The Actionable Futurist® Podcast

The Actionable Futurist® Andrew Grill

The 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

S4 Episode 10: Aaron Goldman from Mediaocean on TikTok
TikTok now has a billion users, so what makes it stand out from Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, and Twitter?To answer this I spoke with Aaron Goldman, Chief Marketing Officer of MediaOcean, a mission-critical platform for omnichannel advertising that connects brands, agencies, media, technology, and data. Aaron has been in the Marketing industry for over 20 years, including CMO roles at 4C, and Kenshoo, a leading enterprise marketing software company.Aaron was awarded the LinkedIn B2B thought leader of the year in 2020, and is also the author of “Everything I Know about Marketing I Learned from Google” .When he’s not busy Googling himself, Aaron is spending time with his wife and children, and spoke with me from Chicago.Aaron has a deep understanding not just what what makes TikTok so different to other social media platforms, but also how brands should approach this new medium.We covered a lot of ground includingWhat is TikTok?Why is TikTok so engaging?What is the secret to TikTok’s success?Viewing creators as partnersDo brands have a place on TikTok?The growth potential for TikTokComparing Facebook vs Instagram vs Snap vs TikTokHow easy is it to copy the TikTok format?Understanding the mindset of the user on each platformWhere does TikTok fit into the media landscape?Why TikTok is the most akin to TVThe strategic approach to TikTok for brandsMeasuring the impact of creators on TikTokThe social commerce opportunity for brands on TikTokWhen does entertainment become shopping?What is the future of advertising?The value exchange and the value of our own dataThe opportunity for TikTok to start afreshAaron’s experiment to sell his own data on eBayThe rise of digital agents that work for usAdTech and the role Mediaocean playsMediaocean’s partnership with TikTokWhat will advertising on social networks look like in 5 year’s time?Aaron’s virtual watercoolerThe move to a hybrid working modeTurning hybrid working into a competitive advantageEducating children about the healthy use of social media3 Actionable things to do today to better understand TikTokMore on AaronAaron on LinkedInAaron on TwitterMediacocean websiteYour Host: Actionable Futurist® Andrew GrillFor more on Andrew - what he speaks about and replays of recent talks, please visit ActionableFuturist.comfollow @AndrewGrill on Twitteror @andrewgrill on Instagram.
3d ago
41 mins
S4 Episode 9: Nick Abrahams from Norton Rose Fulbright on Web3, NFTs, Crypro, DAO and DeFi
If you've ever wanted a Masterclass in Web3, NFTs, Cryptocurrency, Decentralized Autonomous Organizations (DAO) and Decentralised Finance (DeFi) then this 45-minute podcast is for you!I was fortunate to be able to convince Nick Abrahams, the Global Co-leader of Digital Transformation Practice at leading law firm Norton Rose Fulbright to come on the show and give us a very informative, no-nonsense look at some of the hottest topics in technology at the moment.Nick is the founder of the successful online legal site, LawPath (90,000+ users) and he created the world's first AI-enabled privacy chatbot, Parker. He also has a thriving career as a keynote speaker on future trends and innovation.. He is the author of the best selling Kindle books "Big Data, Big Responsibilities" and "Digital Disruption in Australia".He is on the boards of ASX-listed software company Integrated Research ($500M); the global genomics research leader, the Garvan Foundation; the Vodafone Foundation; and the Sydney Film Festival.We had a whirlwind tour around Web3 and the many umbrella topics.I started by asking him for some quick definitions ofWeb3MetaverseNFTCryptocurrencyBlockchainDeFiDAOWe then delved into each in more detail includingWhy is Web3 so important?Establishing ownership with Web3A 3-dimensional experience of the webHow big could the Metaverse become?What does the Metaverse mean for corporates?Companies embracing the MetaverseWhy is Facebook/Meta scared about the Metaverse?Are we being brainwashed by Facebook's view of the Metaverse?Things for brands to consider before they jump into the MetaverseTokens as a new asset classThe concept of TokenomicsLegal implications for the MetaverseThe "MetaBirkin" that upset HermèsHow the legal industry is coming up to speedWe spent some time on the different types of NFTsFlex Club NFTsArt NFTsCollectable NFTsTwinning NFTsGaming NFTsBranded NFTsWe finished our discussion looking at How can corporates best manage NFTs?Cybersecurity concerns around NFTsWhat is the future of blockchain, bitcoin and distributed ledger technologies?What's the hottest thing in crypto at the moment?The future of DeFi - a parallel banking systemDecentralised Autonomous Organizations (DAO)Staying up to date with all these conceptsIf you work In a corporate, or for a brand and someone has asked “should we be in Web3/Crypto/Blockchain or have an NFT” then this podcast is for you.If you’ve heard all these terms and thought aloud “I wish there was one place I could go for a no-nonsense view” then this podcast is for you.More on NickNick on LinkedInNick on TwitterNick's websiteWhat the NFT is going on? The New NFT 'Price is right' GameshowYour Host: Actionable Futurist® Andrew GrillFor more on Andrew - what he speaks about and replays of recent talks, please visit ActionableFuturist.comfollow @AndrewGrill on Twitteror @andrewgrill on Instagram.
