Dr. James Canton


About Dr. James Canton - Global Futurist and Business Strategist:

Dr. James Canton is a leading global futurist, social scientist, keynote presenter, author, and visionary business advisor. For over 30 years, he has been insightfully predicting the key trends that have shaped our world. He is a leading authority on future trends with an emphasis on harnessing innovation. Dr. Canton has advised three White House Administrations and global business leaders.

He is the author of Future Smart: Managing the Game-Changing Trends that will Transform your World, The Extreme Future: The Top Trends that will Reshape the World in the 21st Century and TechnoFutures: How Leading-Edge Innovations will Transform Business in the 21st Century.

Dr. Canton is CEO and Chairman of the Institute for Global Futures, a leading think tank he founded in 1990 that advises business and government on future trends. He advises the Global Fortune 1000 on trends in technology, innovation, financial services, health care, population, life sciences, energy, security, workforce, climate change and globalization. From a broad range of industries, clients include: IBM, BP, Intel, Philips, General Electric, Hewlett Packard, Boeing, FedEx, and Proctor & Gamble.

Dr. Canton has served as a Senior Fellow at the Center for Research in Innovation at the Kellogg School of Management, the MIT Media Lab Advisory Board in Europe, Motorola’s Visionary Advisory Board and the International Advisory Council, Economic Development Board, State of Singapore. He has been an advisor to the National Science Foundation.

Recognized as “one of the top presenters in the 21st century” by Successful Meetings Magazine, Dr. Canton is a highly sought-after keynote presenter. He has spoken to thousands of organizations on five continents. He is noted for his fascinating, informative, dynamic and entertaining keynotes.

A frequent guest of the media, Dr. Canton is a commentator on CNN. He was named "the Digital Guru” by CNN and “Dr. Future” by Yahoo. Dr. Canton’s media coverage has included CNBC, Fox, PBS, ABC, Fortune, The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg Report, The New York Times, US News and World Report, CEO, CIO and CFO Magazines. His Huffington Post blog and Twitter feed is followed by a global audience.

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What Dr. James Canton Talks About:

Future Smart: The Game-Changing Trends that are Shaping Tomorrow
Discover the top global megatrends that are shaping the future of business, markets and our society based on Dr. Canton’s best-Selling book, Future Smart – and research at the Institute for Global Futures. These include the top trends in tech innovations, energy, demographics, future of the workforce, climate, globalization, learning, security and defense. Emerging new asset classes, business models and digital markets are driving change.

TechnoFutures: The Top Innovations Shaping the Future
What’s next for technology, innovation and the transformation of business, markets and society based on exponential technologies. Based on his research at the National Science Foundation, his best-selling book TechnoFutures – and with tech leaders, Dr. Canton has created a model of five strategic technologies that will shape the future. From Big Data, AI, robots, space, clean tech, smart cities, blockchain, quantum computing – to what’s next for the digital enterprise. Find out what’s coming that will transform markets, strategy and the global economy.

The Extreme Future of Health Care
Robotics, CrisPR, Health enhancement, mobile digital devices, predictive analytics. Health care is being transformed by a new generation of digital technologies – Big Data, AI and innovations such as synthetic biology, robotics and genetic engineering. The ability to predict health outcomes from early diagnostics and digital tech – and create a forecast of public health outcomes is driving a transformation in medicine and care. Find out how this new future is emerging.

The Innovators Mindset: A Strategy for Creating Successful Companies
Based on his 15 year research study with leading companies and his work at Apple – Dr. Canton has created a New Model about how innovators think and act to forge success in their organizations. He has identified a specific Innovator’s Mindset – a strategy to create breakthrough products, services, form companies, take effective actions, and create innovative teams and cultures.

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Thank you for speaking at our annual senior executives offsite meeting and sharing your perspective on future IT trends. Your comments gave us insight into technology trends and new market suggestions that mapped exceedingly well with our strategic goals.

President & Chief Operating Officer Information & Services Sector, LOCKHEED MARTIN

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