Press Release (ePRNews.com) - Los Angeles, CA - Oct 12, 2016 - Autonomous vehicles, the sharing economy, MOOCs, Urban farming, and the Internet of Things –these are just a few of the trends that will impact the future of cities and metropolitan regions, according to Urban Futurist Jack Uldrich.
It is becoming increasingly apparent that Futurists, like Uldrich, who focus specifically on urban trends can be exceptionally helpful resources; helping city officials and planners spot highly innovative, but not necessarily well-known advances in technology.
More cities and economic development agencies are starting to hire futurists, and it makes good sense. City planners are often so bogged down with what is happening right now that they don’t always have the time to take a deep dive into the technological advances that will impact the future.
As a futurist and trend expert, that is Uldrich’s sole purpose. The days he isn’t speaking, he spends researching and writing on game-changing technology, as well as reviewing history and philosophy. His keynotes are often peppered with quotes from Lao Tzu and stories from bygone eras while also keeping his audiences apprised of the latest breakthroughs.
Uldrich says, “More cities and economic development agencies are starting to hire futurists, and it makes good sense. City planners are often so bogged down with what is happening right now they don’t always have the time to take a deep dive into the technological advances that will impact the future.”
When it comes to city planning, he says, “The recent upswing in the sharing economy alone is changing the shape of city economies everywhere,” says Uldrich. “Think: Uber and Airbnb. What will the next big trend in collaborative consumption be? Will urban farming impact local grocers? My prediction is it will. Just as MOOCs, (Massive Open On-line Courses) will affect higher education, and the cities where universities, colleges, and community colleges are situated.”
Today, at 6 pm in Glendora, California, Jack Uldrich will deliver his latest keynote, “A Look into the Future: It’s Closer than You Think,” at Glendora High School Event Center, 1600 E. Foothill Blvd, Glendora, California 91741. The event is free and open to the public.
Uldrich’s client list includes the Savannah Economic Development Agency, the Downtown Council of Minneapolis, the Chattanooga Chamber of Commerce and the Miami Downtown Development Agency, and the Urban Land Institute. He also speaks around the world on unlearning, change management, and technological advances in energy and utilities, manufacturing, education, healthcare, retail and finance.
Following his engagement in California, he will travel to Lansing, MI to address the Michigan Health and Hospital Association on October 18.
Parties interested in more information on Jack, his upcoming engagements and writing may view his website here.
Jack Uldrich & The School of Unlearning