- Dr Angus Hervey and Tané Hunter (Future Crunch) generate optimism and shift perceptions to create new and better ways of doing things in the 21st of century.
- Future Crunch are a collective library of innovative brains, who have expertise in economics, coding, politics and data analytics with design, art and music.
- They are disruptive in their optimism and cut through the dominant discourse of a planet destined to destruct.
- Show how to harness the forces of technological disruption, drive cultural change and take advantage of the opportunities ahead.
- The adaptability quotient
The most important skill for the 21st century, and how to start cultivating it right now
Technological disruption requires us to learn faster than we ever had to before. Behaviours we’ve honed for decades are becoming obsolete in a few short years. Combined with a generational mindset shift in how we view the world, many are wondering how to remain relevant. What’s the key quality for success in this world of constant change?
With trademark humour, dynamism and gold-plated research, Future Crunch tackles what the Harvard Business Review calls, “the new competitive advantage.” You’ve heard of IQ and EQ; this century belongs to those that are quick to read and act on signals of change. People with a high Adaptability Quotient (AQ): the ability to thrive in unpredictable environments. Instead of being really good at doing one thing, adaptive people are really good at learning how to do new things.
Drawing on the latest insights from the worlds of technology, neuroscience and management, this talk reveals why the best predictor of success is how individuals and organisations embrace rapid experimentation. Audiences will walk away with an understanding of what it takes to foster AQ, how to identify it in others, and how it can be a superpower for anyone looking to maintain an advantage in the next economy.
- The great transformation
A rollercoaster tour across the frontiers of technological disruption
Connectivity, digital disruption, machine learning and artificial intelligence, intuitive computing, automation, additive manufacturing, decarbonization, regeneration, gene-editing, synthetic biology, brain-machine interfacing. Each of these technological trends are transformative in their own right. Together, they’re a roaring tornado sweeping across the global economy.
History is full of tumultuous moments like this, inflection points that represent a gateway between one world and the next. There are different names, different ideas, for what lies on the other side. “The fourth industrial revolution” or “the next economy. ” For us, it’s even bigger. We call it “The Great Transformation” – a once in a hundred-year upheaval in every industry at once.
Understanding the drivers of this transformation is essential for any organization wishing to navigate the rapidly changing operating environment of the 21st century. Audiences will come away from this talk with the ability to think clearly and critically about technological disruption, a skill that's particularly relevant for leaders who wish to maintain a strategic advantage — and protect their organizations against competitors looking to do the same.
- Robot rule of thumb
The future of work, and how to prepare yourself for it
The future of work is already here, ushered in ahead of schedule by a global pandemic. As a result, we’re seeing an acceleration of the move towards more flexibility and a greater desire for meaning and purpose. While these changes present challenges, they also offer an opportunity for the workforce of the future to find a sense of renewed freedom. We’ve all heard that technology is paramount, that culture eats strategy for breakfast and that both hard and soft skills matter – but what are these skills and how do they help today’s business leaders adapt to the unknowns of the future?
In this presentation, Future Crunch explores the changing world of work, and how technological disruption is redefining the skills that matter. The machines aren’t here to take our jobs - but they will change them. And that means that counter-intuitively, it’s the human skills that really count. Audiences will walk away with a better understanding of how to start building a workplace that is prepared for automation, disruption and changing work patterns. Essential insights for any organization searching to drive innovative ways of working in the 21st century.
- The Optimism Experience
Feeling negative about the state of the world in 2019? Is the news getting you down? Have you had enough of people arguing on your Facebook feed? The Future Crunch team might be able to help. Showcasing their infectious brand of musically inspired, intelligent optimism, this is a story about the human race you've never heard before.
Diseases are being eradicated, war is decreasing, millions are being lifted out of poverty and billions are gaining access to the greatest information resource humanity has ever known. We can control robots with our minds, use machines to translate any language, cut and paste our own DNA, and we’re taking brave new steps into space. We're just not hearing a lot about it.
We know the challenges we face. This is a musical journey into how – with boldness, creativity, and and revolutionary technologies that build on thousands of years of human ingenuity – we are rising to meet them.
