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Jennifer Gidley, PhD

Psychologist, Human-Centered Futurist & Author of “The Future: A Very Short Introduction”

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Jennifer Gidley, PhD Biography

Jennifer M. Gidley, PhD, is a global thought leader and advocate for human-centred futures in an era of hi-tech hype and hubris.

She is unique on the Futures world stage for her exceptional scholarship, mature wisdom, and grounded understanding of people as they face an increasingly uncertain world. Her inspiring human-centred insights speak to all audiences and enable practical and realistic strategies for creating better futures.

She is a globally respected consultant, speaker, and educator. Her international engagements have included futures-focused projects in Europe (Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Luxembourg, Poland, Romania, Spain & Sweden), Asia (Malaysia, Shanghai & Taiwan), Latin America, the Middle East (Egypt, UAE and Iran), the UK and the USA. Inspired by the philosophy and pedagogy of Rudolf Steiner, she has been an innovative educator for over forty years, including running a Women’s Learning Centre in the ‘70s, and founding and leading an independent school in regional NSW in the ‘80s and ‘90s.

Gidley is an Adjunct Professor, Institute for Sustainable Futures (UTS) Sydney, and Southern Cross University, Lismore, NSW, and has held academic posts in four Australian universities. She is a Fellow at the Botin Centre, Santander, Spain, and a non-Resident Fellow of TRENDS Research & Advisory, Abu Dhabi, UAE, and has held a Visiting Professorship at Olomouc University, Czech Republic and a Visiting Research Fellowship at SciencesPo, Paris, France;

As the longest serving elected President of the World Futures Studies Federation (founded in Paris in 1973 and a UNESCO and UN ECOSOC partner) her leadership transformed the organisation. Heading this global peak body for futures studies scholarship, she led a network of hundreds of the world's leading Futures scholars and researchers from over 60 countries. In just eight years she rebuilt WFSF from a tired, legacy organization into the most influential and respected Futures NGO in the world. She also presided over WFSF-UNESCO Participation Projects to develop future leaders in DR Congo, Egypt, Malaysia, Philippines, Mexico, and Haiti.

An innovative program creator, she has designed, developed, and/or instructed, several innovative online courses in futures studies and foresight in Australia, Iran, and the USA. This included design and development of an online MSc in Strategic Foresight at Swinburne University, Melbourne, and an Executive Education level course “Introduction to the Art and Science of Futures Studies” for a scientific think tank and consultancy in Tehran, Iran. Recently, she has created a series of executive-level online courses on 'Grand Global Challenges and Alternatives'.

Gidley is an advocate for human-centred, participatory futures approaches that foster human agency, empowerment and individual engagement in long-term thinking, sustainability, and regeneration. Many of her publications, research projects and consultancies offer insight into these vital futures domains.

Gidley's PhD dissertation on 'Evolving Education' was awarded the Chancellor's Gold Medal for Academic Excellence. She has published over fifty academic papers and serves on the editorial boards of several international academic journals. See her edited academic books 'The University in Transformation' (2000), and 'Youth Futures (2002).

Her recent books include:

  • 'Postformal Education: A Philosophy for Complex Futures' (Springer, 2016)

  • 'The Future: A Very Short Introduction' (Oxford University Press, 2017)

  • 'The Secret to Growing Brilliant Children' (Bear Books, 2020)

  • 'The Future’ is the first Oxford University Press book on futures thinking. It is now used in futures studies programs in Universities around the world, and is translated into Arabic, Turkish and Italian with several other translations now in progress. MY SERVICES

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The Secret To Growing Brilliant Children: Volume 1: Steiner Education For The 21st Century

The Secret To Growing Brilliant Children: Volume 1: Steiner Education For The 21st Century

The Future: A Very Short Introduction

The Future: A Very Short Introduction

Postformal Education

Postformal Education

Speaking Topics
  • Transforming Education for Complex, Uncertain Futures

    Life in the 21st Century is Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous (VUCA).

    How do we educate for this? This talk introduces my postformal educational philosophy.

  • Technotopian or Human-Centred Futures?

    How do we deal with human futures? Many futurists promote exponential high-tech futures with no thought for the social, cultural, and environmental impacts of rapid unprecedented change.

  • Post-Pandemic Urban Futures

    The urban population of the world tipped past 50% in 2010. It is vital we re-imagine and consciously re-create what it means to be a predominantly urbanised species in a global pandemic.

  • Are Futurists ‘Ahead of their Times’ or simply ‘Aggregating the Past?

    Many futurists claim to be 'trend setters', to 'see the future before it happens' and therefore to be 'ahead of their times'. This talk explores what it actually means to be ''ahead of our times.''

