• Futurist

    David Houle is considered one of the pre-eminent futurists in the world today.

  • Speaker

    He has delivered more than 1200 speeches on all six continents and in 16 countries. His presentations are both in person and virtual.

  • Thinker

    Corporations, institutions and associations around the world have retained him, due to his high level insights and forecasts about the future.

  • Author

    He has had 13 books published, some best sellers, many cited and referenced

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  • Humanity is now at a unique moment in time. We have the option for two trajectories. One that might last 100-200 years and the other for 100,000 to 200,000 years. Those alive today must set the course

  • The four dominant dynamics of the 2020s will be the Age of Climate Change, the Age of Intelligence, the reinvention of Capitalism and Democracy and the beginning of a new Global Consciousness.

  • Tools defined the Agricultural Age. Machines defined the Industrial Age. Technology defined the Information Age. Consciousness will define the Shift Age.

  • The 2020s will be the most disruptive decade in history. There will be more massive change and disruption than any 20-30 year period in human history.

  • Since the beginning of the Information Age in the early 1970s, six dynamics occurred which in the aggregate ushered in the Shift Age: the end of the Cold War, the beginning of the global economy, personal computing, the Internet, high-speed wireless connectivity and the move from analog to digital. A new age had to occur.

David Houle is one of the more influential futurists today.

In addition to some 1200+ speeches on all six continents and in 16 countries, he has had 13 books published in his 17 years as a professional futurist. Few practicing futurists today rival such a level of intellectual output.


Houle is in the tradition of the great futurists of the last 75 years, Alvin Toffler, R. Buckminster Fuller, and Marshall McLuhan. Arts Management Magazine, co-founded by Alvin Toffler and Alvin Reiss, had this to say about Houle in what was their “Future” issue:


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The 2020s: The Most Disruptive Decade in History

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David Houle (futurist)

David Houle (born 3 July 1948) is a futurist, keynote speaker, and author of The Shift Age. He coined the phrase "The Shift Age" and identified this new age as the successor to the Information Age in 2007.

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December 12th, 2022

The Concept of Place has Changed Forever

One of five TEDx talks that Houle has delivered

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Testimonials & Clients
  • David Houle is the best conference speaker I have ever heard and I attend a conference a month.


    Diana M. Peterson

    President, AuctionWorks

  • Your session alone was worth the entire cost of the meeting! Thank you for a life changing presentation.


    Ray Kopcinski


  • 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.


    Dale Lockett

    President & 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.


    Rick McCarten

    Vice President, Electro-Federation Canada

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