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Chris
Riddell

Human Futurist. Forensic Optimist.

There’s never been a more monumental time to be a consumer, a business, a parent, a leader, a human… than right now.

Profile

Provocative… powerful… persuasive… this is not your average futurist. Chris Riddell is an award-winning human futurist, forensic optimist and energising catalyst-combining insight and energy to provoke, inspire and surprise.

In the chaotic state of our world today, there’s never been a more critical time for optimism with rigour. The uncertainty, unpredictability and sheer pace of our hyper-connected world is Chris’ passion-and life’s work. His obsession with making sense of the discomfort and challenges of this rapidly changing landscape has powered his thinking for over 15 years.

Equally potent across myriad industries, Chris’ insight and expertise have benefitted trail-blazing start-ups, government bodies, and Fortune 500 companies. As a renowned strategist and senior business advisor, Chris has worked globally with some of the biggest and most influential brands and businesses on the planet including Jaguar Land Rover, Facebook, Australia Federal Police, eBay, Vodafone and Macquarie Bank. His intuitive and instinctive approach to tracking global patterns and unlocking opportunities has had significant impact on how businesses-and humans-can take purposeful steps towards creating real and lasting positive impact.
And making an impact is what Chris is arguably most famous for… because being in a room with Chris Riddell is an immersive and transformational experience. A combination of rigorously detailed insights delivered with unparalleled enthusiasm, and dynamic screen content… all wrapped up in sensational showmanship-any amount of time spent with Chris is a wildly entertaining and deeply revolutionary experience.

His unique skill of taking what we know-and fear-about our world and encouraging changes in attitudes, beliefs, perceptions and mindsets-is critical to business and social transformation. No sector, subject or stone is left unturned in his quest to make sense of the challenging and disrupted world of ‘the future’.

This is the power of the Chris Riddell experience. It’s real… relatable… relevant… and revelatory.

Expertise
Talking Points

The New Customer

WHAT WILL THE CUSTOMER OF 2030 LOOK LIKE… THINK LIKE… BEHAVE LIKE? AND CAN WE PREDICT THEIR NEEDS BEFORE EVEN THEY KNOW WHAT THEY WANT?
The ‘future of customer’ is a story of data, real-time information and radical experience transformation. And in a post-pandemic era it is more important than ever to deeply understand the genetic construct of your customer and their continually evolving needs.

Generation Alpha-the “children of the millennials”-are already guiding many of the purchasing decisions within their families. They are expected to be the longest-living and the wealthiest generation to have ever lived. This will be the most diverse, demanding and tech saturated generation we’ve ever seen, and we need to understand who they are-and what’s important to them-right now.

Reinevented Business

WHEN OUR ‘BUSINESS AS USUAL’ IS ANYTHING BUT… HOW CAN WE CONTINUE TO GROW, THRIVE AND INNOVATE? WHAT COULD INCREDIBLE BUSINESS LOOK LIKE AMIDST THE INCREDIBLY UNUSUAL?

COVID-19 has been the biggest stress test for business and the global economy in living memory. But while it is undoubtedly challenging many businesses to find different, smarter, more connected ways of operating, surviving and connecting with their audiences-it’s also revealing pockets of startling ingenuity and resilience-sometimes in the most unlikely places.

Let’s discover and uncover the diversifications, innovations and strategies that some of the world’s most exciting businesses have employed to ensure that they’re riding the wave of reinvention-while not being drowned in the process.

Resilient Leadership

With the world at a precipice-how can business leaders reinvent themselves, and embrace real-time decision making for the challenges ahead?

The need for leadership invigoration has never been more urgent. Leaders are navigating a dynamic, fast-paced digital age, and working within this environment demands leaders make decisions more quickly, agilely and across virtual landscapes.

The global community is shrinking, and reliance on high-performing, collaborative teams is more critical than ever. And in turn, leaders will need to evolve their understanding of human behaviour and the human brain through neuroleadership which will help create more effective leadership, better change management and drive positive behaviours.

Future Trust

How can we build enduring consumer trust in an age where we gain digital leverage by merely pushing the
“Enter” key?

Trust, in its simplest form has been the cornerstone of our civilisation for 10,000 years. It’s the glue that holds everything together-it’s what makes people feel safe, feel connected and feel like they belong.

But what role does trust play in our digital lives? With recent events contributing to the decline in levels of trust in major public and private institutions across much of the world, we need to invest in-and understand-the increasing human need for digital trust.

And with the proliferation of new trust-enabling technologies-transforming how trust is built, facilitated and maintained in our digital age-the transformation and instruct importance of trust in our world has never been more important.

Radical Innovation

In this new era of innovation, how can we identify drivers of future trends, and develop new product and service ideas to drive rapid growth and innovation?

Welcome to the new wave of innovation. With the pace of change hitting peak levels, we’ll see more fundamental human problems being solved in the next two decades than have been solved in the last two centuries.

Radical innovators will need to think and behave like technologists. More importantly, they will need to refresh their skills routinely to stay ahead of rapidly evolving technology.

Hyper Disruption

What are the key trends that will determine a path forward amidst a chaotic and fluctuating world-and how can we embrace this volatility?

Our world is in a state of flux. Recent events such as COVID-19, Brexit, the United States Presidential race, and demonstrations in Hong Kong have shown us that nothing is straight forward when it comes to politics, government and society.

The ever-increasing power that technology giants have gained over the last decade-combined with trade wars between regions and countries-have seen major shifts in power in both the business and government sectors.

Businesses of the future will without doubt require a deeper understanding and tolerance to the volatility that these new shifts have created.
Media
Feedback
Chris was phenomenal. Part comedian, Part futurist, part technologist, part storyteller!” ANZ BANK

He was able to portend, with remarkable clarity, developments that have already begun to take place”

Ericsson

He is confident, knowledgeable, and has an innately extraordinary ability to speak, persuade, and inform.

Australian Federal Police

Undoubtedly one of the most accomplished futurist speakers out there… he left a lasting impression in the minds of all involved.

Jaguar Land Rover Australia
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