Glen Hiemstra is the Founder and CEO of Futurist.com, a website visited by people from 120 nations each month. An internationally known futurist, author, speaker and consultant, Glen has been consistently looking ahead.
Before the Internet was even a public network Glen studied how it would change human and organizational communication. In the mid-1980`s he was describing the coming economic growth of the Pacific Rim countries. Glen told audiences about global warming and climate change…in 1987. He previewed nanotechnology…in 1989, and described genomic science and biotechnology even earlier. Glen wrote about the age wave and the end of classic retirement…in 1995. By 2001 Glen described the coming energy transformation as the greatest economic opportunity of the next half-century. As early as 2006 Glen told people why the debt bubble would burst, as it did more than a year later. Before the Internet was popular Glen had the foresight to register Futurist.com.
To deal with breakthrough trends like these Glen helps large and small companies, educational institutions, government agencies and communities re-think their future vision. This is why audience members for Glen`s keynote speeches and clients for his long-range planning say things like, “Once you hear Glen Hiemstra speak, the future will never look the same.” A writer as well as a speaker and consultant, Glen is the author of Turning the Future into Revenue: What Businesses and Individuals Need to Know to Shape Their Future (Wiley & Sons 2006). Previously he co-authored Strategic Leadership: Achieving Your Preferred Future.
Glen has served as a technical advisor for television shows and pilots set in the distant future. This work has included NYPD 2069, a pilot with Stephen Bochco producing, Century City, a Universal-CBS series, and a pilot attempting to revive Lost in Space. Glen has also appeared in various documentary programs and series. Glen is a Consulting Producer for the new transmedia property Visions from the Edge, set to launch in partnership with Bridge Arts Media, LLC in the Fall of 2012.
Glen has worked with leading companies, government agencies and organizations across a wide variety of domains. These include Microsoft, The Home Depot, Adobe, Ernst & Young, PaineWebber, ShareBuilder, Ambrosetti (Italy), Club of Amsterdam, SONAE (Portugal), Northern Telecom, REI, Weyerhaeuser, Hewlett Packard, Novo Nordisk, U.S./Mexico JWC, APAX Partners, Atlanta 2060, Tulsa 2025, City of Longmont, Idaho Transportation 2030, Michigan DOT 2030, FHWA Advanced Research, Eddie Bauer, Procter & Gamble, ACE Hardware, IHOP, John Deere, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Lexis Nexus, Land O Lakes, Mass Mutual, Mutual of Enumclaw, ING, Colorado League of Cities, and others.
As a recognized expert in preferred future planning, Glen is a popular keynote speaker who can zero in on emerging trends in a variety of fields. Glen goes beyond simple trend analysis to discuss the opportunities that we all have to shape the preferred future.
Each day visitors come to Futurist.com and Glen’s blog for provocative snapshots of emerging ideas, trends, and technologies. Glen recently founded, and curates a new site on visions of the future, DoTheFuture.com. Glen can be followed at twitter.com/glenhiemstra.
In a first career, Glen was an award-winning educator; he has served as a Visiting Scholar at the Human Interface Technology Lab at the University of Washington, which worked on virtual and augmented reality technology. Glen was educated at Whitworth University, the University of Oregon, and the University of Washington. He lives in Seattle, Washington with his wife Tracie. They have three adult children.