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David Houle

David Houle is a futurist, thinker and speaker. Houle spent more than 20 years in media and entertainment. He has worked at NBC, CBS, and was part of the senior executive team that created and launched MTV, Nickelodeon, VH1 and CNN Headline News. Houle has won a number of awards including two Emmys, the prestigious George Foster Peabody award, and the Heartland award for “Hank Aaron: Chasing the Dream”. He was nominated for an Academy Award as well.
 
 
 

Houle is consistently ranked as one of the top futurists and futurist keynote speakers on the major search engines and in the world today. In the last five years he has delivered keynotes on six continents and twelve countries. He is often called “the CEOs’ Futurist” having spoken to or advised 2,500+ CEOs and business owners in the past seven years. He writes the highly regarded futurist blog www.evolutionshift.com with the tag line “A Future Look At Today.” For those of you on Twitter his user name is evolutionshift, which is also the name of his YouTube channel. He publishes the free Shift Age Newsletter, available at www.davidhoule.com/newsletter. During 2010 Houle was a featured contributor on Oprah.com, and his much acclaimed site futurewow.com which is his curated visual look into the future launched in 2013.


David has been speaking about the future for 8 years and his influential first book The Shift Age was published in 2007. His second book, Shift Ed: A Call to Action for Transforming K-12 Education, written with Jeff Cobb was published in March 2011. The New Health Age: the Future of Health Care in America, co-authored with Jonathan Fleece, was published by Sourcebooks in January 2012, and became a #1 best seller on Amazon in the categories of Medicine and Future of Health Care. Entering the Shift Age was published by Sourcebooks in January of 2013. It is also a #1 Amazon best seller in the category of Business Planning and Forecasting. Houle published the eBook Is Privacy Dead: The Future of Privacy in the Digital Age in November 2013. His latest book Brand Shift: The Future of Brands and Marketing with co-author Owen Shapiro was published in August 2014.


Houle is currently Futurist in Residence and Guest Lecturer at the Ringling College of Art + Design.


Shift Ed: A Call to Action for Transforming K-12 Education
This presentation is based upon Houle’s acclaimed book of the same name. As a futurist involved in education, Houle calls for nothing less than the transformation of K-12 education for the twenty-first century. He frames this transformation in both the history of education and the future of this new century and the Shift Age. In the three years it has been delivered, this presentation has been widely praised by educators as a needed vision of the future of education.