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Jim is the world’s leading global futurist, trends and innovation expert, with a massive global blue chip client list. Over the last 20 years, more than 2 million people have shared his insight with his events on stage.

Jim helps transform growth-oriented organizations into high-velocity innovation heroes! Here’s an overview of his background.

  • NASA has had him in — twice — to help shape their thought process about the future!
  • after a presentation by Jim, the Walt Disney Corporation made the comment, ” Jim’s storytelling approach really helps to get his points across!”
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  • when the PGA – Professional Golfers Association of America – chose an external speaker to open their 94th Annual General Meeting, they went with Jim Carroll. They’d never hired an external speaker before in their history. They then rebooked him to keynote the 2016 PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando — one of the world’s largest sporting trade association events. He was on stage after Lee Trevino and followed by Bubba Watson!
NASA's Goddard Space Center welcomes Jim Carroll, where he hosted a number of discussions around future trend and innovation in the context of the changing business models of the space industry.

NASA’s Goddard Space Center welcomes Jim Carroll, where he hosted a number of discussions around future trends and innovation in the context of the changing business models of the space industry. This was the second time NASA has invited Jim in to speak.

  •  Jim’s insight is sought internationally. He was one of two speakers to address fifty senior CxO level executives in St. Andrews, Scotland, at an invitation-only event; he was the opening keynote speaker at the  World Pharma Innovation Congress in London; and spoke for a small, intimate gathering of large, global group of investment executives that manage some of the world’s largest family wealth foundations (“family offices”) at an event in Athens, Greece, including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; and the WorldSkills Global Competition in Sao Paolo, Brazil
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  • Jim has sharedthe stage at events with President George W. Bush, Carrie Fisher (“Princess Leia” of Star Wars), Terry Bradshaw of the NFL, Biz Stone (Founder of Twitter), Jimmy Wales of Wikipedia, Astronaut Scott Kelly (last pilot of the Space Shuttle), Buzz Aldrin of Apollo 11, Newt Gingrich, Jack Welch of GE, Roger Goodall, the Commissioner of the NFL, Lee Trevino and Bubba Watson of golf, among others.
  • essentially, Jim assists in organizations in dealing with the future, trends and innovation through three distinct types of events: as the opening or closing keynote speaker for the annual meetings/conferences of national or international associations; keynotes or workshops for private corporate leadership events, ranging from small groups of 15 to several hundred executives, often sponsored by the CEO, for a vast range of global Fortune 1000 companies; keynotes or panel discussions on customer oriented meetings or promotional events
  • Jim is globally recognized for his unique wisdom and insight into trends. BusinessWeek on Jim: “a leading source for innovation insight;” CNBC guest expert on innovation; insights also covered by ABC News, INC, Fast Company, the South China Morning Post (Hong Kong), STOrai Magazine (Retail Association of India), The Age (Sydney, Australia), American Way,  CAPITAL Magazine (Dubai/United Arab Emirates) CEO Magazine Hungary, Association LEADERSHIP, the National Post and PROFIT.

Jim Carroll on stage in Las Vegas keynoting the IMXchange – Interactive Manufacturing Exchange — conference, with a talk on the future of manufacturing and the necessity for continuous, relentless innovation. He regularly headlines major conferences worldwide.

  • Jim is globally recognized for his unique wisdom and insight into trends. BusinessWeek on Jim: “a leading source for innovation insight;” CNBC guest expert on innovation; insights also covered by ABC News, INC, Fast Company, the South China Morning Post (Hong Kong), STOrai Magazine (Retail Association of India), The Age (Sydney, Australia), American Way,  CAPITAL Magazine (Dubai/United Arab Emirates) CEO Magazine Hungary, Association LEADERSHIP, the National Post and PROFIT.
  • Jim has researched key innovation success factors for dozens of industries, associations, professions, companies and individuals. 100,000’s of people have shared his insight with highly energized presentations in Zurich, Munich, Palm Springs, Sydney, Cayman Islands, Los Angeles, Miami, Costa Rica, London, Nassau, Sao Paolo, 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 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

If you are visiting this site, then you are thinking about the issue of innovation in the context of future trends. Here’s a good place to start: do you find that people respond to new ideas by responding, “but we can’t do that, because we’ve always done it this way!” Or that people laugh at new ideas, and no one can remember the last time anyone did anything really cool?

Try out a few of Jim’s unique ideas on innovation get you started on your voyage into become an innovation leader:

  • The Innovation Killers
  • 10 Great Words for Innovation
  • 10 Ideas for Instilling an Innovation Culture
  • The Masters of Business Imagination Manifesto
  • 10 Surefire Ways to Destroy Innovative Thinking
  • Innovative Thinking: Thing Big, Start Small, Scale Fast
  • What Do World Class Innovators Do That Others Don’t Do?
  • Innovators Aren’t Afraid to Ask Tough Questions

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