Richard Watson Sussex, UK

  • Best-selling author on mega-trends and the future
  • Founder of What’s next online magazine
  • Co-founder of Thinking Allowed strategy retreat

Biography

Richard Watson is a futurist speaker, author and scenario thinker who helps organisations to think further ahead, especially about emerging growth opportunities and risks. However, he is probably best known as a maker of highly provocative maps and other data visualisations intended to stimulate debate. The Financial Times called these “Brave” while Business Insider said they might “Blow your mind”.

Richard has worked with the Tech Foresight Practice at Imperial College London and London Business School and is co-founder, along with philosopher Professor Roger Steare and strategist Nick Turner, of Thinking Allowed, a 24-hour retreat from the non-stop nature of working life. Richard is the author of five best-selling books, including Digital Vs. Human, and is the founder of nowandnext.com. His sixth book, You are Not Busy, will examine our preoccupation with work and what might happen to our minds if we deleted some easy conveniences or occupied ourselves with a few things that were desirably difficult.

He is currently Futurist-in-Residence at the Centre for Languages, Culture and Communication at Imperial College London.

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Videos

TEDxMunich: The Perils of Prediction (2011)
TEDxMunich: The Perils of Prediction (2011)
Worktech11 London (2011)
Worktech11 London (2011)

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