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Richard Watson is a writer, speaker and scenario thinker that helps organisations to think further ahead. He has authored four bestsellers about global trends, futures thinking, scenario planning and creativity & innovation, including Future Files (16 foreign language editions) and Digital Vs. Human.

Richard’s talks are always energetic, entertaining, thought-provoking and insightful. To date, Richard has given over 400 talks to organisations throughout the world.

“It’s Not All Zoom and Gloom”: A talk for Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge

Watch Richard give a talk on screen culture at the RSA

Mapping the Future: A talk at eatbigfish in July 2017

Smart grids and the future of energy

Book Richard Watson to talk at your event

To book Richard as a speaker for your conference, workshop or other event — or to find out more information — either contact your speaker agent, or send Richard an email using the button below. He’ll be happy to chat with you.

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What people are saying about Richard’s talks...

“Your morning session received top marks from every single delegate… which I don’t think has ever happened before. Super job, and big well done.”
“What an amazing lecture last night, delivered by a phenomenally bright and interesting speaker.”
– Thomas’s Battersea (School)
“Richard captured the attention and stimulated the imagination of a challenging group of business leaders. He took the time to understand his audience and his insights into the future delivered original, thoughtful viewpoints that will help to shape future business decisions.”
– DAC Beachcroft
“A class act.”
– Lloyd’s (Insurance)
“Brilliant, Brilliant, Brilliant.”
– London Business School
“Watson made it for me.”
– WorkTech
“Well researched, really informative and well presented.”
– McDonald’s
“You have just the right level of disdain for your subject to make it thoroughly engaging.”
– Coca-Cola
“I liked the emphasis on deep thinking and making time for it; very entertaining speaker and topic was interesting.”
– Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe (Private Equity)
“A quick note to say thank you for last week.  There have been some really positive informal pieces of feedback. I think you were a breath of fresh air for them.”
– SingTel Optus
“Thank goodness there are people like you in the world... you make everyone think!”
– President, ESP TrendLab
“Wonderful, energetic and interesting.”
– London Business School

A very small selection of previous talks:

  • Validify, London, 10 March 2022
  • Zacat, Saudi Arabia, 11 November 2021
  • Queens AI & Radiology, Canada, 9 November 2021
  • GN Group Denmark, 20 September 2021
  • Allianz, Germany, 13 September 2021
  • Lucy College Cambridge, 16 June 2021
  • Foundation Athens (Virtual), 17 December 2020
  • Sage (Virtual), 17 November 2020
  • MOD, DCDC, Shrivenham, 3 December 2019
  • BT, London, 29 November 2019
  • Work Tech London, 28 November 2019
  • Saudi Investment Development Fund, Riyadh, 26 November 2019
  • Equinor, Stavanger, 10 May 2019
  • Oman Bankers Association, Muscat, 11 December 2018
  • Royal College of Art, London, 10 December 2018
  • PWC, Frankfurt, 4 December 2018
  • DAC Beachcroft, Madrid, 30 November 2018
  • Lloyd’s Insurance, Brussels, 13 November 2018
  • Herbert Smith Freehills, Berlin, March 2016
  • Towers Watson, New York, May 2015
  • PWC, Warsaw, October 2015
  • The King’s Fund, London, July 2015
  • London Business School, 30 January 2014
  • Ministry of Defence, 30 October 2013
  • Cambridge University, 14 October 2013
  • Citibank, Brussels, 19 September 2013
  • Nestlé, Vevey, 10 July 2013
  • AXA UK, Customer of the Future, 11 June 2013
  • Barilla, Milan, 29 November 2012
  • GE Healthcare, 9 October 2012
  • KPMG, Tomorrow’s CFO, 8 February 2012
  • TEDx Poland, 9 September 2011
  • TEDx Munich, 7 June 2011
  • PepsiCo Asia Pacific, Leadership Academy, 14 February 2011
  • Royal Society of Arts, Future Minds, 1 October 2010
  • Ikea, 3-5 Year Strategy Workshop, 24 August 2009
  • IBM, CIO Future State, 29-31 July 2008
  • McKinsey Global Strategy Conference, 14-15 November 2007
  • Virgin Atlantic Airways, Trends Briefing, 25 October 2006
  • Asda Wal-Mart, Food Trends, 4 April 2004

View all 400+ talks.

If you would like to book Richard for a talk about global trends, futures thinking, scenario planning or creativity & innovation — or you are looking for an engaging and provocative futurist speaker — please ask your speaker agent about Richard, or email Richard directly using the button below.

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