Amy Zalman

Keynote futurist speaker

 

Amy Zalman helps leaders and organizations explore the implications of critical global trends and prepare their organizations for transformation.

IN HER WORDS

“Although I have had some very different professional roles in my career, I have heard in each a common refrain.  Everywhere I have worked, people have felt that technology and the societies in which we live, work, fight and play are changing more quickly than the institutions they are working in.

That was true in 2005, when I founded Oryx Communications, a boutique consultancy that created communications products for US defense clients. The 9/11 attacks had shocked our clients and they were surprised by the ways the world was changing — technologically, culturally and geopolitically.

Later, as the Chair of Information Integration at the National War College, it was my job to introduce new ways of understanding “information” to future senior leaders.

At the time, it seemed a little crazy to view information as simultaneously tangible (like cables, and code) and ephemeral, located in the invisible, but crucial, social ether, where people communicate meaning to each other. Today, in the wake of election meddling and fake news, it doesn’t seem crazy to see how complex information is.

In 2014, I became the CEO and President of the World Future Society, which was the world’s first and largest membership organization for futurists when it was founded in the 1960s.  Like many organizations of its age, it was in financial trouble and losing members. I led its transformation from a publishing model to a modern membership ecosystem, and left it with a positive bank balance and positioned for renewed global impact.

In 2017, I decided to gather the insights I had learned along the way and founded Prescient (called the Strategic Narrative Institute, for its first  year). Prescient is a foresight firm, and we provide executive education, strategic retreats and other services to firms seeking to transform in the face of uncertainty and dramatic change.

If you are also interested in the challenging, troubling, exciting ways that world is in flux, I’d love to hear from you.”

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Amy Zalman

Keynote futurist speaker

Amy Zalman helps leaders and organizations explore the implications of critical global trends and prepare their organizations for transformation.

In her words:

“Although I have had some very different professional roles in my career, I have heard in each a common refrain.  Everywhere I have worked, people have felt that technology and the societies in which we live, work, fight and play are changing more quickly than the institutions they are working in.

That was true in 2005, when I founded Oryx Communications, a boutique consultancy that created communications products for US defense clients. The 9/11 attacks had shocked our clients and they were surprised by the ways the world was changing — technologically, culturally and geopolitically.

Later, as the Chair of Information Integration at the National War College, it was my job to introduce new ways of understanding “information” to future senior leaders.

At the time, it seemed a little crazy to view information as simultaneously tangible (like cables, and code) and ephemeral, located in the invisible, but crucial, social ether, where people communicate meaning to each other. Today, in the wake of election meddling and fake news, it doesn’t seem crazy to see how complex information is.

In 2014, I became the CEO and President of the World Future Society, which was the world’s first and largest membership organization for futurists when it was founded in the 1960s.  Like many organizations of its age, it was in financial trouble and losing members. I led its transformation from a publishing model to a modern membership ecosystem, and left it with a positive bank balance and positioned for renewed global impact.

In 2017, I decided to gather the insights I had learned along the way and founded Prescient (called the Strategic Narrative Institute, for its first  year). Prescient is a foresight firm, and we provide executive education, strategic retreats and other services to firms seeking to transform in the face of uncertainty and dramatic change.

If you are also interested in the challenging, troubling, exciting ways that world is in flux, I’d love to hear from you.”

LEARN  MORE ABOUT PRESCIENT  |  AMY’S WORK  |  GET IN TOUCH

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Explore speaking, publications and interviews about how the world around us is changing, and the power you have to lead that change. Amy writes, speaks and consults on strategic foresight, national and global security, and emerging changes in society, technology and culture.

To learn more about strategic foresight retreats and executive education, visit Prescient LLC.

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“Amy is a thought leader in tracking and interpreting global trends that will impact our future.”

- Lee Self, President / Renaissance Executive Forums

Amy’s ability to transform conventional thought into liberating, translucent and yet pragmatic narratives is, simply put, inspirational. Our ongoing exchange around alternative futures of governance, security issues and value systems have helped me construct meaningful policy diagnostics and develop conceptual frameworks. I encourage anyone seeking to transform their own thinking and planning for the future to seek out Amy’s guidance and her multidimensional perspective.

- Puruesh Chaudhary, Founder and President / AGAHI

Attendees appreciated the opportunity to think extremely “big picture” about their environment and the future, they experienced the rest of the program as a natural progression out of Amy’s opening keynote, and I saw multiple people seek her out to continue the discussion during the break following her talk, so her ideas clearly piqued their interest! I would definitely recommend working with Amy.

- Anna Ehler, Senior Marketing Manager / John Wiley & Sons, Inc.