In planning for our event, we asked ourselves if we could deliver the tried and trusted conference format online - and with the same impact. Future Crunch communicated big ideas in succinct and practical nuggets which inspired our audience. The dynamic duo of Tane and Lilian were spirited and energetic, firing on all cylinders in a well-planned virtual workshop with the right amount of detail and a clear subject matter. This was our first fully virtual event attempted and was an enormous success due to their ability to adapt and accommodate our needs in delivering online to live audience members with a good level of interaction.
Merck, Sharp & Dohme NZ
Our online event was a stellar success and one which has sent internal tongues wagging about the quality of the product and received rave reviews from the customers and partners in attendance. This result was in no small part, down to the stellar work Future Crunch provided in their virtual keynote. We all sat and watched in awe as comment after comment sailed by in the keynote chat window, as our customers and partners were touched and took great value from their message. We were delighted to work with them. The insight and performance were one thing – the humanity and honesty of approach was another thing entirely. The way in which they co-developed our vision and brought it to life, was not merely another small step for our organisation in achieving its goals of driving human innovation, rather, they distilled and brought to life the positivity and hope we have in enabling our customers to create a better world. Thank you. We are delighted with the final outcome.
Senior Marketing Manager
Thank you to Future Crunch for an incredible talk. The feedback that we've had has been exceptional. Many students spoke of being amazed at the rate of progress and inspired by the future that awaits us. The story of the cardboard box hospital beds was particularly well-received. The students were also impressed by your good humour and the all-round professionalism of the delivery. Thank you for bringing some optimism to the medical school!
MD Student Conference Organising Team
University Of Melbourne
Future Crunch... Where do I even start? Absolutely inspiring, incredibly interesting and just overall outstanding. They brought a level of joy to the stage I haven't ever seen before, and even in a smaller space, with a highly diverse audience, they managed to adapt their content to resonate with each and every person. They ensured our 2020 event was a huge success, and their mixture of learning, personal stories, and a genuine enthusiasm to be on the stage made for a wonderful presentation. I cannot recommend them highly enough.
It was an absolute pleasure and privilege to host Future Crunch at our virtual Torrens University Speaker Series. Thank you for delivering such an insightful and stimulating presentation. We had fantastic feedback from our staff and students who watched the session. The presentation spoke to many of the values we hold dear – being bold, creative, global, good, and beginning and ending with people. We also love the notion of ‘human skills’ – they are skills which we prioritise throughout our curriculum for all of our students. We hope this is the first of many collaborations.
Vice President Public Affairs & Communication
I would like to convey my sincerest appreciation to Future Crunch for their outstanding efforts in presenting the two hour session on innovation at the 87th INTERPOL General Assembly in Dubai. Our colleagues highly valued their inspirational spirit and strong commitment, and it was a great pleasure to follow their exploration of connectivity, artificial intelligence, new machines, digital transformation and forensics. They provided mind-provoking insights into future opportunities and challenges for law enforcement as well as effective police innovation. Their dedicated support during the preparation process and their close collaboration with our Innovation Centre was deeply appreciated.
Thank you so much to Future Crunch for opening the Main Platform at the Million Dollar Round Table Annual Meeting. They helped make the event a productive, memorable, and meaningful experience. We greatly appreciate all the hard work and preparation that went into creating a wonderful presentation, which really enhanced our program and truly resonated with our members.
Million Dollar Round Table
I first saw Future Crunch a few years ago at a conference, and knew straight away that I wanted to engage them one day. We finally had the opportunity with the SingularityU Australia Summit 2019. In our initial discussions, we asked them to do a live recap of the first day, and it was a vision I wasn't sure would achieve what I wanted it to. They pulled it off brilliantly and added their own content into the mix. It was a remarkable performance, and the feedback we have had reflects this.
Future Crunch were outstanding. They provided a thought-provoking and thoroughly engaging account of the real world we live in – a world full of hope and positivity. Not an easy job, to keep a room of senior corporate executives on their toes, but they did. It was provocative and showed us a brilliant display of optimism at its finest.
