Steve Wells

Global Futurist, International Keynote Speaker, Strategist and Facilitator.
FEE : £3k – £5k+

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Steve is an experienced international speaker, futurist, strategist, and facilitator.

He prepares and delivers thought provoking client keynote presentations, executive education seminars, and strategic foresight to clients and event delegates on the future of life, business, and society with a particular focus on how we enable a very human future.

He helps clients understand the key future factors driving innovation, growth, and disruptive change, highlighting the new thinking and business models being enabled by exponential technologies such as artificial intelligence, robotics, augmented and virtual reality, 3D printing, the Internet of Things, and hyper-connectivity. He explores the mindset shifts and leadership capabilities required to compete in the emerging future in order to help clients and delegates make informed choices now on the future potential impact of emerging technologies.

Steve is a co-editor and a contributing author of seven books: Aftershocks and Opportunities 2—Navigating the Next Horizon, Aftershocks and Opportunities—Scenarios for a Post-Pandemic Future, Opportunity at the Edge—Change, Challenge, and Transformation on the Path to 2025, A Very Human Future—Enriching Humanity in a Digitized World, The Future Reinvented—Reimagining Life, Society, and Business, Beyond Genuine Stupidity—Ensuring AI Serves Humanity, and The Future of Business.

 

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He is a regular contributor to the BBC having appeared on live national and regional radio and TV broadcasts, live broadcasts with other national radio networks, and on various podcasts and on-line events to discuss the role of emerging technologies on the future of life, society, and business.

Steve has previously worked as Chief Operating Officer at Fast Future, a firm specialising in generating future insight through keynote speaking, consultancy, and publishing, as an independent Strategy Consultant and Foresight Researcher, and as a Strategy Development Manager in Pfizer Inc.’s UK business where he worked across C-suite and senior manager level to lead and facilitate the company’s strategic planning process.

Steve Wells advises global clients on the transformative potential of disruptive technologies, how brands can leverage them to create distinctive identities in a fast changing world, and drive exponential growth and improvement. He has a particular focus on the new models of leadership, collaboration, and innovation required to sustain and differentiate brands in a rapidly changing reality.

Featured Topics Include:

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Leading change with foresight for growth

Leading change with foresight for growth describes a novel approach to integrating foresight with human-centric change methodology. Change is an investment in the future and not changing can be costly or even terminal for organisations, so Steve shares how establishing a vision set in the context of a foresight exercise, and change plans built to consider different plausible futures can build organisational agility, resilience, and future-ready change-competence.

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A very human future

A Very Human Future explores the drivers of future change and the domains of action required to help ensure we enrich humanity in a digitised world. In this keynote, Steve examines the mindset shifts required to focus on new ideas of leadership, education and training, the world of work, new ideas of investment for business and society more broadly, and how we should focus on paying greater attention to the needs of society as a whole to drive social sustainability.

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Global megatrends and the future of business, work, and the workplace

Global Megatrends and the Future of Business, Work, and the Workplace focuses on the critical future change drivers that are already impacting our world. Steve uses a number of case examples to demonstrate the potential of emerging technologies to change existing industries together with their second and third order effects. He then makes the case for adopting new mindsets, underscores the importance of change, and new ideas on leadership in order to take organisations through the transition to a digital future.

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Collaboration and partnership working

Collaboration and Partnership Working explores why collaboration is increasingly seen as a critical enabler of addressing the opportunities in a rapidly emerging future. In this keynote, Steve explores the nature of collaboration, when and when not to partner, how to assess the potential of a partnership, and the enablers and hurdles of successful collaboration. He shares a number of tools and approaches to support collaborative working and draws on his own experience and research.

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Leading change with foresight for growth

Leading change with foresight for growth describes a novel approach to integrating foresight with human-centric change methodology. Change is an investment in the future and not changing can be costly or even terminal for organisations, so Steve shares how establishing a vision set in the context of a foresight exercise, and change plans built to consider different plausible futures can build organisational agility, resilience, and future-ready change-competence.

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A very human future

A Very Human Future explores the drivers of future change and the domains of action required to help ensure we enrich humanity in a digitised world. In this keynote, Steve examines the mindset shifts required to focus on new ideas of leadership, education and training, the world of work, new ideas of investment for business and society more broadly, and how we should focus on paying greater attention to the needs of society as a whole to drive social sustainability.

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Global megatrends and the future of business, work, and the workplace

Global Megatrends and the Future of Business, Work, and the Workplace focuses on the critical future change drivers that are already impacting our world. Steve uses a number of case examples to demonstrate the potential of emerging technologies to change existing industries together with their second and third order effects. He then makes the case for adopting new mindsets, underscores the importance of change, and new ideas on leadership in order to take organisations through the transition to a digital future.

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Collaboration and partnership working

Collaboration and Partnership Working explores why collaboration is increasingly seen as a critical enabler of addressing the opportunities in a rapidly emerging future. In this keynote, Steve explores the nature of collaboration, when and when not to partner, how to assess the potential of a partnership, and the enablers and hurdles of successful collaboration. He shares a number of tools and approaches to support collaborative working and draws on his own experience and research.

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Steve, many thanks again for a great presentation earlier. It definitely got people thinking and provoked some good conversation.

Chris Crauford - Head of Commercial Planning, Heathrow Airport

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Steve Wells was a guest speaker at the 5th Zagreb Forum international conference. Mr. Wells’ talk touched upon the topics of future, disruptive change and uncertainty all the while weaving together human connectivity and technological development. Mr. Wells is a dynamic and energizing speaker who kept our audience engaged throughout the session while providing thought-provoking material coupled with relevant examples.

Zagreb Forum Chairman

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