James Canton

Internationally Recognized Global Futurist, Author, and Business Consultant

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California, United States

Internationally Recognized Futurist, Author
and Business Advisor

Dr. James Canton is a renowned global futurist, social scientist, author, and visionary business advisor. As a former Apple Computer executive and high tech entrepreneur, he has been insightfully forecasting the key trends and technologies that have shaped our world. The Economist recognizes him as one of the leading global futurists. He has advised three White House Administrations and over 250 companies.

Institute for Global Futures

Dr. Canton is CEO and Chairman of the Institute for Global Futures, a leading think tank he founded in 1990 that advises business and government . A frequent guest of the media, he was named “the Digital Guru” by CNN and “Dr. Future” by Yahoo for his insights.


Dr. Canton is the author of The Extreme Future: The Top Trends That Will Reshape the World in the 21st Century, Dutton 2006, and Technofutures: How Leading-Edge Innovations Will Transform Business in the 21st Century.

Areas of Expertise

Dr. Canton advises the Global Fortune 1000 on trends in innovation, financial services, healthcare, population, life sciences, energy, security, workforce, climate change and globalization.From a broad range of industries, clients include: IBM, Tata, Intel, Philips, General Electric, Hewlett Packard, Boeing, FedEx, and Proctor & Gamble.

Keynote Presenter

Recognized as “one of the top presenters in the 21st century” by Successful Meetings Magazine, Dr. Canton is a highly sought-after keynote presenter. He has spoken to thousands of organizations on five continents. He is noted for his fascinating, informative, dynamic and entertaining keynotes. A frequent guest of the media, Dr. Canton has been a commentator on CNN, CNBC, Fox, PBS, ABC. Media coverage has included CNBC, Fox, PBS, ABC, Fortune, The Wall Street Journal, The Economist, Bloomberg Report, The New York Times, US News and World Report, CEO, CIO and CFO Magazines. His FutureGuru blog and Twitter followers reach a worldwide audience.

Academic Recognition

Dr. Canton has held a academic appointments at Singularity University at NASA, the Kellogg School of Management, MITʼs Media Lab, Europe, the Potomac Institute, and served on the International Advisory Council, Economic Development Board for the State Singapore, been an advisor to the National Science and Technology Council, US Departments of State, Defense and Health and Human Services.

The Extreme Future: The Top Trends That Will Shape the 21st Century

Based on Dr. Canton’s acclaimed new book, The Extreme Future, this informative keynote provides a strategic overview of the top trends that will shape the future of business and society. Constantly updated with fresh research and forecasts, this keynote is a strategic briefing on what disruptions and opportunities are coming fast that will impact your world. Future trends covered include: Climate, energy, technology, the workforce, security, the economy, health care, demographics, entertainment, and lifestyles. Find out what’s next and how to prepare today via this overview of the most recent forecasts that will shape the future marketplace, society and your life.


Fast moving radical technologies are reshaping the marketplace and society. This presentation provides a strategic overview of the leading-edge technologies, strategies, and trends that will transform business, economics and society in the 21st century. Find out what the future holds for the Internet, quantum computers, intelligent agents, wireless, broadband, digital cash, robotics, digital TV, cybercrime, virtual reality, biotech, nanotechnology, and artificial intelligence. What new business models, social issues, customer trends might be mission-essential to your success? Learn about the power tools and building blocks of the next economy. This Big Picture presentation will demystify technology trends providing a practical explanation of how and what new technologies may impact your industry or market. Learn how you can prepare today to meet the challenges of the global digital future Find out how to better understand and predict the evolution of technology and its impact on your world.

The Future of Healthcare

A series of radical trends and disruptions are reshaping health care. This profound transformation will change business models, standards of care, the management of disease and redefine the health care model. What will happen next will affect the future of business, science, the workforce and society. The transition from health care as disease care to prevention will transform human beings. Few organizations are prepared for the trends that are coming and what will be required to effectively navigate this future.

Velocity: The Top Trends Happening Now

Are you operating with Velocity? Get out in front of change. Learn what’s coming next. Complex changes and trends are redefining business, markets and society. Real-time change is the New Future. Managing uncertainty is now. New business models, new strategies, new customer demands, new innovations, new demographics, new employees, new rules, new technologies are ALL creating velocity and change. Find out what’s happening NOW and how to anticipate what’s coming next. Find out what are the top trends that are affecting your customers, employees, partners and competitors that you must know about know to better compete in the New Future. This keynote is a comprehensive overview of the top trends you need to know now.

The Future of Cloud Computing and Big Data

Smarter, faster, leaner business is coming led by IT. A transformation in IT is coming fast. The next generation of business services will be shaped by Cloud Computing and Big Data Analytics. Find out how to use these two massive innovations to establish a competitive advantage in your organization and what’s next for business and IT. Learn about integrating your mobile, social media, customer service management and business process transformation to this key trend. Learn how to turn your info into powerful innovative knowledge about customers, employees and competitors from using smarter IT strategies based on this trend. Find out how to mine your digital exhaust and monetize info to make it intelligence and power to compete and create results faster.

The Mobile Future

An explosion of app’s, devices, platforms and media are transforming business, markets and society. Mobility is transforming business. But what are the implications for your business? The mobile web is transforming the enterprise; how we touch and transact with customers; how we interact with partners and with employees. How will mobile and social play out? Find out what’s next and what the top trends for mobility will be this year.

All James Canton Books

Future Smart: Managing the Game-Changing Trends that Will Transform Your World
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Technofutures: How Leading-Edge Innovations Will Transform Business in the 21st Century
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The Extreme Future: The Top Trends That Will Shape the World for the Next 5, 10, and 20 Years
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