As one of the world’s leading futurists, Ben Hammersley has been advising companies, governments, and individuals for the past twenty years. His deep technical expertise combines with an extremely eclectic international career to produce unique insights, guidance, and products that are particularly suited to the non-linear strangeness of the world today.
Ben Hammersley is a futurist, author, and digital thought leader. He has been called one of the most thought-provoking futurists of our time and has addressed audiences around the globe for over 10 years. He brings a practical, proactive approach to future technologies, inspiring and educating audiences and preparing them for the future, while exploring the effects of the internet and the digital network on the world’s business, political and social spheres.
Over the past 20 years, he has been a technology journalist for the Times and the Guardian, a war reporter covering Afghanistan and Beirut, an author of 5 books, the presenter of a landmark BBC and Netflix television series, the Editor at Large of UK’s WIRED magazine, a consultant to the UK and US governments and the European Commission, the inventor of the word “podcast”, and a pilot, emergency medic, rescue diver, and ultra-runner.
As host of Cybercrimes (2007-18), he explored a global threat that could impact us all—the dark world of hacking. A new generation of highly organized cybercriminals run complex commercial enterprises, involving leaders, planners, engineers, infantry and hired money mules. Hammersley also is the author of the acclaimed book “64 Things You Need To Know Now For Then”, a guide to the new concepts of the modern world. His most recent book, “Now For Then: How To Face The Digital Future Without Fear”, is on the latest ideas in technology, culture, business and politics. It demystifies the Internet, decodes cyberspace and ushers us through the innovation revolution in which we are all living.
From audiences of 10,000 Brazilian hacker kids, to closed sessions of summits of Heads of State; from all-hands gatherings of international marketing agencies, to board meetings of investment banks, Ben Hammersley’s keynote speeches have long been widely considered among the most inspiring, insightful, and educational of their kind. Individually crafted to the needs of the audience and the event organizer, and backed by decades of stagecraft and production experience, booking a speech from Ben Hammersley is the surest, safest, most exciting way to brief your staff, your customers, your board, or your rising stars on the trends and developments that will shape their world.
From the Future of Work, to Emergent Attack Surfaces; from Multidisciplinary Synthesis, to Cognitive Risk, his advisory services, keynotes, training, and product design offer his clients a competitive edge into the new decade.