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Futurist Trond Arne Undheim, PhD, has one goal: wherever he operates, his life is dedicated to making orders of magnitude of difference for business, society and planet. Trond is a 5x author, most recently, Future Tech: How to Capture Value from Disruptive Industry Trends, and is a major global thought leader on the role of technology in society in the next decade and beyond. He is often brought in when clients or media want to hear from a ‘Renaissance man’ with broad insights derived from a plethora of fields.

A podcaster, venture partner at Antler and Hitachi Ventures, ecosystem evangelist at Tulip, the frontline operations platform, nonresident Fellow at the Atlantic Council, co-founder of Yegii, and former Director of MIT Startup Exchange, based in Wellesley, MA, he holds a PhD on the future of work and artificial intelligence.

Trond is a regular podcast guest, keynote speaker, panel moderator and conference chair across the world. Whilst he often has strong and controversial opinions based on fact-based insight, and can entertain an audience too boot, his main objective in these events is to listen and bring out the best in other people’s thinking.

To have Trond on as a podcast guest or webinar speaker, please contact Trond Undheim directly or work with his publicist. For face-to-face speaking engagements, you may wish to go via Key Speakers. Trond accepts jobs globally, with emphasis on the USA, Europe and Asia. He speaks in English, Italian, French or Norwegian.

What your audience could learn

Trond’s key messages could be summarized under eight broad topics: 1) The Future of Technology, 2) Commercializing Innovation, 3) Our Health Tech Future, 4) The Future of Work, Leadership and Reskilling, 5) Global e-Governance, 6) The Futurist’s view, 7) Inclusive Capitalism and the Future of Finance, and 8) Mastering our Physical World.

Outcomes of Trond’s speeches and interviews include increased awareness of the forces of disruption surrounding your business, clarity about where society is headed, and a real push to develop 21st century skills that matter in the workplace whether you are a C-level executive or just starting out.

TOPIC 1: The Future of Technology (AI, Blockchain, Synthetic Biology, 3D printing, Robotics)

His newest book, Future Tech: How to Capture Value from Disruptive Industry Trends was published by Kogan Page this Spring.

For a sample of his views, see The five technologies that matter: how the C-suite can deploy each for post-pandemic positioning (CEO Magazine).

Tom Cheesewright: Talk About Tomorrow: Shaping the future with Trond Undheim

TOPIC 2: Commercializing Innovation: Academia to Innovation AND How corporations should work with startups AND How to learn from–and even thrive on–failure

Trond was the inaugural director of MIT Startup Exchange, the world’s leading matchmaking program between startups and corporations, working with some of the leading startups of our time (including unicorns Formlabs, Desktop Metal, and Ginkgo Bioworks) and over 200 Fortune 1000 companies.

Trond wrote the book Disruption Games: How to Thrive on Serial Failure

He is now both an early stage (pre-seed) investor through Antler as well as a corporate venture capitalist at Hitachi Ventures and also works with growth startup Tulip, the frontline operations platform.


TOPIC 3: Pandemic Aftermath and our Health Tech Future

Trond wrote the first book on the COVID-19 pandemic, a futurist’s 450 page account of what might happen in the next decade which was published in early May 2020. As the pandemic enters different stages, seemingly catching governments, medical professionals, businesses and citizens by surprise, his five scenarios seem more and more relevant every month that passes. See his tome Pandemic Aftermath.

Trond’s upcoming book, Health Tech: Rebooting Society’s Software, Hardware and Mindset, will be published by Routledge in September 2021, and is available for pre-order. The book introduces anybody who wishes to understand how global healthcare will change in the next decade to key technologies, social dynamics, and systemic shifts that are shaping the future. 

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Trond Undheim on the aftermath of the pandemic
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Pandemic Aftermath: How COVID Changes Global Society with Trond Undheim

TOPIC 4: The Future of Work: a) Reskilling one billion workers in industry 4.0 technologies and mindsets, b) Leadership challenges in a changing world, c) Remote work, hybrid work, and the face-to-face advantage, and d) The Role of Knowledge and Insight

Why reskilling, not developing the technologies themselves, is about to become the 21st century’s greatest leadership challenge. Trond leads MFG.works, the reskilling platform launched in association with the World Economic Forum and aiming to provide learning journeys to future proof the world’s workers

Trond wrote his PhD on What the Net Can’t Do (2002) on AI/cognition whether and when nomadic knowledge production (e.g. remote work) will take over. The topic has, again, become hotly debated. Trond has tracked this debate now for over twenty years and is in a unique position to debate what will happen to cities, workplaces, and jobs — as well as power dynamics — and in what time frame.

