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Jim Carroll

Jim Carroll

A world-renowned futurist, trends & innovation expert. Transforming Growth Organizations into High-Velocity Innovation Heroes!

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  • $20,000 - $22,500
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  • Agriculture
  • Business
  • Business Growth
  • Consumer Trends
  • Economy
  • Future
  • Global Economics
  • Innovation
  • Leadership
  • Social Networking/Media
  • Technology
  • Trends
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  • 24 Years
  • About

    Jim Carroll is one of the world’s leading international futurists, trends and innovation experts, providing strategic guidance and insight to some of the most prestigious organizations in the world for over twenty years. He is recognized worldwide as a “thought leader” and authority on: global trends; rapid business model change; business transformation in a period of economic uncertainty; and the necessity for fast paced innovation. 

    His client list is unique, to say the least. NASA has had Jim Carroll in (twice!) to help shape their thought process about the future, with audiences featuring astronauts, astrophysicists, launch directors and mission controllers. The global master of story-telling, the Walt Disney Corporation, made the observation after a leadership presentation that “Jim’s storytelling approach really helps to get his points across!” The GAP, one of the worlds’ leading retailers, brought Jim into their global head office for a talk on the future of retail!

    He has a track record of inspiring organizations to reframe the opportunity for innovation in the context of significant, transformative change, including the world’s largest working sports organization. The PGA — Professional Golf Association of America — selected Jim Carroll to open their 94th Annual General Meeting for his message on future trends and innovation, the first time in their history that they have ever featured an external speaker for their AGM. Subsequent to his keynote, the President of the PGA had this to say: “Futurist Jim Carroll helped stimulate the thought process with his keynote address about the incredible rate of change that we as a society find ourselves in, and I was delighted with the lively discussion in the hallways, the passionate positions taken at the microphones ….” 

    If Jim Carroll can challenge Disney, The GAP, NASA and the PGA to think passionately about linking future trends to innovation – he can do the same for you!

    Jim’s insight is sought internationally. He was one of two speakers to address fifty senior CEO, CFO and CIO level executives in St. Andrews, Scotland, at an invitation-only corporate event – the other speaker being Jimmy Wales, the Founder of Wikipedia. He was the opening keynote speaker at the World Pharma Innovation Congress in London, England, with a message focusing on the future of science and healthcare He has previously keynoted other events such as the Linde Healthcare Summit in Munich, Germany, the Swiss Innovation Forum in Zurich, the Toshiba Mobility Exchange in Sydney, Australia, the annual Business Outlook Forum in the Cayman Islands for hundreds of senior financial executives, and the SAP Business Forum in Stockholm, Sweden.

    Jim’s client and event list is a veritable who’s who of global leaders — including The  GAP • Lockheed Martin • Fairmont/Raffles Hotels International • Accenture Worldwide Energy & Utilities Conference • HJ Heinz • RGA Reinsurance • National Australian Bank • Dupont • Discover Financial Services • Pfizer • PPG • Johnson & Johnson • Blue Cross Blue Shield • General Dynamics / Northrop Grumman • Bombardier • Signature Travel • Microsoft • US National Recreation and Parks Association • Burger King • US Department of Defense – Commissary Agency • Rockwell Collins; Oracle • International Association of Conference Centres • Pearson Learning • US Air Force Research Laboratory • McKesson • Siemens • US Navy, Marine, Air Force Child Youth Programs Annual Conference • Nestle;  KPMG • World Congress on Healthcare Innovation & Technology • Yum! Brands (KFC, Taco Bell, Pizza Hut) • Towers Perrin • British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) • Property & Casualty Insurance Association of America • World Congress on Quality • SAP • American Community Bankers Association • Providence Health Plans •  Fidelity Bank (Cayman) Ltd • Verizon • Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association • American Express • Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing….all of these organizations have engaged Jim Carroll for a keynote or leadership meeting which focused on future trends, innovation and growth! There are hundreds more.

    The world’s largest organizations turn to Jim Carroll when seeking insight into the future. Shouldn’t you?

    Jim has researched key innovation success factors for dozens of industries, associations, professions, companies and individuals. Hundreds of thousands have shared his insight with highly energized presentations in Zurich, Munich, Palm Springs, Sydney, Cayman Islands, Los Angeles, Miami, Costa Rica, London, Nassau, Munich, New York, Vancouver, Stockholm, Budapest; everything from small Board-level sessions with 12 people; to high level CEO leadership meetings to 5,000 person conference keynotes.

