David Houle is a futurist, thinker and keynote speaker. He has always been slightly ahead of the curve. Houle is consistently ranked as one of the top futurists and futurist keynote speakers on the major search engines. He has keynoted numerous conferences across the country and internationally. In the last three years he has delivered keynotes or 6 continents and 14 countries. He is regularly invited to speak at corporate management retreats. Houle won a Speaker of the Year award from Vistage International, the leading organization of CEOs in the world. He is often called the “CEOs’ futurist” having spoken to or advised 3,500 CEOs and business owners in the past nine years.
Houle is one of the few futurists who posts most of his forecasts and when he made them as his accountability to the world: https://davidhoule.com/forecasts
Houle spent more than 20 years in media and entertainment. He has worked at NBC, CBS and was part of the senior executive team that launched MTV, Nickelodeon, VH1 and CNN Headline News. He helped to create television series on A&E for his client Bill Kurtis, (Investigative Reports’ and American Justice), introducing single- subject documentaries and legal programming to prime time before those programming concepts became common place. Both series were award winning and ran for more than 10 years.
Houle has won a number of awards. He won two Emmys as co-executive Producer for a nationally syndicated children’s program, “Energy Express”. He won the prestigious George Foster Peabody award and the Heartland award for Hank Aaron: Chasing the Dream and was nominated for an Academy Award.
He writes the highly regarded futurist blog www.evolutionshift.com with the tag line “A Future Look At Today.” For those of you on Twitter his user name is evolutionshift, which is also the name of his YouTube channel. He publishes the free Shift Age Newsletter, available at www.davidhoule.com/newsletter. In February 2010 Houle became a featured contributor on Oprah.com, www.oprah.com/davidhoule for a year.
He has been speaking about the future for 10 years and his influential first book The Shift Age was published in 2008. His second book, Shift Ed: A Call to Action for Transforming K-12 Education, written with Jeff Cobb was published in March 2011.The New Health Age: the Future of Health Care in America, co-authored with Jonathan Fleece, was published by Sourcebooks in January 2012. and became a #1 best seller on Amazon in the categories of Medicine and Future of Health Care. His fourth book,“Entering the Shift Age” was published by Sourcebooks in January of 2013. It is also a #1 Amazon best seller in the category of Business Planning and Forecasting. His latest book was a short eBook “Is Privacy Dead? The Future of Privacy in the Digital Age” His book “Brand Shift: The Future of Brands and Marketing” was published in September 2014 and was subsequently named one of the top five marketing books publsihed in the world in 2014.
His 7th book, published in 2015, was “This Spaceship Earth” co-authored with Tim Rumage. This book led Houle to co-found a global non-profit of the same name to face Climate Change
Houle is Futurist in Residence and guest lecturer at the Ringling College of Art Design in Sarasota, Florida. He is also the honorary futurist of the Future Businss School of China.
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Entering the Shift Age
This presentation is brand new for 2013 and is based on Houle’s latest book of the same name, a #1 Amazon best seller in the category of Business Planning and Forecasting. Futurist Houle identifies and explains the new age we have entered. He looks at the three forces of the Shift Age, the Five Contexts of the Shift Age and how they will affect us as individuals, business people and leaders. He takes a look at the future of generations, women, technology, energy, education, IP, big data and other topics and provides the audience with eye opening transformations dead ahead. The Shift Age is one of, if not the most transformative and exciting times in human history. Houle leaves us with suggestions for how to prepare for and adapt to this new age. A big picture presentation that is pertinent for any group or organization. It can be customized for any industry or business sector.
The New Health Age: The Future of Medicine and Healthcare
Houle’s #1 Amazon best selling book of the same name has been called THE book on the future of health care and health care reform. This presentation provides a large, contextual and conceptual understanding of he huge forces and changes that are and will completely transform the health care and medical landscape in America and around the world in the next ten years. This presentation has been customized for numerous health care conferences in the U.S., Canada and Australia, A must presentation for any health care or medical meeting that is focusing on the future of both health care and medicine.
Houle has spoken at the corporate C-level retreats or sales conferences of seven Fortune 500 companies.
Brand Shift: The Future of Brands and Marketing
“Brand Shift” is based upon the highly acclaimed book of the same name just published in September 2014. The book was named one of the top 5 marketing books published in the world for 2014, and continues to be an influential book in the professional marketing space. This is a high level big concept look into what the future of brands and marketing will be. Looking at Big Data, Social Media, AI/Machine Learning, Memes,global connectivity and the Neurosphere this is a presentation for any professional group concerned about the future of marketing. Major industries have book this speech for their marketing conferences.
THIS SPACESHIP EARTH
Houle’s widely acclaimed presentation on Cimate Change. Based upon his book “This Spaceship Earth” this presentation was delivered at the 50th anniversay conference of the World Future Society. Both the EPA and NASA invited Houle to deliver this presentation at their headquarters. As NASA Earth Sciences stated: this is one of the best presentations about Climate Change as it takes the highest metaphor to face the largest existential threat humanity faces.
Houle delivers this presentation with a commitment to donate half of his speaker fee to his global non-profit This Spaceship Earth, Inc. Clients can make that part of his fee as a direct tax free donation should they chose.
