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neil redding

the near futurist

Connecting what's possible with what's practical.

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Neil brings an exciting new lens to business model evolution and to solving humanity-scale challenges.

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ABOUT NEIL REDDING

NEIL redding

is a keynote speaker, author, Innovation Architect and Near Futurist.

Neil has worked at the convergence of digital and physical for decades, and is an expert in spatial computing, virtual and augmented reality (VR/AR), AI and convergent brand ecosystems.

As a Near Futurist, Neil focuses on connecting what's possible with what's practical. He has started and led Near Future teams at firms as diverse as Mediacom, Gensler, and Thoughtworks — always leveraging the emerging possible in service of practical business value for his clients.

Neil currently leads Redding Futures, a boutique consultancy that enables brands and businesses to powerfully engage the Near Future. Prior to founding Redding Futures, Neil held leadership roles at Mediacom, Proximity/BBDO, Gensler, ThoughtWorks and Lab49.

He has delivered for clients including Visa, Nike, Cadillac, Macy’s, NBA, Verizon, TED, The Economist, MoMA, Converse, Morgan Stanley, Apple, Oracle, Financial Times, and Fidelity Investments.

He has spoken at numerous conferences including SXSW, AWE, Immerse Global Summit, infoComm, Tech2025, CreateTech, SEGD XLab, A.R.E. Shoptalk, Creative Technology Week, Design+AI and VRevolution.

Neil is also editor of Near Future of Retail, author of the forthcoming book The Ecosystem Paradigm, and advises multiple startups at the leading edge of the digital-physical convergence.

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the METAVERSE

Thirty years into our pursuit of the Metaverse, why are we still struggling to make it work?

In his current keynote "What Will Make the Metaverse Work" Neil explores this critical question and shares 3 tools that are critical to answering it successfully.

innovation

Global companies across industries like brand expression (Mediacom), design and architecture (Gensler), and software engineering (Thoughtworks) hire Neil to build new offerings at the intersection of digital and physical.

And Neil's work for global brands continues to inspire their leadership, drive business growth and pull the future into the present.

business model evolution

Durable innovation and business model evolution cannot happen without an alignment of how we see the world and how the world actually is.

Neil leads the design and development of holistically integrated digital-physical ecosystems for companies across the Retail, Enterprise, Shipping & Logistics, and other sectors.

near futurism

Futurism can be inspiring, motivating, and informative — and yet it is rarely actionable.

While Neil values the work of futurists highly and leverages it in his work, as the Near Futurist his laser focus is on emerging technologies that are ready for business and cultural impact today.

near futurism

Futurism can be inspiring, motivating, and informative — and yet it is rarely actionable.

While Neil values the work of futurists highly and leverages it in his work, as the Near Futurist his focus is on connecting the emerging possible with the immediately practical — leveraging technologies that are ready for business and brand impact today.

AI

AI is already enabling profound transformation of every aspect of how we work and communicate, and we've just seen the tip of the iceberg.

Neil's distinct Near Futurist perspective on AI provides clarity about immediate opportunities for action, as well as a powerful model for understanding the ways AI will participate in the ecosystems of our businesses in the near future.

spatial computing

Apple has declared that Spatial Computing will be as transformative as mobile and personal computing. As devices and AI gain an understanding of the physical world, the way we work, play and live our lives will change profoundly.

Neil has both a builder's expertise and an evangelist's compelling vision for the ways VR/AR/MR have and will continue to enable every brand and business model.

business model innovation

Durable innovation and business model evolution cannot happen without an alignment of how we see the world and how the world actually is.

Neil leads the design and development of holistically integrated digital-physical ecosystems for companies across the Retail, Enterprise, Shipping & Logistics, and other sectors.

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The Ecosystem Paradigm

How Seeing The World Differently Will Unlock Our Thriving, Abundant Future

Audiences: Business audiences / Executive leadership / Technology companies / Immersive industry audiences / Leaders across all industries and sectors

Our model of the world doesn't match the reality of the world. This is why we often find the future mystifying, we struggle unnecessarily, and are continually surprised when disruption occurs.

What if we learned to see the world differently?

In this inspiring and paradigm-shifting talk, Innovation Architect and Near Futurist Neil Redding shares how seeing the world through the lens of connected ecosystems is the critical unlock — for sustainable business growth into the emerging future, for solving humanity's greatest challenges, and for uncovering insights that transform the way we serve our customers and build new worlds.

Using research, stories, client successes and simple contextual models, your audience will learn the tools and practice of Near Futurism — combining a focus on the coming 3-5 years with a deep understanding of how ecosystems of all kinds work, evolve and thrive. And their businesses will reap the outsized benefits.

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A mind-altering new framing for how I run my business and my life!

Jonathan Brill, Speaker, Author, Transformation Architect

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Floki Jonson

founder of

OMG! Neil is amazeballs!

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"OMG! Neil is amazeballs! Duis aute irure dolor in reprehenderit in voluptate velit esse cillum dolore eu fugiat nulla pariatur."

Loha Simson

Founder of

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Jordan Doe

ceo of

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Floki Jonson

founder of

speaking

SXSW 2023 — The Ecosystem Paradigm
AWE 2023 — Why AR is the Inevitable Future of Commerce
AWE 2022 — What Will Make the Metaverse Work

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