If your goal is to prepare people for the future, Marc Prensky will show you how to do it.
Marc Prensky is a world-renowned thought leader, visionary, and generator of new ideas. He offers open-minded executive and leaders—on every continent—new and better ways to move into the future. Marc’s core skill is “re-framing”, i.e., getting people to see things in new ways.
Marc Prensky is known throughout the world for coining the terms
“digital native” and “digital immigrant” both now in the Oxford English Dictionary.
Marc has given keynotes in almost 50 countries on 6 continents, helping people all over the world re-frame their thinking. Marc’s keynotes are, fast-paced, enjoyable and engaging, and are tailored for each audience. His presentation style is energetic, informal, and direct. Marc is well-known for continually offering new, high-quality ideas and thinking to conference audiences.
Marc offers audiences — based on his keen, unique observations — new and better alternatives for succeeding in the fast-changing 21st century world. In Marc’s talks, 10 books, and over 200 essays, he offers the world what many have called “a breath of fresh air”. Marc’s latest book,
(2022) has been called “transformative,” “insightful,” and a “must-read.” “EMPOWERED !: Re-framing ‘Growing Up’ for a New Age”
Marc believes ALL of today’s people have far more to contribute to the world than ever—if we bring out what is inside each of them. He shows new ways to unleash the capabilities and power of all our world’s people in their new, digital age—including new frames for technology, new alternatives to our current education, new ways of parenting, and new ways to help our young people find meaningful work in a 21st-century world.
Marc helps audiences think, feel, and act differently regarding their future work and lives. People who hear him
ALWAYS leave with new thoughts and perspectives.
Marc holds graduate degrees from Harvard and Yale Universities. He earned his MBA from the
Harvard Business School with distinction, and spent 6 years at the famed Boston Consulting Group.
THE FUTURE OF WORK: From “Jobs” to “Projects”; From Employer-focused to Employee focused.
We all know work is changing. But few have the perspective and re-framing that Marc Prensky brings. In this far-seeing keynote Marc helps audiences see the NEW AGE OF EMPOWERMENT THAT IS ARRIVING, and its far-reaching implications for human work.
Anything that two people can do equally well will soon be replaced by a machine, as Artificial Intelligence and Automation penetrate further into our workplaces. BUT HAVE NO FEAR, Prensky says, BECAUSE WE WILL NEVER RUN OUT OF: —PEOPLE WITH DREAMS, —PROBLEMS TO FIX, and —PEOPLE WHO NEED HELP. Nor will we will run out of people who want to do those things. Those are the future of human work.
The way we will do these things better, says Prensky, is through SYMBIOSIS WITH TECHNOLOGY. Our key 21st century challenge, in order o solve all our pressing problems—like climate change— is to BECOME SYMBIOTIC with our new technologies as rapidly as possible. This goes for people of all ages—and the young are starting faster.
In our New Age of Empowerment, individuals will FINALLY HAVE THE MEANS TO CONTROL THEIR WORLD, starting at early ages. They will need to understand not just how to take control of their world, but how to improve it.
ARTIFICAL INTELLIGENCE AND PEOPLE AT WORK: From “People with Tools” to SYMBIOTIC EMPOWERED HUMANS.
Many believe that as technology develops, we remain “the same people”—just with more powerful tools. In this controversial keynote Prensky re-frames this thinking to seeing humans as becoming “symbiotic empowered hybrids” with all the powerful new technologies we have created.
Marc believes technologies have effectively given humans new, helpful body parts—much like our having grown a new, useful tail—and we must learn to use these new body parts wisely and well.
This highly re-framing keynote explores the idea of symbiosis—first proposed in the 1970s— and how 21st century humans are becoming SYMBIOTIC HUMAN HYBRIDS.
The “new symbiosis” with technology IS NOT “addiction,” says Prensky. Rather it is the process of getting to know what we can do that is positive with our new capabilities. Figuring this out, says Prensky, is probably our most pressing 21st century task as humans—because it will help us solve all our other problems.