May 8 2022
46 mins
S4 Episode 8: Wayne Snyder from Blue Yonder on the future of The Retail Supply Chain
What really goes on behind the scenes to ensure you get the things you order on-line or in person? To find out more, I spoke with Wayne Snyder, Vice President of Retail Strategy for EMEA at Blue Yonder.Wayne has worked in retail for more than 20 years and is a recognised expert in planning and supply chain operations.Wayne argues that with recent advances in technology, we’ve opened a digital window to the consumer, allowing us to go online, and see real-time availability of products in stores.Because we’re making any flaws in the supply chain very visible to the consumer, the need to solve issues becomes even more important, because as consumers we are fickle, and will go anywhere that can help us best.Wayne makes a point that there is an even greater challenge for retailers to make sure the supply chain is not only delighting but exceeding the expectations of customers.We covered many topics related to retail and the supply chain including:Covid's impact on the supply chainThe 2021 Fuel CrisisThe retail industry's impact from the pandemicKey lessons for retail from the pandemicIs there a need for open data in retail?Navigating retail dataThe role of regulation in the retail spaceSharing dataIntermediaries sharing high-level trendsThe change in consumer behaviour due to the pandemicWill consumers shop closer to where they live vs where they work?The move to online shopping as the defaultWhy stores are still dominantDifferentiating between store and online popularityWhat part does technology play in the supply chain?Why Excel shouldn't be running your supply chainThe importance of IoT for the supply chainThe Golden Quarter & Christmas in RetailThe 2022 challenges for retailers?Building resilience into the supply chainThe need for data literacyM&S example of digital enablementThe use of real-time control towers in retailThe move from when things happened to why things happenedWhat's the future for supply chain technologyThe impact of Christmas on the supply chainWhy the supply chain will be holistic, connected & real-timeOpening the digital window to the consumerThe need for the supply chain to exceed customer expectationsUS Retailer inventory accuracy exampleException based reporting focusing on what's importantThe role Blue Yonder plays to help with supply chain fluctuationsThe need for shorter technology deployment cyclesShould consumers care about what goes on behind the scenes?3 Actionable things to do todayMore on WayneWayne on TwitterWayne on LinkedInBlue Yonder WebsiteBooks Wayne is readingUnsettled: What Climate Science Tells Us, What It Doesn’t, and Why It MattersFactfulness Illustrated: Ten Reasons We're Wrong About the World - Why Things are Better than You ThinkYour Host: Actionable Futurist® Andrew GrillFor more on Andrew - what he speaks about and replays of recent talks, please visit ActionableFuturist.comfollow @AndrewGrill on Twitteror @andrewgrill on Instagram.