Trond wrote the book Leadership From Below to explain how leadership without formal authority will become the only viable strategy going forward.

What is the future of work going to look like? Will it be robotically dystopian or humanly augmented? Who gets to decide, tech developers, big tech, big business, G7 governments, billionaires, startups, or ethicists?

What is the emerging role of knowledge and insight? How to stay up to date on an ever changing world of business and technology? Trond started Yegii, the insight network, to try to bring to market a product that combines the best of a search engine with the best human talent.

TOPIC 5: The case for global e-Governance

How the world needs to co-regulate technology in a way where governments work alongside private sector and nonprofits to watch algorithms, safeguard interoperability, and build nocode services of public interest in health, privacy, and culture.

Digital Government Podcast: Futurist Trond Arne Undheim on the e-government of tomorrow

Here’s a shortlist of recent podcasts Trond has featured on that don’t explicitly fall into the above categories:

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TOPIC 6: The Futurist’s view

Futurism isn’t about predicting exactly, but about project long term potential outcomes and deciding what kind of future we want to optimize for.

Episode 100: The Futurist’s View with Trond Undheim

In addition, Trond is the host of the Futurized podcast which is soon rounding 100 episodes which are all about the ‘Future of’ various societal domains, technologies, and issues. See Futurized podcast.

His next major book will be on long term foresight towards 2050-2075 and includes modeling various scenarios for the next five hundred years of human existence–perhaps our last five hundred years if things (including exponential sci-tech advances) don’t pan out.

TOPIC 7: Inclusive Capitalism and Financial Services of the Future

Trond is committed to a more inclusive form of capitalism, where Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) no longer needs to be a focus because each is valued in its own right.

For an op-ed on his thoughts, see Capital serfdom: why early-stage VCs must act as a co-founder for the businesses they invest in

Why blockchain is the future of financial transactions across a plethora of fields. What peer-to-peer finance means for C-level executives, leadership, and the future of society.

Topic 8: Mastering our Physical World: Outer Space as the Next Frontier, Will we ever achieve Sustainability through Energy Tech, and The Future of the Planet

The space race is suddenly becoming quite interesting due to a plethora of startups joining in as serious contenders for major space contracts and indeed sending out their own satellites and rockets. What are the societal consequences of the new space race and new space innovation?

Energy Tech is always fundamental to human progress, yet the abuse of fossil fuels has also brought us to the brink of extinction due to having exhausted the planet’s natural resources, with devastating consequences for habitat, biodiversity, and adding high and unnecessary risk to human settlements. Will we ever achieve sustainability or are we destined to live in excess of our given resources at any given moment?

What does the future of the planet look like short term (in the next 25 years), medium term (in the next few hundred years) and long term (in the next Millennia)? This is the focus of Trond’s upcoming book.

Trond’s podcasts – Futurized and Augmented

Trond runs two of the world’s top 5% podcasts, according to Listen Notes. Futurized podcast and Augmented podcast. As a result, he is an extremely easy podcast guest delivering impeccable sound and video quality both as a podcast host and as a podcast guest.

