Glen Hiemstra Profile

Once you hear Glen Hiemstra speak, the future will never look the same. People from 120 countries regularly turn to the internationally acclaimed expert’s website,, where he examines long-range future trends and preferred future planning.

Over three decades, Glen has maintained a consistent on-the-money forecast of key developments shaping the way our world works. Starting in 1981, he was one of the first academics to research and publish on how the Internet would change society. As early as 1987 he was speaking on climate change. By 2001 Glen was describing peak oil and the coming energy transformation as the greatest economic opportunity of the next half-century.

Glen’s career as a futurist began while he was a full time teacher and researcher at Whitworth University, the University of Washington, and Antioch University, Seattle. He has served as a media technical advisor working on several television productions, including with Steven Bochco Productions (creator of “Hill Street Blues” and “NYPD Blue”), among others. A popular author, his most recent book, Millennial City: how a new generation can save the future looks at the myriad challenges cities face as they strive to become more sustainable, and how the fate of that struggle will ultimately be decided by the youth flocking to those urban areas.

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    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. 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.“

    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, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers – Savannah District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers – Pacific Ocean Division, 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, GHD Engineering (Australia), SONAE (Portugal), and others.

    Glen at Carter CenterAs 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 and Glen’s blog for provocative snapshots of emerging ideas, trends, and technologies. produces short videos for the web on a variety of future topics. Glen can be followed at and

    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.

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As an expert in preferred future planning and a popular keynote speaker, Glen Hiemstra zeros in on emerging trends in science, technology, economics, demographics, energy, the environment, and transportation. Glen’s programs are known for their ability to challenge, stretch and inspire. He goes beyond simple trend analysis to discuss the opportunities that we all have to shape a future of hope and possibility. His keynotes are customized for your audience.

Beyond 2025: The Shape of Things to Come
Glen’s updated keynote, offering a sweeping and entertaining overview of the key trend areas shaping the next decade and beyond: demographics, technology, the knowledge-based economy, and the next energy revolution. The predictable but often surprising nature of the future is explored. Listeners are challenged both to wake up to the future and to take the creation of a preferred future into their own hands. Specific developments that are noted, depending on customization to the audience, include telepresence, nanotechnology, 3D communication and entertainment, consumer and brand trends, the real situation with oil and energy, aging and youth demographic trends, confronting the great divides in society, environmental challenges and green business opportunities, and biotech advances that offer the hope of longer and healthier lives. This speech inspires listeners to develop successful strategic leadership and to create the future. Full of surprises, this customizable keynote offers a balanced view of the future, and a hopeful vision for the rest of the 21st Century.

Lessons from the Future – Navigating the New Economic Era
This is a keynote tuned to the 2010 economic realities. Glen was one of the earliest voices to warn of an impending economic collapse, more than a year before it happened. In this keynote Glen explores how we got here, and then moves to the the real question, now that we’re here, is how do we move forward? He lays out a vision for a preferred future based on revised values, innovation and new technology. Acting wisely now can lead to a future that is more sustainable, of higher quality, and happier than what has come before. Glen believes that we have a rare opportunity to create a world that works. It may not be our father’s recession, but it can become our children’s renaissance.

Our Disruptive and Electric Future
Three technologies are on exponential development curves that will, sooner than almost anyone anticipates, disrupt the global market and open new business opportunities to those who see the future coming. The three technologies are exponential growth in solar energy along with decreasing cost, exponential developments in artificial intelligence and the Internet of Things, and the soon to begin explosive growth of intelligent, driverless (or robotically driven) vehicles, primarily autos but including drones large enough to carry humans and cargo.

Everyone is aware of these developments, but most people still tend to imagine them as a kind of science fiction future that may emerge several decades from now. However, in this presentation we learn why these developments will disrupt the traditional energy business, city development, and the transportation industry in the quite near future.

Other Popular Programs:

  • Creating the Preferred Future
  • The Future of Marketing in a Data Flow Culture
  • 21st Century Healthcare
  • The Future of Transportation

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We learn about your industry and apply our targeted futures research toward a vision of the future that will specifically address the special interests of your audience. Past examples include The Future of: global trade, workforce, human resources, public works, cities and communities, bioethics, technology, computing and the internet, insurance, housing and real estate, construction trades, education, manufacturing, banking and financial services, global investing, philanthropy.

