Brad Howarth is fascinated by change. As a journalist working with premier publications including BRW and The Australian, Brad has spent the last two decades researching and writing on the impact technology is having on organisations, society and individuals.
While Brad continues to study change as a freelance journalist, in his expanded capacity as a speaker and facilitator he works with organisations of all sizes to help them understand and plan for changes that are yet to come. As a result Brad is sought after as a catalyst for discussions around the evolution of industry and business models, and in 2012 was selected to participate in the Prime Minister's Digital Economy Forum alongside leaders from Australian industry and academia.
Brad's first book Innovation and Emerging Markets examined the path to commercialisation for Australian technology innovation. His second A Faster Future co-authored with Janelle Ledwidge, examined the impact of high-speed communications technology and services on business, society and individuals.
His latest book, Managing for Change co-authored with Peter Fritz AM, sets out a practical guide for helping people anticipate, understand and plan for change, with the goal of using and driving change to improve their lives.
In 2014 Brad joined the team at the independent technology research company Tech Research Asia as a Contributing Analyst and Consultant.
With 2016 nominated as the National Year of Digital Inclusion, Brad has joined a high calibre group of “champions” for @GoDigiAustralia, a national program designed to help people realise their online potential.
Brad's presentations take complicated topics and future scenarios and present them in a straightforward and compelling manner. He brings a global perspective and demonstrates the interconnectedness of many developments. Each presentation is tailored to the specific needs of his audience, to deliver information that is relevant, entertaining and thought-provoking.
Client Comments for Brad Howarth
- Very well-handled. Brad did an excellent job moderating the panel. He did his homework in terms of research and asked some challenging/thought provoking questions.
- Brad's presentation and delivery of the message was excellent.
- Brad is a skilled and professional moderator. He oversaw two sessions at our forum, on relatively technical and obscure Internet-related issues. He was able to strike a balance between making the sessions accessible to the average layperson and useful for those with previous subject matter knowledge. Brad's pacing of the sessions was excellent, allowing our panellists to make their points and audience members to contribute frequently. He was well briefed and well prepared and I would not hesitate in engaging him again and recommending his services to others.
- Brad is an exceptional presenter who understands the intricacies of the ever-changing world of technology and also manages to actively involve the audience throughout his presentations. Brad presented on the 'Next Big Things' that will happen in the online/interactive industry at the end of year wrap up panel for Interactive Minds in November 2010. He also participated in our expert panel discussion. His insights and knowledge are exceptional and his easy rapport with the other panellists and audience made him a standout guest speaker.
- I have worked with Brad for over 10 years. All my interactions with Brad as writer, reporter and more recently as Panel Host or Master of Ceremonies have been positive. And whether it was the public face of Oracle, Intel or currently TIBCO that I manage, I can rely on Brad to assist and guide me.
TIBCO Software Inc.
- Brad did an excellent job as MC of our HR Technology Conference. He was very well received by the audience and guest speakers. Brad has an easy going communication style and is professional and easy to work with.
Australian Human Resources Institute
- I was looking for a new face in regard to the subject of the future and technology. Not just another futurist talk about stuff that people would never use, something more hands on for business owners as well as having the knowledge at a far greater level. Brad was perfect. His presentation was pitched right at the required level. He took the time to talk to the Members of our Industry to find out their thoughts and needs and he also took the time to not only talk with me on the phone but also in a face to face meeting about the theme of the conference and what I was trying to achieve. He was actually interested!
Some of the comments from his session included...
- Extremely worthwhile.
- Very insightful and relevant.
- I'm from the IT industry and have followed Brad. I thought he did a brilliant 'futurist' presentation to get us thinking.
- Made a usually bland subject very interesting.
- Relevant to lovers of global workforce and internet workers. I guess we need to know this stuff to keep current in a changing world. Not my cup of tea however I was engaged and found the session exceptionally informative.
- WOW, did Brad shift us into the future and what can be possible? His presentation was edgy, he obviously is passionate about his topic and this was evident throughout his presentation. He opened my mind to what can be created, if we use our imagination and embrace technology, and apply it in those areas that work best.
- Dealing With Disruption
- Navigating to a Digital Future
- What All Businesses Can Learn From Start-ups
- Managing for Change
Topic SynopsesDealing with Disruption
The internet has enabled new forms of competition that evolve and develop at a rate that is staggering for many traditional businesses. However, it is only through understanding the changes that are happening in the world can we successfully deal with them – and potentially profit from them.
Brad Howarth has spent 20 years documenting the impact of technology on Australian business and society and is now working directly with organisations to help them understand and develop strategies to understand and manage change. In this talk, Brad shares some of the essential strategies to not only deal with but benefit from disruption.
What All Businesses Can Learn from Start-ups
Software start-ups are all the rage once more, commanding massive valuations and creating havoc for traditional businesses. But behind the hype, the web-based businesses of the past decade have fundamentally different structures and processes to anything that has gone before. These very same tools and processes are available to every other business in existence today. Brad shows you how to harness them so you too can rapidly build services and products and win loyal customers like a start-up.
Navigating to a Digital Future
Smartphones, the internet and other digital technologies have given us access to a massive range of new services and entertainment options, and transformed how we do business. They have also led to the creation of entirely new business models and new internet-based competitors – the so-called digital disruptors of Google, Amazon, Uber and many more. The ultimate impact is the digital transformation of all businesses – a transformation that is creating significant challenges while also presenting huge opportunities for those who are willing to embrace it.
With more than 20 years’ experience in reporting, researching and advising on technology and business, Brad brings a unique perspective on how digital technologies are impacting business today and into the future. Brad calls upon his experience working across multiple industries to tailor presentations to the specific needs of audiences, explaining how they are or will be impacted by digital transformation and providing practical advice on how to respond and make the most of emerging opportunities.
His presentations cover:
- Digital disruption – what it is, why it happens and who is affected.
- How to think and act like a disruptor
- The key steps in digital transformation
- Practical examples of transformation in action
Managing for Change
We know that change is inevitable, but how many of us can honestly say we are able to adjust to change when it happens? But rather than simply reacting to the changes happening around us, what if we could anticipate and plan for change before it happens?
Brad Howarth is fascinated by change. As a journalist he has been reporting on change for more than 20 years, and in 2015 co-authored the book Managing for Change, which provides guidance on taking a more active approach to change. In this interactive presentation/workshop, Brad takes participants through practical strategies for better understanding, envisioning and planning for change, with the goal of helping them design and shape their future of in a rapidly changing world.
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Jack Welch, CEO, General Electric.