Global Futurist and Business Forecaster Jack Uldrich to Keynote Economic Development Summit

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Acclaimed global futurist, best-selling author and business forecaster Jack Uldrich has been selected to deliver the opening keynote address at this year’s National Rural Economic Development Association Annual Meeting.

Futurist Jack Uldrich

The fast-growing and distributed nature of various communications, information, and energy technologies makes this an exciting time for rural communities.

Following on the heels of his keynote presentations to senior PepsiCo executives in Chennai, India, SingTel's CIO Days in Hong Kong, and the Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO) in Harrisburg, PA, popular keynote speaker, renowned global futurist, technology forecaster and best-selling author, Jack Uldrich has been selected to give the keynote address at this year’s National Rural Economic Development Association (NREDA) on July 19 in Indianapolis, Indiana. The title of Uldrich’s presentation is “Jump the Curve to a Smarter, More Profitable Future.”

The material presented in the keynote will be based on a combination of Uldrich's best-selling book, “Jump the Curve: 50 Essential Strategies to Help Your Company Stay Ahead of Emerging Technologies,” and his new book, "Foresight 2020: A Futurist Explores the Trends Transforming Tomorrow." The presentation, which will cover trends in information and communication technologies, robotics, nanotechnology, biotechnology, cloud computing, artificial intelligence, business analytics and more, is designed to provide community leaders and senior economic development officials with a solid foundation upon which to construct their communities own future. An overview of some of Uldrich’s ideas on information technologies can be found in this recent article, 10 Future Mobile Trends for CIO’s to Consider Today.

Uldrich will also provide an overview of how technological change is upending long-standing economic development models and discuss why future trends will demand “unlearning.” Uldrich, who has been hailed as "America's Chief Unlearning Officer" and is the author of “Higher Unlearning: 39 Post-Requisite Lessons for Achieving a Successful Future,” will conclude his talk by reviewing the consequences of not embracing the concept of “unlearning.” Throughout his talk, Uldrich will use vivid analogies and memorable stories, drawn from a wide spectrum of industries, to ensure his message of change "sticks" with his audience. A sample of some Uldrich’s ideas on the future of agriculture can be found in this chapter from his forthcoming book, “Foresight 2020”.

In the past year, Uldrich has addressed hundreds of business and trade groups from around the world, including delivering customized keynote presentations to The Chief Learning Officers Summit, PepsiCo, United Healthcare, Cisco, IBM, WiPro, The California Agriculture Summit, Growmark, the Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce, various YPO and WPO groups, and General Electric.

Parties interested in learning more about Jack Uldrich, his books, his daily blog or his speaking availability are encouraged to visit his website at: Media wishing to know more about the event or interviewing Jack Uldrich can contact him directly at 612-267-1212 or jack(at)schoolofunlearning(dot)com.

Uldrich is a renowned global futurist, technology forecaster, best-selling author, editor of the monthly newsletter, The Exponential Executive, and host of the award-winning website, He is currently represented by a number of professional speakers' bureaus, including Leading Authorities and Executive Speakers Bureau.

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