What People are Saying about Seeing Glen Speak

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    “Thank you for speaking at our customer advisory meeting. Our customers thoroughly enjoyed your presentation. There wasn’t a person in the room who couldn’t identify with one of your scenarios. I hope you will come back and speak to our group in the future.”
    S. Marcus,
    Lexis Nexis

    “Your keynote presentation to the Aging conference was insightful and right on target. And as moderator you guided the policy maker panel to highlight key points in this critical topic.”
    T. Wade,
    Andrew Young School for Public Policy

    “This is the most inspired that I have been since graduate school, when Gene Roddenberry came to speak about the future and Star Trek!”
    Audience member comment after Glen spoke in San Diego

    “As usual your presentation was stimulating and very provocative. All the Kyocera comments I received, from both our senior management in the States as well as Japan were positive and complimentary. You certainly have a way of opening people′s minds and at the same time, being very entertaining.”
    R. Collins,
    VP Sales,

    “The way you turned the often presumptuous crystal-ball gazing process into a realistic, logical outlook on society and technology evolution was remarkable. Your effervescent, witty style reminded me of BBC’s James Burke, creator and host of the TV series, The Day the Universe Changed and Connections.”
    Olivetti Technost

    “Thank you for your hard work in making our Solutions World Sales Conference a huge success. The feedback on your keynote was extremely positive. I’ll be sure to recommend you to anyone looking for an informative, enlightening and entertaining presentation.”
    R. Choco,
    Marketing Development Manager,

    “I have received more positive feedback from your presentation than any other I have been involved with.”
    D. Kunigonis,
    Boeing Airplane Company

    “Thank you for a Suuupppeeerrr job! Everyone commented on what an interesting and thought provoking keynote you gave at our Conference.
    You could have heard a ‘pin drop’ from start to finish.”
    D. Cole,
    Assoc. of Mortgage Brokers,
    Western States Conference

    “I have known Glen professionally for years, and have seen him working with large and small groups, and he has an almost-mystical ability to bring groups together and inspire them. He is also rather brilliant. I would recommend him without reservation.”
    Mark R. Anderson, President,
    Technology Alliance Partners
    Strategic News Service (TM)

    “I have heard many speakers on many topics in my years as an association executive, and can say without exaggeration that your presentation, Beyond 2001, was one of the most interesting programs I’ve heard in a long, long while. The content was fascinating, attention-holding, challenging, meaningful and was delivered in a down-to-earth, easy style.”
    B. Derr,
    Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors of North America

    “Two years after your speech we still talk about the concepts we heard that day. That’s impressive.”
    Hospital Executive

    “Every person evaluating the conference gave you the highest rating possible. Never in my 7 or 8 years has anyone received such a high rating.”
    T. Palmer,
    Association Executive,

    “Glen, your ‘story-telling’ method of presentation is marvelous. Your stories make it safe for the audience to think about the future in a way that doesn’t make it overwhelming. We loved you.”
    B. Wood,
    New Horizons for Public Managers

    “Thanks for the outstanding job you did at the High Technology and the Future of the American Economy conference. People are still talking about the stimulating presentation you made. If I can reciprocate, just whistle.”
    Congressman Jack Buechner

    “One of the best presentations yet! Glen was a real person. He was obviously intelligent and professional, but what was different — he was real.”
    R. Kissler,
    Hewlett- Packard Company

    “I enjoyed your speech — the more so because of the spirited and extemporaneous delivery!”
    A. Wilson,
    Director International Public Relations
    McDonnell Douglas

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Books by Glen Hiemstra:

    Millennial City: How a New Generation Can Save the Future

    This book is about cities and young people and how their future is bound up together. In the way that we envision and build and modify and retrofit the cities of the future we can unlock the mystery of whether we are, quite literally, going to make it or not. Canadian sustainability futurist and expert Dennis Walsh, and American futurist and Founder of Glen Hiemstra observe that our great human migration to urban areas continues, and that city life is especially attractive to the youth of today. The vitality and promise of the Millennial Generation and those who will follow is not lost on cities, which compete aggressively to attract them to live and work in metro areas.

    Turning the Future Into Revenue: What Business and Individuals Need to Know to Shape Their Futures

    In Turning the Future into Revenue, Glen Hiemstra, founder of and noted expert on emerging business opportunities, explores how our changing world will transform private enterprise and public policy. From shifting demographics to global warming to new energy policies, change is coming. Turning the Future into Revenue shows how these new realities can be turned into profitable new ventures.

    Some of the topics Hiemstra discusses include:

    • Five long-term trends you should be prepared for
    • Global warming and the urgent need for green business
    • Profiting from technology and energy trends
    • Predicting the future of your business or career
    • Hedging your bets on future business
    • Ten key practices of the future-oriented enterprise
    • Future planning exercises, tools, and activities
    • Tactics for forecasting the future
    • Shaping your career for future success

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