Mike Walsh: Permissionless Innovation, and the Bank of the Future

Mike Walsh

Have you ever stopped to think about how much you would want to improve on certain things like the transport system, healthcare, financial services or telecommunications? Many of us complain about these sectors and wish for improvements to come. But here’s the catch–although these industries need the most innovation, they are also the ones that are most regulated. This is what acclaimed speaker and futurist Mike Walsh calls the paradox of regulated innovation.

He goes on to ask the important question “How can you think about breakthrough new ideas when you are being told to ask permission from regulators before you ever do anything?”. He also points out that “No regulator is going to give you permission to change the future.” So what are aspiring innovators to do to affect change in these sectors? How were businesses like Skype or WhatsApp able to offer something new? Mike Walsh shares his insights and gives compelling detail on how to get to that breakthrough.


Mike 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.Using the anthropological approach, Mike is able to translate changes in human behavior and emerging technologies into pragmatic plans that can transform businesses of today.

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 renowed 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.

Contact us if you are interested in engaging Mike Walsh to speak at your upcoming conference.