Expecting the unexpected with Chris Barnatt

chrisb1On 27th September, Ingenuity Network favourite Chris Barnatt returned to our KnowledgeXchange breakfast event to take the crowd on another fascinating tour of the future. As a professional futurist for over 20 years, Chris is well versed in expecting the unexpected. Author of eleven books and numerous articles, with over 200 contributions to broadcast, print and online media around the globe, he is sought after by corporates and SMEs alike for his insights into the world of tomorrow. His latest observations certainly didn’t disappoint the Ingenuity breakfast crowd.

chrisb2 Business leaders, politicians and many others continue to ignore the patently obvious – this was the theme of Chris’s talk. The 2007/2008 financial crisis was ‘unexpected’, and our recent vote for Brexit came as a ‘surprise’. Chris drew our attention to the fact that few people appreciate the implications of implementing the Paris Agreement, planetary overshoot, and how AI and robots are poised to automate a great many human occupations. “We live in an age in which the mainstream media and the ‘establishment’ are increasingly out of touch with the narrative of the silent majority“, says Chris and yet these ‘challenges’ in the future room also raise opportunities – including opportunities for businesses.

Attracting one of the largest audiences of the year and with one of the highest speaker ratings ever, Chris’s talk was a hit with the audience. Combined with the usual lively networking and hearty free breakfast, the session was a resounding success.



chrisb4Delegates commented:

  • “A brilliant talk and incredibly insightful”
  • “An excellent idea for a talk, important for everyone”
  • “Chris is an inspirational speaker”
  • “An excellent and interesting presentation and useful networking”

To follow Chris’s work, visit ExplainingTheFuture.com and ExplainingComputers.com.

Our next Ingenuity KnowledgeXchange session – our final of 2016 – will take place on Tuesday 15th November, the theme being Performance: The Art of Professional Presentation. Join us for some tips on finessing your public voice and another great networking opportunity.