The most important skill for the 21st century, and how to start cultivating it right now

Technological disruption requires us to learn faster than we ever had to before. Behaviours we’ve honed for decades are becoming obsolete in a few short years. Combined with a generational mindset shift in how we view the world, many are wondering how to remain relevant. What’s the key quality for success in this world of constant change? 

Future Crunch might be able to help. With trademark humour, dynamism and gold-plated research, they explore what the Harvard Business Review calls, “the new competitive advantage.” You’ve heard of IQ and EQ; this century belongs to those that are quick to read and act on signals of change. People with a high Adaptability Quotient (AQ): the ability to thrive in unpredictable environments. Instead of being really good at doing one thing, adaptive people are really good at learning how to do new things.

Drawing on the latest insights from the worlds of technology, neuroscience and management, this talk reveals why the best predictor of success is how we embrace rapid experimentation. Audiences will walk away with an understanding of what it takes to foster AQ, how to identify it in others, and how it can be a superpower for anyone looking to maintain an advantage in the next economy


The Next

A rollercoaster tour across the frontiers of technological disruption

Future Crunch were a great and sensational eye opener for me and my team at Hyundai. Without them, it would have been difficult to think clearly about the massive changes happening all around us. The future has come right in front of our noses while we do not realise it.
— JW Lee | CEO, Hyundai Australia
They took 30 mins to explain what would have taken us a year to change manage across the business. Their insight, wit and down to earth style was on point and the feedback on their presentation has been amazing. People felt optimistic and empowered ready to embrace a new economy.
— Amy Childs | Director, Momentum Energy
Fantastic, providing wave upon wave of facts, historical breakthroughs, and evidence-based analysis of where technological developments are taking us in the future, and why we should be excited and happy about that.
— Dr James Johnson | CEO, Geoscience Australia

Technology used to be thought of as a function to be outsourced, or a sector on its own. Today, it’s a layer across all aspects of the economy. 

Global connectivity, digitisation, blockchain, artificial intelligence, intuitive computing, robotics, renewable energy, 3D printing and biotechnology. Together, they're like a roaring tornado creating once in a hundred year revolutions in every industry at once. 

Understanding what's over the horizon is essential for any organisation wishing to harness the opportunities of a rapidly changing global economy in the 21st century. 

Audiences will come away from this talk with the ability to think clearly and critically about the way technological disruption is changing the economy, a skill that's particularly relevant for leaders who wish to maintain a strategic advantage — and protect their organisations against competitors looking to do the same.

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The World Is Not On Fire

The best presentation on the state of the world that I’ve seen in years.
— Molly Harriss Olson | CEO, Fair Trade Australia
A brilliantly positive message around futures and technology.
— Kylie Donovan | Convener, NSW Primary Principals' Association
Their passionate, positive and upbeat presentation serves as a great contrast to the negative, politics obsessed news stories.
— John Evans | Service Group Manager, Banking Systems, TSB

Why we’re completely wrong about how bad things really are

By almost any measure, the world is becoming a better place. Poverty is disappearing, war deaths are falling, violence is less common, the world is becoming more tolerant, suicide is decreasing, life expectancy is increasing, literacy is on the rise, child mortality is declining. Yet most people have no idea that this is the world we are living in.

This presentation helps audiences imagine new futures, and direct their imaginations towards the futures we want. It’s a story about people who are making the world a better place. It's about opportunities and solutions, rather than problems and threats. It's a story that's informed by intelligent, evidence-based optimism. 

Audiences will learn how our cognitive biases distort our view of the world, making us feel unnecessarily pessimistic, and preventing us from achieving our true potential. And they’ll walk away with a renewed sense of hope, purpose, and commitment to problem solving, innovation and organisational change.


The Robot Rule of Thumb

Their session was fantastic and their ability to not only capture the attention of over 2,000 doctors, but also speak to them on a peer to peer basis made the session an enriching and enjoyable experience for them.
— Zena Burgess | CEO, Royal Australian College of General Practitioners
Delivering facts and perspectives for the future of work, busting the myths, providing evidence of how technology is paving the way for new opportunities, new jobs as well as growth in traditional markets. Their talk inspired optimism and opened the conversation for views on managing change to embrace the new. These guys rock.
— Debbie Paylor | GM, Industry Skills Advisory Council, Northern Territory
These guys delivered in spades. Their data and insight-driven content is compelling and informative, and their method of delivery is warm and highly engaging. If you think it’s ‘good to be accurate,’ believe that ‘human skills are the ones that really matter’ and want to know how to ‘burst your filter bubbles,’ do yourself a favour and book Future Crunch. Cool jackets too!
— Peter Godfrey | Director, Bupa, Australia and New Zealand

The future of work, and how to prepare yourself for it

Advancements in technology have provided a catalyst to redefine the needs of people in the workplace, and as a result, we see a move towards more flexibility and a greater desire for meaning and purpose in the next economy. While these changes present challenges, they also offer an opportunity for the workforce of the future to find a sense of renewed freedom.

In this presentation, Future Crunch explores the changing world of work, and how technological disruption is redefining the skills that matter. The machines aren’t here to take our jobs - but they will change them. And that means that counter-intuitively, it’s the human skills that really count. Audiences will walk away with a better understanding of how to start building a workplace that is prepared for automation, disruption and changing work patterns. Essential insights for any organisation searching to drive innovative ways of working in the 21st century.


The Optimism

Hundreds of speakers have taken the stage at REMIX Summits across the globe and I have been privileged to see some incredible talks over the years. Future Crunch are part of a rarified group that stand out from the rest. They are compelling storytellers and guides to an age of fundamental change where everyone needs to understand the forces and trends that continue to reshape everything we know. Their magic combination of vivid imagery, humour, statistics and soundscapes conveys powerful messages, and challenges you to think again about the world.
— Peter Tullin | Co-Founder, REMIX Summits
Future Crunch’s performance at our inaugural World of Words Stage was a hugely successful, with feedback from our audience being overwhelmingly positive about the issues covered in the presentation and the very professional, entertaining and informative way it was delivered. We highly recommend them for inclusion in a festival or event that’s looking to explain big world issues, with accurate information, while keeping it highly entertaining to boot.
— Suzanne Porter | Chief Executive, WOMAD New Zealand

A musical show about human progress

Feeling negative about the state of the world in 2018? Is the news getting you down? Have you had enough of people arguing on your Facebook feed? The Future Crunch team might be able to help. Showcasing their infectious brand of musically inspired, intelligent optimism, this is a story about the human race you've never heard before.

Diseases are being eradicated, war is decreasing, millions are being lifted out of poverty and billions are gaining access to the greatest information resource humanity has ever known. We can control robots with our minds, use machines to translate any language, cut and paste our own DNA, and we’re taking brave new steps into space. We're just not hearing a lot about it.

We know the challenges we face. This is a musical journey into how – with boldness, creativity, and and revolutionary technologies that build on thousands of years of human ingenuity – we are rising to meet them.