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Has the future caught up with us

Imagine and create your own future with innovative technologies such as generative AI, XR and Brain-Computer Interfaces (BCI)

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In these times of ever-faster innovation, the impact on us as human beings and on the future of work is often overwhelming.  

In this often provocative keynote, Katja Schipperheijn looks at the future that already seems to have caught up with us. Often inspired by the more than 15,000 children she had in her workshops, she brings innovations like ChatGPT, but also hyperreal alternative worlds, in which we can live, work and learn. In the learning ecosystems she outlines, she combines technologies such as augmented reality, virtual reality, video and 3D holographic avatars with NFLs and blockchain.   

Bringing these new digital innovations together creates unprecedented combinations that offer possibilities beyond our imagination.  Will we all soon enter this new world with the MetaHuman creator, digital contact lenses or even brain implants?

Based on the book Leaning Ecosystems, finalist best international business book, this lecture is ideally suited to executives who want to create the future themselves now through continuous improvement, innovation and a learning culture with engaged employees. 

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Katja Schipperheijn is an internationally recognised author, strategist, futurist, lecturer and keynote speaker. Her expertise focuses on AI and ground-breaking innovations that create a human-machine symbiosis. 

Her provocative ideas challenge traditional dogmas and offer fresh perspectives. In doing so, she inspires executives and employees to adapt before they suffer irreversible harm.  AI is therefore ubiquitous, influencing organisations and their employees with unprecedented speed.

Only when a Learning Mindset prevails and organisations have an Ecosystem strategy that underpins continuous improvement can they achieve sustainable growth. To this end, Katja's research explores the intersection of technology and humanity and its impact on our society. In doing so, she is often inspired by observing the world through the eyes of children who embody the future of work.

Katja's keynote speeches are therefore engaging, inspiring and tailored to the needs of her very diverse audience.

Besides advising governments, multinationals, learning institutions and start-ups, Katja is also a philanthropist as founder of sCooledu and author of Little Digital Citizens (Dutch 2018). More than 15,000 children have already participated in her workshops about the future and the increasingly virtual world. In doing so, she demonstrates her commitment to social responsibility and the importance of promoting digital literacy among young people. 

By booking Katja for an event, you not only gain valuable insights but also support a good cause. Based on her most recent book Learning Ecosystems (2023) finalists best international business books in London and listed at Top 100 best international business books at the eLearning Journal in Germany, Katja also offers advice for selecting technology and implementing these innovations with involved stakeholders. This can be part of a tailor- made keynote and extended with a workshop. 


  • The impact of AI on the future of organisations and humanity

  •  Learning Ecosystems focussed on AI and the human-machine symbiosis

  •  A Learning Mindset in the age of innovation

  •  Continuous improvement through innovation and learning

  •  Has the future caught up with us, a sustainable vision inspired by children

Katja Schipperheijn

Author, learning strategist and keynote speaker with a passion for continuous improvement through human-centred innovations that support learning

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