    Jim is globally recognized for his unique wisdom and insight into trends. BusinessWeek commented on Jim: “a leading source for innovation insight;” he has been a CNBC guest expert on innovation; his insights have also been covered by ABC News, INC, Fast Company, the South China Morning Post (Hong Kong), American Way, The Age (Sydney, Australia), CAPITAL Magazine (Dubai/United Arab Emirates) CEO Magazine Hungary, Association LEADERSHIP, the National Post and PROFIT.

    Jim is also an author, with books including The Future Belongs to Those Who Are Fast,; Ready, Set, Done: How to Innovate When Faster is the New Fast;  and What I Learned From Frogs in Texas: Saving Your Skin with Forward Thinking Innovation.

    Jim brings deep, strategic insight to his presentations. He is a graduate of the University of Toronto – Rotman Business School Directors Education Program, as his career path increasingly comes to include strategic guidance at the Corporate Board level.

    What he does!

    • he provides unique, detailed, customized insight into workplace, business, economic, current events, social and cultural trends, as well as into demographic, lifestyle and technology issues, based on highly original research.
    • he sets the stage for organizations to become more competitive, innovative and adaptable, and that are open to the opportunities of the future
    • he does so in a very dynamic and motivational style, with presentations that involve his signature humor, high-level energy, deep insight and challenging observations

    How can he help you?

    • he wakes people up to the trends that will affect them, and challenges them to cope with a world that continues to witness constant, dramatic change.
    • “thought provoking, full of energy, up to the minute and timely” are just a few of the ways to describe Jim’s presentations. Jim has the ability to energize people so they can discover opportunities for personal and corporate growth.
    • each presentation is unique and customized. Clients value the time Jim takes to “know” their industry or profession, their issues and concerns.
  • Videos
  • Program

    Keynote | Educational

    Jim Carroll, an agriculture futurist and innovation expert, will look into his crystal ball and predict what agriculture will be like in 2045.  Whether it’s driverless tractors, weed-zapping robots or data-transmitting crops, Jim will forecast what farms might be like 5-10-20-30 years from now, and encourage the industry to embrace high-velocity innovation.

    Many people continue to view farming from the sepia-toned photos of the 1940s and 1950s. They don’t realize the technological and scientific advances or the massive opportunities for international growth. Growers that focus on innovation as a core value will find success; their innovation will focus on the triple-feature need for growth, efficiency and ingestion of new science. It will be by adopting new methodologies, products, partnerships and ideas that they will learn to thrive.

    Jim is recognized worldwide as a “thought leader” and authority on global trends, rapid business model change, business transformation in a period of economic uncertainty, and the necessity for fast-paced innovation.

    Jim has extensive experience with all aspects of the agricultural sector. A good example? He was the opening keynote speaker at a conference of the top 100 cattle ranchers, feedlots and stockers in the US — and thrilled the audience with his insight into global trends impacting the agriculture sector. Based on that event, he was then invited in to inspire 500 cattle ranchers — a very discerning audience — with the feedback that “you certainly challenged us as to the pace of change the future is bringing to our industry, at the same time that you inspired us to embrace it’s opportunities. You were outstanding! Ranchers are pretty conservative – particularly here in Texas – but you were the best speaker we’ve ever had at our event!”

    His keynotes feature up to date insight based upon extensive research. Jim spent so much time customizing the presentation for one agricultural conference that at the conclusion, one fellow came up and asked him how long he had been a farmer!


    Some of Jim’s agriculture clients include the global agricultural powerhouses of FMC Agriculture, Monsanto, Pioneer, Syngenta…. In addition, he has provided keynotes for • CHS  Cooperative • Farm Media Journal •  Texas Cattle Feeders Association • Colorado Cattle Ranchers Association • FCC Services US (Farm Credit Cooperative) • MicroBeef Technologies • Mid-America Crop Protection Association • FarmTech • AgProgress Conference • Agricorp • CropLife Canada • US Department of Agriculture • American Agriwoman Society • American Landscape and Nursery Association • United Soybean Board • and more…. .




    Every industry is set to be transformed as an era of hyper-connectivity becomes the new norm. The result? Massive business model disruption; the rapid emergence of new competitors; industries in which customers empowered with mobile devices control a wide variety of devices that are a part of their daily lives; unique opportunities for deep analytical insight into trends and opportunities emerging in industries; a reinvention of manufacturing, logistics, retail, healthcare and other industries because of consumers that are empowered, connected, and enabled with a new form of lifestyle management that we’ve never witnessed before.

    The Internet of Things is happening everywhere.

    The CEO of a major US energy company hired Jim Carroll to do a video that put into perspective the impact of the Internet of Things on the global energy. There are some pretty profound changes underway.

