Speaking

UPDATE: London Speaker Bureau recognizes Dr. Chris Kutarna as a Global Top Ten Speaker on the Future Of Work in 2018. 

In a world quickly spinning out of control, Dr. Chris Kutarna is a lone point of balance and clarity. Chris rips up the outdated mental maps that have served us so poorly in recent years—maps that led us to think that Brexit was impossible, that Trump was unelectable, that globalization was irreversible, that China’s democratization was inevitable, that facts were incontrovertible.

Chris draws a fresh map—one that describes the new world we’re in now—so that you, your organization, your profession or industry or country, can captain humanity’s voyage to a second Renaissance.

In his best-selling debut book, Age of Discovery (with Ian Goldin), he drew upon Renaissance wisdom to predict both Brexit and Trump. Now, Chris helps audiences everywhere to take a deep breath, take a step back, and make sense of the time we live in.

The world always makes sense. But it doesn’t always make sense to us. Shock, confusion, disruption: these emotions, which we experience almost daily in every field and industry, are personal proof that whatever map we’ve been navigating by no longer shows the world as it really is.

Recent Talks

AI: History, Hype, Histeria—and Hope

The Future of Work: Flipping Despair into Dreams 

Navigating the Storms of our Second Renaissance

Mapping the Circular Economy

Blue: China’s Other Color

Climate Change is our Copernican Moment

Education in the Second Renaissance

Berlin, 2017.

In the first Age of Discovery, the captains of ships, of industry, of politics and science had to make new maps to navigate a new and treacherous human condition. Gutenberg’s printing press fueled an information revolution and populist bonfires. Columbus and Magellan globalized European exploration and spread pandemics. A new economic and military power, relegated to the margins of world affairs, suddenly claimed center stage. And science put into human hands powers that had only ever belonged to god.

A new Age of Discovery is upon us. All the signs—social media, populism, globalization, the rise of China, AI, genetic modification and more—herald its arrival. To make sense of it, we urgently need a new set of maps. Chris tears up the outdated mental maps that have served us so poorly in recent years. He tears up the unconscious biases that obscure our understanding of present political, economic, technological and social trends.

And then he draws on a fresh canvas a fresh vision of you, of your organization, of your profession or industry or country, as captain on a voyage to humanity’s second Renaissance.

“Supercalifragilisticexpidélicieux! Everyone was really energized and wanted to get to work immediately to create a tremendous movement inside IKEA.”

Jonas Eklöf
Head of Leadership Development, IKEA

Testimonials

“Chris opened our minds.”
John Gibbs
Group CIO, Rolls-Royce Plc.

“Polished, charming and totally accessible.”
Zev Siegl
Co-Founder, Starbucks

“Chris astonishes. A case of style and substance in equal measure.”
Abu Dhabi Investment Authority

“Outstanding. Rich. Relevant. Unique.”
Ellen MacArthur Foundation

“A high-wire act, which succeeds through the tempered force of eloquence and erudition.”
Roy Green
Dean, University of Technology Sydney Business School

Cannes, 2017.

“Wonderful. Insightful. Humorous. Topical—and out of the realm of our normal addresses. I cannot recommend you enough to other groups. You were even more than I had hoped for. We are lucky that you are willing to spend time starting dialogues about how to predict the changes we may see. You made an impact.”
Rae McQuade
President, North American Energy Standards Board

 

“All the qualities you hope for when trying to wow your audience. Erudite and dynamic. As entertaining as he is informative.
Truly, truly facinating.”
International Luxury Travel Association

 

“Shines a ray of light.”
Royal Geographical Society

London, 2017.

Chris is represented globally by London Speakers Bureau.