Jim Caroll | Additional Presentations
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Keynote Presentations:

Big Trends in Agriculture: Transforming the World's Oldest Profession

Whether it’s driverless tractors, weed-zapping robots or data-transmitting crops, the future of farming is happening faster than you might think!

Many people continue to view farming from the sepia-toned photos of the 1940s and 1950s. They don’t realize the technological and scientific advances or the massive opportunities for international growth. Growers that focus on innovation as a core value will find success; their innovation will focus on the triple-feature need for growth, efficiency and ingestion of new science. It will be by adopting new methodologies, products, partnerships and ideas that they will learn to thrive.

Jim is recognized worldwide as a “thought leader” and authority on global trends, rapid business model change, business transformation in a period of economic uncertainty, and the necessity for fast-paced innovation.

Jim has extensive experience with all aspects of the agricultural sector. A good example? He was the opening keynote speaker at a conference of the top 100 cattle ranchers, feedlots and stockers in the US — and thrilled the audience with his insight into global trends impacting the agriculture sector. Based on that event, he was then invited in to inspire 500 cattle ranchers — a very discerning audience — with the feedback that “you certainly challenged us as to the pace of change the future is bringing to our industry, at the same time that you inspired us to embrace it’s opportunities. You were outstanding! Ranchers are pretty conservative – particularly here in Texas – but you were the best speaker we’ve ever had at our event!”


The trends impacting the banking, financial and wealth management industry are staggering in scope. The arrival of fast, new, nimble competitors driven by the speed of innovation and the scope of the opportunity with FinTech. A collapse of attention spans driven by the next generation financial consumer and an overwhelming preponderance of mobile banking apps. Cryptocurrencies, blockchain and massive business model disruption. The acceleration of the industry to speed of Silicon Valley as technology takes over every single aspect of the industry. The return of disintermediation with a vengeance, with sudden new challenges to existing distribution and broker channels. The arrival of a new generation that has never used cash, does not understand the concept of 'float', and who expects to be able to apply for an automative loan and receive approval in under 45 seconds - through their mobile device.
Leading financial organizations need crisp insight into the trends which are redefining the sector, and the innovation pathway that will provide for opportunities for growth and transformation. World-wide, they've been turning to Futurist Jim Carroll for that insight - his client list boasts many of the most prestigious organizations in the world.
Whether its an internal senior leadership meeting, financial services industry conference, broker or distribution network sales meeting or private wealth management strategy session, Jim Carroll is known worldwide for his ability to outline the fast trends impacting the financial industry now and into the future. He most recently spoke for the family offices of the world's wealthiest families at a private, invitation only event in Athens, Greece, with several trillions of dollars of wealth represented in the room.
Jim Carroll has been helping insurance organizations in the world understand the tsunami of change that is FinTech, the impact of mobile technology, social networks, rapid business emergence, accelerated risk, the emergence of new global competitors and heightened customer expectations. In his keynotes he puts into perspective the real trends impacting the future of insurance, offering critical insight into the key innovation and leadership strategies in a time of disruptive change.


Accelerating the Auto & Trucking Industry in the Era of Self-Driving Vehicles

It’s a FAST moving industry, with SEISMIC changes underway.
Basically, vehicles have been built the same way for the last 100 years — they run on carbon, are driven by people, don’t connect with other vehicles, and operate independently. The business model has involved “car dealerships” and “car salesmen”, and manufacturing models that involve putting vast quantities of product into inventory in traditional showrooms.
Now, for the first time in over 100 years, massive change is underway. More vehicles will be based on alternative energy sources rather than carbon. A growing number will drive themselves, at the same time that they interconnect with other vehicles. They’ll operate on very sophisticated, intelligent highway infrastructure that will have a profound impact on energy efficiency, traffic patterns, and urban and highway design. It’s a future in which a large number of the next generation of transportation users might not even actually purchase a car, but simply use some type of vehicle or community sharing service. If they do actually purchase a car, they will likely do it online. All this is occurring as the speed of innovation in the transportation sector is shifting from the traditional pace of automotive/trucking to that of the hyper-innovation of Silicon Valley.
These trends promise a massive shakeup not only to the automative and trucking industries, but to parallel industries such as manufacturing, finance, insurance, urban and municipal services, government roles and economic development.

