The Age of Volatility : Making Sense of Global Shifts – Daniel Silke

It’s never going to be ‘business as usual’ ever again. The global economic, political and social order is undergoing immense & significant change and volatility is set to become the key driver of the future. These shifts represent some of the most important hazards – and opportunities – for business ever to be experienced in the lifetime of most of us. With the rise of new power-players coming from Asia, Africa & South America, both economic and political power is shifting. With both the United States and Europe economically strained, their global leadership role is now in doubt leaving a power-vacuum in the world. China, India and other emerging markets’ rise as the economic super-powers of the future raise a host of questions around their integration into the global economy. Technology is driving a new aggressive population who are also informed like never before. And, technology is shifting and disrupting just about everything we do – from enabling us to live longer to changing our shopping habits. Population growth is now unevenly distributed across the world causing future success for some – and economic constraints for others. Similarly, climate change will advantage new regions of the world as the globe heats up. New middle-classes in their hundreds-of-millions are rising again – this time in newly emerging markets and mass urbanized environments causing the largest shift of wealth and consumer spending since the industrial revolution. A changing work-force is demanding new working conditions in a dramatic work-place shift from the past. And, this is just the beginning in the coming age of volatility. Isn’t it time your business understood these seismic shifts and prepared for the future? Do your employees or associates grasp the dramatic changes to affect their business (and personal) lives? Does your company understand just how rapid and fundamental these changes will be in the near future?

Only by grasping the dynamic macro environment can you begin to plan ahead. And that’s where Political Analyst & Futurist Daniel Silke’s new keynote really counts. Where will growth come from? Who are tomorrow’s big spenders? Which media channels will be the key to information gathering and dissemination in the future? Which global companies are best equipped to deal with the age of volatility? What will really change and challenge your business mindset?

Following on the runaway success of Daniel Silke’s flagship keynote Tracking the Future (and his new book of the same title) this new presentation is characteristically informative,entertaining and motivational. It is a wake-up call for business to grasp the global changes before them and will leave an audience prepared to tackle new directions or initiatives. However, this keynote is also a reality check on a world in which grasping reality is much more important than always assuming all will be well in the future.

This keynote is applicable for a wide range of conferences. It may also be customized for selected industries in the public sector, retail, financial services, agricultural and resources (commodities) sectors. It can also include a segment on South Africa’s political/economic future or it can be entirely global in scope. The keynote is expertly illustrated and is best presented in a 60 minutes time slot although shorter versions can be accommodated. It may also be extended into a workshop format for more in-depth discussions and ‘breakaway’ sessions.

This is perhaps. the most important keynote address your conference delegates will hear all year. Bookings now open for 2012.

Daniel Silke is an Independent Political Analyst, Futurist & Keynote Speaker. He is the author of the acclaimed new book “Tracking the Future” published by Tafelberg and he regularly appears on radio and television both within South Africa and overseas. He has recently been featured on CNBC Africa in a 30-minute major profile. Daniel is the Director of the Political Futures Consultancy and his current list of blue-chip clients include FirstRand, Oracle, SunGard, Nedbank, Standard Bank, Omnia, Pastel, PWC & Grant Thornton International amongst many others.

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