We wanted to say a HUGE thank you to the Future Crunch team for a great session for our first ever virtual conference (still reeling from the event rush and organising😊!!). We continue to receive great feedback and many have expressed their appreciation as they’ve been connecting with us after the event. Your facilitators blended in really well with the vibe in the (virtual) room – made it very comfortable and easy going. Thank you again.
Industry Fund Services
Future Crunch exceeded our expectations. We wanted something to stimulate our clients' thoughts beyond the day-to-day minutiae, and Future Crunch delivered this in spades. They were receptive in our briefing and were willing and able to create a bespoke talk relevant to our industry. What they delivered is a unique, uplifting and inspiring vision of what our world is becoming and, more importantly, what it is possible to become. Our audience was wowed by the content, the supporting data, and the engaging and passionate way in which it was presented. I thoroughly recommend them.
Gen Re Australia
We’d like to thank Future Crunch for accepting our offer to present at our conference, and for being so open to a briefing on what we hoped to achieve. Their session was fantastic and their ability to not only capture the attention of over 2,000 doctors, but also speak to them on a peer to peer basis made the session an enriching and enjoyable experience for them.
Royal Australian College of General Practitioners
At our annual 2020 conference our entire team was very impressed by Future Crunch. We received a lot of enthusiastic feedback about their presentation, which really hit the mark. There was a lot of energy in the group at the end of the weekend, which we believe will lead to a high level of engagement in the future.
Future Crunch were a great and sensational eye opener for me and my team at Hyundai. And I believe it must be same feeling for our dealers. Without them it would have been difficult to think clearly about the massive changes happening all around us. The future has come right in front of our noses while we do not realise it. Their presentation was perfectly matched with the topic of our recent car launch. Thank you.
We would like to extend our gratitude to Future Crunch for their collaboration and cooperation in the development of our strategy for future capability. Their knowledge and expertise, in particular their ability to scan the horizon and predict the future global environment, was instrumental in developing the strategy. Thanks to their efforts, as an organisation we are able to position ourselves in what we now understand is a truly dynamic, evolving arena. The Australian Federal Police are proud to partner with Future Crunch in exploring how to tackle emerging crimes.
Australian Federal Police
Tane’s masterful presentation in New Zealand on the future economy and the advancement of technology on numerous fronts was a riveting eye-opener. Must surely rank amongst the top futurists anywhere.
Taranaki Chamber of Commerce
Gus spoke to 500 senior insurance, financial and tax advisors at our 2019 AGM in Ottawa. He was the opening speaker on the first day. He is an amazing communicator, with a rare ability to make the threatening non-threatening. He had the audience sitting on the edge of their seats. He is very authentic and made himself available to many during the conference. I could not imagine a better presenter to kick off our annual meeting. We look forward to having him back!
Conference for Advanced Life Underwriting, Canada
Shasta provided a breath of fresh air with their big data insights and science-based optimism at our payments conference in Auckland. They left delegates feeling positive about the future of humanity and where society, science and technology is heading. A big thank you to the Future Crunch team for putting together such a slick, insightful and uplifting presentation that spoke to so many.
Incredibly engaging presenters who delivered a talk that was entertaining, insightful and tailored to our audience. The talk has sparked much discussion about how we can best prepare for an uncertain future and has given us all a renewed optimism for the challenges ahead. Thank you!
The best presentation on the state of the world that I've seen in years.
Fair Trade Australia
Future Crunch delivered a mindblowing keynote presentation at our inaugural tech event. We couldn’t have asked for a better opening act. Their collective knowledge of current and emerging technological trends and developments is truly inspiring. They are highly entertaining, engaging and thoughtful presenters. Smart organisations understand the need to embrace technology and there’s no better thought leader and educator than Future Crunch.
The Real Estate Institute of Queensland
I consider the offering from Future Crunch to be outstanding. Their presentation on the important role of science, the need for critical thinking and the optimism we should hold for our future is unique and probably needs to be delivered to everyone in Australia. Before a recent event for our attorneys, I was questioned on why we were having a scientist and an economist taking up the first 90 minutes. By the end of those 90 minutes in which everybody sat enthralled, our team was full of questions and asking for more. If you get the chance, go see them. You will be entertained, informed and feel so much better about the world and its prospects.
