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Harnessing the Power of Innovation

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Futurist, Social Scientist, Author and Sought-After Public Speaker Dr. James Canton is a renowned global futurist, social scientist, author, and sought-after business advisor. For the past twenty-five years, he has been insightfully forecasting the impact of future trends and innovations on business, customers and society.

Dr. Canton is Chairman and CEO of the Institute for Global Futures, an internationally-recognized San Francisco-based think tank he founded in 1990, to help clients better anticipate the future. Dr. Canton advises Fortune 1000 corporations and governments worldwide. Dr. Canton advises the National Science Foundation and is a Senior Fellow at the Center for Research in Technology & Innovation at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. He also served as an advisor to the White House Office of Science and Technology, Motorola, and MIT's Media Lab, Europe.

A highly sought-after public speaker, Dr. Canton has spoken to thousands of organizations on five continents. He is noted for his unique and entertaining ability to blend fascinating forecasts of trends and breakthroughs that will shape the future. Successful Meetings Magazine named him as one of the top presenters in the nation.

A frequent guest of the media worldwide, he has served as a commentator on CNN, Financial News, where his insightful coverage has earned him the nickname, "the Digital Guru." Media coverage about Dr. Canton's innovative vision of the future have appeared in Fortune, The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg Report, The New York Times, US News and World Report, CEO, CIO and CFO Magazines.

Dr. Canton is the Editor-in-Chief of the Global Futures Forecast, which advises leaders about emerging innovations and trends. He is the author of Technofutures, a book acclaimed as a blueprint for how innovation will shape the future of business in the 21st century. His next book is The Extreme Future which will be forthcoming in early 2006, published by Dutton.

The Extreme Future: The Top Trends that will Shape the 21st Century Marketplace
The future will be reshaped by fast, complex change. This keynote explains what everyone needs to know now about the fast-approaching future. Based on Dr. Canton’s forthcoming new book, this keynote provides a sweeping overview of the top trends that will shape the future of business and society including: the future of climate, energy, technology, the workforce, security, the economy, life sciences, demographics, entertainment, and lifestyles. Find out what’s next and how to prepare today to meet the challenges of the Extreme Future. better prepare today to meet the future challenges of globalization.
 

The Innovation Economy and the Future of Business
This keynote is a strategic overview of the future innovation landscape and the benefits that will transform business in the 21st century. Innovation will be mapped and defined. Business cases where innovative companies are using strategies to grow market share, establish competitive advantage, better deliver customer experiences and enhance quality will be reviewed. Forecasts on the future of the Internet, wireless, nanotech, energy, neurotech and sustainability will be demonstrated.
 

Technofutures; The Leading--Edge Technologies That Will Shape The 21st Century
This keynote reviews the top technologies--from the Internet to biotech, from wireless and nanotech to robotics that will drive future change in markets, business and society. Find out what future tech trends will transform business and society. Based on the best-selling book, this keynote offers and informative, entertaining and upbeat overview of how future technology will create change.
 

Consumer Trends that will Shape the Future Marketplace
This keynote reviews the top consumer trends that will shape the marketplace of today and the future. Emerging trends such as the Interactive Consumer, the Sustainability Consumer, the Health Enhancement Consumer, the Longevity Consumer will redefine markets and products. Find out what the key consumer trends are that will determine competitive advantage in your industry, from retail to financial services to electronics to energy, telecom, health and entertainment. Find out what the future holds for forecasts on a global scale.
 

The Future Of Health Care In A High Tech World
High tech innovations are reshaping health care and medicine at an accelerated rate of change. Every day, new innovations from cloning to stem cells offer new risks and new opportunities. From personalized medicine, neurotechnology, biotech futures to the wireless hospital and nanobiology, human enhancement and informatics-here are the new directions for the future of health care everyone needs to know about now.
 

