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London-based International Keynote Speaker and Actionable Futurist Andrew Grill looks at what's new and what's next, providing practical and actionable advice in each episode, where he is joined by global experts to talk about the near-term future. A futurist for over 35 years, Andrew will help you and your business stay ahead of the curve. Find out more at https://ActionableFuturist.com

The Actionable Futurist Podcast Andrew Grill

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London-based International Keynote Speaker and Actionable Futurist Andrew Grill looks at what's new and what's next, providing practical and actionable advice in each episode, where he is joined by global experts to talk about the near-term future. A futurist for over 35 years, Andrew will help you and your business stay ahead of the curve. Find out more at https://ActionableFuturist.com

    S3 Episode 5 - Mark Schaefer on Cumulative Advantage

    S3 Episode 5 - Mark Schaefer on Cumulative Advantage

    On this episode of the podcast, we spoke with Mark Schaefer, someone I’ve known for nearly a decade. We first met in 2012 after he published the best selling book “Return on Influence” while I was the CEO of influencer platform Kred.
    He’s also the author of the world's best-selling book on Twitter, The Tao of Twitter, as well as a raft of other books such as The Content Code about content marketing and “KNOWN” a book on personal branding. I was also fortunate to be featured in his “book “Marketing Rebellion" - an Amazon best-seller.
    His new book, "Cumulative Advantage: How to Build Momentum for Your Ideas, Business, and Life Against All Odds" guides readers on a path that helps them stand out in a world of overwhelming information density -- when sometimes even being "great" is not enough.

    Filled with motivating ideas and fascinating case studies, Cumulative Advantage is an indispensable and practical source of inspiration for every person with a dream that’s ready to take flight.

    We had a fascinating discussion that I know you will enjoy.

    Topics covered included:
    The  genesis of influencer marketingHow we can all gain a cumulative advantageWhy it's time for marketers to be humbleThe opportunity for TikTokHow serendipity can play a huge role in your life and careerMark's view on the demographics for each social networkHow social media will fractureHow we now live in a world of infinite mediaHarnessing the era of unintended consequences for marketersResources:

    Azeem Azar's Exponential view
    Benedict Evans Newsletter

    More on Mark
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    Blog
    His books

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    For more on Andrew - what he speaks about and replays of recent talks, please visit ActionableFuturist.com follow @AndrewGrill on Twitter or @andrew.grill on Instagram.

    • 38 min
    S3 Episode 4: Bret Greenstein from Cognizant on Evolutionary Artificial Intelligence

    S3 Episode 4: Bret Greenstein from Cognizant on Evolutionary Artificial Intelligence

    In this episode, we spoke to Bret Greenstein who is Global Head of AI & Analytics for leading consulting firm Cognizant.

    Brett leads Cognizant’s Global Data Practice, focused on helping  Chief Data Officers transform their businesses through Data Modernization. 


    Prior to this, Bret lead IBM Watson’s Internet of Things Offerings, establishing new IoT products and services. He holds patents in the areas of collaboration systems, a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering and a master’s degree in Manufacturing Systems Engineering.

    In this wide-ranging discussion, we uncovered new uses for AI, around the notion of "Evolutionary AI".

    We also discussed how AI can help governments and countries prepare for the next COVID-19 pandemic, and Cognizant's involvement with  XPRIZE to launch the Pandemic Response Challenge, a competition to create AI systems that can help societies reopen safely in the wake of COVID-19. 

    Cognizant’s work was based on data from Oxford and John Hopkins and provided data-centric strategies for governments that want to support healthcare professionals in the fight against future pandemics. 


