Glen  Hiemstra

Glen Hiemstra

Glen Hiemstra is dedicated to disseminating information about the future to assist healthcare individuals and organizations in effective strategic planning. An internationally respected expert on future trends, long-range planning and creating the preferred future, Glen has advised professional, business, and governmental organizations for two decades and has served as a technical advisor for futuristic television programs. A writer and blogger as well as a speaker and consultant, Glen is the author of Turning the Future into Revenue: What Businesses and Individuals Need to Know to Shape Their Future..

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Glen Hiemstra, Futurist, was telling audiences about global warming and climate change...in 1987. He was writing about the age wave and the end of classic retirement...in 1995. Glen was previewing nanotechnology...in 1989. He was describing genomic science and biotechnology even earlier. Glen was studying how the Internet would change human and organizational communication in 1981, before the Internet was even a public network. In the mid-1980's he was telling people about the coming economic growth of the Pacific Rim countries. By 2001 Glen was describing peak oil and the coming energy transformation as the greatest economic opportunity of the next half-century. As early as 2006 Glen was telling people why the debt bubble would burst, as it did more than a year later. To deal with breakthrough trends like these Glen was helping large and small companies, educational institutions, government agencies and communities re-think their future vision. Oh yes, and Glen Hiemstra was the one professional futurist with the foresight to register Futurist.com and become Founder and CEO of the website visited by people from 120 nations each month.

This is why audience members for Glen's keynote speeches and clients for his long-range planning say things like, "Once you hear Glen Hiemstra speak, the future will never look the same."

Glen Hiemstra is dedicated to disseminating information about the future to assist individuals, organizations, and industries in effective strategic planning. An internationally respected expert on future trends, long-range planning and creating the preferred future, Glen has advised professional, business, and governmental organizations for two decades and has served as a technical advisor for futuristic television programs. A writer and blogger as well as a speaker and consultant, Glen is the author of Turning the Future into Revenue: What Businesses and Individuals Need to Know to Shape Their Future (Wiley & Sons 2006). Previously he co-authored Strategic Leadership: Achieving Your Preferred Future.

Glen has worked with many leading companies, government agencies and organizations across a wide variety of domains. These include Microsoft, The Home Depot, Boeing, Adobe, Ernst & Young, PaineWebber, ShareBuilder, Ambrosetti (Italy), Club of Amsterdam, Northern Telecom, REI, Weyerhaeuser, Hewlett Packard, Novo Nordisk, U.S./Mexico JWC, APAX Partners, Costa Rica Hotel Association, Atlanta 2060, Tulsa 2025, Idaho Transportation 2030, Michigan DOT 2030, Federal Highway Administration Advanced Research, Eddie Bauer, Procter & Gamble, ACE Hardware, IHOP, John Deere, Weitz Construction, Lexis Nexus, Land O Lakes, and others.

As a recognized expert in preferred future planning, Glen is a popular keynote speaker who can zero in on emerging trends in economics, demographics, energy, the environment, Internet and communications, science, technology, housing, and transportation. Glen goes beyond simple trend analysis to discuss the opportunities that we all have to shape the preferred future. In his consulting, Glen utilizes tools such as environmental scanning, scenario development, whole systems perspectives, paradigm shifts, and analysis of organizational culture for managing change to assist enterprises to achieve high performance.

A skilled communicator, Glen also offers a variety of informational resources for those interested in exploring the future. Each day visitors come to Futurist.com and Glen's blog for provocative snapshots of emerging ideas, trends, and technologies. Futurist.com produces short videos for the web on a variety of future topics. Glen can be followed at twitter.com/futuristspeaker and youtube.com/futuristspeaker.

As a media technical advisor Glen worked with Steven Bochco Productions (creator of "Hill Street Blues" and "NYPD Blue"), among others. He is often cited in publications such as The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, US News & World Report, The Futurist, USA Today, Business Week, the Economist, and the Los Angeles Times.

In a first career, Glen was an award-winning educator; more recently he served as a Visiting Scholar at the Human Interface Technology Lab at the University of Washington, which worked on virtual and augmented reality technology.

Glen was educated at Whitworth College, the University of Oregon, and the University of Washington. He lives in Kirkland, Washington with his wife Tracie. They have three adult children.

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