Mike Walsh: Future of the Cities

Mike Walsh

Leading futurist Mike Walsh answers an important question— What is the future of cities?

What is the future of cities? Daring architecture, delivery drones, self-driving cars, vertical farms, city brains controlling traffic or renewable energy and smart grids? It is likely that the cities of tomorrow will be built not only with bricks and mortar, but with data and algorithms. However, when you spend time in extraordinary places like Mexico City, home to over 22 million people, you begin to realize that despite accelerating technology and devastating pandemics, people continue to flock to crowded, dense and chaotic communities because of factors unique to the human condition. Cities, like companies, are complex adaptive systems – and understanding their dynamics may be the key to not only how we will live in the future, but also the future of how we will work.

Thinking about the future of cities is more than just a question for architects, builders and urban planners. At the heart of the post-pandemic debate about remote work and the return to the office is the issue of productivity, and what really drives innovation and collaboration. Despite accelerating technology and devastating pandemics, people continue to flock to crowded, dense and chaotic communities because of factors unique to the human condition. Cities, like companies, are complex adaptive systems – and understanding their dynamics may be the key to not only how we will live in the future, but also the future of how we will work.

Mike WalshMike Walsh is the CEO of Tomorrow, a global consultancy on designing business for the 21st century. His expertise is giving leaders advise on how to thrive in this era of disruptive technological change. Mikes travels the world over 300 days a year, interviewing innovators, entrepreneurs and corporate revolutionaries to give his clients and audiences the freshest and best vision of tomorrow’s opportunities.

Mike has delivered close to a thousand keynote speeches to companies in almost every industry around the globe. In 2014, Mike was invited to be a main stage keynote speaker at the renowned Million Dollar Round Table where his customized presentation reached more than 8,000 people.

Aside from being a favored speaker to several global Fortune 500 companies, Mike is also a prolific writer. His international publications include articles in BusinessWeek, Forbes and the Wall Street Journal. He is also the author of the best-selling book FUTURETAINMENT (published by Phaidon and winner of the design award by the Art Director’s Club in New York) and The Dictionary of Dangerous Ideas.

Mike was the founder of Jupiter Research (Australia), was a senior strategist at News Corporation (Asia Pacific Region). He is currently a board member and strategic investor in the North Alliance, Scandinavia’s leading digital marketing group.

Mike’s keynotes are:

  • The Algorithmic Leader
  • Designing your business for the 21st century
  • Digital Transformation
  • Human-centric Innovation

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