Is Privacy Dead? The Future of Privacy in the Digital Age
Privacy is a major topic today. With the increase in connectivity, technology and the growth of social media, privacy is under attack as never before. In this clear straigthforward presentation Futurist Houle explains how privacy is rapidly vanishing Based on his best-selling eBook published in 2013, Houle sets forth the two major dynamics eviscerating privacy and offer up a new defintion of privacy for the 21st century. A very topical and insightful presentations to one of the major social and human issues of today.
The 2020s: A Decade of Disruption
We have entered the single most transformative decade in human history. The 2020s will be the beginning of a new reality for humanity, society and business. Simply put, there will be more change between now and 2030 than in any 50 year period in history.
This presentation is based on a series of books under the banner “The 2020s”, the first of which will be published in 4th quarter 2019.
A dynamic, mind-blowing presentation for any group, association or company that wants to better understand what the coming changes are and how they will change reality as we know it,
Moving to a Finite Earth Economy
This presentation is a call to action to reinvent Capitalism in the face of Climate Change and also wealth inequality. At a time when the world faces catastrophe from global warming and society faces a possible class war, this presentation shows how humanity can thread the eye of the needle to change from a Growth Economy to a Finite Earth Economy.
Based upon a trilogy of short eBooks published in 2019, this topic has already been recorded as a TED talk.
This is a major keynote that addresses the biggest issues of Capitalism and why it is time for it to be reconfigured.
Many of the [PCMA] session speakers were worth the trip as well. My favorite was futurist David Houle a fascinating discussion of the Shift Age which Houle describes as the era we are moving into as we leave the Information Age. He as a great message that can help any business person struggling to get a handle on all the change we are inundated with to more clearly understand the direction to go in next
– Editor-iin-Chief, Successful Meetings
I have had the good fortune to hear David Houle deliver several keynote speeches. He is the best futurist speaker I have ever heard and I would highly recommend him. He is able to take complex issues and ideas and distill them in a way for any audience to understand and appreciate. Most important, David has the ability to provoke an awakening and questioning, stimulating our thought processes about the future and what kind of future the world and our industries may have. All industry sectors, including the hospitality and tourism industry, can learn and become better prepared for our futures when exposed to David’s presentations.
– President and CEO, Albuquerque Convention and Visitors Bureau
It was a pleasure to have you kick off our conference this year. You set the perfect tone that allowed our more industry and technical presenters to hit home on just how our industry is about to change dramatically. I appreciated the prep work and the way you tied your thoughts to our industry. Thanks again for making it one of the best speaker programs we have had.”
– Vice President, Electro-Federation Canada
“David’s presentation was an eye-opener for Northrim Benefits Group and our clients. His predictions about the future were thought provoking and solidly backed by historical information ,which he shared with us making our look into the future easier to comprehend. His speech left our audience invigorated about what’s next. David’s insights into the new generations entering the workforce, who will be our future clients and employees, really hit home and will better prepare us for the changes to come. I would recommend him for any business-focused audience, he was a pleasure to engage with.”
– Vice President, Sales & Marketing, Northrim Benefits Group
“David is a brilliant futurist and fascinating speaker. His view of the world today relative to how it will evolve over the next 15-20 years is based in fact, history, and reason. He is a “must hear” as a speaker and “do hire” as a futurist and strategist.” – Jim Gabalski, Director of Strategy Services, Emerge Partners
“David delivered a thought provoking presentation at our Annual Meeting that gave our members a glimpse of where energy will come from in the future and how these new energy sources will impact residences and businesses. His presentation was professional and captivating and his relaxed style encouraged participation. My only regret is that we ran out of time to answer all the questions. He created quite the buzz!” – Terri Long, Director of Communications and Meetings, North American Millers’ Association
“David is a marvelous keynote speaker! He launched our three day conference, offering the perfect message and setting the right tone for our program. You can’t go wrong with David Houle.” – Deborah Tysinski, University Continuing Education Association Regional Conference Chair
“David Houle’s keynote presentation at the 2007 Global Marketing Summit was one of the highlights of the conference. It was timely, informative, educational and highly provocative, pushing us all to reflect on this new transformational landscape, and how this ‘shift’ impacts the way we market our products and services. ” – Bappa Choudhury, VP Siemens
“I arrived at Mills College to hear David Houle’s keynote address “Leading with Vision” and soon found the evening transformed. It was magical and took on a life of its own. David’s ability to stimulate interactive conversation with the audience generated a level of creative energy in the room that I have never experienced before in this type of setting.” – Gary Gyorkos, University of California, Santa Cruz
“As our keynote speaker, David researched our customers and tailored his message to deliver a thought provoking look at the future of health care.”
“Many of the [PCMA] session speakers were worth the trip as well. My favorite was futurist David Houle…a fascinating discussion of the “Shift Age” which Houle describes as the era we are moving into as we leave the Information Age. He as a great message that can help any business person struggling to get a handle on all the change we are inundated with to more clearly understand the direction to go in next.”
“Your session alone was worth the entire cost of the meeting! Thank you for a life changing presentation”
As our keynote speaker, David researched our customers and tailored his message to deliver a thought provoking look at the future of health care.
– Director of Strategic Communications,, McKesson Corporation
“David is a marvelous keynote speaker! He launched our three day conference, offering the perfect message and setting the right tone for our program. You can’t go wrong with David Houle.”
– Regional Chair, University Professional Continuing Education Association