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Richard Watson | Keynote Speaker

Futurist Speaker, Scenario Thinker, Lecturer at London Business School

Richard Watson


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Richard is Futurist-in-Residence at the Centre for Languages, Culture and Communication at Imperial College London. Prior to this he worked with the Technology Foresight Practice at Imperial and sat on the Aviation Futures panel for the Civil Aviation Authority.
He is a regular lecturer at both Imperial College Business School and London Business School and is co-founder of Thinking Allowed, a 24-hour retreat from the non-stop nature of working life and the devices that deliver and amplify this assault.

Richard has worked with, amongst others, Cambridge University, The Royal College of Art, McKinsey, RAND, Lego, Ikea, Shell, BP, the NHS, the King’s Fund, the Department of Education, the Cabinet Office, Vodafone, IBM, the Foreign Office and Barclays.

He has written five books. His first, Future Files (2007), was translated into sixteen languages. His most recent, Digital Vs. Human (2016), explores the areas of artificial intelligence, robotics and the internet from a human perspective. He is currently writing two new books, one looking at how to improve the quality of thinking in large organisations the another questioning whether or not we are as busy as we think.

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Richard Watson

Implausible isn’t impossible.” Lecturer, futurist and best-selling author Richard Watson is one of the most influential thinkers of our time. Writer of “Future Files” and “Digital vs. Human”, Watson recently created “Map of Mega Trends and Technologies 2017-2050”. Analysing a complex web of emerging trends likely to impact in the next 30 years. As a highly sought-after futurist speaker, Watson has worked with the likes of Cambridge University, Mckinsey, IBM et al. sharing his sector specific insights on trends, opportunities and risks.