Richard Watson

Richard Watson - Writer - Host - Presenter

Richard Watson is a writer, speaker and consultant who advises organisations on the future, focusing particularly on scenario planning and the impact of trends on long-term strategy.

He publishes the online magazine What’s Next (, and is the author of the best selling book Future Files (sixteen worldwide editions) and writes for a number of leading business publications worldwide. His latest book, Future Minds has just been published and looks at how the digital age is changing our minds, why whis matters and what we can do about it.


Richard has worked on scenario planning, horizon scanning and innovation projects with, amongst others, IBM, Coca-Cola, McDonald’s, Westfield, P&G, News Ltd, Nestlé, The Department of Education (UK and Australia) and Samsung.

Specific areas of expertise include newspapers, retail banking and food. His talks cover emerging trends, strategic foresight or scenario planning and he is an engaging and provocative futurist speaker.

Richard's recent engagements have included guest appearances for:

The Insurance Network

Lund University (Sweden)

RSA (Royal Society of Arts)

Kings Fund 


"It went really well. Richard’s insights on future trends was very interesting and engaging. The audience really were able to step back from their daily challenges and think ahead which is critical but in today’s world more and more difficult to find the time to do."  Richard gave a presentation on emerging trends in society, technology and business for the GE EMEA EB Summit - October 2011

“Insightful and eminently quotable!” The Times