Eric Garland

Bilingual Futurist and Economic Trends Expert

Eric Garland

Eric Garland is a futurist who writes about the megatrends that affect society, economics and national security, with a special focus on what everyday people must do in a rapidly changing world. He writes based on his fifteen years (and counting) of working with corporations and governments on the subject of Competitive Intelligence, Strategic Analysis, and Futurism.

He is constantly thinking about how leaders of organizations must think about the future, the information they need to plan their next move, the tools they use to inspire the imaginations of others, and the difficulties they encounter along the way. His clients were a variety of major organizations, ranging from Siemens, Energizer, Coca-Cola, and Cardinal Health, to the governments of France, South Dakota, Charlotte, North Carolina, and the Principality of Monaco.

Eric is the author of two books that deal with future trends and how leaders understand them to make the decisions that affect the whole world. The first is Future Inc: How Businesses Can Anticipate and Profit from What's NEXT, published in English, Chinese, Korean, Indonesian and Persian.

Whereas many books on foresight get lost quickly in MBA-type jargon, or proceed immediately to extreme visions of what could be next for society, Future, Inc shows how simple and elegant a study of the future really should be. In it, you’ll learn systems thinking, trend research, forecast assessment from experts, strategic implications, scenario building, and communications.

His second book, How to Predict the Future.....and What to do about it so you can WIN, is a satirical look at why foresight is so difficult in modern business culture. In it, Eric skewers modern business publishing and its desire for easy answers, shallow father figures, and a slavish devotion to fads as a replacement for wisdom, insight, and decisive action about our collective futures.. Eris uses sarcastic humor to critique the relationship between futurists and corporate executives.

As a freelance writer and speaker, Eric contributes to a variety of online and print publications, and providescommentary on world events on broadcast networks such as Al Jazeera English, Russia Today, The History Channel and the BBC.

He is also working on a third book about what he calls The Transition, the strategic trends that are likely to make the 21st Century much different from the 20th – stay tuned!

On the artistic side, Eric is a linguist who speaks a variety of languages, and a professional musician with over 20 years experience playing music live and on record with artists ranging from salsa to celtic to jazz funk.

    Topics 
  1. The Chaos Advantage: How Great Leaders Win in Uncertain Times

    Economic shocks and geopolitical strife cause havoc for organizations, and leading them to success in the face of disruption seems like a daunting task. This keynote combines historical examples and current trends to show how the greatest leaders have actually used chaotic trend to thrive in the past - and how today’s leaders can find the same opportunities in the near future. Prohibition, world wars, and the end of communism actually led to some of the greatest triumphs in the history of leadership, and today’s future trends are no less full of potential for your organization’s success. Tailored to Healthcare, Retail, Technology, Transportation, Energy, etc. 

  2. The Next Narrative: Branding in a Fast-Changing World

    All brands connect with customers through myth and image. If you want your brand to connect with tomorrow’s customers, it needs to use tomorrow’s, not        yesterday’s myths. The future of your brand will be in linking to a new narrative in a changing social and economic order, it will not be one size fits all – so get thinking.

  3. The Transition Economy: Risks and Opportunities

    An overview of major factors in the global economy, and why they can mean either threats or potential profits.

  4. The Golden Age of Analysis

    Why advanced insights that can only come from professional analysts will determine which companies (and nations) succeed in a rapidly evolving world.

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