The Future of Marketing is Curation Futurized – thought leadership on the future

Futurized goes beneath the trends to track the underlying forces of disruption in tech, policy, business models, social dynamics and the environment. I’m your host, Trond Arne Undheim (@trondau), futurist, author, investor, and serial entrepreneur. Join me as I discuss the societal impact of deep tech such as AI, blockchain, IoT, nanotech, quantum, robotics, and synthetic biology, and tackle topics such as entrepreneurship, trends, or the future of work. On the show, I interview smart people with a soul: founders, authors, executives, and other thought leaders, or even the occasional celebrity. Futurized is a bi-weekly show, preparing YOU to think about how to deal with the next decade's disruption, so you can succeed and thrive no matter what happens. Futurized—conversations that matter. In episode 112 of the podcast, the topic is: The Future of Marketing is Curation. Our guest is Professor Michael R. Solomon, Ph.D, Saint Joseph's University, author of the book The New Chameleons: How to Connect with Consumers Who Defy Categorization. After listening to the episode, check out: Michael R. Solomon: https://www.michaelsolomon.com/ The New Chameleons: How to Connect with Consumers Who Defy Categorization: https://www.koganpage.com/product/the-new-chameleons-9781398600041  In this conversation, we talk about the future of consumerism and shopping, what objects mean to us and how that's changing. We discuss the postmodern consumer and the fact that traditional ways to categorize consumers is not helpful anymore. If you're new to the show, seek particular topics, or you are looking for a great way to tell your friends about the show, which we always appreciate, we've got the episode categories. Those are at Futurized.org/episodes. They are collections of your favorite episodes organized by topic, such as Entrepreneurship, Trends, Emerging Tech, or The Future of Work. That'll help new listeners get a taste of everything that we do here, starting with a topic they are familiar with, or want to go deeper in. The host of this podcast, Trond Arne Undheim, Ph.D is the author of Health Tech: Rebooting Society's Software, Hardware and Mindset–published by Routledge in 2021, Future Tech: How to Capture Value from Disruptive industry Trends–published by Kogan Page in 2021, Pandemic Aftermath: how Coronavirus changes Global Society and Disruption Games: How to Thrive on Serial Failure (2020)–both published by Atmosphere Press in 2020, Leadership From Below: How the Internet Generation Redefines the Workplace by Lulu Press in 2008. For an overview, go to Trond's Books at Trondundheim.com/books At this stage, Futurized is lucky enough to have several sponsors. To check them out, go to Sponsors | Futurized – thoughts on our emerging future. If you are interested in sponsoring the podcast, or to get an overview of other services provided by the host of this podcast, including how to book him for keynote speeches, please go to Store | Futurized – thoughts on our emerging future. We will consider all brands that have a demonstrably positive contribution to the future. Before you do anything else, make sure you are subscribed to our newsletter on Futurized.org, where you can find hundreds of episodes of conversations that matter to the future. I hope you can also leave a positive review on iTunes or in your favorite podcast player–it really matters to the future of this podcast.   You have just listened to episode 112 of the Futurized podcast, with host Trond Arne Undheim, futurist and author. If you are interested in Trond's products or services, feel free to check out Futurized.org/store, where you can book a keynote speech, become a sponsor or partner, request a podcast swap, or buy a few of Trond's books, such as Health Tech, Future Tech, Pandemic Aftermath, Disruption Games or Leadership From Below. If you are interested in all of Trond's projects, check out his website, Trondundheim.com which has links to his other podcasts as well as his public appearances. The topic was: The Future of Marketing is Curation In this conversation, we talked about the postmodern consumer who defies categorization. Trond's takeaway: Consumption is such a key part of contemporary society, yet so misunderstood. We all do it, so we all think we know why. This is not the case. Retailers are getting much better at personalized targeting, yet they also fail to predict consumer sentiment again and again, both short term and long term. Why? Because society is more complex than that. I'm glad it is. Thanks for listening. If you liked the show, subscribe at Futurized.org or in your preferred podcast player, and rate us with five stars. If you like this topic, you may enjoy other episodes of Futurized, such as episode 107, The Future of Art and Tech, episode 78, The Next Generation Marketplaces, or episode 52, The Future of Peer-to-Peer. Hopefully, you'll find something awesome in these or other episodes. If so, do let us know by messaging us, we would love to share your thoughts with other listeners. Futurized is created in association with Yegii, the insight network. Yegii lets clients create multidisciplinary dream teams consisting of a subject matter experts, academics, consultants, data scientists, and generalists as team leaders. Yegii's services include speeches, briefings, seminars, reports and ongoing monitoring. You can find Yegii at Yegii.org. The Futurized team consists of podcast host and sound technician Trond Arne Undheim, videographer Raul Edward D'Trewethan, and podcast marketer Nahin Israfil Hossain. Please share this show with those you care about. To find us on social media is easy, we are Futurized on LinkedIn and YouTube and Futurized2 on Instagram and Twitter: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/futurized2/ Twitter (@Futurized2): https://twitter.com/Futurized2 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Futurized-102998138625787 LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/futurized YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/Futurized Podcast RSS: https://feed.podbean.com/www.futurized.co/feed.xml See you next time. Futurized—conversations that matter.
  1. The Future of Marketing is Curation
  2. Regenerative Medicine
  3. The Future of Thinking
  4. The Disruption of Failure
  5. The Future of Hospitals
In episode 50 of the podcast, the topic is: The Last Mile of Productivity. Our guest is Laurent Vernerey, former CEO Schneider Electric USA, and member of Tulip's Board of Directors.In this conversation, we talk about the digital transformation journey for the manufacturing industry, as seen through the lens of Schneider Electric. From the early days where those that did not digitize got lost, to being able to track, capture and monitor, to today's reality which is all about change management and being able to achieve scale and into the future of agile, lean and digital which entails scaling and squeezing the value out of hardware implementation as well as drastically improving the customer experience. Augmented is a podcast for industrial leaders, process engineers and shop floor operators, hosted by futurist Trond Arne Undheim (@trondau), presented by Tulip, the frontline operations platform, and associated with MFG.works, the industrial upskilling community launched at the World Economic Forum. Trond's takeaway: Benefiting from the industry luminaries I talk to every week, I'm eyeing a day when hardware, meaning physical objects of technological origin can scale at the speed and magnitude of software. This will create a whole new world, one where the sky's not the limit, in fact. We need it, because it might arrive just in time for us to avoid the complete destruction of our ecosystem–or at least to adapt to it–a set of issues we will tackle in forthcoming episodes about sustainability. For now, let's just work on the last mile, turning analytical improvements into intelligently preparing for unprecedented scale change in industrial manufacturing and innovation, all of which will be sorely needed soon enough.Thanks for listening. If you liked the show, subscribe at Augmentedpodcast.co or in your preferred podcast player, and rate us with five stars. If you liked this episode, you might also like episode 33, Sustainable Manufacturing at Scale, episode 42, Business Beyond Buzzwords, or episode 23, Digital Manufacturing in the Cloud. Hopefully, you'll find something awesome in these or other episodes. If so, do let us know by messaging us, we would love to share your thoughts with other listeners. The Augmented podcast is created in association with Tulip, connected frontline operations platform that connects the people, machines, devices, and the systems used in a production or logistics process in a physical location. Tulip is democratizing technology and empowering those closest to operations to solve problems. Tulip is also hiring. You can find Tulip at Tulip.co. Please share this show with colleagues who care about where industry and especially industrial tech is heading. To find us on social media is easy, we are Augmented Pod on LinkedIn and Twitter, and Augmented Podcast on Facebook and YouTube:LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/augmentedpodFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/AugmentedPodcast/Twitter: https://twitter.com/AugmentedPodYouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5Y1gz66LxYvjJAMnN_f6PQSee you next time. Augmented–industrial conversations that matter. 
  1. The Last Mile of Productivity
  2. Designing Industrial Reality in 3D
  3. Making Industry Sexy
  4. Lean manufacturing in the USA
  5. The Startup Studio for Manufacturing

