A talent for speaking differently, rather than arguing well, is the chief instrument of cultural change
Ronan is a rare speaker who combines next generation vision with senior leadership experience.
He is the go to when organisations want to understand their threats and opportunities, having led scenario planning for the British Foreign Office, and now as a leading contributor to RethinkX, the Think Tank that is making the world's most accurate predictions on technological disruption.
In his unforgettable talks, he shares the wild ride that is in store for us in the roaring 20s, as disruptive technology demolishes all incumbent industries and business models. This is more than an industrial revolution. We are either on the brink of an entirely new civilisation or a collapse into a new dark age.
The determining factor will be whether we can shed the linear, incumbent mindsets that keep us thinking that the future is an extension of the past, and that we can carry on with business as usual. Only the brave few who can shift their mindset, renew their purpose and transform their organisation will prevail.
Ronan is a charismatic voice of his generation, delivering a rallying cry for deep adaptation. Book him today to understand what we must do, and who we must become.
Highlights from Ronan's keynote on new politics at the Burning Man Global Leadership Summit.
We Must Grow to Meet the Challenges of our Time
In the next 10 years, the five foundational sectors of society (information, energy, transport, agriculture, and materials) will undergo profound disruption, destroying every incumbent industry. By 2030, Oil will be fully replaced by solar, wind and battery; dairy and meat will be fully replaced by precision fermentation, autonomous electric vehicles will mean that less than 5% of people will own a car. The knock on effects for every aspect of our society will be enormous. Industry analysts and CEOs using linear forecasting models are simply asleep at the wheel.*
This isn't a new industrial revolution, it's a civilisational shift. As profound as the shift from Hunter Gatherer to the Agricultural Age. There is a very real chance we will be able to meet everyone's basic needs at -10x the cost, using 90% fewer natural resources, ushering in what forecasters call The Age of Freedom. Amidst all the doom and gloom, we are missing the enormous possibilities to address our biggest challenges around climate change, inequality and shared prosperity. However, if we maintain our incumbent mindsets, and double down on existing organisational systems, we risk a catastrophic collapse. History shows us that massive technological changes trigger a collapse before a slow emergence from a dark age. Ronan represents a generation that is pioneering the way forward now, so we can buck this historical trend.
There is a path, if we are courageous enough to take it. It's called deep adaptation. In his talks, Ronan outlines the four pillars that every organisation needs to implement.
1. Cultivating mental resilience to shift from being overwhelmed by disruption to adaptive learning
2. Creating mutual aid networks that build a culture of psychological growth and collaboration
3. Upgrading collective sense-making to understand where threats and opportunities are coming from
4. Transition toward decentralised decision making to encourage experimentation at the edges
This is very difficult work, and it takes a rare breed of organisation to make it. Leaders turn to Ronan to help them make this major transition. Now, audiences can get a practical roadmap and inspiring leadership to create their own transformational change.
In a thirty minute talk with Ronan, audiences leave with their mind blown about the hidden future that awaits them. This is the perfect antidote to the doom and gloom that surrounds the future. Book Ronan today to understand the hidden patterns of how societies change, and what we can all do to create the next era.
*From Rethinking Humanity, a new book by industry prophets Tony Seba and James Arbib. Ronan is working with them to develop the thinking and narrative around these important ideas.
RONAN IS ONE OF THE MOST INSPIRING AND TOUCHING SPEAKERS I KNOW. HE TRULY
HOLDS THE AUDIENCE
IN HIS HANDS
- Josef Lentsch, Managing Partner, Innovation in Politics Institute, Germany.
Showreel highlighting Ronan's perspective on how organisations can go from overwhelm to adaptation
As with all of our events we take feedback from our attendees, Ronan received a 100% feedback score which is a first across our networks since I joined the company.
Joe Mullis -Programme Design Manager, KPMG
In his insightful and entertaining talks, Ronan applies futuristic thinking to help audiences make sense of the deep shifts that are unfolding in the world, sharing the secret practices that pioneering leaders and organisations are using to become the success stories of our complex new world.
RONAN CERTAINLY KNOWS HOW TO GRAB THE ATTENTION OF AN AUDIENCE AND TAKE THEM WITH HIM ON A JOURNEY OF DISCOVERY AND DISCUSSION
- Clint Evans, Director of Brand and Talent, Reynolds Porter Chamberlain