CREATIVITY, ‘THE METAVERSE,’ AND ‘THE CLOUD’ AT WORK: Moving From Two Worlds to THREE Worlds, and from 20th century beliefs to 21st century beliefs.
In this forward-thinking talk, Marc Prensky re-frames the worlds of creativity and imagination for a New Age. People often think there is only one world to live and work in, says Prensky, ignoring the ‘world of imagination’ in each of our heads—which is where all creativity springs from.
And now, in the 21st century, says Prensky, we have a new third world: “The Cloud.” Whereas before people could realize their imaginations only in the real world—which is often hard, leading many to give up—‘The Cloud’ is a brand-new world in which to bring forth imagination. Infinitely huge, with many dimensions. Growing far faster than the “real-world, The Cloud offers a new frontier in which to be creative, and many opportunities.
The currently-highly-hyped ‘Metaverse,” on the other hand, is only a small part of the “Cloud”—The Metaverse refers to the visual dimension of the Cloud, i.e., the part that, through a headset or special glasses, looks like a real world. Unlike the Cloud, which is quickly developing, the Metaverse is far slower to emerge, and is still in its earliest stages.
DIVERSITY AND TRUST AT WORK: From a “must” to an “I wouldn’t want to NOT have”.
It is time to re-frame both “diversity” and “trust” in the workplace, says Marc Prensky. Most of us think we are both trusting and trustworthy, and that we support diversity. The reality is that most of our workplaces are less diverse than many might like, and sorely lacking in trust. In this eye-opening talk, Prensky helps audiences see diversity and trust in new ways.
“What makes us each unique,” says Prensky, “are the individual projects we each choose to do and be part of.” Prensky shows how when we are each working on things we actually care deeply about, diversity and trust become not only easier, but desirable and necessary. Prensky helps us see how the right kind of diversity and trusting each other leads to far greater outcomes and satisfaction. He asks difficult questions, like: “If a team had members of every race, religion, gender and nationality, and yet they all thought similarly about the problem at hand—how much diversity would there be?” and “What happens when someone you trust lets you down?”
In this unusual keynote, Marc Prensky brings his famous “re-framing lens” to the issues of diversity and trust, showing audiences how to see those issues from a new and different perspective.
YOUNG PEOPLE & GENERATIONAL CHANGE AT WORK: From old beliefs to NEW, 21st CENTURY BELIEFS.
As we gradually change over from the world’s “Last Pre-Internet Generation”—raised almost entirely in the 20th century—to the “First Internet Generation,” raised entirely in the 21st, we need to see our young people through different lenses. We are in a time of massive generational change in attitudes and beliefs regarding: education technology, privacy, property, personal relationships, security, sexuality, power, kids, violence, god, justice, money, love, government, creativity, and even time and space. Today we are already far beyond the terms “digital natives” and “digital immigrants” that Marc Prensky coined only two decades ago.
The most important new generational beliefs, says Prensky , are “I CAN” and “WE CAN.” The consequences of these changes in beliefs and capabilities—as Prensky shows through multiple examples—are profound.
EMPOWERED!: Re-framing 'Growing Up' for a New Age.
In Marc Prensky’s 10th book about “GROWING UP EMPOWERED,” he re-frames a new and better way for all two billion young humans now in the world— who have dramatically new and different capabilities and beliefs from their 20th century-born parents—to achieve a meaningful and fulfilling 21st century adulthood. The book offers a new model of FINDING your uniqueness, APPLYING it to bettering your world, and, in so doing, REALIZING your dreams. Marc presents EMPOWERMENT HUBS as an exciting (for young people) new alternative to 20th century schooling.
Education to Better Their World: Unleashing the Power of 21st-Century Kids.
In his most visionary book, internationally renowned educator Marc Prensky presents a compelling alternative to how and what we teach our children. Drawing on emerging world trends, he elaborates a comprehensive vision for K–12 education that includes new goals, new means, a new curriculum, a new kind of teaching, and a new use of technology.
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