Apr 24 2022
46 mins
S4 Episode 7: Phil Sorsky from CommScope on the future of 5G and fast broadband
“During the pandemic, Broadband has saved economic collapse and the health system collapse” says Phil Sorsky, Senior Vice president of Worldwide Sales at CommScope. When you think about it, one of the unsung heroes of the last 2 years has been technologies that kept us connected to our families and our work.With the lines between “home” and “office” increasingly blurred due to the rise of remote working, access to reliable connectivity is crucial so that local economies and communities can truly thrive.In the latest episode of The Actionable Futurist Podcast, we explore the future of 5G and fibre technologies and what we can expect around the corner.We also looked at what can be done to narrow the digital divide, especially since we’re now relying on online services even more as a result of the pandemic.Phil has more than 20 years of telecommunications industry experience, having worked for Juniper Networks, Adobe Systems, Cisco Systems and AT&T, and he is a graduate of the University of Birmingham in the UK.In this episode we also discussedNarrowing the digital divideHow 5G can solve the "last mile" problem?The state of 5G in the UKThe rise of "community fibre"Will every home be connected to fibre in the UK in 10 years?How Covid accelerated high-speed broadband adoptionWould a National Broadband Network concept work in the UK?Why Fibre is the answer for faster broadbandThe societal benefits of faster broadbandHow broadband has saved lives and economic collapse during the pandemicCybercrime post-pandemicWill we see more 5G use cases?The uses of 5G with IoTFemtocells to help mobile coverageNew innovations to drive new servicesWhat new developments have come out of the pandemic?3 Actionable things for this weekMore on PhilPhil on TwitterPhil on LinkedInCommScope websiteYour Host: Actionable Futurist® Andrew GrillFor more on Andrew - what he speaks about and replays of recent talks, please visit ActionableFuturist.comfollow @AndrewGrill on Twitteror @andrewgrill on Instagram.
Apr 11 2022
42 mins
S4 Episode 6: Muhi Majzoub from OpenText on the future of information management & cloud
Mar 27 2022
29 mins
S4 Episode 5: Helena Nimmo from Endava on Digital Acceleration
We hear a lot about digital transformation, and my guest Helena Nimmo thinks this term is outdated and should be replaced with digital acceleration.She argues that Digital Transformation suggests that you have a blank canvas and that is rarely true, she prefers to talk about Digital Acceleration and building on what you already have.Helena knows a lot about this subject as the Chief Information Officer for Endava, a public technology company that is reimagining the relationship between people and technology.Helena joined Endava in 2019 and has been in the technology industry for over 20 years. A native of Finland, she started her career at Finnish technology giant Nokia in the logistics division before joining Symbian software and moving to London in 1999. She also worked in senior roles in publishing with Euro Monitor and Thomson Reuters.Helena thinks that data is what makes technology relevant, and prefers the term “digital acceleration” to that of “digital transformation”.In this episode we discussed:How a CIO needs to manage “Shadow IT” in an organisationHow the pandemic exposed issues of digital breakageThe extra tools a CIO needs to support a distributed workforceWhy boards should be taking cybersecurity more seriously The industries that have more rapidly adopted digital acceleration projectsHelena’s views on digital literacyHer key learnings as a manager during the pandemicHow to stay up to date with all the new technologies and platforms that are appearing More on HelenaHelena on LinkedInEndava websiteAngela Marsons Crime WriterYour Host: Actionable Futurist® Andrew GrillFor more on Andrew - what he speaks about and replays of recent talks, please visit ActionableFuturist.comfollow @AndrewGrill on Twitteror @andrewgrill on Instagram.
Mar 14 2022
38 mins
S4 Episode 4: Michael Kaczmarek Former VP Products @ Neustar on the Domain Name System
When we think about the components that go together to make the internet work we probably think of browsers and IP addresses but there is one critical component that brings it together - the Domain Name System or DNS. It's the reason behind when you type cnn.com you end up on the right website.The design of DNS is more than 30 years old, but still is a critical point of the internet today.In October 2021, a misconfiguration error caused Facebook to disappear from the internet for nearly 7 hours. To understand the notion of DNS better, we spoke with Michael Kaczmarek who is the former VP of Product Management at Neustar Security Solutions. Michael directed the research efforts into distributed denial of service attacks and DNS trends for Neustar working closely with the cross-functional team to publish insights on changes in the cybersecurity landscape.Prior to joining Neustar, Michael was with Verisign for more than 18 years where he served in various capacities including VP of product management and marketing.Prior to Verisign, he was a systems engineering manager for Lockheed Martin in charge of their Solid Rocket Motor Disposition in Russia Program.Michael is a Ponemon Fellow and holds a Bachelor of Science in aerospace engineering from the University of Maryland and a Master of Engineering in environmental engineering from Johns Hopkins University.In this wide-ranging discussion, we looked at How Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks are on the riseHow AI can be used to detect cyber threatsWhat the Internet 3.0 might look likeWhat the Facebook 2021 outage tells us about DNSWhat to look for in a DNS providerWhy every business owner should care about DNSThe top3 cybersecurity trendsNew threats such as API securityAnalysis of a real DNS hackWhy Cybersecurity needs to concern every boardThree top cybersecurity tipsIf you are truly digitally curious, then you will want to listen to this episode in full.More about MichaelLinkedInTwitterNeustar Security SolutionsYour Host: Actionable Futurist® Andrew GrillFor more on Andrew - what he speaks about and replays of recent talks, please visit ActionableFuturist.comfollow @AndrewGrill on Twitteror @andrewgrill on Instagram.