Most Popular Presentations:

  • “LEARNING FROM FAILURE: How executives embrace the 21st century by developing a social biosphere of innovation”
  • “FUTURE OF WORK”: How to thrive in man/machine relationships”
  • “FUTURE OF TECHNOLOGY”: How business can capture value from innovation in science, technology and startups”
  • “HOW THE CORPORATE WORLD CAN LEARN FROM STARTUP INNOVATION: Designing and managing innovation portfolios”
  • “LEADERSHIP FROM BELOW: “How to Manage The Leaders of the Internet Generation”
  • “WHAT THE NET CAN’T DO: Technology enhances efficiency but face-to-face prevails”
  • “THE FUTURE OF E-GOVERNMENT: What governments must do to excel”
  • “CITIZEN-CENTRICITY — LEADERSHIP FOR THE PUBLIC SECTOR: is it for real?”
  • “THE ROLE OF THINK TANKS IN SHAPING KNOWLEDGE AND INSIGHT: How background actors shape the political landscape”

Previous clients

Trond’s keynote addresses and speeches have impressed policy makers, MBA students, Members of Parliament, IT professionals, communication executives, bureaucrats as well as university staff in Europe, the United States and Asia:

  • 100+ corporations (members of MIT Industrial Liaison Program)
  • American-Hellenic Chamber of Commerce (Greece, 2008).
  • European Committee on Interoperable Systems (ECIS, 2009).
  • European Commission (Belgium, 2009).
  • International Communication Association (Mexico).
  • OECD (France, 2009).
  • Management Events Co. (UK, 2007 and Austria, 2007).
  • Norwegian Association of Communication Professionals (2000).
  • Norwegian Parliament (2003).
  • Openforum Europe (Belgium, 2010).
  • Oracle Standards Days (2009, 2010).
  • Politech Institute (Belgium, 2007).
  • Salzburg Seminar (Austria, 2007).
  • Slovenian Presidency of the EU (Slovenia, 2008).
  • Terrapinn Events (UK, 2008).
  • TMAB Business Events (Belgium, 2008).
  • The Agency for Public Management and eGovernment-DIFI (Norway, 2008).
  • Smart IT 2009 (Belgium, 2009).
  • WCIT 2010 (The Netherlands, 2010).
  • Appeared on Good Morning Connecticut, a morning TV/news show (USA, 2009).