Thornton A. May

Futurist & Author

Thornton May is a top futurist keynote speaker, author, educator, and anthropologist. 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 A. May`s Keynote Speaker Fee This reflects Thornton A. May`s U.S. Speaking Fee

    $10,001 - $20,000

  • Languages Spoken

    English

  • Travels From

    Maine, Florida, USA

  • Thornton A. May`s Keynote Speaker Fee This reflects Thornton A. May`s U.S. Speaking Fee

    $10,001 - $20,000

  • Languages Spoken

    English

  • Travels From

    Maine, Florida, USA

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The New Know: The Transformative Impact of Big Data & Analytics

In a simpler time executives made decisions based on what happened in the past. In today’s environment, however, leaders need a working knowledge of what happens next. To do that requires real-time, insightful data, or more ...

In a simpler time executives made decisions based on what happened in the past. In today’s environment, however, leaders need a working knowledge of what happens next. To do that requires real-time, insightful data, or more specifically, analytics and Big Data. Identifying and harnessing the right analytics, however, is a struggle within any organization given the vast amounts of information available, the different technologies at work, and the divergent personalities who own the data. Futurist Thornton May, the opening speaker at the inaugural Data Scientist Summit offers solutions from his new book, The New Know: Innovation Powered by Analytics on how to identify where analytics and Big Data sit within an organization, deal with a new breed of analysts, and optimize current technology to link analytics to innovation.

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Jumping the Curve – Managing the Transition from Now to Next

We have come to a critical decision point – is this the end of the current way of doing things? Status quo business models are struggling. Productivity gains and payback associated with ‘inside-the-box’ technology solutions appear to ...

We have come to a critical decision point – is this the end of the current way of doing things? Status quo business models are struggling. Productivity gains and payback associated with ‘inside-the-box’ technology solutions appear to be flattening out. Does this mean that the old way of thinking, knowing, doing and computing are just about kaput? Mainframes gave way to minicomputers, which gave way to PCs, which gave way to client servers, which gave way to the web, etc. We find ourselves at a technology and business model inflection point. Is it time to ‘kick over the chessboard’? What are you going to do?

Marcel Proust believed, “The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.” The next best thing to new eyes is many eyes. Thornton May – futurist, entrepreneur and author of The New Know: Innovation Powered by Analytics has just completed a massive ‘walk-about’ asking literally thousands of executives – what do they see and most importantly, what are they going to do about it.

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Digital Ethics and the Future of Security and Privacy

In the much simpler world of 30 years ago, Coca Cola assembled 200 multi-ethnic youngsters on a hilltop in Italy and had them sing. The message – the whole world could be united in its desire for a single product.  While the world ...

In the much simpler world of 30 years ago, Coca Cola assembled 200 multi-ethnic youngsters on a hilltop in Italy and had them sing. The message – the whole world could be united in its desire for a single product.  While the world might be able to coalesce in its desire for a carbonated beverage, it certainly can’t make up its mind what we need to know, who needs to know it, who should be teaching and how security and privacy best practices should be taught.

It has become common knowledge that all stakeholders in the enterprise should ‘know a little something’ about security and privacy.  Procter & Gamble has decided that privacy will be as much a vital part of Tide as the chemicals in the box, as much a part of Pampers as the paper and plastic, as much a part of Maxwell House as the beans…What has your company or agency decided?

The original business plan at Amazon.com is reputed to state, “We will sell a low-touch commodity product (like books) via a process that allows us to extract information that will form the base of follow-on high value services…”.  At the base of the information age is information management.  At the base of information management is the question: “How much information about your customer will you be allowed to collect and repackage?”  At the base of this question lies the practice of security and privacy.

Everyone knows there’s a security/privacy tug-of-war going on in the minds of the public.  Nobody seems to know what to do about it. Everyone knows buyers care about their personal information…nobody knows how far they will go to protect it.  Everyone knows buyers can be tempted to trade private data for personal gain…nobody can figure out the nature of such trade-offs.

We live at a time of unique opportunity to change how we think and do digital security and privacy.   This is sure to be an informative and entertaining session that you won’t want to miss!

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About Keynote Speaker Thornton A. May

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.

More About Speaker, Thornton May . . .
Thornton May  serves as: Executive Director and Dean at the IT Leadership Academy in Jacksonville, Florida; Futurist – External Technology Advisory Board at the Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering; and Co-founder of the CIO Solutions Gallery at the Fisher College of Business [the Ohio State University] where he also teaches the MIX program for eMBAs.

Thornton obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Asian Studies from Dartmouth College, his Master’s degree in Industrial Administration from Carnegie-Mellon University, and developed his Japanese language competence at the Center for Japanese Studies at the University of Michigan and Keio University in Japan.

Testimonials

“Thornton is in the top tier of business technology industry intellectuals. I personally think he is a genius. My definition…smarter than me and most everybody else…. always is out front on ideas and uses completely fresh perspectives on issues and challenges in business…and balances it all with razor sharp wit. Nobody ever goes away after an encounter with Thornton without being enriched.”

Barbra Cooper

CIO emeritus; Toyota USA

“Thornton May is the real deal. A daring intellectual in a business filled with fakes, Thornton encourages us–no he FORCES us–to sit up, pay attention and think hard about the real issues we face every day.”

Seth Godin

Author of Permission Marketing, and Founder Yoyodyne

“Thornton May is an intellectual speed merchant. He can think faster than the few people who are smarter than he is, and he’s smarter than the few people who are faster than he is–and that’s a tough combination to top in any field.”

Alan Webber

Founding Editor; Fast Company, Candidate for Governor, State of New Mexico

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