Everything is accelerating 

I believe technology has outsized effect on industry and society. Understanding the principles of technological change is rapidly becoming a fundamental management (and life) skill. I enjoy thinking and talking about these issues and have presented my thoughts in corporate and public environments.

These engagements help people think more clearly about the future.

Talks cover the nature of technology, principles of accelerating change, future-shocking thoughts and plausible scenarios for what's next.




Technological transformation can often seem chaotic, generating unpredictable change in unexpected places. By looking at the underlying forces behind technology it is possible to develop a better understanding of how change might unfold. From a historical and economic perspective, technological development can be downright predictable, obeying patterns over decades.

The presentation explores historical and future technology from the perspective of its underlying patterns. Fundamental principles such as exponential change indicate how information technology has become the dominant economic force of our age. Inseparable from exponential change are unintended consequences, the unpredictable yet guaranteed side-effects caused by accelerating change.

All technological development is built on previously existing technologies, a principle referred to as combinatorial evolution. Every innovation process is constrained to working with existing developments, and understanding this pattern can yield a deeper understanding of future possibilities. The presentation further examines the relationship between science fiction and science fact, indicating how imagination instructs innovation.

In an age of rapid technological development, the role of humanity needs fundamental consideration. Centaurs are the combination of humans with machine intelligence, representing a framework for successful future augmentation.


  • Accelerating change and unintended consequences

  • How technology evolves through combination

  • How imagination instructs innovation

  • Why there is no 'technology industry'

  • Strategies for combining human and machine intelligence



  • Digital Transformation

  • Technology and humanity

  • Artificial intelligence and robotics

  • Technological disintermediation



Includes keynotes, seminars and workshops.

  • ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น Singularity Summit (Cascais)

  • ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ IKEA Democratic Design Days (Lugano)

  • ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท Maximidia (Sรฃo Paulo)

  • ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ SingularityU Faculty Training (California)

  • ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ช World Government Summit (Dubai)

  • ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ THNK (Amsterdam)

  • ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡น Salzburg Global Seminar (2018)

  • ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ช World Government Summit (Dubai)

  • ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ Havas (Chicago, 2017)

  • ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ G2 Ocean (Zurich)

  • ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ช Dubai Future Academy (Dubai)

  • ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ Global Humanitarian Lab (CERN)

  • ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡น Swarovski Professional (Wattens)

  • ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น THNK (Lisbon)

  • ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ ABN AMRO (Amsterdam)

  • ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ Royal HaskoningDHV (Amersfoort, Delft)

  • ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ KPN Digital (Amsterdam)

  • ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น Lisbon Oceanarium (Lisbon)

  • ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ Naspers (Amsterdam, 2016)

  • ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง Trendwatching Live (London)

  • ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ Trendwatching Live (Amsterdam)

  • ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ Armasuisse S+T (Thun)

  • ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ Janssen Pharmaceutical (Amsterdam)

  • ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท Amani Institute (Sรฃo Paulo)

  • ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท Espaรงo Aberto (Sรฃo Paulo)

  • ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ NN-Group (Amsterdam)

  • ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช Scandic Hotels (Stockholm)

  • ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ Sibos (Geneva)

  • ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท Graded School (Sรฃo Paulo)

  • ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Saudi Creative Initiative (Jeddah, Riyadh)

  • ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช Scandic Hotels (Stockholm)

  • ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท Amani Institute (Sรฃo Paulo)

  • ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ Hamilton County School Board (Cincinnati)

  • ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท Google (Sรฃo Paulo, 2015)

  • ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ Armasuisse S+T (Thun)

  • ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ THNK (Vancouver)

  • ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท TV Globo (Sรฃo Paulo, Rio de Janeiro)

  • ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท Editora Abril (Sรฃo Paulo)

  • ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ Trendwatching Live (NYC)

  • ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท Business Transformation Summit (SP)

  • ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ Amsterdam Economic Board (Amsterdam)

  • ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท Afferolab Future Technologies (SP)

  • ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ Caterpillar (Malaga)

  • ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช Kempinski Hotels (Munich)

  • ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ท Chungdahm Learning (Seoul)

  • ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ Vision Monday Global Summit (NYC, 2014)

  • ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ Coca-Cola (Atlanta)

  • ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ Amsterdam Mayor's Office (Amsterdam)

  • ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท Perestrรณika (Porto Alegre)

  • ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ LEGO Education (Billund)

  • ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ Royal Netherlands Air Force (Breda)

  • ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ THNK (Amsterdam)

  • ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ iAmsterdam CEO Summit (2013)

  • ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ฐ 21st Century Learning (Hong Kong)

  • ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท World Trade Center (SP)

  • ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท Fundaรงรฃo Getรบlio Vargas (SP)

  • ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ด Schneider-Electric (Bogotรก)

  • ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ LEGO Education (Billund, 2012)

  • ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ช Swift (La Hulpe)

  • ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต Sibos (Osaka)

  • ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ Picnic (Amsterdam)

  • ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ The Next Web (Amsterdam)

  • ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช Campus Party (Berlin)

  • ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฌ Naspers (Singapore)

  • ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น Global Futures Forum (Rome)

  • ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ Global Futures Forum (Washington, DC.)

  • ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ World Technology Network (NYC)

  • ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง Jaguar Land Rover (Gaydon)

  • ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง London Futurists (London, 2011)




๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ THNK Amsterdam (2013 โ€“ 2018)
๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ช Dubai Future Academy (2017 โ€“ 2018)


Sample slide decks





Sibos 2016 (90 min)


 Scandic Leadership Workshop

Scandic Leadership Workshop

 THNK Executive Leadership Program (Photo: Mark Vernooij)

THNK Executive Leadership Program (Photo: Mark Vernooij)

 Innotribe @ SIBOS 2016

Innotribe @ SIBOS 2016

 Salzburg Global Seminar (Photo: Herman Seidl)

Salzburg Global Seminar (Photo: Herman Seidl)

 THNK Executive Leadership Program

THNK Executive Leadership Program

 Royal Netherlands Air Force Workshop

Royal Netherlands Air Force Workshop

 Global Humanitarian Lab at CERN (Photo: Daniel Dobos)

Global Humanitarian Lab at CERN (Photo: Daniel Dobos)

 KPN Digital Amsterdam (Photo: Agavni Jessaijan)

KPN Digital Amsterdam (Photo: Agavni Jessaijan)