Mar 3 2022
37 mins
S4 Episode 3: Space-Based Solar Power live recording
This special episode of the podcast was recorded live in front of an audience in February 2022 at the Institution of Mechanical Engineers in London and features a panel of experts discussing a very interesting subject of Space-Based solar power.I was joined on stage by Martin Soltau Co-Chair Space Energy Initiative & Space Business Lead at Frazer-Nash ConsultancyDr Alice Bunn CEO Institution of Mechanical EngineersSam Adlen Chief Strategy Officer, Satellite Applications Catapult andAli Stickings Space Strategy lead at Fraser Nash ConsultancyYou will also hear remarks from Mark Garnier, MP for Wyre Forest who is Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Space, and Chair of The Space Energy Initiative Advisory Board as well as Nick Wayth Chief Executive at The Energy Institute.To provide some context around this episode and the topic, we all accept that fossil fuels are not a sustainable form of energy, and renewable energy such as solar and wind have issues when it is cloudy or calm.To meet the energy needs of a country like the UK or Australia, we need a “baseload” technology that can provide a sustained demand for power.The UK chapter of The Institution of Engineers Australia teamed up with the Institution of Mechanical Engineers for their monthly “Spring Forward” hybrid lecture series to look at a potential new form of energy – Space-Based Solar Power.The concept is not new – it was first mooted by Isaac Asimov as science fiction in the 1940s, and in 1968, Dr Peter Glaser of Arthur D. Little introduced the concept of using microwaves for power transmission from geosynchronous orbit to an Earth-based rectifying antenna.Since then, technology has advanced on several fronts to remove some of the technological and economic barriers to practical full-scale implementation.Issues covered in this episode include:How Space-Based power actually worksThe opportunity for generating power from spaceHow to overcome challenges in commercialising this technologyHow space-based solar power contributes to the net-zero debateThe future for space-based solar power generationHow Space solar power gives Governments optionsSolar power vs Nuclear FusionWhat will the solution cost?The regulatory risksThe role of GovernmentThe security concernsWho regulates the space segmentThe spin-off benefitsWhat other countries are doing?The UK-Australia Space BridgeThe Space Energy InitiativeThe job creation opportunitiesNick Wayth Chief Executive at Energy Institute commentsAudience question: How can the UK maintain a lead in this area?Audience question: What is happening in Australia?Audience question: What can go wrong?Mark Garnier MP closing remarksResources UK Government’s paper on Space-Based Solar PowerYour Host: Actionable Futurist® Andrew GrillFor more on Andrew - what he speaks about and replays of recent talks, please visit ActionableFuturist.comfollow @AndrewGrill on Twitteror @andrewgrill on Instagram.
