Brian Solis is a world-renowned digital anthropologist and futurist who serves as Global Innovation Evangelist at Salesforce. Brian is also an 8x best-selling author and international keynote speaker.
Futurist: Forbes heralded Brian Solis as “one of the more creative and brilliant business minds of our time.” He was recently named a “top futurist speaker,” by ReadWrite. ZDNet called him “one of the 21st century business world’s leading thinkers.”
Brian helps executives understand the evolving, complex landscape of digital trends and how they impact our work, markets, and business over time. Whether it’s generative AI, AR/VR or and spatial computing, web3, the metaverse, IoT, digital twins, or quantum computing, Brian humanizes each wave of emergent disruption to help audiences understand trends and see themselves productively shaping the future. He helps shift people’s mindsets from being overwhelmed, confused, or intimidated to taking control and moving forward with curiosity, excitement, and imagination.
Digital Anthropologist: Brian is also one of the industry’s first digital anthropologists who helped define the practice early in his career. This is key to humanizing trends. He’s able to observe how technology changes people’s behavior, in a variety of important contexts (as leaders, employees, customers) and understand their aspirations, their purpose, what they value, how they make decisions, and how they want to work. These changes in behavior directly impact values, relationships, and loyalty.
Through this research, Brian helps audiences empathize with different generations (Gen-Y, Z, Alpha) and understand how technology creates a cross-generational superset of people with similar behaviors, interests, and aspirations. Brian coined these important groups as Generation-Connected and Generation-Novel.
ServiceNow: Currently, Brian serves as the Head of Global Innovation at ServiceNow. In his role, he sets the strategic direction and programming for ServiceNow’s Innovation and Executive Briefing Centers in Silicon Valley, New York, London, Paris, Sydney, and Singapore. Additionally, Brian designs and delivers strategic engagements with important customers to advise on digital and business innovation strategies. He also publishes industry thought leadership in leading publications to help executives (and customers) understand technology and market trends and inspire business model innovation.
United Nations: In addition to his day job, Brian serves as a special adviser to the UN global innovation team. He develops workshops and keynotes that explore emergent trends and future scenarios, scenario strategies, skills development, and culture and leadership.
Salesforce: As the leader of Global Innovation at Salesforce, Brian gained a reputation as the “CxO Whisperer” because of his ability to translate shifting technology and market trends into actionable strategies for executives. He also has a deep understanding of the challenges and opportunities facing companies and helps leaders think differently about current priorities and investments to future proof their organizations. Brian also partnered with leading brands to develop innovation pilots in service, L&D, and commerce, including applications that featured digital humans, 3D/immersive shopping and e-commerce powered by augmented reality.
Leadership: Added up, Brian helps executives unlock insights and ideas that lead to meaningful change in customer and employee experiences, the future of work, business model innovation, digital transformation, corporate culture, and leadership.
Brian’s personable approachable and engaging style is why he’s consistently ranked as one of the top speakers at the biggest events around the world. And as one event organizer recently put it, “Brian has a special gift to engage people and help everyone believe they can be part of change.” The Conference Board said it this way, “Brian is the futurist we all need now.”
Brian is indeed ‘Mr. Futurist,’ but with a big heart. He has personally influenced and shaped business and technology trends, led countless transformation and innovation programs for Fortune 500 companies. He has advised notable celebrities including Oprah, Shaq, and Ashton Kutcher; and startups including Uber, Airbnb, and Tripit.
He’s an eight-time, best-selling, and award-winning author and has published more than 60 research reports on the future of business, work, digital transformation and innovation across industries such as retail, healthcare, financial services, insurance, and public sector. He’s currently working on his ninth book due out later in 2023.
His blog, BrianSolis.com, is among the world’s leading business online resources to his 800,000 followers. Brian also contributes to FastCompany, Forbes, Techonomy, CIO, and Singularity University.
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