David Houle


About David Houle - Futurist and Author:

David Houle is a
futurist, thinker and keynote speaker. He has always been slightly ahead of the curve. Houle is consistently ranked as one of the top futurists and futurist keynote speakers on the circuit. He has keynoted numerous conferences across the country and internationally. In the last three years he has delivered keynotes on 6 continents and 12 countries. He is regularly invited to speak at corporate management retreats. Houle won a Speaker of the Year award from Vistage International, the leading organization of CEOs in the world. He is often called the CEO's futurist having spoken to or advised 2,000+ CEOs and business owners in the past four years.

Houle spent more than 20 years in media and entertainment. He has worked at NBC, CBS and was part of the senior executive team that launched MTV, Nickelodeon, VH1 and CNN Headline News. He helped to create television series on A&E for his client Bill Kurtis, (Investigative Reports and American Justice), introducing single- subject documentaries and legal programming to prime time before those programming concepts became common place. Both series were award winning and ran for more than 10 years.

Houle has won a number of awards. He won two Emmys as co-executive Producer for a nationally syndicated children's program, Energy Express. He won the prestigious George Foster Peabody award and the Heartland award for Hank Aaron: Chasing the Dream and was nominated for an Academy Award.

He writes the highly regarded futurist blog, evolutionshift, with the tag line A Future Look At Today, and he publishes the free Shift Age Newsletter. In February 2010 Houle became a featured contributor on Oprah.com.

He has been speaking about the future for 7 years and his influential first book The Shift Age was published in 2008. His second book, Shift Ed: A Call to Action for Transforming K-12 Education, written with Jeff Cobb was published in March 2011. The New Health Age: the Future of Health Care in America, co-authored with Jonathan Fleece, was published by Sourcebooks in January 2012. and became a #1 best seller on Amazon in the categories of Medicine and Future of Health Care. His latest book, Entering the Shift Age, was published in January of 2013. It is also a #1 Amazon best seller in the category of Business Planning and Forecasting.

Houle is Futurist in Residence and Faculty member at the Ringling College of Art + Design in Sarasota, Florida.

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What David Houle Talks About:

Entering the Shift Age
This presentation is brand new and is based on Houle’s latest book of the same name, a #1 Amazon best seller in the category of Business Planning and Forecasting. Futurist Houle identifies and explains the new age we have entered. He looks at the three forces of the Shift Age, the Five Contexts of the Shift Age and how they will affect us as individuals, business people and leaders. He takes a look at the future of generations, women, technology, energy, education, IP, big data and other topics and provides the audience with eye opening transformations dead ahead. The Shift Age is one of, if not the most transformative and exciting times in human history. Houle leaves us with suggestions for how to prepare for and adapt to this new age. A big picture presentation that is pertinent for any group or organization. It can be customized for any industry or business sector.

Leading and Succeeding in the Transformation Decade
Houle has called 2010-2020 the Transformation Decade. Much of humanity and the world will be transformed during these ten years. Houle presents a look at the Shift Age, the Transformation Decade and all the incredible changes that will occur. He takes a look at the rapidly changing workplace and then presents the qualities and concepts needed to lead, manage and succeed in this decade of incredible change and transformation.

Shift Ed: A Call to Action for Transforming K-12 Education
This presentation is based upon Houle’s already much acclaimed book of the same name. As a futurist involved in education, Houle calls for nothing less than the transformation of K-12 education for the twenty-first century. He frames this transformation in both the history of education and the future of this new century and the Shift Age. This presentation has already been praised widely by educators as a needed vision of he future of education.

The New Health Age: the Future of Health Care in America
Houle’s book of the same name has already been called THE book on the future of health care and health care reform. This presentation provides a large, contextual and conceptual understanding of he huge forces and changes that are and will completely transform the health care and medical landscape in America and around the world in the next ten years. This presentation is based upon the #1 Amazon best seller of the same name. Houle has spoken to and been booked by numerous associations and health care companies, providing them with the vision and understanding of the huge changes that are inevitable. A must presentation for any health care or medical meeting.

Future Wow!
A two to three hour presentation that is a high level look into the future of humanity 2012-2040. Why is this such a time of transformation? What lies ahead for humanity in the next 10-40 years? Why might we be moving toward the dawn of a new age of transformation? Guaranteed to provide the audiences with a collective Wow!

Leading with Vision: Being Slightly Ahead of the Curve
Houle defines what leading with vision means. He gives personal and public examples of leading with vision and how those leaders changed the world, change a business, change a market. He explains why it is so important to be slightly ahead of he curve as opposed to any other place in the curve, be it a curve of innovation, historical inevitability or just a new product category. This speech emphasizes vision, leadership and how they can create unparalleled motivation on the part of those who embrace and follow visionary leadership.

The Shift Age
Since 2007, this has been Houle’s signature and most requested speech. Futurist Houle identifies and explains the new age we have entered. After taking a quick look back at the span of human history, he focuses in on the past 20 years and the transformative changes that have taken place. He then identifies the dynamics that are shaping our world now and will be for the next 10-20 years. The Shift Age will be one of the most transformative and exciting times in the history of humanity. Houle leaves us with suggestions for how to prepare for and adapt to this new age. A big picture speech that is pertinent for any group or organization.

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David is a brilliant futurist and fascinating speaker. His view of the world today relative to how it will evolve over the next 15-20 years is based in fact, history, and reason. He is a "must hear" as a speaker and "do hire" as a futurist.

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