“Chris presented to our group in a manner that captivated our audience. He has a unique ability to look forward, extrapolating multi-sector trends into inevitabilities or future considerations that are invaluable to scenario planning, forecasting, and strategy. His work is both engaging and compelling. I highly recommend bringing his perspective into your future thinking.”Ellen Katz, Chair, Larger Community Foundations
A few examples of Chris’ approach to speaking:
Keynote talk at the 2022 OneNKY Summit
Dr. Rice’s work with the Northern Kentucky Community provided beneficial data-driven insights as we pursue world class standards in unity, health, and education. These insights generated valuable discussion and strategic direction as we imagine and build our 22nd century OneNKY!”
Karen Finan, President & CEO, OneNKY Alliance
Chris’ 2021 virtual TEDx Talk
Chris appears on an episode of the Plutopia News Network with Dr. Donna Kidwell of Arizona State University.
Chris explores The New Weird with the fine folks at Beer and Napkins
Recent Keynote Topics
Most people, when they think about the future, envision a world that is much like today, perhaps with some slight changes in technology and fashion. At Refuturing, we call these Hand-Me-Down Futures. The truth is, the futures are always multiple, simultaneous, and unevenly distributed. Focusing on technology alone leads to many leaders being blindsided by the sometimes subtle, sometimes dramatic, changes shaping our world. So how should we think about the futures to best prepare ourselves, our institutions and our communities for the possibilities ahead? How do we learn to navigate the New Weird?
In this talk, futurist Dr. Christopher Rice will take you through the key Drivers, Trends and Signals (demographic, housing, food, technology, economics, health, environment & climate, communications and more) shaping our world through 2038, help you look at the world through the lens of strategic foresight, and provide provocations and takeaways for thinking through the implications for your organization and community.
“The SPEDA organization was honored to have Dr. Rice present to our annual directors meeting. As an organizations that prides itself on being innovative, growth oriented and bold; we were excited to see and hear the tremendous presentation made by Chris. His in-depth study of the facts across the nation and world and then implementing them into anticipated trends coming in the social, political, environmental and economic landscape is astounding. Anyone who is looking to get their organization ahead and would benefit greatly from Dr. Rice’s study and work. We highly recommend.”Chris Girdler, President & CEO, SPEDA
Christopher S. Rice, Ph.D. is the Founder and Managing Partner of Refuturing, where he leads foresight, strategy and research activities. As a futurist, Christopher has worked with leaders in business, community and government for over 25 years to rethink unspoken assumptions, reframe problems and challenges, reimagine possible futures and develop actionable strategies to achieve them. Christopher writes and speaks on a wide variety of topics at the intersections of strategic foresight, sustainable community development, education, culture and technology. He will also, if given the opportunity, talk your ear off about bourbon and the craft of songwriting. A Kentuckian born and raised, Christopher currently resides in the weirdly futuristic city of Austin, TX.
Christopher S. Rice, Ph.D. is the Founder and Managing Partner of Refuturing, where he leads foresight, strategy and research activities. As a consulting futurist, Chris’ work over the last 25+ years has explored the intersections of society, technology, economics, the environment and politics. During his career, Chris has worked with clients in community development, higher education, industry & professional associations, and government to rethink unspoken assumptions, reframe problems and challenges, reimagine possible futures and develop actionable strategies to achieve them. He writes and speaks on a wide variety of topics, including higher education innovation, sustainable community development, strategic foresight trends and methods, and culture & technology.
Chris has been privileged to serve clients like the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Salesforce, University of California San Diego, Arizona State University, the University of Miami, Foundation for the Carolinas, the Kentucky Community and Technical College System, Texas A&M University, Maryville University, OneNKY Alliance, the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education, the Larger Community Foundations (LCF), the Kentucky Primary Care Association, the Kentucky Department of Libraries & Archives, Jerry Brown’s Oakland mayoral campaign, the Somerset-Pulaski Economic Development Authority, the Mountain Association for Community Economic Development and more.
Prior to founding Refuturing, Chris was the Director of Digital Learning Design & Analytics with the Institute for Transformational Learning at the University of Texas System, and a Partner with Experience Design Works. Chris spent over a decade at the University of Kentucky championing learning innovation and student success as Associate Director of the Center for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching (CELT), an Enterprise Architect with UK Analytics & Technologies, Social Technology Strategist for Undergraduate Education, and as a Lecturer in the Department of Political Science. He began his career in sustainable community development in Appalachia as Research Director of the University of Kentucky Appalachian Center and Program Director for the Mountain Association for Community Economic Development.
A Kentuckian born and raised, Christopher currently resides in the weirdly futuristic city of Austin, TX with his wife and children, an overwhelming number of books, an aging hound dog and a surly ginger cat. He will also, if given the opportunity, talk your ear off about bourbon and the craft of songwriting.