Thomas Frey, Executive Director and senior futurist at the DaVinci Institute, is a powerful visionary who is revolutionizing our thinking about the future.
Before launching the DaVinci Institute, Thomas spent 15 years at IBM as an engineer and designer, where he received over 270 awards - more than any other IBM engineer. He has been referred as the "father of invention" by The Boulder Daily Camera and as the "dean of futurists" by The Denver Post.
Tom is the Editor of the Impact Lab, an online emerging technology blog which was recently rated by Popular Science Magazine as one of the "top five science blogs in the known universe", and currently writes the News from the Future newsletter on a wide range of futurist topics.
Tom has been a columnist for the Denver Post, Rocky Mountain News, Boulder County Business Report, and a contributing writer for The Futurist Magazine. He is the author of "Inventions of Impact" (1998) and "Communicating with the Future" (2011) on breakthrough tools and techniques to gain some measure of control over the future - well, at least part of it.
He continually pushes the envelope of understanding, headlining events with some of today's most recognizable figures like Tom Peters, Mohammad Yunus, Jack Welch, Rudy Giuliani, Joseph Stiglitz, Felipe González Márquez, Prince Turki Al-Faisal and James Wolfensohn, among others.
His keynote talks on futurist topics have captivated people from Fortune 500 companies including IBM, AT&T, GE, Hewlett-Packard, Lucent Technologies, First Data, Boeing, Capital One, Bell Canada, Visa, Ford Motor Company, Qwest, Allied Signal, Hunter Douglas, Direct TV, and many more.
"The greatest value in understanding the future comes from spotting the major cultural, demographic, societal, and economic shifts early and translating them into viable business strategies" - says Tom.
The Post-recession Economy
All of the world's markets, systems and technologies have become incredibly fluid, and much like a floating vessel we are heading to parts unknown. To most, the chaotic nature of interconnecting trends and the extreme possibilities appear at times like a spinning compass needle. Economic uncertainties create great opportunities for those who can spot them, and that's where Thomas comes in.
The Future of Innovation
The one current theme heard over and over again is the need for more innovation, but the world around us has accelerated far past anything that worked previously on the innovation front, and continues to move into virgin territory where old rules no longer apply. Where will the creative minds of tomorrow take us? Tom helps listeners climb aboard a fascinating journey into what's hot in tomorrow's world.
Future Trend Briefings
Tom's understanding of the world clearly shines through when he goes off-script and gets interactive with small groups and executive teams. Gone are the vagaries and generalized outlooks that accompany most predictions. Instead, he has a way of opening the hood to reveal the inner workings of the real drivers powering the engines of change.
The City of the Future
Great communities are founded on great ideas, and our most admired communities become a magnet that attracts the brightest minds. The relational effect is clear. With this in mind, the city of the future will be designed around human connectedness and exchanging of ideas, which involves much more than just communication.
The Future of Transportation
Transportation technology is progressing at a much slower pace than some of the other sciences like information technology, biotech, and nanotechnology. In the near future, automotive companies will focus on fully automated vehicles where people can "punch in" or "speak" the place they want to go. New consumer trends have positioned the auto industry for radical change.