Future Crunch have an incredible ability to put the biggest global challenges in perspective and create a sense of grounded hope that we can make the world a better place - mobilising changemakers from wherever they start to see they can, and are, participating as world shapers.
World Vision Australia
Future Crunch are fantastic, they take a complicated subject and present it in a simple but fun positive way. They had the audience captivated from start to finish. If you want a clear vision of the future, and the rapid change technology is driving, these guys are perfect… an hour wasn’t long enough… 10 out of 10.
Mildura Development Corporation
Future Crunch delivered a keynote speech like never before. Coming into a room full of pharmacists (a notoriously tough crowd), they shocked us and left us in awe about the way technology is changing the world – not in the years to come, but in the days and weeks ahead. Working with them to pull together the content was a breeze and it was great that they tailored their presentation to be focused on what our audience wanted
Organisational Development Manager
Future Crunch gave a thoroughly uplifting and entertaining closing keynote at our conference in Sydney. Their speaking scores were excellent and elicited such comments as ‘I am leaving the event feeling energetic and hopeful. A great way to conclude the event!’ and ‘Loved the positivity. So refreshing in this world of hyped up doom and gloom.’ Their talk gave our event a very strong finish and satisfied attendees.
Vice President & Distinguished Analyst
To all those out there who feel overwhelmed by the scale of the problems that need to be dealt with if humanity is to survive on this beautiful planet we call home, may I recommend a solid dose of Future Crunch. They were keynote speakers at the recent EIANZ conference in Wellington and they proved to be brilliant presenters with a well-researched, positive and energising message for environmental practitioners. There is hope, there is a way. Everyday we get better at saving ourselves by becoming a more benign species on planet earth. Future Crunch are helping us replace despair and complacency with motivation, knowledge and action.
Environmental Institute of Australia and New Zealand
Future Crunch was engaged by the Australian Federal Police to provide insight into technologies and environmental changes likely to impact future societal and criminal behaviours. They provided us with an understanding of the future operating environment not previously conceived, which helped shape our future capability requirements.
Australia Federal Police
Future Crunch delivered an incredibly optimistic and empowering message of human potential as keynote speakers at our media conference. People were energised and inspired, creating a first-class environment for the rest of the event. I really enjoyed their take on the world.
Future Crunch's content was fascinating, insightful and most importantly, thought-provoking. The audience engagement and entertaining style enabled the messages of embracing technology and keeping an open mind as the key takeaways. Thank you Gus and Tane for your willingness to share your knowledge and insights with us.
The opening keynote from Future Crunch alone was worth my flight to Australia to attend this mind-opening gathering. With their action-igniting talk, they invite each of us to have an objective look at the world around us.
We invited Future Crunch to come along and speak to 37 of our top talent individuals from across various business units at a recent development event. I’d seen their videos but nothing could prepare us for the download of data we received. The participants remained engaged for the whole session, including asking a LOT of questions at the end. Future Crunch was ranked as one of the top activities / speakers for our 3 day development event. I hope we get to work with them again in the future.
Hundreds of speakers have taken the stage at REMIX Summits across the globe and I have been privileged to see some incredible talks over the years. Future Crunch are part of a rarified group that stand out from the rest.
They use vivid imagery, humour, statistics and soundscapes to convey powerful and important messages that challenge you to think again about the world. This magic combination of ingredients makes them compelling storytellers and guides to an age of fundamental change where everyone needs to understand the forces and trends that continue to reshape everything we know.
I had seen Future Crunch speak at a conference and thought they were incredible commentators with a very interesting story to tell. When we began to organise APN’s 20th year anniversary, we wanted to cover not only the past and present of our company, but also look forward and see what the future could hold. Future Crunch were the first ones we thought of.
