Futurist Speaker

  • “David Houle is the best conference speaker I have ever heard and I attend a conference a month.”



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



Futurist Keynote Speaking

David Houle has been a leading keynote speaker about the future and global trends since 2007.


He is regarded as one of the foremost futurist speakers in the world today. He has keynoted hundreds of conferences, spoken to corporate retreats in the U.S. and internationally, and regularly presents to groups of CEOs around the world. He has spoken on all six continents and in 16 countries in the last 16 years. All speeches deal with mega concepts that provoke audiences to think about the future and what may lie ahead. David very much likes to follow up speeches with extended Q&A and discussions and to act as a catalyst for thinking about the future as it may pertain to a specific group or company.


David Houle has won a “Speaker of the Year” award from Vistage International, the world’s largest CEO organization. He has been called, “the CEOs futurist” “America’s Leading Futurist” and “one of the foremost futurists in the world today”


He is a Co-Founder and Managing Director of The Sarasota Institute – A 21st Century Think Tank.


He is also the co-founder of the global non-profit organization http://thisspaceshipearth.org/







All Keynotes on this page are available via live streaming virtually or in person.  Presentations can be 30 / 45 /60 minutes plus Q&A.  In addition David can provide a 3-4 hour fully interactive half day retreat program.  Regular speaking fees are in place for in person keynotes.  Fees for live-stream, virtual presentations are approximately one-third of in-person fees.  The requested sweet spot for a keynote is 45 minutes with a 15-20 minute interactive Q&A.







The 2020s:  The Most Disruptive Decade in History

An overview of the most disruptive decade in history. Why is this the most disruptive decade?  What is going to happen between now and 2030?  What are the major dynamics, the ascendant trends, and how will they change our realities.  This decade is and will be one of the most important historic transitions in all of history.  What was is fast giving way to what will be.  This is Houle’s most popular keynote topic, based upon the book series that has already become a much discussed series about our collective future


The 2020s: A Decade of Cognitive Dissonance

This decade has delivered us into the state of cognitive dissonance.  The disorienting events – COVID-19, social unrest, bear then bull then bear equities markets, the horrifying manifestations of the climate catastrophe,  a land war in Europe, and the rapid growth of technological intelligence – have created a deep sense in many of us as to what is reality.  Why is this happening and how does this decade of disruption compare to past eras of disruption and invention.  


The 2020s:  The Golden Age of Design and Redesign


The 2020s ushers in the golden age of design and redesign.  To face our future, we will need to have design thinking at the forefront of how we create our new future for the 21st century.  More than at any time in history, design and redesign will shape how we will live.  This presentation explains why this is true and suggests what design and redesign can do to recast our path, our institutions and our way of thinking.  What are the 17 guidelines for Planetary Systemic Design that will guide us?  An exciting look into design, design thinking and why it is the key way for the reinvention of how humanity lives and operates in the next few decades.


Moving to a Finite Earth Economy The 2020s:

Based upon the influential book of the same name this presentation sets forth the answer to the question “What humanity needs to do to successfully face climate change”. It is a roadmap with metrics, technology, high-level policy and economics that needs urgent implementation. It takes a futurist to combine the three biggest trends of the next decade – the Age of Climate Change, the Age of Intelligence and the need for the Reinvention of Capitalism – into a unique, systemic recasting of the global economy from being a Growth Economy to a Finite Earth Economy. Simply put, endless growth – with an 8 billion population – no longer works on a Finite Spaceship Earth. Perhaps the most significant view on our path forward in this time of crisis and disruption.

“This Spaceship Earth”

This is Houle’s acclaimed presentation on Climate Change, and the need for humanity to develop Crew Consciousness as the only real way to move as rapidly as possible to collectively face the single biggest threat facing all of us.  Based on Houle’s seventh and most recent book of the same name, this presentation has already triggered high praise and demand.  Using science, visuals and high level concepts this is the presentation that will provide the “aha” moment for audiences ans it is delivered by a globally known futurist and not a scientist or environmental activist.  As Houle says:  “It would be a professional dereliction of duty as a futurist to not address Climate Change.  This is why I have founded: http://thisspaceshipearth.org/ to activate humanity to act as crew of This Spaceship Earth”

“Brand Shift:  The Future of Brands and Marketing”

This presentation is based on the book of the same name which was rated one of the top five books published on marketing in the world in 2014.  Houle takes a high level look at the future of brands and the marketing of brands.  After a quick look back on the history of brands, Houle discusses the waves of technology and then the current and future trends that are rapidly reshaping how brands are marketed.  Not a “how to” presentation but a visionary look into what brands will have to do to thrive in this time of rapid transformation in the next 5-10 years.  This presentation  has been well received by professional marketing executives in a variety of industries.  

The 2020s: The Age of Intelligence

We have entered the Age of Intelligence. Breakthroughs in Neuroscience, brainwave connectivity and Technological Intelligence will merge to possibly create humanity’s next evolutionary stage. There will be no aspect of society that will not be affected by this historical passage we have entered. The age of computing has been just a prelude to this new age.


If you are interested in booking David for any of these keynotes, please send an email to david@davidhoule.com with date and contact information.






The Shift Age – Singapore


TEDx: The Concept of Place has Changed Forever


Annual CEO Forum, Tianjin, China


Corporate Visioning and Futuring


SCF Commencement Address – David Houle


“The New Health Age”


“Entering the Shift Age”


“Shift Ed: The Future of Education”






  • “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

  • “David Houle is the best conference speaker I have ever heard and I attend a conference a month.”

    -Diana M. Peterson, President, AuctionWorks

  • “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

  • “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.”

    – Tiffany Stock | Vice President, Sales & Marketing, Northrim Benefits Group

  • “As our keynote speaker, David researched our customers and tailored his message to deliver a thought provoking look at the future of health care.”

    – Catherine Brew-Cain, Director of Strategic Communications, McKesson Corporation

  • As the leader of long range planning for my organization, I found David Houle to be a great contributor to our work. He provided deep insights about the future with his ‘ahead of the curve’ thinking.  If you want a context to help you better understand these transformative times, I suggest you engage David Houle

    – LoRayne Logan

  • “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.”

    – Vince Alonzo, Editor-iin-Chief, Successful Meetings

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

    – Ray Kopcinski MDRT

  • “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 futurist 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 futurist 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

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