Feb 20 2022
54 mins
S4 Episode 2: Mark Sweeney from Citrix on Hybrid Learning and Remote Working
We've learned much about how to work remotely over the last 2 years, but how will these changes impact the education sector? To answer this I invited  Mark Sweeney, who is the Regional Vice President for Citrix in the UK & Ireland onto this episode of the podcast.Mark has over 25 years of experience in business innovation, and a key focus has been innovation within the technical professional services field.He has researched how automating professional services engagements through artificial intelligence and robotic process automation could modernise the consulting business. In his current role at Citrix, his primary focus is working with customers on delivering consistent employee experience, as well as awareness to the concept of hybrid learning within the higher education vertical.Mark believes that much like evolutionary designs for the workplace, campus-based learning could be the place for collaboration and practical work while formal teaching could be delivered virtually.On this episode we covered:What Citrix does todayCitrix Hybrid Learning study resultsWhat is "Blended Learning"?The evolution of the classroomWhat has the pandemic taught us about how to work & learn remotely?How do we enable educators to use the technologies that supports remote learning?Has higher education changed forever as a result of Covid?What investment do we need to effectively deploy remote learning solutions?Why IT staff will become more critical for blended learningTele-teaching in 1994The need for "Zoom Rooms"How to best engage the online learners as well as those in the roomGamifying the virtual experienceShould students pay less for virtual education?What is the role of the campus going forward?Up-skilling educators on new remote learning technologiesPreparing students for the hybrid world of worCitrix Company culture survey findings Asynchronous vs Synchronous remote working & learning experiencesAre candidates seeking roles that support remote working? Maintaining fairness for employees choosing to be remoteAvoiding "Location bias"The issue of "presenteeism" - favouring output vs attendance  Mark's biggest Covid-19 learnings  How Mark has changed as a manager due to Covid The need for a consistent experience when we move between home & office  Actionable Advice to prepare for a hybrid world of work and learning  Planning for the next disruptive event More on MarkLinkedInMark's BlogBlog on Blended LearningYour Host: Actionable Futurist® Andrew GrillFor more on Andrew - what he speaks about and replays of recent talks, please visit ActionableFuturist.comfollow @AndrewGrill on Twitteror @andrew.grill on Instagram.
Feb 13 2022
32 mins
S4 Episode 1: Tom Smith CEO of GWI on the future of Market Research
To understand the future of the market research industry, my guest is Tom Smith, Founder and CEO of GWI. Having spent several years working agency side, he recognised a growing demand for global data to better understand the complex online market, coupling the world's largest ongoing study on the digital consumer with powerful analytics. GWI is now the leading provider of digital consumer insights to the global marketing industry.My favourite section of the podcast was where Tom said"People think data is the new oil, and we’re all sitting on this very valuable commodity. The better comparison is that data is like sand. Until you do something with the information, it lacks real value. It’s the processing it's the presentation, it’s the aggregation and millions of people’s data aggregated at scale is a highly valuable product."Tom argues that the market research industry has utterly failed the needs of its consumers in today's global marketplace - this is a bold statement and something Tom addresses in detail in this episode.In this episode, we look at:Why Tom started GWIThe changing needs of the market research industryHow traditional market research methods have evolvedWhat problems GWI solvesHow Ad blockers, GDPR and other regulations have changed collection methodologyWhere AI fits into modern market research methodsThe future of market researchBeing an EntrepreneurMore on TomLinkedInTwitterGWI WebsiteYour Host: Actionable Futurist® Andrew GrillFor more on Andrew - what he speaks about and replays of recent talks, please visit ActionableFuturist.comfollow @AndrewGrill on Twitteror @andrew.grill on Instagram.
Feb 1 2022
37 mins
S3 Episode 8: Mezzo-Soprano Deborah Humble - from Wagner to Wine
