I am a futurist, keynote speaker, cultural commentator, and best-selling author.
Futurist & journalist: I have written for, and my opinions have appeared in, many of the world’s leading publications, from TIME and the New York Times to the Sunday Times, the Financial Times, the Irish Times, and other publications that don’t have ‘time’ in the title, like the Sun, the Guardian, the Wall Street Journal and Le Monde.
I run a strategy & futures consultancy called The Future Is Here. With a network of researchers, writers, and designers on six continents, we provide inspiring, directional, strategic advice to businesses including KPMG, HSBC, KFC, Barclays, Qualtrics, Richemont, Workfront, Yell, and Vodafone.
Keynote speaker: I have given talks and held workshops for clients and conferences in Amsterdam, Antwerp, Beijing, Berlin, Brussels, Cannes, Helsinki, Ibiza, Iceland, Las Vegas, London, Luxembourg, Mountain View, Nashville, New York, Palo Alto, Paris, Stockholm, Utah, Utrecht, and Warsaw. Three of the most interesting places I have given talks include a boat between Oslo and Kiel, a hot spring in Iceland, and a wood-panelled room in 10 Downing Street.
Author: I wrote a bestselling book about what I believe is one of the most important cultural trends of the 21st century. It is called Stuffocation. It is a top-10 Amazon bestseller: it reached #4 on Amazon in the UK. It is almost but not quite a Sunday Times bestseller: it reached #11 but they only print up to 10. Stuffocation is published by Penguin worldwide, and by Spiegel & Grau in the US. It is also published in other languages, including Polish, Czech, Thai, Turkish, Korean, and Chinese.
My next book will be called Time and How To Spend It. It will be published in April 2019 by a Penguin Random House imprint, created in collaboration with Richard Branson, called Virgin Books.
Cultural commentator: I’m regularly asked to comment on how our culture is changing. I’ve been interviewed by, and my work has been referenced by more than 150 media outlets worldwide, from Canada, China, and the Czech Republic, to Finland, France, Guatemala, and the US. TV, for instance: I’ve appeared on BBC ONE, BBC TWO, Channel 4 and Channel 5 in the UK; on the ABC in Australia; on the CBC in Canada; on MSNBC in the US; on Deutsche Welle in Germany; on Globo in Brazil.