David Zach

David Zach

Professionally Trained Futurist and Author
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An Owner’s Guide to the Future
As one of the very few professionally trained futurists on the planet, David Zach blends the funny with the profound in this surprisingly practical keynote to help you decide what really matters. You’ll rethink the balance between change and tradition – and the need to hold on to that which shouldn’t change. At the end, you’ll find yourself either thoughtfully quiet or engaged in some of the best conversations you’ve ever had at a meeting.

Designs on the Future
The future depends upon design and architects need to understand how important their role is in building that future. Some have said that the future requires us to be open to change, but futurist David Zach disagrees. In order to build a good future we must know how to hold on to the best of the past and make sure we learn from the lessons of history. Survival and progress depend on our ability to choose between change and tradition. As some of the best prepared to make those choices, it’s time architects regained leadership positions for shaping the choices we must make.

Strategic Futures
Strategic Futures is packed with more practical content for those needing to think about the bottom line as well as the horizon. Whether you’re an owner, a free agent, a manager or just somebody who likes to think a lot about the future, you need to pay attention to both. With a focus on the practical and the possible, this is a down-to-earth look at key strategic trends: from the rise of intelligent money to the fall of national borders, from virtual workplaces to virtually unlimited information, and even from the automation of health care to the automation of things you’ve never believed possible.

Why Book David Zach?

  • Zach is a rarity: He is a certified Futurist, has more information and quirky anecdotes than most normal people, and has an infallible track record of helping companies prepare for future growth and predicting economic and social trends.

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    David Zach is one of the few professionally trained futurists on this planet, having earned a master’s degree in Studies of the Future from the University of Houston-Clear Lake. Of course, this was way back in the 1980s, so it's pretty much history by now. Since then, Dave has worked with over 1400 associations, corporations and colleges offering insights on the personal and professional impact of strategic trends. In other words, he gives funny and thought-provoking keynote speeches on the future of technology, economics, business, education, demographics and society.

    He reads a lot – and he reads a lot more about the past than he does about the future. He knows that change is vital but it's also overrated and in this time of tumultuous change, it's far more important that we find the things that don't change and shouldn't change. Tradition and change are really choices, and we are only prepared to choose wisely when we look far and wide for causes, implications and lasting value.

    Dave has only had two real jobs; one with Northwestern Mutual and the other with Johnson Controls in the roles of environmental scanning and strategic planning. Along the way, he taught Future Studies in the School of Education at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Since 1987, he mostly sits and read everything he can and then designs fascinating presentations that leave people either engaged in vivid conversations or quietly reflecting on what it all means. He gives talks about 50 times a year and really wishes he would write more. He is the author of two books, so far.

    Dave is on the board of the American Institute of Architects and on the board of the American Chesterton Society. Past activities include: Wisconsin Small Business Development Center Advisory Council, AIA-WI Board, Future Milwaukee Advisory Board, Community Advisory Board for NPR station WUWM, board member of eInnovate, member of the downtown Rotary Club of Milwaukee, and chairman of the Goals for Greater Milwaukee 2000 Education Committee.

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    "He’s stimulating and provocative. Takes the future seriously but helps you plan for it with humor and creativity."
    --The Vinyl Institute