    We also covered:


    The difference between Artificial Intelligence, Artificial General Intelligence and Evolutionary Artificial IntelligenceOther implementations beyond XPRIZE for Evolutionary AIBret's view on General AI and how far we are away from it in practiceThe importance of ethics and AI, and conscious biasWhat more can be done in schools to prepare students for a world dominated by AI?What Governments be doing to implement the sorts of solutions uncovered in the challenge to help our societies get back to a pre-Covid worldThe notion of "data credits" to encourage data sharing to solve broader problemsHow AI augments people’s decisions and finds meaning from the noiseThe suggestion that data and access to data should be an asset on a company balance sheetHow AI can be used to develop better predictions for a range of business problemsSome practical advice on what you can be doing to better understand the power of AI and in particular Evolutionary AIBret's view on how AI can better connect with humansMy favourite quote of the episode was

    "Climbers climb mountains, data scientists find meaning in data"


    We've had a number of AI experts on the show, and this episode was one of my favourites because of the way Bret explained very complicated topics in an easy to understand way.

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    • 38 min
    S3 Episode 3: Sue Walter CEO of family members club, Maggie and Rose

    S3 Episode 3: Sue Walter CEO of family members club, Maggie and Rose

    In this episode, we spoke to Sue Walter who is the CEO of Maggie and Rose, London's first and best-loved family members club.
    Sue is no stranger to Member’s clubs, having been the CEO of the Hospital Club where we met back in 2011.
    The Hospital Club was a club for creatives and was founded by Microsoft Co-Founder Paul Allen and Dave Stewart from the Eurythmics. It opened in 2004 and sadly closed in 2020.
    Sue has had a diverse and interesting career having started in HR with the Metropolitan Police before being the HR Director at the Royal Opera House, worked for Universal Music, and joined the Hospital Club for the first time in 2002. She’s also worked in the Education sector, and was Group CEO of the Coppa Club before joining Maggie and Rose at the end of 2019.
    Sue is an amazing and inspirational leader and we had a lot to talk about including:
    The Maggie and Rose conceptAdapting to the pandemicDeveloping a digital platform in 4 daysUsing the learnings from the pandemicRapid product development by knowing your audienceHow the Maggie & Rose staff adapted to the changes?How  junior members respondOptions for keeping the digital offering post-pandemicSue's choose to challenge for International Women's Day (her answer will surprise you)The roles mentors have played in Sue's careerMicrosoft Co-Founder Paul Allen's influenceDo women make better leaders and better boardroom decisions?Diversity of thought and the 2 tribesWhy Sue believes we need men at the table to solve gender equalityAdvice for Gen Y, Gen Z and Gen AlphaSue's favourite memory of the Hospital ClubThe secret of a great member's clubThe best piece of advice she’s ever receivedAdvice you have for her 19-year old sonWho inspires Sue and why?Challenges as we move out of lockdownLearning how to relate to each other againThe best use of technology during the pandemicManaging a good work/life balance in 2021Sue’s biggest hope for 2021What Sue is reading at the moment3 pieces of practical adviceShow resources
    What sue is currently reading: The Naked Sun by Isaac Asimov
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    Maggie and Rose
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    • 48 min
    S3 Episode 2: Gabriel Luna-Ostaseki on distributed working

    S3 Episode 2: Gabriel Luna-Ostaseki on distributed working

    Braintrust is the new model for how work gets done, says founder and Chief Revenue Officer Gabriel Luna-Ostaseki on this episode of the podcast.

