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Richard Watson

Sussex, UK
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Prolific author on future trends and business

Publisher of What’s Next online magazine

Co-founder, Futures House Europe (2013-present)

Richard Watson is a cutting-edge writer, speaker and thinker advising organisations on what the future holds, with a particular focus on strategic foresight and scenario planning. He is the publisher of the What’s Next report, an online magazine offering clear and concise commentary on trends in society, business, science and technology, government and the environment.

Richard is also co-founder of Futures House Europe (a specialist scenario-planning consultancy) and has written for various publications worldwide including Fast Company, Retail Banking Review and Future Orientation. Richard has also authored a number of critically acclaimed books. In Future Files: A History of the Next 50 Years (2008), he lays out what he believes will be the five most enduring drivers of change over the next decades: population ageing, the eastward shift of power, global connectivity, advances in technology and environmental change.

“Future Minds: How The Digital Age is Changing Our Minds, Why This Matters and What We Can Do About It” (2010), offers insights on how to maximise the positive potential of the digital economy, whilst minimising its downsides. His two latest books are “The Future: 50 Ideas You Really Need to Know” (2012), which outlines what the world may look like in 2020, 2050 and even 2100, and “Future Vision: Scenarios for the World in 2040” (2013), which is both an examination of risks and opportunities to come and a ‘how-to guide’ about scenario planning.

Our Comment

"Richard is a highly seasoned and popular speaker. His scenario approach encourages his audience to think strategically about how a variety of trends will affect the environment in which their businesses function, and how they can prepare themselves to be sufficiently flexible to make the most of these changes."

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