David Houle is one of the Co-Founders and Managing Director of the Institute. David Houle is a futurist, thinker and keynote speaker. He has keynoted numerous conferences across the country and internationally. In the last nine years he has delivered 750+ presentations and keynotes on 6 continents and 14 countries.He is regularly invited to speak at corporate management retreats.
Houle won a Speaker of the Year award from Vistage International, the leading organization of CEOs in the world. He is often called the “CEOs’ futurist” having spoken to or advised 3,500+ CEOs and business owners in the past eight years.
Houle spent more than 20 years in media and entertainment. He has worked at NBC, CBS and was part of the senior executive team that launched MTV, Nickelodeon, VH1 and CNN Headline News.
Houle has won a number of awards. He won two Emmys as co-executive Producer for a nationally syndicated children’s program, “Energy Express”. He won the prestigious George Foster Peabody award and the Heartland award for Hank Aaron: Chasing the Dream and was nominated for an Academy Award.
He writes the highly regarded futurist blog, Evolution Shift, with the tag line “A Future Look At Today.” He publishes the free Shift Age Newsletter, available at www.davidhoule.com/newsletter. During 2010 Houle was a featured contributor on Oprah.com. His much acclaimed curated visual look into the future, launched in 2013 is www.futurewow.com
He has been speaking about the future for 9 years and his influential first book The Shift Age was published in 2007. His second book, Shift Ed: A Call to Action for Transforming K-12 Education, written with Jeff Cobb was published in March 2011. The New Health Age: the Future of Health Care in America, co-authored with Jonathan Fleece, was published by Sourcebooks in January 2012. and became a #1 best seller on Amazon in the categories of Medicine and Future of Health Care. “Entering the Shift Age” was published by Sourcebooks in January of 2013. It is also a #1 Amazon best seller in the category of Business Planning and Forecasting. Houle published the eBook “Is Privacy Dead: The Future of Privacy in the Digital Age” in November 2013. His sixth book “Brand Shift: The Future of Brands and Marketing” with co-author Owen Shapiro was published in August 2014 and was named one of the top five marketing books published in the world in 2014.
In December 2015 he published “This Spaceship Earth” with co-author Tim Rumage. This book became the basis for Houle to found the global non-profit This Spaceship Earth, Inc. http://thisspaceshipearth.org/ in April 2016. The goal of this non-profit is to create “crew consciousness” as we face Climate Change.
Houle is Futurist in Residence and Guest Lecturer at the Ringling College of Art + Design in Sarasota, Florida. On a recent trip to China, he guest lectured at Beijing University, China’s top University and at SINOPEC, China’s largest company and the second largest company in the world. He is Honorary President and Futurist of the Future Business School of China.