David Houle

David Houle

Speaker: David Houle

 Renowned Business Futurist and Author


  • Entering The Shift Age
  • Brand Shift: The Future of Brands & Marketing
  • The New Health Age
  • Is Privacy Dead? The Future of Privacy in the Digital Age
  • Shift Ed: A Call to Action for Transforming K-12 Education

David Houle is a futurist, advisor and speaker who has always been ahead the curve. Having spent more than 20 years in media and entertainment, Houle has worked at NBC, CBS and was part of the senior executive team that created and launched MTV, Nickelodeon, VH1 and CNN Headline News.

Having delivered 600+ speeches and presentations on all six inhabited continents and in 12 countries, Houle has won a number of awards, including two Emmys as co-executive producer for Energy Express, a nationally syndicated children’s program; the prestigious George Foster Peabody Award; and the Heartland Award for his documentary Hank Aaron: Chasing the Dream. He is also a Futurist in Residence and Guest Lecturer at the Ringling College of Art + Design.

Houle’s book, The Shift Age, explains the dynamics and forces that have shaped and will continue to reshape our world for the next 20 years. He has also authored or co-authored five other books, including Shift Ed: A Call to Action for Transforming K-12 Education, Is Privacy Dead? The Future of Privacy in the Digital Age, The New Health Age, Entering the Shift Age and Brand Shift: The Future Of Brands And Marketing. Houle also publishes a free newsletter and the highly acclaimed semi-annual Shift Age Trend Report.

A featured contributor to Oprah.com, Houle has been writing the highly respected futurist blog Evolution Shift (EvolutionShift.com) for more than eight years. With the tag line “A Future Look at Today,” this blog examines ultra-trends shaping society and offers a glimpse into our fast approaching future.

An internationally sought after futurist who is often referred to as “the CEO’s futurist” and “America’s Leading Futurist,” Houle has advised 2,500+ CEOs and business owners, has spoken to or on behalf of a number of Fortune 500 companies and has spoken at a number of corporate and governmental retreats. Consistently accurate, relevant and captivating, he was presented with the Speaker of the Year Award from Vistage International, the world’s foremost CEO leadership organization.

Entering The Shift Age

This is Houle’s most requested and most delivered speech, based upon the 2013 #1 Amazon best-seller in the category of business planning and forecasting. Futurist Houle identifies and explains the new age we have entered. He looks at the three forces of the Shift Age, the Five Contexts of the Shift Age and how they will affect us as individuals, business people and leaders. He takes a look at the future of generations, women, technology, energy, education, IP, big data and other topics and provides the audience with eye opening transformations dead ahead. The Shift Age is one of, if not the most, transformative and exciting times in human history. Houle leaves us with suggestions for how to prepare for and adapt to this new age. A big picture presentation that is pertinent for any group or organization. It can be customized for any industry or business sector.

Brand Shift: The Future of Brands & Marketing

A brand new presentation for 2015! Based upon the just published and already highly acclaimed book of the same name, Houle first takes a quick look at the history of branding, then the current and future trends that are and will disrupt brand marketing in the years ahead. The presentation ends with concepts and prescriptions for the marketing of brands for the next decade. A high level and high-powered presentation for any marketing conference, corporation or entity concerned about the future of their brand.

The New Health Age

This presentation provides a large, contextual and conceptual understanding of the huge forces and changes that are and will completely transform the health care and medical landscape in America and around the world in the next ten years. This presentation is based upon the #1 Amazon best-seller of the same name. Houle has spoken to and been booked by numerous associations and health care companies, providing them with the vision and understanding of the huge changes that are inevitable. This is a presentation for any health care or medical meeting.

Is Privacy Dead? The Future of Privacy in the Digital Age

This presentation, based in part on Houle’s eBook of the same name, takes a new look at privacy today and in the future. After a quick look back at the history of privacy, Houle presents why we have lost so much of our privacy in the past decades and years and why those dynamics will continue to eviscerate personal privacy in the future. Incorporating a look at technological innovation, accelerating electronic connectedness, Big Data freedom versus convenience and the loss of the Concept of Place, this is a powerful presentation about one of the most important and topical subjects of our time.

Shift Ed: A Call to Action for Transforming K-12 Education

This presentation is based upon Houle’s acclaimed book of the same name. As a futurist involved in education, Houle calls for nothing less than the transformation of K-12 education for the twenty-first century. He frames this transformation in both the history of education and the future of this new century and the Shift Age. In the three years it has been delivered, this presentation has been widely praised by educators as a needed vision of the future of education.


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