PRCI Announces Keynote Speaker for the 2019 Research Exchange

Fri, February 15, 2019

PRCI is pleased to announce that Thornton May, Futurist & Author, will be the keynote speaker at the 2019 Research Exchange.

Data about Data: Mapping the Future of Knowing
Thornton May, Futurist, Author and Education, Co-Founder The Digital Value Institute

“They couldn’t hit an elephant at this dist…,” were the last words of Union Army General John B. Sedgwick at the Battle of Spotsylvania in 1864.  He died of a lack of technology imagination (failure to understand what technology can do to you or for you). No one attending Thornton’s keynote is going to suffer this fate.

Every day, every one of the 86,300 drivers at UPS is confronted with an enterprise performance impacting choice – what route do they drive? This is a bigger cognitive deal than many might imagine. There are more ways to deliver a UPS route than there are nanoseconds in the Earth’s existence. Every day, every pipeline professional is confronted with potentially career-trajectory and industry-reputation-impacting choices. What role will data, analytics, machine learning and artificial intelligence play in your future?

Strategists at Houston Methodist hypothesize that we are less than five years away from a time when doing radiology without an A.I. assist will be considered malpractice. Are similar trends at work in our industry?

Futurist Thornton May via a highly interactive session will share results of a six year, seven university, six hundred organization study of with-data value creation.

Participants will emerge from this two-day intensely interactive session with:
Other Knowledge - How others are thinking
Environmental Knowledge - What is really happening in the data world today
Movement Knowledge - What are the change vectors
Value Knowledge - Where money/mission value can be delivered

If you haven't already registered for the 2019 Research Exchange, it's not too late. Register today!



About the speaker:

Thornton May is a futurist, educator, anthropologist and author. His extensive experience researching and consulting on the role and behaviors of “C” level executives in creating value with information technology has won him an unquestioned place on the short list of serious thinkers on this topic.

Thornton combines a scholar’s patience for empirical research, a stand-up comic’s capacity for pattern recognition and a second-to-none gift for storytelling to address the information technology management problems facing executives.

The editors at eWeek honored Thornton, including him on their list of “Top 100 Most Influential People in IT.” The editors at Fast Company labeled him one of the “Top 50 brains in business.”

Thornton May is also the author of The New Know: Innovation Powered by Analytics.

Thornton May has established a reputation for innovation in time-compressed, collaborative problem solving. He designs the curriculum that enables the mental models which allow organizations to outperform competitors, delight customers and extract maximum value from tools and suppliers.

Thornton’s insights have appeared in the Harvard Business Review (on IT strategy); The Financial Times (on IT value creation); The Wall Street Journal (on the future of the computer industry); the M.I.T. Sloan Management Review (on the future of marketing), American Demographics (on the evolving demographics of Electronic Commerce), USA Today (on the future of the consumer electronics industry) Business Week (on the future of CEO direct reports), and on National Public Radio (debating the future practice of strategy with Professor Michael Porter). Thornton is a columnist at Computerworld and has served as an Advisor to the Founding Editors of Fast Company Magazine.

Thornton’s research has been acknowledged in such seminal business books as Seth Godin’s Permission Marketing; Michael Schrage’s Serious Play: How the World’s Best Companies Simulate to Innovate; Moshe Rubenstein’s The Minding Organization; Bill Jensen’s Simplicity; and Jeff William’s Renewable Advantage: Crafting Strategy Through Economic Time.