  • Megatrends of the Mind & Thought Leadership

    We hear a lot about the Global Megatrends. But these are all focused on 'external trends'.

    Most futurists overlook major paradigm shifts disrupting knowledge for over a century.

  • Postformal Psychology: What does it mean to be Mature?

    How do we know if we are mature thinkers? How do we know if ‘leaders’ are mature thinkers?

    This talk explores the research of Adult Developmental Psychologists over the last five decades.

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Psychologist, Human-Centered Futurist & Author of “The Future: A Very Short Introduction”

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Jennifer Gidley, PhD Biography

Jennifer M. Gidley, PhD, is a global thought leader and advocate for human-centred futures in an era of hi-tech hype and hubris.

She is unique on the Futures world stage for her exceptional scholarship, mature wisdom, and grounded understanding of people as they face an increasingly uncertain world. Her inspiring human-centred insights speak to all audiences and enable practical and realistic strategies for creating better futures.

She is a globally respected consultant, speaker, and educator. Her international engagements have included futures-focused projects in Europe (Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Luxembourg, Poland, Romania, Spain & Sweden), Asia (Malaysia, Shanghai & Taiwan), Latin America, the Middle East (Egypt, UAE and Iran), the UK and the USA. Inspired by the philosophy and pedagogy of Rudolf Steiner, she has been an innovative educator for over forty years, including running a Women’s Learning Centre in the ‘70s, and founding and leading an independent school in regional NSW in the ‘80s and ‘90s.

Gidley is an Adjunct Professor, Institute for Sustainable Futures (UTS) Sydney, and Southern Cross University, Lismore, NSW, and has held academic posts in four Australian universities. She is a Fellow at the Botin Centre, Santander, Spain, and a non-Resident Fellow of TRENDS Research & Advisory, Abu Dhabi, UAE, and has held a Visiting Professorship at Olomouc University, Czech Republic and a Visiting Research Fellowship at SciencesPo, Paris, France;

As the longest serving elected President of the World Futures Studies Federation (founded in Paris in 1973 and a UNESCO and UN ECOSOC partner) her leadership transformed the organisation. Heading this global peak body for futures studies scholarship, she led a network of hundreds of the world's leading Futures scholars and researchers from over 60 countries. In just eight years she rebuilt WFSF from a tired, legacy organization into the most influential and respected Futures NGO in the world. She also presided over WFSF-UNESCO Participation Projects to develop future leaders in DR Congo, Egypt, Malaysia, Philippines, Mexico, and Haiti.

An innovative program creator, she has designed, developed, and/or instructed, several innovative online courses in futures studies and foresight in Australia, Iran, and the USA. This included design and development of an online MSc in Strategic Foresight at Swinburne University, Melbourne, and an Executive Education level course “Introduction to the Art and Science of Futures Studies” for a scientific think tank and consultancy in Tehran, Iran. Recently, she has created a series of executive-level online courses on 'Grand Global Challenges and Alternatives'.

Gidley is an advocate for human-centred, participatory futures approaches that foster human agency, empowerment and individual engagement in long-term thinking, sustainability, and regeneration. Many of her publications, research projects and consultancies offer insight into these vital futures domains.

Gidley's PhD dissertation on 'Evolving Education' was awarded the Chancellor's Gold Medal for Academic Excellence. She has published over fifty academic papers and serves on the editorial boards of several international academic journals. See her edited academic books 'The University in Transformation' (2000), and 'Youth Futures (2002).

Her recent books include:

  • 'Postformal Education: A Philosophy for Complex Futures' (Springer, 2016)

  • 'The Future: A Very Short Introduction' (Oxford University Press, 2017)

  • 'The Secret to Growing Brilliant Children' (Bear Books, 2020)

  • 'The Future’ is the first Oxford University Press book on futures thinking. It is now used in futures studies programs in Universities around the world, and is translated into Arabic, Turkish and Italian with several other translations now in progress. MY SERVICES

Jennifer Gidley, PhD Videos

  • Prof Jennifer Gidley "Il Futuro" Italian Book Launch (Naples)
    My Oxford book "The Future: A Very Short Introduction" has been translated into Italian and I want to sincerely thank Roberto Paura, the Italian...
  • Professor Jennifer Gidley Educational Futures - III World Congress
    “Educational Futures: The Transdisciplinary Pedagogies of Love, Life, Wisdom and Voice” My talk rests on the assumption that human consciousness...
  • An Introduction to the Future with VSI (Oxford University Press)
    From the beginning of time, humans have been driven by a paradox: fearing the unknown but with a constant curiosity to know. In this video we look at...

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Jennifer Gidley, PhD Speaking Topics

  • Transforming Education for Complex, Uncertain Futures

    Life in the 21st Century is Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous (VUCA).