As a special holiday edition of the podcast, and the final episode of this current series, I’m joined by Internationally acclaimed Mezzo-Soprano Deborah Humble.She is highly regarded for her Wagner roles and has performed in opera houses around the world including Paris, London, Sydney and Hamburg.She’s also been a friend of mine for over 35 years.Born in Bangor, Wales, Deborah grew up in Adelaide, Australia.  She received her musical and vocal training first at the Elder Conservatory of the University of Adelaide and later at the University of Melbourne.Deborah was a member of the Young Artist Program of the Victoria State Opera, and in 2002 became a principal artist with Opera Australia at the Sydney Opera House. She was also the winner at the beginning of her career of the prestigious Dame Joan Sutherland Scholarship in 2004, and the following year, she became a Principal Mezzo with the State Opera of Hamburg.In 2008 she was a finalist of the International Wagner Competition of the Seattle Opera.In 2009 she was included in the Who’s Who of Australian Women.Since 2010 she has been a freelance artist and she has performed over 60 operatic roles worldwide.In 2016, after 25 years living in Europe, Deborah returned to live in Sydney, and today she's coming to us from Brycefield estate in the Hunter Valley where she lives with her Partner Dr Bruce Caldwell.Like many performers, Deborah has had to adapt to multiple cancellations and changes brought about by the global pandemic.In this podcast, Deborah looks back on her 25-year career as a Mezzo-Soprano and also looks at how she has adapted by becoming a winemaker, created a show channelling Julia Child and a look behind the scenes at how Operas are made and what can go wrong, alongside a look at how different cultures respond to Opera.In this fascinating chat, we covered literally Wagner to Wine: Deborah’s journey from Wales to AustraliaWhen did you decide to become an Opera singer?Why pick Opera as the genre to focus on?How Opera singers project their voiceThe preparation required for a huge OperaThe experience of living in HamburgBeing an Australian in HamburgWhy did you return to Australia?The need for resilienceThe Brycefield Music FestivalThe Hunter Valley regionBecoming a winemakerThe need to change direction during the pandemicBecoming Julia ChildPerforming at the Bennelong Restaurant at the Sydney Opera HouseStories from the life on the roadThe story behind Opera costumesPerforming for different audiencesDealing with negative feedbackGerman vs English vs Australian audiencesWhat’s next?Career highlightsMore on DeborahLinkedInTwitterInstagramBrycefield Estate WebsiteDeborah's Professional WebsiteThe Diva Diaries - travels of an Opera SingerYour Host: Actionable Futurist® Andrew GrillFor more on Andrew - what he speaks about and replays of recent talks, please visit ActionableFuturist.comfollow @AndrewGrill on Twitteror @andrew.grill on Instagram.
Dec 28 2021
36 mins
S3 Episode 7: Raj Samani from Rapid7 on Cybersecurity risks
We know that cybersecurity presents a huge risk to us both personally and professionally, but what can we do to stay safe? To answer this question I spoke with cybersecurity expert Raj Samani, who at the time of recording was Chief Scientist at McAfee, and is now at Rapid7 on the Actionable Futurist Podcast®.As an international cybercrime expert, Raj has assisted multiple law enforcement agencies in cybercrime cases, and is a special advisor to the European Cybercrime Centre and is on the advisory councils for Infosecurity Europe and Infosecurity Magazine.Cybersecurity threats now have the potential to completely cripple companies and complete supply chains and my discussion with Raj is accessible to audiences of all types, and contains advice for a board of directors, right down to students considering their career options.In this wide-ranging discussion, we covered topics including:Cybercrime in a pandemic worldHow cybercrime has evolvedHow supply chains are now a targetThe Log4j vulnerability and what it meansAre boards taking cyber threats seriously?Making the board uncomfortable about the risksContextualising why cybersecurity mattersCan AI help fight cybercrime?Actionable advice to keep safeHow much security do you need?The industries most at riskNation-states running social media campaignsWhat the FireEye acquisition means for McAfee Criminals now have R&D departmentsIoT and APIs as the next threat areas?Children's toys are getting hackedPutting security at the heart of designBletchley Park's role in cybersecurityThe hot roles in cybersecurityTop 3 cybersecurity trendsDo companies need a dedicated Chief Security Officer?3 things to do today to stay safeRaj provides us with actionable and practical advice on what to do this week to reduce your exposure.Make 2022 the year you lean forward and take cybersecurity seriously.More on RajLinkedInTwitterMcAfee EnterpriseRaj's BlogsResources mentioned on the showHave I Been Pwned? websiteSpeakers for Schools websiteNoMoreRansom.orgThe Cuckoo's Egg bookApplied Cyber Security and the Smart Grid bookDave Grohl BiographyBletchley ParkYour Host: Actionable Futurist® Andrew GrillFor more on Andrew - what he speaks about and replays of recent talks, please visit ActionableFuturist.comfollow @AndrewGrill on Twitteror @andrew.grill on Instagram.
