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The Actionable Futurist® Andrew Grill looks at what's new and what's next, providing practical and actionable advice in each episode, where he is joined by global experts to talk about the near-term future. A futurist for over 35 years, Andrew will help you and your business stay ahead of the curve. Find out more at https://ActionableFuturist.com
 
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TikTok now has a billion users, so what makes it stand out from Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, and Twitter? To answer this I spoke with Aaron Goldman, Chief Marketing Officer of MediaOcean, a mission-critical platform for omnichannel advertising that connects brands, agencies, media, technology, and data. Aaron has been in the Marketing industry fo…
 
If you've ever wanted a Masterclass in Web3, NFTs, Cryptocurrency, Decentralized Autonomous Organizations (DAO) and Decentralised Finance (DeFi) then this 45-minute podcast is for you! I was fortunate to be able to convince Nick Abrahams, the Global Co-leader of Digital Transformation Practice at leading law firm Norton Rose Fulbright to come on th…
 
What really goes on behind the scenes to ensure you get the things you order on-line or in person? To find out more, I spoke with Wayne Snyder, Vice President of Retail Strategy for EMEA at Blue Yonder. Wayne has worked in retail for more than 20 years and is a recognised expert in planning and supply chain operations. Wayne argues that with recent…
 
“During the pandemic, Broadband has saved economic collapse and the health system collapse” says Phil Sorsky, Senior Vice president of Worldwide Sales at CommScope. When you think about it, one of the unsung heroes of the last 2 years has been technologies that kept us connected to our families and our work. With the lines between “home” and “offic…
 
How does a university project to index the entire Oxford English Dictionary become one of the world’s largest information management companies with revenues of over $3Bn? To find out I spoke with Muhi Majzoub, Executive Vice President & Chief Product Officer of OpenText who leads the product development and strategy for the company as well as their…
 
We hear a lot about digital transformation, and my guest Helena Nimmo thinks this term is outdated and should be replaced with digital acceleration. She argues that Digital Transformation suggests that you have a blank canvas and that is rarely true, she prefers to talk about Digital Acceleration and building on what you already have. Helena knows …
 
When we think about the components that go together to make the internet work we probably think of browsers and IP addresses but there is one critical component that brings it together - the Domain Name System or DNS. It's the reason behind when you type cnn.com you end up on the right website. The design of DNS is more than 30 years old, but still…
 
This special episode of the podcast was recorded live in front of an audience in February 2022 at the Institution of Mechanical Engineers in London and features a panel of experts discussing a very interesting subject of Space-Based solar power. I was joined on stage by Martin Soltau Co-Chair Space Energy Initiative & Space Business Lead at Frazer-…
 
We've learned much about how to work remotely over the last 2 years, but how will these changes impact the education sector? To answer this I invited Mark Sweeney, who is the Regional Vice President for Citrix in the UK & Ireland onto this episode of the podcast. Mark has over 25 years of experience in business innovation, and a key focus has been …
 
To understand the future of the market research industry, my guest is Tom Smith, Founder and CEO of GWI. Having spent several years working agency side, he recognised a growing demand for global data to better understand the complex online market, coupling the world's largest ongoing study on the digital consumer with powerful analytics. GWI is now…
 
As a special holiday edition of the podcast, and the final episode of this current series, I’m joined by Internationally acclaimed Mezzo-Soprano Deborah Humble. She is highly regarded for her Wagner roles and has performed in opera houses around the world including Paris, London, Sydney and Hamburg. She’s also been a friend of mine for over 35 year…
 
We know that cybersecurity presents a huge risk to us both personally and professionally, but what can we do to stay safe? To answer this question I spoke with cybersecurity expert Raj Samani, who at the time of recording was Chief Scientist at McAfee, and is now at Rapid7 on the Actionable Futurist Podcast®. As an international cybercrime expert, …
 
On this episode of the Actionable Futurist® podcast, we spoke with Steve Cadigan who has been at the forefront of global talent strategy and company culture for the past 30 years. He is most famous for scaling Linkedin from 400 to 4,000 in just 3 and a half years. Steve also led the development of LinkedIn’s legendary company culture and was at the…
 
On this episode of the Actionable Futurist® podcast, we spoke with Mark Schaefer, someone I’ve known for nearly a decade. We first met in 2012 after he published the best selling book “Return on Influence” while I was the CEO of influencer platform Kred. He’s also the author of the world's best-selling book on Twitter, The Tao of Twitter, as well a…
 