    Braintrust is the first user-controlled talent network that connects organisations with highly skilled tech talent. 
    In this fascinating discussion, we covered topics such as:
    Why the way we work is outdated and what needs to be done to fix itHow the old hierarchical model is breaking down and the need for companies to flex and bend and be very, very agile How Braintrust allows people to do work they love on their own termsHow companies can now access reliable and highly vetted talentHow Braintrust differs from other sites such as Fiverr and DoordashThe new market for highly skilled independent workersHow the way in which work happens will increasingly become networked versus work happening in the traditional command and control hierarchy Gabriel argues that the move to distributed work has been going on for 10 years but it just got accelerated by a decade in the last few months.
    One of the most interesting parts of our discussion centred around how to best manage people when they are distributed, and how companies and managers need to move to asynchronous communication. He argues that this is one of the things that a lot of big corporates have had difficulty doing, they basically moved out of their offices, but then they just kept all the same meeting structure.
    With “people are just sitting on zooms for 10 hours a day”, meaning they actually don't get the benefits of distributed work when you're synchronous but distributed. He says that moving spoken to written communication unlocks a global talent pool, versus people having to be within your two hour time zone. 
     He sees this as a huge unlock, especially if you're if you are talent constrained, if you're trying to find the best technical talent in the world, if you can now expand to a global footprint, that's huge unlock for large corporations. 
    Another key topic centred around an HBR article that suggests introverts are better at managing remote worker than extroverts. Managers that are more like introverts that are really successful in remote environments that are empathetic, and that are focused on attention to detail, really clear communication, and, more servant leadership, where they're focused on helping their people to succeed. 
     If you’re interested in the future of work, and how distributed teams, backed by a distributed culture will be the ones to succeed post-pandemic then this podcast is a must-listen. 
    Show resources
    HBR article on Remote Managers having trust issues

    Braintrust website
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    Gabriel on Twitter @gabelunao 
    For more on Andrew - what he speaks about and replays of recent talks, please visit ActionableFuturist.com follow @AndrewGrill on Twitter or @andrew.grill on Instagram.

    • 34 min
    S3 Episode 1: Tom Morley the Rockstar Activator

    S3 Episode 1: Tom Morley the Rockstar Activator

    Today's guest is the founding member and drummer from 1980s pop sensation Scritti Politti - Tom Morley.

    We had a fascinating discussion about how Tom moved from being a bonafide rockstar to become a "Rockstar Activator", motivating audiences and driving teamwork at events around the world through the use of music, instruments and a healthy dose of fun.

    Tom's journey to corporate speaker is a great story in itself and helps set the scene for the 43-minute episode. 

    For the last 20 years, Tom has been using his unique blend of storytelling and percussion to get teams focused and motivated and break down silos.
    Fast forward to 2020 and like most people, his business was massively disrupted.
    All of his USPs were gone overnight- rhythm, harmony, the safety of performing behind closed doors.
    Instead of "going off and writing a book for 12 months", Tom looked at the objectives behind his events: energise, connect, get outside your comfort zone, and do something unusual
    Tom explains why his events work - he brings out the "wild twin" inside all of us. 
    We also discussed how Tom moved his business online, and how the first event we worked together on - The Podcast Festival on May 28th 2020 was a catalyst to shift gears in his online performance.

    There are also a number of gems in this episode and only a real rockstar could name drop David Bowie!

    Find out more about Tom at TomMorley.com
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    • 43 min
    S2 Episode 9: Jeremy Thompson - Executive VP Huawei UK

    S2 Episode 9: Jeremy Thompson - Executive VP Huawei UK

    Today's guest is Jeremy Thompson, who is Executive Vice President of Huawei UK, and oversees the development of Huawei's UK businesses. Jeremy joined Huawei UK in 2012 as deputy managing director with specific responsibility for carrier strategy, business change, and key customers. Prior to Huawei, Jeremy worked for 20 years in senior management roles, including product leadership and telecoms joint venture development for BT group in the UK and other parts of Europe, including Spain and the Nordics.
    Jeremy's also previously worked in the USA and the UK for an IBM software company and consulting businesses. 
    We spoke at length about Huawei's reaction to the recent UK Government decision to force UK mobile operators to remove all Huawei 5G equipment by 2027.

    We also addressed a number of other issues:
    How early generations (1G, 2G, 3G etc) helped form the current 5G standardsThe inherent benefits of 5G for the UK and beyondHow Jeremy has been leading Huawei through the current crisisHow Huawei has embraced the Covid-19 lockdownWhat is next for Huawei in the UKHow the telecoms industry will evolve towards 6GHow standards are important to drive innovationHow the current US-China trade war is bad for innovationFor more on Andrew - what he speaks about and replays of recent talks, please visit ActionableFuturist.com follow @AndrewGrill on Twitter or @andrew.grill on Instagram.

    • 35 min

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