Matthias Horx  Futurist

Future Speaker

Do not expect any quick trend recipes. Or a speech specifically about your particular field of business. Or a PR speech for your product.

In his speeches, Matthias Horx approaches themes from the perspective of the long-term-mega trends which change our world. He poses provocative questions, challenges conventional thinking patterns, and entertains with anecdotes. He also creates optimism. Horx speaks in English or German at conferences, seminars or workshops. He underlines his speeches with images - which is why a powerful projector is necessary to effectively bring across his speeches.

Eight Key Speeches by Matthias Horx

The following summaries of his key eight speeches give an idea of the thematic range Matthias Horx covers. The themes can be combined and – within limits – also be more specifically applied to various business sectors and type of events. A speech lasts between 45 and 60 minutes with time for discussion afterwards.

Creative Cities – The Future of Cities

Neo-urbanization and post-regionalization in the 21st Century

By the year 2050 70% of people will live in cities. Whilst in the developing countries mega cities are proliferating, in other regions cities are shrinking. This presents new challenges for city development, but also new chances for urbanization and regional identity. Glocalization is leading to a renaissance of middle and small sized cities and “creative design cities” are competing to be the new cultural world capital.

Future Markets – Future Business

How the crisis today shapes the world of tomorrow

Everyone fears crises. However stock exchange crashes, credit crunches, can be seen differently: as a form of creative destruction during which new economic systems, rules and cooperations take shape. Which markets and market structures will shape the future economies? Which economic cycles are behind the crisis. This speech is for those in business who are prepared to look beyond the pessimism and panic that crises feed on.

Future Living

Architecture, Homes and Daily Life in the Future

In Vienna in 2010 the Future Evolution House will have inhabitants – it will be the living and working place of the Horx-Strathern family. Using this as a concrete example, this speech takes a critical look at the most important developments and trends in family life-work structures, mobility, building, energy issues, architecture and design. This is especially interesting for experts in the fields of city planning, builders, architects, developers, planners and for those interested in the discourse and dilemmas about how we will live.

Creative Kapitalism

Work and Education in the Age of the Talent Economy

This speech challenges the current socio-political debates. It is about a realistic vision of change in the knowledge society, taking on the key social questions of today. At the heart is the shift in work culture from the industrial society to a flexible working system. How can we use this new freedom in the workplace as a “culture of emancipation” instead of fearing it. How do we have to restructure our eduction system to prevent a permanent rift in society.

The Power of the Megatrends

Which are the forces that are changing the world

Megatrends are the longterm wide-reaching drivers of change. But what are their inner workings and mechanisms. Which societal and political changes stimulate or enforce them. This speech offers an overview of the fundamental driving forces of the 21st century. Suitable for all firms/industries as well as a general audience.


How People and Technology Co-evolve

Technology is shaping our future. But what is shaping and changing technology. Why are predictions about technology so often wrong. In this illustrated and amusing speech, Horx presents a method of predicting technological development that uses evolutionary theory. The theme is particularly suitable for technology congresses and the IT industry, but also in the context of general methodology for viewing the future.

The Visionary Principle

How we can find out about the future

It has been said that anyone who has “visions” needs a doctor! But visions are of great importance for people, they help us orientate and shape our view of the world. This speech explains the functions of prognosis, predictions, utopias and forecasting in our civilization. It also takes a playful look at the methodical and psychological basis of trend and future forecasting.

Guide to Future Optimism

Why the world is not getting worse

The future appears to be disastrous: the environment is endangered, capitalism is evil, and globalization a catastrophe. But behind such future images and misconceptions there lie ideologies, fears and distorted world views. This provocative speech reveals the media fallacies and psychological traps behind the rampant future pessimism. Horx trains positive mental “future fitness” for a wide ranging audience.