Opportunities for re-invention and re-framing your business are everywhere as digitisation and new technologies let companies in all industries break out of their silos.


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Firstly, thank you to Bhumika and the team at IMI Plc, the world’s largest manufacturers of environmental control systems for everything from your home to your giant offshore oil rig, for asking me to be the keynote and workshop host for their first ever global annual innovation summit where hundreds of leaders from around the world came together to investigate current market trends and explore new directions for the company as they look for new ways to grow top line revenues by over $1 Billion within the next four years.


Futurist Virtual Keynote, Netherlands: Bank 4.0 The Future of Banking, NN Group


During my keynote we took a deeper look into some of the emerging innovations in their industry as well as in adjacent industries that could impact their business and market in the future – for better and worse – and explored the technologies being used to create passive homes as well as carbon negative ones.


Living Your Most Comfortable Life, by Futurist Keynote Matthew Griffin


We then broke for questions, and when we returned I highlighted the value of mission statements and re-defining their purpose, moving from a business primarily centered around “Heating” to one centered around “Comfort,” digitisation and new operating models. And with that groundwork laid we then opened the floor and explored a huge variety of complimentary current and future markets that they could move into, which included everything from financial services and mobility, to smart homes and even mental wellbeing.


Futurist Lecture, USA: Future of Blockchain and the 100X Human, Michigan State University


With over 300 participants from all around the world we then broke into a four hour workshop to ideate new products and visions for the company and over the coming year I look forwards to seeing how they progress against their goals and seeing the company evolve beyond its core.

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Matthew Griffin

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.

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