The guys provided a dynamic, progressive and fascinating talk on science, technology and a balanced view of humanity’s current and progressing achievements, presenting them in an attainable, easy to understand way. They created a piece that also incorporated technologies that would directly impact our area of business. It really resonated with our broad audience who were enthralled and engaged by this quick-witted, charismatic and abundantly knowledgeable duo. We couldn’t be more pleased and thank them enormously for adding considerable value to our event.
APN Property Group
Future Crunch were among the best speakers I’ve ever heard – hugely knowledgeable, credible, articulate and engaging – I could have listened to them all night. An absolute bargain for an hour of fascinating insights.
Future Crunch's performance at our inaugural World of Words Stage was a hugely successful, with feedback from our audience being overwhelmingly positive about the issues covered in the presentation and the very professional, entertaining and informative way it was delivered. We highly recommend them for inclusion in a festival or event that's looking to explain big world issues, with accurate information, while keeping it highly entertaining to boot.
WOMAD New Zealand
Future Crunch's message is very positive and up beat. We all receive so much negative press about the world, society and humanity. Their theme of having an opportunistic mindset sits really well with me as the principal of a boys' school. I loved the careful and yet thorough evidence that they put forward to build their premise that we can all look for and take opportunities that will contribute to building a better world.
Marist College North Shore
Future Crunch really captured our students' imaginations with their well-researched presentation, delivered with a style that connected superbly with the demographic. Remarkably, students were still talking about the insights they gained days later. Future Crunch have a great, positive message that deserves to be widely known.
Monash Business School
Listening to the Future Crunch guys talk was exhilarating – they were our closing keynote and even though they were speaking on the graveyard shift (last session of the last day) they were so energetic and compelling that the delegates were left enthralled. We have had a number of speakers going through our conferences and there has never been a more inspiring pair.
Future Crunch were speakers at the SW/TCH Festival in Sydney. In one word? Extraordinary! They were masterful storytellers, delivering superb content, had the audience captivated and had a certain gravitas on the stage seldom seen. I would unequivocally recommend them. Fantastic to work with, heaps of energy.
Brilliant. Restored my optimism and enthusiasm for what is to come in the future. Articulate, funny and genuine. You have to hear these guys present. They are great.
Benchmark Business Sales and Valuations
Future Crunch delivered a sensational opening keynote at the ANZ Innovate day. They provided engaging insights into an ever-changing world which enabled the team to think differently before the event kicked off. It was refreshing to see the passion, knowledge and thinking behind the team and we wouldn’t hesitate to engage them again.
Innovation and Digital Engagement
Future Crunch provided an excellent opening session at the Managing Partners Forum. It was fascinating, stimulating, uplifting and affirming in equal measure.
Henry David York
I can’t image any situation where Future Crunch couldn’t apply their extensive knowledge to create an impact on anyone. Their breadth of experience and their presentation style challenged our audience to think more holistically about their place in the world, their choices and the impact that they may have in shaping the future.
Senior Development Officer
Monash Business School
Future Crunch provided a dynamic, stimulating, professional and witty opening to our National Conference. Through clear and articulate communication, they showcased a diversity of possible alternative futures that fully engaged and challenged the audience. As a refreshing voice outside of our sector, they were the perfect scene setter for the a discussion about the disruptive challenges facing our globe and innovative pathways forward. Excellent and inspiring communicators, we highly recommend them.
Australian Council for International Development
Future Crunch delivered a powerful opening keynote for Link Festival. They set the scene by sharing both stories and current trends across politics, technology and social affairs. Their engaging keynote framed the context of how technology and innovation will shape our future. They were approachable while being rigorous and made a real impact on the attendees and were cited as one of the highlights of the event.
Engineers Without Borders, Australia
You know you’re on to something when the audience Q&A session after an hour-long presentation continues for another hour. The Future Crunch team fielded some fantastic and complicated questions from audiences in both Hobart and Launceston. The depth of their knowledge around these issues is remarkable and a testament to their passion for promoting science and technology in an accessible way.
One audience member commented, “I’m a scientist and I haven’t felt so inspired about my own profession for a long time. It’s nice to be reminded that the work we do is valuable and, in fact, vital to the future of humanity!