Glen Hiemstra

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Glen Hiemstra – Motivational Speaker

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In this keynote Glen offers a sweeping and entertaining overview of the key trend areas shaping the next decade and beyond: demographics, technology, the knowledge-based economy, environment, and the next energy revolution. The predictable but often surprising nature of the future is explored. Listeners are challenged both to wake up to the future and to take the creation of a preferred future into their own hands. Depending on customization to the audience, specific developments that are noted may include the Internet of things, driverless vehicles and drones, nanotechnology, 3D communication and entertainment, consumer and brand trends, the disruptive future of energy, aging and youth demographic trends, confronting the great divides in society, environmental challenges and green business opportunities, and biotech advances that offer the hope of longer and healthier lives. This speech inspires listeners to develop successful strategic leadership and to create the future. This challenging and customizable keynote offers a balanced view of the future, and a hopeful vision for the rest of the 21st Century.

In this keynote Glen invites audiences to look at the future with a longer and wider-angle lens than normally used in planning. Using a 10-20 year horizon or more, Glen explores the key forces from 1) society, culture and demographics, 2) science and technology, 3) environment and energy, 4) economy and markets, and 5) governance and regulation that we must take into account in anticipating the future. Key issues of relevance to the audience or industry are highlighted. Then Glen asks, how can we leverage this strategic foresight to shape a better or preferred future? At the end of this keynote those in the audience will have both a better understanding of the systemic big picture that will shape the future, and a better grasp of the mental models and skills and tools required to shape the future.

Three technologies are on exponential development curves that will, sooner than almost anyone anticipates, disrupt the global market and open new business opportunities to those who see the future coming. The three technologies are exponential growth in solar energy along with decreasing cost, exponential developments in artificial intelligence and the Internet of Things, and the soon to begin explosive growth of intelligent, driverless (or robotically driven) vehicles, primarily autos but including drones large enough to carry humans and cargo. Everyone is aware of these developments, but most people still tend to imagine them as a kind of science fiction future that may emerge several decades from now. However, in this presentation we learn why these developments will disrupt the traditional energy business, city development, and the transportation industry in the quite near future.


“I would like to thank you for the time and insight that you shared with our Board of Directors at our annual retreat. It was a thought-provoking meeting and yielded lively discussion. Your keynote presentation was inspiring and meaningful to those fortunate to participate. You successfully challenged us to think more creatively, and we left the retreat feeling energized and contemplating what we can do to affect change and build an exciting future for Denver. Thanks again for making a tremendous contribution to the retreat, Glen! I am hopeful our paths will cross again in the future.”


“Glen’s presentation before the general assembly at the 2012 NIRI National Conference was far and away the highlight of the three-day event and, perhaps, the most thoughtful and thought-provoking session I’ve ever seen given to this professional organization. Far from some “new age” theoretical musing, Glen systematically extrapolated current trends into likely outcomes and then offered actionable recommendations as to how to deal with this new reality. Truly invaluable. My only regret is that NIRI stuck him at the end of the conference when a healthy percentage of attendees had left for the airport. In my opinion, Glen should be the kick-off to such a learning agenda to invigorate the constituency, not the closer to those who remain.”

— Dix & Eaton

“On behalf of the Governor’s Council for People with Disabilities, I wish to thank you for your time and the enthusiasm you brought to the plenary session. Glen, the information you provided was extremely informative and provided the audience with a framework of how as individuals and as an organized body they can have influence in shaping the future.”

— Indiana Governor’s Council for People with Disabilities

“We thank you for the energy, wisdom, and expertise of your presentation…We were honored to have you join us and look forward to similar opportunities in the future.”

— Association for Corporate Growth

“Glen is a talented speaker and I really like how he peppers his remarks with lots of statistics and examples…He has a unique perspective, he’s articulate and plus, he’s a genuinely nice guy.”

— National Governors Association

“It was great having you present to our Lake Michigan Club conference in Grand Geneva! Thanks again for all you do!”

— National Association of Electrical Distributors

“Thank you very much for your performance at the Ukraine Innovation Conference in Kyiv this week. That was really great and very authoritative. Even now after the conference the speakers quote you!! The presentation was straight to the point – that was really great! Thank you again for making this cooperation possible. Looking forward to working with you again in the FUTURE!”

— Indigo People

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— Land O’Lakes
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