The Future of Education: Rethinking Opportunity in the Era of Knowledge Velocity

Sixty five percent of the children who are in pre-school today will work in a job or career that doesn’t yet exist. Half of what students learn in their first year at college is obsolete or revised—by the time they graduate. Fifty percent of the US gross domestic product will be taken up by training and knowledge activities within the decade. With all of these changes at hand, futurist, trends and innovation expert Jim Carroll helps some of the world’s leading educational organizations and institutions make sense of this rapidly evolving future.
Jim challenges audiences to think about innovation in the education sector that takes on bold goals to deal with a reality that has rapid knowledge obsolescence and emergence, the disappearance of existing careers and the emergence of new careers, an ongoing need for continuous knowledge replenishment and the migration of knowledge generation further away from academia. There’s a massively increased challenge from overseas knowledge generation, the fast emergence of new micro-careers, an economy that succeeds through knowledge deployment and a fundamental transformation in the role of educational institutions. In other words: much of the education structure that we have in place today doesn’t match the reality of what we really need to do, given the rapid change occurring in the fundamentals of knowledge—which is why innovative thinking in the field of education today is more important than ever before.
In this keynote presentation, Jim provides concise insight that links a wide variety of global, social, demographic, scientific, technological, business and other trends to the impact on education. He provides an understanding on the velocity of change impacting the industry, and why we need to rethink the context of “how we teach” in light of the realities that has knowledge growing exponentially, the foundation of knowledge generation forever changed and global social networks challenging traditional education delivery models. The reality is that the exponential growth of knowledge leads to massive career specialization—we are in the midst of a fundamental structural organizational and career change, and by 2025 or sooner, it will be all about “just-in-time knowledge.”

The Disruption and Reinvention of Retail: Aligning to the World of Speed

It’s hard to discount the speed of change occurring in the world of retail and consumer products. Consider this: E-commerce could be 25% of the retail experience by 2021. “Shopper marketing,” which combines location intelligence, mobile technology and in-store display technology for a new form of in-store promotion, continues to move forward at the pace of the technology on which it is based. Mobile payment involving Apple Pay and the disappearance of the cash-register provide for more disruption, while providing additional opportunity and challenge with loyalty, store infrastructure and the rise of small startups. Then there is Amazon Alexa, AI and shopping bots: simply talk and products are added to your shopping cart, and delivered within an hour! Logistics is taking centre stage with the rapid installation of “click and collect” infrastructure (i.e. an online purchase, with same day pickup at a retail location). Add to this the arrival of active, intelligent packaging and intelligent (“Internet of Things”) products, collapsing product life-cycles, rapid product obsolescence and the implications of all this on on inventory and supply chain concepts!

We are going to see more change in the world of retail in the next 5 years than we have seen in the last 100. The Amazon purchase of Whole Foods is just a shot across the bow of an industry in the midst of massive change, challenge and opportunity! Savvy brands, retailers, shopping mall and retail infrastructure companies are working to understand these trends, and what they need to do from an innovation perspective to turn them from challenge to opportunity. Futurist Jim Carroll is known worldwide for helping executives to understand the tsunami of change sweeping every aspect of the sector.

The Disruption, Transformation and Reinvention of Manufacturing

Collapsing product lifecycles. Mass customization. Digitization, robotics and the cloud. Design based on crowd thinking. Build to demand, as opposed to build to inventory, business models. The role of the Internet of Things in product innovation as well as manufacturing process innovation. Spatial-innovation with advanced manufacturing robotics. New materials and substances that allow for change in product development. Rapid prototyping, sketch to scale, and agility-based business models…. are you ready for the new world of manufacturing?

While popular media and opportunistic politicians portray a picture of a sector in crisis, smart manufacturing executives are furiously busy with innovation, reinventing their capabilities, processes and business models using advanced ideas, materials, methodologies and technologies.

The reality of manufacturing today is that there is a big opportunity that comes from aligning to fast paced trends. What a time for innovation opportunity, and for insight from a great keynote that really puts all of these trends into perspective. Futurist Jim Carroll takes you into a voyage about the current and future opportunities in the world of manufacturing. Some of the largest manufacturing and industrial organizations in the world have engaged Jim to help them think about opportunities for innovation. Jim recently keynoted the IMX – Interactive Manufacturing Exchange Congress in Las Vegas with an audience of over 2,000 senior manufacturing executives, and the BigM Manufacturing Summit in Detroit, as well as the American Manufacturing Summit in the same city. Jim’s other manufacturing and industrial clients include • Magna International • United Technologies • Camstar Systems • Genesis Systems Robotics Siemens • PPG • Chrysler • Caterpillar • and many, many more.

Timing is Everything: 5 Rules for Defining Your Future and Maximizing Your Opportunities!

The speed of change, which has always been overwhelming, is only increasing as technology advances and massive disruption and transformation comes into every industry. Jim Carroll's key mantra - 'the future belongs to those who are fast' - has caught the imagination of CEO's and leaders world-wide as they align themselves to the era of acceleration.

We know that legacy is not a guarantee: the most successful businesses of the future won’t be the largest companies with a track record - but the fastest: those who can adapt new innovations, opportunities and transformations into their business models. But getting the timing right will be the key to their success! That's why Jim Carroll structure for success as found in his “5 Rules to Determine the Arrival of the Future” provides specific, actionable insight on how how to align to the timing of the arrival of the future.

What are those rules?
1. The future happens, but eventually
2. The future is usually slow, and then, instant
3. Technology puts great uncertainty on the accuracy of rules 1 and 2
4. Accelerating science can suddenly make your previous future-estimate terribly inaccurate
5. Just when you think you’ve got the future all figured out, kids come along