In this episode, we spoke to Bret Greenstein who is Global Head of AI & Analytics for leading consulting firm Cognizant. Brett leads Cognizant’s Global Data Practice, focused on helping Chief Data Officers transform their businesses through Data Modernization. Prior to this, Bret lead IBM Watson’s Internet of Things Offerings, establishing new IoT …
 
In this episode, we spoke to Sue Walter who is the former CEO of Maggie and Rose, London's first and best-loved family members club. Sue is no stranger to Member’s clubs, having been the CEO of the Hospital Club where we met back in 2011. The Hospital Club was a club for creatives and was founded by Microsoft Co-Founder Paul Allen and Dave Stewart …
 
Braintrust is the new model for how work gets done, says founder and Chief Revenue Officer Gabriel Luna-Ostaseki on this episode of the podcast. Braintrust is the first user-controlled talent network that connects organisations with highly skilled tech talent. In this fascinating discussion, we covered topics such as: Why the way we work is outdate…
 
Today's guest is the founding member and drummer from 1980s pop sensation Scritti Politti - Tom Morley. We had a fascinating discussion about how Tom moved from being a bonafide rockstar to become a "Rockstar Activator", motivating audiences and driving teamwork at events around the world through the use of music, instruments and a healthy dose of …
 
Today's guest is Jeremy Thompson, who is Executive Vice President of Huawei UK, and oversees the development of Huawei's UK businesses. Jeremy joined Huawei UK in 2012 as deputy managing director with specific responsibility for carrier strategy, business change, and key customers. Prior to Huawei, Jeremy worked for 20 years in senior management ro…
 
On this episode, we spoke with James Cridland, Editor of leading podcast news site Podnews. Podcasting is on the rise, with 96,500 new podcasts in May 2020 alone. In this episode we discussed a number of topics related to podcasting, including: Is Podcasting is on the increase? The half-life of a podcast series Is podcasting the new blogging? How P…
 
In this special edition of the Actionable Futurist® Podcast, we spoke with Dan Ziv, CEO of Touchnote, a digital company that is providing a creative way for personal communication which I think we’d all agree is needed even more during this very challenging 2020. Dan runs a small company of 50 people, and we looked at how his company runs remotely,…
 
In this time of extreme uncertainty, what can we do to to thrive and overcome an unprecedented time in our personal and business life? Dr Lynn Gribble based her PhD on the psychological underpinnings of the effects of retrenchment - that is thriving in uncertainty. We asked her back onto the show to look at some practical tips we can use during thi…
 
So networking is all about going to events, collecting cards and connecting on LinkedIn right? Think again! Any Lopata provides some incredible advice about how to move beyond simple "networking" and develop strong professional relationships. On this episode you will learn: Why connecting is not enough Creating a networking strategy The Professiona…
 
We've all heard about 5G or fifth-generation mobile technologies but what is it all about and what does the future hold for 5G? To help answer this question, The Actionable Futurist® Andrew Grill spoke to Paul Scanlan who is the CTO of Huawei's Carrier Business Group. In this episode, Paul discussed the 5 reasons to trust 5G. 1. No harmful electrom…
 
The Internet of Things or IoT is probably the most-hyped technology behind blockchain - but what does it really mean and what are the uses of the technology. Actionable Futurist® Andrew Grill spoke with the CEO and co-founder of Microshare, Ron Rock - one of the pioneers of IoT. In this wide-ranging chat, we looked at what IoT is, why it has been m…
 
With Podcasting now becoming mainstream, what is the future of this medium? To answer this question I spoke with one of the original B2B podcasters, Minter Dial who has produced a weekly show since 2010 with over 350 episodes to date. I first met Minter in 2012 and have been a guest on his show twice before. Minter first appeared on Series 1, episo…
 
When the World Economic Forum decides that cybersecurity is one of the top global risks alongside climate change, extreme weather and natural disasters you know it's serious. Their recent report on the top global risks identified cyber threats as something that has the capacity to disrupt society on a massive scale. This episode features Nick Colem…
 
Do you think disruptively? In this episode we spoke with self-described "Rough Diamond", Nicole Yershon about what it means to think like a disruptor and how disruption can be turned into an advantage. Nicole is not new to disruption. When Nicole joined Ogilvy in 2000 she was given the simple brief of “bringing the agency into the 21st century”. Sh…
 
