Jim Carroll

Futurist, Trends, Creativity and Innovation Expert

Jim Carroll

Jim Carroll is one of the world’s leading international futurists, expert on trends and innovation and known for providing strategic guidance and insight to some of the most prestigious organizations in the world for over twenty years. He 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.

His client list is unique to say the least. NASA has had Jim Carroll in (twice!) to help shape their thought process about the future, with audiences comprised of astronauts, astrophysicists, launch directors and mission controllers. The global master of story-telling, the Walt Disney Corporation made the observation after a leadership presentation that “Jim’s storytelling approach really helps to get his points across!” The GAP, one of the worlds’ leading retailers, brought Jim into their global head office for a talk on the future of retail. If Jim Carroll can challenge Disney, The GAP, NASA and the PGA to think passionately about linking future trends to innovation – he can do the same for you!

Jim’s insight is sought internationally. He was one of two speakers to address fifty senior CEO, CFO and CIO level executives in St. Andrews, Scotland, at an invitation-only corporate event – the other speaker being Jimmy Wales, the Founder of Wikipedia. He was the opening keynote speaker at the World Pharma Innovation Congress in London, England, with a message focusing on the future of science and healthcare. He has previously keynoted other events such as the Linde Healthcare Summit in Munich, Germany, the Swiss Innovation Forum in Zurich, the Toshiba Mobility Exchange in Sydney, Australia, the annual Business Outlook Forum in the Cayman Islands for hundreds of senior financial executives and the SAP Business Forum in Stockholm, Sweden.

Jim has researched key innovation success factors for dozens of industries, associations, professions, companies and individuals. Hundreds of thousands have shared his insight with highly energized presentations in Zurich, Munich, Palm Springs, Sydney, Cayman Islands, Los Angeles, Miami, Costa Rica, London, Nassau, Munich, New York, Vancouver, Stockholm, Budapest; everything from small Board-level sessions with 12 people; to high level CEO leadership meetings to 5,000 person conference keynotes.

Jim is globally recognized for his unique wisdom and insight into trends. BusinessWeek commented on Jim: “a leading source for innovation insight;” he has been a CNBC guest expert on innovation; his insights have also been covered by ABC News, INC, Fast Company, the South China Morning Post (Hong Kong), American Way, The Age (Sydney, Australia), CAPITAL Magazine (Dubai/United Arab Emirates) CEO Magazine Hungary, Association LEADERSHIP, the National Post and PROFIT.

Jim is also an author, with books including The Future Belongs to Those Who Are Fast,; Ready, Set, Done: How to Innovate When Faster is the New Fast; and What I Learned From Frogs in Texas: Saving Your Skin with Forward Thinking Innovation.

Jim brings deep, strategic insight to his presentations. He is a graduate of the University of Toronto – Rotman Business School Directors Education Program, as his career path increasingly comes to include strategic guidance at the Corporate Board level.

What he does!

  • he provides unique, detailed, customized insight into workplace, business, economic, current events, social and cultural trends, as well as into demographic, lifestyle and technology issues, based on highly original research.
  • he sets the stage for organizations to become more competitive, innovative and adaptable, and that are open to the opportunities of the future
  • he does so in a very dynamic and motivational style, with presentations that involve his signature humor, high-level energy, deep insight and challenging observations

How can he help you?he wakes people up to the trends that will affect them, and challenges them to cope with a world that continues to witness constant, dramatic change.

  • “thought provoking, full of energy, up to the minute and timely” are just a few of the ways to describe Jim’s presentations. Jim has the ability to energize people so they can discover opportunities for personal and corporate growth.
  • each presentation is unique and customized. Clients value the time Jim takes to “know” their industry or profession, their issues and concerns.
    Topics 
  1. What Do World Class Innovators Do That Others Don’t Do?

    How do we do it, and how do we do it faster? This includes an extensive focus on open innovation and customer oriented innovation.

  2. Healthcare 2020: The Transformative Trends That Will REALLY Define Our Future

    Focus on the key trends that will transform health through the next decade, far beyond the impact of US and other national efforts at health care reform.

  3. Location is the New Intelligence: Customer Interaction in the Era of Pervasive Mobile

    Smart, innovative super-heroes know that this is an unprecedented time to jump on the emergence of location as the new intelligence, in order to provide for new ways of product uplift in the retail space, changing the very nature of customer loyalty through new forms of interaction, and enhancing existing one-to-one conversations through a more direct, distinct and fascinating new form of location based relationships.

  4. Moving Beyond the Meltdown: Aligning Yourself for Growth Through Innovation

    Your ability to keep an innovation-oriented focus in order to deal with the new challenges that surround you, that will define how well you will get through.

  5. Where’s the Growth? Transformative Opportunities for Transformative Times

    These are truly transformative times, with an alignment of political leaders, business executives, consumers, researchers and industry groups all realizing that now is the time that we need to solve complex problems with bold thinking and “big ideas.”

  6. What’s Happening with Our Workforce: Making Generations Work!

    Jim explores some of the biggest challenges facing organizations today. With the coming “end of retirement,” most companies will come to realize they’ll need a lot of telephones with big buttons for members of the 70+ folk who are still a part of their workforce — and a lot of innovative workplace practices as well.

Testimonials: 
The event was great and Jim’s speech definitely contributed to the success. We had great feedback from attendees about Jim. I believe he even had a couple of people interested in him speaking in the future. His content was very relevant and appropriate for the audience. His delivery was most enjoyable and had the audience very engaged. I would definitely recommend Jim to others looking for a dynamic speaker.
Richard Comrie, Director, New Business Development
LGM Financial Services Inc.

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