Richard D Hames

Corporate philosopher, futurist, author & strategist

Distinguished professor Richard David Hames is a corporate philosopher, author and strategist who is widely considered to be one of the world's most influential, most pragmatic intellectuals and futurists. Forbes Asia recently awarded him the accolade of "one of the smartest people on the planet".

As one of the world's most eminent futurists Richard brings great authority to his work - his standing in the field being that of an elder statesman. As former Chairman of the Australian Foresight Institute in Melbourne, and the founding President of the Asian Foresight Institute in Bangkok, he has regularly surprised with his unerring anticipation of future patterns and trends - including the global financial crisis of 2008, which he predicted in uncanny detail in May 2005.

When Richard speaks, others listen. He has examined in considerable depth topics across the entire range of human endeavours - from the future of conflict to the convergence of science and spirituality, digital technologies, financial services, transport, business innovation, corporate media, urban development, terrorism, taxation, healthcare, the global monetary system, social networks, political systems, energy, natural resource management, education - and much, much more.

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In corporate circles Richard has been dubbed ‘The Alchemist' for his rare ability to connect the dots on global affairs in such a way that clarity emerges from the fog of uncertainty, alternatives become distinct, and optimal pathways into the most desired futures open up before our eyes.

Because of this prowess Richard's advice is sought by some of the world's most innovative companies and by government agencies that, while accepting the need for systemic renewal and reinvention, have only limited appreciation of the options available to them.

Richard's inclination is always to collaborate; a rare generosity of spirit enabling the expansion of knowledge through the connection of people and ideas.

Within the international business community Richard is highly regarded as a master knowledge designer. In this context he brings a sensibility for integral design and systems thinking into his practice; proposing a range of future possibilities that are always poetically expressed, strategically inspired, yet capable of transcending present paradoxes.

In this field Richard is best known for pioneering Deep Design - a ground-breaking approach to whole-system change based on curating transformational dialogues within immersive decision theatre environments. Richard's other methodologies, including Strategic Navigation, Strategic
Acupuncture and Epiphany all apply generative learning principles to the strategic management of organizations in dynamically complex environments.

Richard's impact is never negligible. Clients invariably express their admiration for the way he is able to put his finger on the pulse of what really matters to them, then use that raw material to weave future narratives that are socially desirable, politically acceptable, aesthetically compelling, ethically acceptable, culturally tolerant and economically feasible.

The greatest gift Richard gives his clients is the capacity to actively challenge the status quo (with absolute transparency, authenticity and integrity) in the quest for better and more resilient futures.

With such a formidable intellect, Richard Hames - arguably the world's most sought-after corporate adviser on all matters related to the future of business and society - is also one of the most perceptive, engaging, compelling and challenging speakers around.

Client testimonials

Richard Hames has, in a very significant way, helped us to reshape the Australian Taxation Office and lay the foundations for a new organization that is now so essential as we move into a huge tax reform process.

Australian Taxation Office

Richard Hames has challenged us beyond the boundaries of our comfort zones. Remarkable and provocative thinking.

Future of Work Foundation

Entertaining, exciting and unforgettable. A formidable intellect at play.

Palm Springs Pty Ltd

Over the years I have heard many of the world's top speakers and presenters. Richard rates up there with the best. His performance was inspiring, proactive, groundbreaking and most of all very real!

Kreston Dormers Business Advisers

Richard's capacity to identify and weave together the major issues that are shaping our future world is extraordinary.

Global Business Network

Richard's compelling summary of the issues facing the world today and his clear view of the dynamics of change is so sharp that it penetrates the fog of the dominant economic paradigm.

The Futures Foundation