    How do we educate for this? This talk introduces my postformal educational philosophy.

  • Technotopian or Human-Centred Futures?

    How do we deal with human futures? Many futurists promote exponential high-tech futures with no thought for the social, cultural, and environmental impacts of rapid unprecedented change.

  • Post-Pandemic Urban Futures

    The urban population of the world tipped past 50% in 2010. It is vital we re-imagine and consciously re-create what it means to be a predominantly urbanised species in a global pandemic.

  • Are Futurists ‘Ahead of their Times’ or simply ‘Aggregating the Past?

    Many futurists claim to be 'trend setters', to 'see the future before it happens' and therefore to be 'ahead of their times'. This talk explores what it actually means to be ''ahead of our times.''

  • Megatrends of the Mind & Thought Leadership

    We hear a lot about the Global Megatrends. But these are all focused on 'external trends'.

    Most futurists overlook major paradigm shifts disrupting knowledge for over a century.

  • Postformal Psychology: What does it mean to be Mature?

    How do we know if we are mature thinkers? How do we know if ‘leaders’ are mature thinkers?

    This talk explores the research of Adult Developmental Psychologists over the last five decades.

FAQs on booking Jennifer Gidley, PhD

  • How to book Jennifer Gidley, PhD?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Jennifer Gidley, PhD for both live and virtual events for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment. Fill out a booking request form for Jennifer Gidley, PhD, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Jennifer Gidley, PhD or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Jennifer Gidley, PhD?

    Booking fees for Jennifer Gidley, PhD, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Jennifer Gidley, PhD, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Jennifer Gidley, PhD?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Jennifer Gidley, PhD for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Jennifer Gidley, PhD for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Jennifer Gidley, PhD or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Jennifer Gidley, PhD or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Jennifer Gidley, PhD is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics such as Transforming Education for Complex, Uncertain Futures, Technotopian or Human-Centred Futures?, Post-Pandemic Urban Futures, Are Futurists ‘Ahead of their Times’ or simply ‘Aggregating the Past?, Megatrends of the Mind & Thought Leadership and Postformal Psychology: What does it mean to be Mature?. The estimated speaking fee range to book Jennifer Gidley, PhD for your event is $10,000 - $20,000. Jennifer Gidley, PhD generally travels from MelbourneAustralia and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Cathy Hackl, Ayesha Khanna, Dana Klisanin, Alexandra Whittington and Elina Hiltunen. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Jennifer Gidley, PhD for an upcoming live or virtual event.

Jennifer Gidley, PhD Speaker Videos

  • Prof Jennifer Gidley "Il Futuro" Italian Book Launch (Naples)
    My Oxford book "The Future: A Very Short Introduction" has been translated into Italian and I want to sincerely thank Roberto Paura, the Italian Institute for the Future, and Vincenzo Torre, the...
    Professor Jennifer Gidley Educational Futures - III World Congress
    “Educational Futures: The Transdisciplinary Pedagogies of Love, Life, Wisdom and Voice” My talk rests on the assumption that human consciousness is evolving beyond the boundaries of formal,...
  • An Introduction to the Future with VSI (Oxford University Press)
    From the beginning of time, humans have been driven by a paradox: fearing the unknown but with a constant curiosity to know. In this video we look at connections across a range of futures-related...

Jennifer Gidley, PhD Speaking Topics

  • Transforming Education for Complex, Uncertain Futures

    Life in the 21st Century is Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous (VUCA).

    How do we educate for this? This talk introduces my postformal educational philosophy.

  • Technotopian or Human-Centred Futures?

    How do we deal with human futures? Many futurists promote exponential high-tech futures with no thought for the social, cultural, and environmental impacts of rapid unprecedented change.

  • Post-Pandemic Urban Futures

    The urban population of the world tipped past 50% in 2010. It is vital we re-imagine and consciously re-create what it means to be a predominantly urbanised species in a global pandemic.

  • Are Futurists ‘Ahead of their Times’ or simply ‘Aggregating the Past?

    Many futurists claim to be 'trend setters', to 'see the future before it happens' and therefore to be 'ahead of their times'. This talk explores what it actually means to be ''ahead of our times.''

  • Megatrends of the Mind & Thought Leadership

    We hear a lot about the Global Megatrends. But these are all focused on 'external trends'.

    Most futurists overlook major paradigm shifts disrupting knowledge for over a century.

  • Postformal Psychology: What does it mean to be Mature?

    How do we know if we are mature thinkers? How do we know if ‘leaders’ are mature thinkers?

    This talk explores the research of Adult Developmental Psychologists over the last five decades.

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