    Think about the video in the context of literally any other industry, and you realize the scope of the potential disruption that is occurring.

    The Internet of Things is real, and it is unfolding at a blistering pace. We’re in the era of connected thermostats that link to an intelligent energy grid; autonomous vehicle technology that is self-aware, and networked into sophisticated, intelligent highway flow control systems. A connected trucking fleet that is self-diagnostic, predictive, and built for zero downtime. Intelligent home appliances that link to packaged food products that automatically upload carb, sodium and other dietary information as part of an overall health and wellness program.

    Jim Carroll has been talking on stage about the Internet of things since the late 1990’s, when he began using the phrase “hyper connectivity” to describe a world in which “every device that is a part of our daily lives is about to become plugged in.” Since then, he has delivered his insight on the topic to a wide variety of organizations: several global technology leaders with a keynote talk on the future of home automation; several of the world’s largest HVAC companies about what happens when a global, intelligent home and industrial energy infrastructure emerges through widespread connectivity; consumer, food and packaged goods conferences about the impact of intelligent packaging. He has been booked by many leading global health care organizations for keynotes that have focused on what happens when consumers start aligning their wellness strategies through their own personal healthcare infrastructure.

    The Internet of Things is a substantive, transformative trend that will provide more change in every industry in the next ten years than they’ve seen in the last thirty.

     Jim Carroll already over a dozen years of on-stage experience with the topic, and can help you understand the strategies, risks and opportunities that you need to be aware of you move into a hyperconnected future. Consider one of the world’s most widely recognized futurists, trends and innovation experts for your next association, CEO leadership meeting or other keynote!


    Business model disruption. The rapid emergence of new competitors. The challenging impact of social media. Rapid prototyping and the global idea machine. The digitization of everything and the impact of hyperconnectivity. Rapid technological change. All of these trends — and more — require that organizations pick up the pace when it comes to their innovation efforts.

    They can do so by learning what the world’s leaders are doing with their innovations efforts. For over 20 years, Jim Carroll has had the opportunity to study what makes some organizations excel at the concept of innovation while others do not. He has carefully cataloged their approaches, attitudes, leadership styles and strategies into a concise overview that is the secret-sauce of innovative thinking.

    World class innovators possess a relentless focus on growth, continually transitioning their revenue source, and solving customer problems before the customer knows it’s a problem. They focus on upside down innovation by sourcing innovation ideas through their customers. They concentrate on ingesting fast ideas; checking their speed and focusing on corporate agility, and focusing on long-term wins through constant incremental improvements. They know that skills partnerships are a key success factor. Most importantly, world-class innovators aren’t afraid to back away from big ideas. They know that right now is a great time to make bold decisions and to take decisive advantage to forge aggressive new paths against their competitors.

    While everyone else wallows in aggressive indecision and organizational sclerosis, world-class innovators know that it is a great time to do great things!

    In this keynote, Jim Carroll will provide you with unique insight into what these world-class organizations and high-caliber leaders are doing, to position themselves for a future in which the velocity of change is the new normal, acceleration is the reality, agility is the core, and adaptation is the necessity!


    We live in a time of massive challenge, and yet one of massive opportunity. We’re faced with deep and complex issues involving the environment, health care, water and food. At the same time, every industry is faced with upheaval and disruption. At the same time, every business, and every industry is being redefined at blinding speed by technology, globalization, the rapid emergence of new competitors, new forms of collaborative global R&D, and countless other challenge

    The speed with which these changes occur are now being increasingly driven by he arrival of a younger, more entrepreneurial generation; a group that seems determined to change the world to reflect their ideas and concept of opportunity. They’ve grown up networked, wired, and are collaborative in ways that no previous generation seems to be.

    And therein lies the challenge.

    Most organizations are bound up in traditions, process, certain defined ways of doing things — rules — that have helped them succeed in the past. Over time, they have developed a corporate culture which might have worked at the slower-paced world of the past — but now has them on the sick-bed, suffering from an organizational sclerosis that clogs up their ability to try to do anything new.

    Those very things which worked for them in the past might be the anchors that could now hold them back as the future rushes at them with ever increasing speed.

    They are being challenged in a fundamental way by those who think big, and by some really big, transformative trends.

    How to cope with accelerating change? In this keynote, Jim outlines his simple but transformative structure: Think big, start small and scale fast!

    In this riveting keynote, Jim Carroll covers the major trends and opportunities that come from “thinking big, starting small, and scaling fast,” by addressing some of the fundamental changes that are underway.

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Strategic Specialist Carilion Health Care