• Futurist

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

  • Speaker

    He has delivered more than 800 speeches on all six continents and in 14 countries. He has also authored seven books about the future.

  • Thinker

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

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Quotes From David
  • We have entered the Age of Intelligence and the Age of Climate Change. These two forces will affect humanity more than anything else in the next 20-30 years

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


    The Shift Age 2007

  • The 20-year period 2017 – 2037 will be looked back upon as important a historical transit as the beginning of the Industrial Age or the Renaissance. Reality as we know it will completely change.

  • Since the beginning of the Information Age in the early 1970, 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.

  • In the middle of the last decade we left the Information Age and entered the Shift Age. This age will last for most of the first third of the 21st century. During the Shift Age the realities of the 20th century will give way to those of the 21st century.

Latest Evolution Shift Post
March 24th, 2020

COVID-19 and the U.S.: Short -Term Probabilities and Long-Term Possibilities

[Note:  this was just published on The Sarasota  Institute – A 21st Century Think Tank web site.] [Preamble – As a futurist my mind is exploding with all the possible long-term disruptions inherent in the global COVID-19 reality. In addition, I have supplemented my 200+ inbound emails, content aggregators, research newsletters with some information provided […]

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Video Highlights
November 9th, 2017

Reality as We Know it Will Change

The time between now and 2037 will be one of the most transformative historic transits in history.  There we be more change in the next 20 years than in any 50 -100 year period in history.  Reality as we know it will change.

As the futurist who has been saying for 10 years that we have left the Information Age and entered the Shift Age I have said that the "second half" of this age will transform almost every aspect of human endeavor.  One way to think of this is that the Shift Age is roughly congruent to the first third of the 21st century.  This is the threshold, or transition between what reality has been up to this century and the new reality which we will be living in post 2035-40.

We have entered the Age of Climate Change.  This will dramatically alter our actual physical landscapes.  Loss of land and real estate values to Sea Level Rise, ever more extreme floods, droughts and storms and the need for tens of millions to migrate as a result of ecological changes will disrupt society if we do not start to face this reality soon.

We have entered the Age of Intelligence.  What is now called Artificial Intelligence - and should be called Machine Learning- will eviscerate some 50% of all current jobs.  It will allow humans to enter the age where one's self-definition is primarily determined  by what one does to make money.  The Age of Intelligence will be a time when humanity, for the first time, will have to psychologically adapt to an equal or superior intelligence cohabiting the planet with us.  Are we ready?  Absolutely not.  We must start to face this fast approaching reality.

We are at the early stage of moving beyond the two century old definitions of Democracy and Capitalism into a Post-Capitalist Society.  The 21st century will be looked back upon as the beginning of this social, political and economic historical transition.  Many of us can glimpse what much of it will look like but we are not ready to let go of the dysfunctional past yet to see a different future.

The backside of new realities are new meanings.  When reality changes, meaning changes.  So what used to provide meaning in our lives will no longer do so.  There will be new meanings developed that are not yet apparent except in the abstract.  

Reality and Meaning for humanity will change in the next 20 years.

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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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The Future of Democracy and Capitalism – The Sarasota Institute


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