The Future of Financial Services In A High Tech World

New technology, increased competition and shifting customer choices are changing financial services. What future trends will make the difference? This keynote identifies the top tech trends that will reshape financial service companies impacting on customers, industries and markets. From the future of the Internet, digital TV, wireless to telematics in cars and public kiosks, new tech innovations will drive competition.
 

Dancing Dragons Coiling Cobras: The Future of Business & Globalization
This keynote forecasts the risks, trends and challenges of globalization. Find out what’s next for the future of globalization including: the war for talent, real-time trade, technology, security, emerging markets, new consumers and the Innovation Economy. Explore forecasts from China, India, Latin America, the US and Europe. Discover how your organization can better navigate the future.
 

From Green Consumers to Eco-Markets: Building the Sustainable Enterprise
How will sustainability affect the future of business when over 90% of consumers indicate they are concerned about the environment? There is a clear trend emerging and it is Green. From Green finance and Green cities, to renewable energy and Clean Technology. With this keynote any organization can learn how to develop a sustainable or Green business strategy.
 

The Future of MegaCities
Over 80% of the 9 billion people on the planet in 2050 will be living in cities. Over 100 new cities will be created within 25 years in China alone. With the huge migration to cities of the global population what will the challenges that cities will face? This presentations looks at the future of cities and its impact on the world’s markets, societies and population.
 

Talent Wars: The Future of the Workforce
Access to smart and skilled talent will define the winners and the losers in the 21st century economy. Based on new research at the Institute, this presentation reviews the emerging workforce trends and challenges that will impact organizations worldwide. These forecasts will bring to light the future risks and shifting demographics, skills, needs and values of the future workforce.
 

The Future of mBusiness and the Wireless Information Society
This keynote reviews the top trends, innovations, opportunities and risks that will shape the future of mobile business and its impact on society. From the customer-centric world to pervasive mobility—a new wireless future is emerging. Based on new research at the Institute, a comprehensive description of what key mobile technologies that will transform lifestyles and work styles will be discussed. Market data, multimedia and visually entertaining and informative scenarios will be shown. Everyone will leave with a clear picture of what the future may look like driven by the emerging wireless information society.
 
The 21st Century Leader: Challenges and Opportunities
Leadership is being redefined in a real-time economy where challenges from technology, the workforce, customers, and the competition are changing the very nature of organizations. Learn how to develop the Future-Ready Leadership Strategy, to anticipate the business-critical trends that will shape tomorrow.
 

The Real-Time Enterprise: Creating Competitive Advantage in the Global Economy
New and complex changes are emerging that will force enterprises to operate in entirely new ways. The interconnected linkage of supply chains, markets and businesses represents a new challenge for all companies. The key strategy for creating competitive advantage lies in understanding the trends that will shape the networked marketplace. Find out what it will take to create the Real-Time enterprise. From knowledge collaboration, on-demand learning, business intelligence, customer mining and interactive data marts to transaction visibility, digital markets and electronic delivery channels—the future is real-time.
 
The Future of Security in a High Tech World
This keynote will review the future of security covering: encryption, firewalls, Internet viruses, wireless, denial of service, cyber hackers, biometrics, surveillance, genomic security, data protection, customer theft, profiling the cyber terrorist, identity theft, case studies about industrial espionage and information warfare. Everyone will leave this keynote with an enhanced sense of awareness about how to take more control of his or her future.
"Your insights on the key trends and strategies that will shpae the future of mobile business, on what consumers want, and on the wireless business models and technologies that will create opportunity for straategic advantage in the future were enlightening."
Qualcomm

"Your vision of future customer and market demands, especially as they relate to the wireless and transportation industries, was thought provoking for our execs, technical managers and inventors"
General Motors

"All of our guests, and our MetLife team, at the recent Customer Advisory board meeting thoroughly enjoyed your presentation. It was both timely and on point. You obviously understand the broad trends affecting the country, and what possible outcomes may result. We also appreciated just the right mix of wit and wisdom."
MetLife

"Your provocative presentation along with your remarks, observations, examples and insights clearly motivated and illuminated the day's discussions"
Federal Express