Futurist speaker Paul Higgins will challenge your audience to think differently about what the future holds.
The biggest blockage to seeing future possibilities and risks is the limitation of our own perspectives and assumptions. Paul provides tailored presentations for conferences, workshops, staff retreats and other events that are deliberately designed to provoke and challenge thinking.
But be warned – these presentations will upset some people who want things to stay the same because the presentation will challenge their basic assumptions and core beliefs. Don’t engage him unless that is what you really want.
His experience and interests include agriculture, the not for profit sector, social enterprise, the disruptive effects of web technologies, communication and information technologies, new business models, workforce planning and working with uncertainty.
Paul established his own consulting company, combining his long experience in business with his training as a futurist, to assist organisations and individuals in the creation of strategy. Paul believes that the application of foresight tools to the strategy process can give organisations a critical edge in a fast-moving modern world.
He holds a First Class Honours degree in Veterinary Science, A Bachelor of Animal Science, and a Masters of Strategic Foresight from the Australian Foresight Institute at Swinburne University in Melbourne. Paul is also a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Paul has been a dairy cattle veterinarian, an abattoir manager, a pork farmer, and an agribusiness consultant before becoming a futurist. He has also been involved in politics and agri-politics having been Chairman of the pork industry national body twice for a total of 10 years, and President of Country Labor in Victoria for 5 years. Paul recently retired from the board of Auspork after 16 years.
Paul is a graduate of the Leadership Victoria Program and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He is also a guest lecturer at Victoria University on the disruptive effects of web technologies and a technology editor on Tumblr, the micro-blogging site sold to Yahoo in 2013 for US$1.1 billion. Paul is also a partner of Social Ventures Partners International (Melbourne Chapter) as well as being a member of their investment committee. Paul writes and presents regularly on future disruptions to business models, and consults to a range of organisations on how to think about the future.
Paul believes that the combination of his experience and his foresight training gives him a unique perspective on business strategy.
Paul’s business experience has taught him that critical business decisions have as much impact on business success as long hours of focused execution. However, he recognises that most people have little time to look around and think about what might be happening. Therefore, the approaches he uses align themselves to the reality of a fast moving, time critical modern world from quick scanning processes to longer strategic analysis.
Paul is also now the Chair of the Policy and Research Advisory Board for the Future Business Council.