Cryptocurrency and especially bitcoin has been one of the most over-hyped technologies this decade. To better understand the opportunity for cryptocurrencies and blockchain, I spoke with Jeremy Epstein, CEO of Never Stop Marketing, who has 20 years of international marketing experience. Most recently, Jeremy was VP, Marketing at Sprinklr which grew…
 
Great content that cuts through the noise is key in a disrupted B2B world. In this episode of the podcast, I spoke with Eric Fulwiler who recently joined 11:FS - a financial services transformation company as CMO, overseeing their media and marketing teams across the group. He spent the last 10 years in digital advertising agencies, most recently a…
 
With the rise and rise of online shopping can the high street survive? To answer this question and others on the future of retail I asked Julian Fisher, CEO of Retail platform Jisp for his expert views. Julian has enjoyed a varied background in technology, payments and new media, and in 1994 he launched the UK’s first internet exhibition. Since the…
 
In this episode we speak with Dr Elaine Kasket who tells stories about the impact of the digital age on how we live and how we die, and helps others write and speak powerfully about what matters to them. She is the author of a fascinating book on the subject “All the Ghosts in the Machine” which I had the pleasure of reading ahead of our recording.…
 
In Episode 10 of the Actionable Futurist® Podcast we speak with Lauren Walker, who at the time of recording was the Chief Operating & Data Officer in EMEA for leading agency Dentsu Aegis. She is now Managing Director at Accenture Interactive. Lauren joined Dentsu in 2017 from IBM and lead a team of more than 600 people across operations, market res…
 
In Episode 9 we speak with James Varga, who co-founded The ID Co in 2011 with a mission to create convenience allowing consumers to sign up to new products and services in seconds. He is active in a number of local and global efforts to help people do more online, including the Fintech Delivery Panel, the Open Banking Excellence where he is Co-foun…
 
In Episode 8 we speak with Dr. Lynn Gribble, who is one of Australia’s founding coaches, an accidental academic and an award-winning author and university lecturer. She’s known as a digital innovator for her work in technology-enabled academia and she calls herself a “pragmatic futurist coach”. She also helps people to “future proof” their careers …
 
In Episode 7 we speak with Pitching expert Peter Hopwood and answer the question “What’s the Future of … Pitching for Success?” Peter is a communications and presence coach, public speaking and pitch trainer and conference host. We spoke with Peter from Croatia where he lives and works. We discussed a range of topics relevant to companies of any si…
 
In Episode 6 we speak with the CEO of Integral Communications Group Ethan McCarty and answer the question “What’s the Future of … Employee Communication?” A former journalist, Ethan joined IBM in early 2000 to manage the web presence for IBM’s $6 billion a year research division, he also co-authored their groundbreaking blogging guidelines, launche…
 
In Episode 5 we speak with Digital Strategist Tiffany St James and answer the question “What’s the Future of … Digital Transformation?” Tiffany is the former Head of Public Participation for the UK Government and an Executive Director of the British Interactive Media Association. She embeds digital and social media capability into national and inte…
 
In Episode 4 we speak with Dom Price, Work Futurist at Australian Unicorn Atlassian and answer the question “What’s the Future of … Work?” This special episode was recorded live in front of an audience at Australia House in London during Tech Week, hosted by The Australia United Kingdom Chamber of Commerce where we discussed a range of topics relev…
 
In Episode 3 we speak with James Poulter, the co-founder of Voice Agency Vixen Labs and answer the question “What’s the Future of … Voice?”. In this show, we covered a range of topics including: Why James started podcasting back in 2007 Key learnings from being an early podcaster How the next generation will interact with computers using voice How …
 
In Episode 2 we speak with Minter Dial about the future of AI and Ethics and answer the question “What’s the Future of … AI & Ethics?”. In this show we covered a range of topics: What is "Heartificial empathy"? The need for empathy in business Can we create empathy in a machine? Feeling vs cognitive empathy Ethics in AI Avoiding conscious bias How …
 
In the 1st episode of the Actionable Futurist® Podcast, we spoke with Impacttologist Martin Brooks and answered the question “What’s the Future of Communication?”. In this show we covered a range of topics: What is an Impacttologist and who would hire one? What levers can you pull to make you a better communicator and maximise your impact? How we c…
 
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