Nikolas Badminton | Chief Futurist at

Nikolas Badminton

Chief Futurist at

Nikolas Badminton

Nikolas Badminton is a global futurist speaker and Chief Futurist that mentors top executives and the highest levels of government to explore desirable futures, anticipate unforeseen risks, and strengthen strategic planning. 


He has spent 30+ years working with leadership at over 300 leading organizations at the frontline of foresight, strategy and disruption - including NASA, United Nations, Google, Microsoft, Intel, IBM, WM, JP Morgan CHASE, VISA, TD Bank, American Express, BISCI, ISACA, Rolls Royce, Procter & Gamble, US Department of State, UK Home Office and many more. 


Facing Our Futures: How foresight, futures design and strategy creates prosperity and growth - is Nikolas’ number one best selling book and has been selected for the Next Big Idea Club and as the ‘Next Gen Pick’ for JP Morgan Private bank’s 2023 Summer Reading List to guide new leaders to ignite curiosity and embrace futures thinking.


Nikolas’ essential research has been featured by the BBC, VICE, The Atlantic, Fast Company, Business Insider, Forbes, Sunday Telegraph and many others.  He appears on SIRIUSXM and CTV regularly, was a key advisor to the ‘Age of AI’ series with Robert Downey Jr, and appears in the Franklin Institute's series ‘2050’.

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Featured Keynote Programs

FACING OUR FUTURES - looking to 2030 and beyond

As always, I provide custom keynotes for every client. I have created a keynote that allows me to speak about the value of foresight and provide useful insights for our clients:

FACING OUR FUTURES - looking to 2030 and beyond

Nikolas will deliver an entertaining, energetic and motivational keynote that ignites curiosity, shifts your mindset from what is to what if, and teaches you how to think like a futurist. He will share stories of cultural shifts, insights into new disruptive technologies, and rethink how you establish winning strategies in your organization by deploying foresight.

As always, the keynote is built in collaboration with clients to create the most impact possible and help you…

Understand the value of foresight - foresight is the missing link between strategic planning, disruption and our futures. See how it supercharges your organization by exploring positive and challenging futures.

See global megatrends shaping geopolitical dynamics - economic power, population growth, water-energy-food, waste, climate change and energy.

Know the trends that will change your industry - Future of Work, Artificial Intelligence and automation, Smart Cities and Urban Planning, Metaverse and Web3, Privacy and Security, Agriculture, Aerospace, Engineering and Manufacturing, Transportation and Logistics, Finance and Insurance.

Unlock a sustainability mindset - see how progressive ESG policy, United Nations SDGs, and circular economic principles will transform your organization.

Operationalize foresight - how we can build anticipatory capabilities in your organization to drive more revenues and market capitalization

The Impact of Artificial Intelligence (A.I.)

In 2018, we are at the horizon of change and are seeing the third industrial revolution take place with advances never seen before across the digitized communications, renewable energy, and automated transportation Internet. At the heart of all of these is Artificial Intelligence (A.I.). Nikolas’ insights he provides gives to you deeper understanding of what he world will look like in 2030 and beyond by showing you the techniques, research, and systems that are being deployed across industries, cities, and transportation. He also looks at wider societal implications and the ethics around data, privacy, and how we are all going to be affected.

Futures Workshop (post-COVID19 planning)

The world is in turmoil. Disruption was never anticipated at this scale. Organizations now have an opportunity to get ahead of the time of recovery with progressive thinking on how the future will be.

Nikolas presents this collaborative workshop that empowers your organization to discover new thinking, find technological innovations, and explore future scenarios. We will work to identify opportunities to reduce risk, create organizational resiliency, and undertake stronger strategic planning through 3 activities:

1. Your industry in focus: Nikolas will look at the current state of the world, post-COVID19 considerations and scenarios for your industry across 6, 12, and 18+ month timeframes. He will identify the ‘signals of change’ that indicate change is coming at a global, domestic, industry and organizational level.

2. Developing hypothetical scenarios: This collaborative exercise helps anticipate future risks, find new blue sky opportunities, and strengthen strategic planning. Behind this are three key principles that guide us: future solutions focus on humanity NOT technology; plurality, inclusion, and equity; and the application of scientific fact, and creativity

3. Identification of opportunities: We can work together to look for opportunities and future legacies. We can then talk about how we can develop ideas and apply them to your organization.

Following the session, Nikolas will work with you and your team to take workshop output and mobilize it practically in your organization.

Brave New World

The world will change in the next 20 years more than it has in the previous 100. At the heart of that are technologies that are advancing at a pace never seen before – exponentially. Nikolas will provide a deep dive into the key exponentially developing and growing technologies that are changing the world, including Artificial Intelligence (A.I.) and Robotics, Computational Systems, 3D Printing, Medicine/Neurosystems, Cybersecurity and Bioinformatics, Renewable Energy, Nanotechnology, and Quantum Computing.

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Featured Book

Facing Our Futures: How foresight, futures design and strategy creates prosperity and growthby Nikolas Badminton

Facing Our Futures: How foresight, futures design and strategy creates prosperity and growth

by Nikolas Badminton

A fascinating insight into how professionals and businesses can develop their foresight and strategy to ensure that they are prepared for an unpredictable future.

Businesses, organizations and society-at-large are all subject to unforeseeable events and incidents that often have a dramatic impact upon prosperity and profit. Due to their unpredictable nature, business leaders and executive teams are unable to prepare for these specific events. But, through innovation, strategizing and an open-minded approach, they can restructure their organization and practices in order to mitigate (or even take advantage of) the impact of such events.

In Facing Our Futures, Nikolas Badminton draws upon his decades of experience as a consultant and futurist to provide readers with the skillset and outlook they need to prepare their organization, team and themselves for whatever obstacles the future may hold. CEOs, executive teams, government leaders and policy makers need to gain a broader perspective and a firmer grasp on how their relevant industry, society or community is evolving and changing. Once they have acquired this foresight, they need to then discover how to fully harness it – by strengthening their foundations, forecasting and establishing a resilient and adaptable strategy.

Facing Our Futures acts as a primer on the value of seeing how bad things can get and the power in imagining these futures. It also provides a proven strategic planning and foresight methodology - the Positive Dystopia Canvas (PDC) - that allows leaders to supercharge their teams to build evocative visions of futures that strengthen planning today.

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