infrastructure, but disruption across multiple sectors is forcing a re-think.
Firstly, thank you to Kirsty at P3 for inviting me to take part in their annual event where James Stewart, Vice Chair of KPMG, and I participated in a fireside chat to discuss the Future of Infrastructure, which included everything from educational and healthcare to energy and transportation infrastructure, and the impact that new emerging and disruptive trends across all these various sectors will have on the future of infrastructure projects and investments.
During the fireside chat, which was then followed up by a private panel session made up of various luminaries from the UK Government and UK Infrastructure Bank, James and I discussed the impact that new technologies will have on government planning and policy, and discussed governments risk appetites for building for the future while trying to manage the bureaucratic and political realities of today.
Watch the virtual fireside chat in full
It’s no stretch to say that we live in disruptive times, a time where hydrogen and renewables are becoming the main fuel source, where education and healthcare is available on demand at the touch of a digital button on a smart device, and where flying taxis, hypersonic trains, and autonomous vehicles, which are as small as bikes and as large as commercial airliners and 250,000 tonne cargo ships, are all emerging.
All of which is just the tip of the proverbial iceberg, and as every sector starts to experience disruption, at a scale and speed unlike anything they’re ever witnessed before, the impact of all these new trends and technologies on the infrastructure sector is nothing short of monumental, and that’s what James and I, as well as the panel afterwards, dove into with vigour.