Dec 17 2021
35 mins
S3 Episode 6: Steve Cadigan on embracing the aftershocks of COVID-19 to create a better model of working
On this episode of the Actionable Futurist® podcast, we spoke with Steve Cadigan who has been at the forefront of global talent strategy and company culture for the past 30 years. He is most famous for scaling Linkedin from 400 to 4,000 in just 3 and a half years.Steve also led the development of LinkedIn’s legendary company culture and was at the helm of the Talent function for its period of the highest growth and through their IPO.He’s worked in 5 different industries and 3 different countries, and his focus today is to help leaders and organizations build winning talent solutions to compete in an increasingly complex digital economy.Steve has just released his new book: “Workquake: Embracing the aftershocks of Covid-19 to create a better model of working”.We had a fascinating discussion that I know you will enjoy and included topics such asBeing more human in a digital worldWho is getting the next phase of work right?How important is trust in organisations?How do we instil trust with a distributed workforce?Replacing those stolen coffee moments at workThe more fluid world of workBuilding in social interaction with teamsThe rise of the third placeThe longer-term plan for home workingWill we go back to 5 days in the office again?The professional workforce has tasted freedomGoogle's response to remote workingAdvice for HR directorsEmployee alumni groupsThe one thing that stood out in researching the bookYour digital first impressionThe rise of the gig workerActionable tips for this weekMore on SteveLinkedInTwitterWebsiteWorkquake - the bookYour Host: Actionable Futurist® Andrew GrillFor more on Andrew - what he speaks about and replays of recent talks, please visit ActionableFuturist.comfollow @AndrewGrill on Twitteror @andrew.grill on Instagram.
Nov 23 2021
41 mins
S3 Episode 5: Mark Schaefer on Cumulative Advantage
On this episode of the Actionable Futurist® 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 NewsletterMore on MarkLinkedInTwitterBlogHis booksYour Host: Actionable Futurist® Andrew GrillFor 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.
May 25 2021
38 mins
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 IntelligenceBret'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. More on BretLinkedinCognizantYour Host: Actionable Futurist® Andrew GrillFor 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.
May 10 2021
38 mins
S3 Episode 3: Sue Walter former CEO of family members club, Maggie and Rose
In this episode, we spoke to Sue Walter who is the former 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 resourcesWhat sue is currently reading: The Naked Sun by Isaac AsimovMore on SueLinkedinInstagram Maggie and RoseYour Host: Actionable Futurist® Andrew GrillFor 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.
Apr 7 2021
48 mins
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 resourcesHBR article on Remote Managers having trust issuesBraintrust websiteMore on GabrielGabriel on LinkedIn Gabriel on Twitter @gabelunao Your Host: Actionable Futurist® Andrew GrillFor 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.
Mar 29 2021
34 mins
S3 Episode 1: Tom Morley original drummer & founder member of Scritti Politti - 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 unusualTom 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.comYour Host: Actionable Futurist® Andrew GrillFor 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.
Mar 1 2021
43 mins
S2 Episode 9: Jeremy Thompson - Executive VP Huawei UK
Aug 6 2020
35 mins
S2 Episode 8: The Future of Podcasting with Podnews Editor James Cridland
On this episode, we spoke with James Cridland, Editor of leading podcast news site Podnews.Podcasting is on the rise, with 96,500 new podcasts in May 2020 alone. In this episode we discussed a number of topics related to podcasting, including:Is Podcasting is on the increase?The half-life of a podcast seriesIs podcasting the new blogging?How Podnews startedProducing a daily podcast and newsletterThe future of RSSApple's dominance in RSS standardsSpotify as a competitorIs Google number 3 in Podcasting?Is the Joe Rogan/Spotify deal the first of many?Will we see the rise of "walled gardens"?Apple's dominance with podcast discoveryIMDB as a podcast directory?The importance of measurement & monetisationMonetisation beyond advertisingThe future of corporate podcastingPrivate corporate podcastingWhat is the future of podcasting?Quick fire round Favourite Podcast Favourite podcast app Apple or Spotify? Favourite length of podcast The last podcast you listened toThree things to take advantage of podcastingSubscribe to Podnews.netListen to other podcastsLearn how to edit audioMore information on James can be found at jamescridland.netThe podcasts and products mentioned on the podcast are listed belowPodcast Festival - podcastfestival.eventsThe Bugle PodcastFreenoter PodcastAudacityAdobe AuditionHindenberg Journalist ProSign up for the Podnews daily newsletter at podnews.netYour Host: Actionable Futurist® Andrew GrillFor 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.
Jun 10 2020
48 mins