Erica Orange | Futurist and Technology Expert

Erica Orange

Futurist and Technology Expert

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For nearly two decades, Erica has been at the forefront of change. She speaks about the trends shaping the global landscape, and has keynoted over 250 conferences across the Americas, Europe and Asia. She has also worked with dozens of public and private entities to help inform long-term strategic thinking and innovation.

“My work as a futurist is guided by the sense that we have a completely new canvas on which to experiment and imagine. We are continually confronted with a new reality, a new challenge, a new solution, and a new future. Two visionary pioneers of the field, and founders of The Future Hunters, Edie Weiner and Arnold Brown helped guide me to spot patterns, see connective threads and think critically.

They taught me that the future is a Rorschach test. Our perception of it informs our reality.

Fast forward to now and that knowledge and awareness informs much of how I approach my work today.” 

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The Accelerator Effect

Templosion describes the fact that the biggest of things and the biggest of events are happening in shorter and shorter periods of time. Everything from corporate lifespans to financial planning cycles to the way in which we communicate is becoming more abbreviated. And technological innovation is happening at breakneck speed. Time is being truncated, and our experience of time is in overdrive.

Key Questions:

  • How can businesses engage in truly long-term thinking?
  • How can business reward structures be redesigned for long-term (vs. short-term) results?
  • How can you speed up product innovations from concept to market in a fraction of the time?

Generative AI and Human-Centricity

Unlike previous technologies, generative AI is reliant upon human input, curiosity, and critical thinking. Human elements such as intuition, empathy, sense-making and lived experience will become more valued than ever before. The best strategy for getting the most out of generative AI is to tap even deeper into our most human cognitive abilities. For all the talk about generative AI becoming more creative, perhaps the opposite is true – perhaps it will force us to rethink traditional notions of creativity and make us more creative in the process.

Key Questions:

  • How do we educate the next generation of thinkers?
  • How can we equip ourselves to deal with uncertainty more effectively?
  • How do we nurture new minds to solve the big, existential issues/threats of the future?

The Future of Work

One of the lasting trends to come out of Covid was the move to distributed and hybridized work. As leaders navigate an evolving new work landscape, the one critical piece ripe for redefinition is culture. Another critical piece is futureproofing. To ensure that we have the thinking required to solve the big issues that will arise in the future, competitiveness will rely on the creation of an entirely new skills and competencies framework.

Key Questions:

  • How can you design and execute the conditions for truly effective culture in a hybridized environment?
  • How do you create new metrics to measure human output?
  • How can you reimagine human capital (and human value creation)?

Generational Trends

Generations have long been grouped in birth year cohorts of 15-20 years. But generations are now seemingly refreshing every 2-3 years. Technology is changing so rapidly that kids only a few years apart struggle to have the same cultural and technological frames of reference. Understanding what makes this generation tick is critical for talent management, marketing, education/learning, etc.

Key Questions:

  • What do shifting values and attitudes mean for recruitment and retention?
  • What are the intergenerational tension points internally?
  • What will the future of education and learning look like?

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