Ben Hammersley Futurist | Technological Innovation | Speaker |MFL Global
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Ben Hammersley

Futurist / Author / Digital Thought Leader

One of the world’s leading Futurists, Ben Hammersley is the founder and principal of Hammersley Futures, an international strategic forecasting consultancy.

Their main work is in guiding corporations and governmental agencies to think clearly about the future. They, and he, specialise in how society reacts to technological innovation: including the future of crime and conflict, the changing nature of the workplace and the market, and the new cognitive tools needed to flourish in the coming decades.

Previously Ben was executive editor of WIRED, the writer and presenter of the BBC’s “Cybercrimes with Ben Hammersley” (now on Netflix or Amazon Prime internationally), a war correspondent in Afghanistan, an advisor to the European Commission, a pilot and wilderness media in the USA, the author of 5 books, and the inventor of the word “Podcast”.

Ben was the UK Prime Minister’s Ambassador to Tech City in London from 2011-2013. He was also the Robert Schuman fellow on the Global Governance programme at the European University Institute in 2013; a member of the European Commission High Level Group on Media Freedom – and a non-resident fellow of the 21st Century for Security and Intelligence at the Brookings Institute in Washington D.C from 2012-2013.

Previously he was Head of Digital at SIX Creative where he was responsible for creating, building and managing an international team dedicated to bringing cutting-edge internet strategy, design, and production to leading fashion and beauty brands worldwide.

Through compelling stories, deep analysis, and bleeding-edge examples of the modern world, Ben Hammersley can help you, your business, organisation, government, or institution navigate and prosper in the future.  He brings a practical, proactive approach to future technologies inspiring audiences to be PRESENT now to be PREPARED for the future.

“I love working with MFL: their skill in matching client to speaker means that everyone has a wonderful experience.” Ben

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Topics

Cognitive Risk and the Nature of Threat

COGNITIVE RISK AND THE NATURE OF THREAT
We are all bringing yesterday’s war to today’s battlefield. In the modernity of 2020, we have a profound misunderstanding of the nature of geopolitical, commercial, and personal threat. It isn’t kinetics that will get us, but confusion. The post-modern asymmetric reaction to the extreme commercial and military hegemony of the West, or the quasi-Monopoly power of the large corporation is no longer one of physical violence, but of memetic infection, and purposeful, weaponised, confusion. For these audiences, leadership, and strategy, is the art of making the best decisions with the knowledge available. But making those decisions requires accurate data, clear analysis, accurate thinking, without interference. In this talk we detail the ways that the final line of risk is the individual executive’s ability to think clearly, how this is under specific targeted attack, and how to defend against that. This topic is of deep interest to multinational top tier executives, or those being shaped into becoming so. It can also include follow-up reading, and online sessions.

Skills for Future Leaders

We all know the world is changing. And many can give examples of the technologies or trends that are contributing to that change. But that is not the whole picture. In this topic, we teach audiences about the skills, techniques, and cognitive tools that leaders need to both understand those changes, and shape their own future. Ideal for executive learning and development programs, or thought-leader positioning customer events, these keynotes are consistently rated as life-changing, with plenty of actionable take-aways for the audience. This topic also extends well into subsequent break-outs and workshop sessions, which can be provided.

The Shape of the Post-Digital World

With so much change, so many disruptions and innovations, transforming the culture, systems, and the politics of the world we grew up in, into the world of the 2020s, we have found that most of our clients have a mental model of the world that is, if not entirely out of date, then dangerously incomplete. In this topic, we show the workings and the shape of the interconnected, interdependent, networked, co-arisen modern world, and how it affects the audience’s business and lives. From youth culture in Brazil, to high-speed rail in China, Russian postmodern foreign policy to non-human corporations, weaponised memetic infections to European nationalism, solar punks to 山寨, climate mitigation to shadow economies, we provide a true grounding in today, without which you cannot possibly plan for tomorrow. This is especially appreciated by c-suite audiences, and has been a repeated hit at evening events with partners and spouses.

Just wanted to say a BIG thank you for your Keynote at Google@SMG on Tuesday! The feedback has been extremely positive, your session went down a treat and left our guests motivated and inspired. It's been a pleasure working with you.

Google

Ben was a really nice chap. Interacted with the crowd very well. He brought a very new and refreshing perspective to Digital Mischief.

Paddy Power

Most notably though is Ben’s personality. It cannot be mistaken. He brings an energy and wit to the stage, that you feel resonate through a room enabling him connect with each member of the audience. Booking Ben as your Emcee will bring an insightful energy to your stage taking your program to the next level! See what others are saying about Ben… “Ben has prompted discussions with people who didn’t even attend yesterday as the ripple effect takes hold. He pitched the tone and content perfectly – with a great balance of humour, macro trends, impact on our sector, reference to clients and a shift in ways of thinking with some simple but impactful questions.” …

Legal & General, UK

Ben was fantastic and excellent to work with. His subject-matter knowledge was brilliant and the client really took a shine to him.

ICANN

Publications

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Now For Then: How to Face the Digital Future Without Fear

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Approaching the Future: 64 Things You Need to Know Now for Then

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Fees & Details

Fees From*

  • UK:

    £7k to £15k

  • Europe:

    £7k to £15k

  • US:

    £7k to £15k

  • Africa/Asia/ME:

    £7k to £15k

Travels From

  • United States

Languages

English, German

* This Speaker's fee falls within the ranges shown above. Ranges are presented as a guideline only. Speaker fees are subject to change without notice. For an exact quote, please contact us.

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