James Wallman is an author, journalist, and futurist who reads the zeitgeist and helps businesses prepare for the future. James's views on today's culture and the future have appeared in publications including The Economist, the Financial Times, the Sunday Times, the New York Times, Marketing Week, and The Guardian. In the line of duty, James has interviewed Noam Chomsky, Richard Thaler, the victims of serious crime, child soldiers, and, for a report on the future of relationships, a woman who wanted to marry her alarm clock! Companies that James has helped prepare for the future include Absolut, BMW, Daily Mail and General Trust, Google, HSBC, Selfridges, and Zurich Insurance Group. James recently demonstrated his ability to read and reflect the zeitgeist in his highly acclaimed and bestselling [#11 on Sunday Times nonfiction list and #6 on Amazon.co.uk] book, Stuffocation. It is about one of the defining cultural trends of the 21st century: the shift from materialism to what James calls “experientialism”. That is, instead of looking for happiness, identity, status and meaning in material goods, people are seeking them in experiences instead. James has an MA in Journalism from the University of the Arts London, and an MA in Classics from the University of Oxford. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
Title Talk: "Suffocation and the Experience Revolution — the greatest problem we face today, and the most important sociocultural trend of the 21st century"