Daniel Erasmus

Daniel Erasmus

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Scenario Thinking / Scenario Planning
Since 1996 Daniel Erasmus, as a leading futurist and thinker, has been conducting scenario planning processes on technology, governance, education and the environment for governmental, foundation, and corporate clients. Daniel is a founder and director...
Writing
Books: Daniel has been asked by Royal Dutch Shell to redesign their breakthrough innovation program GameChanger for the 21st Century. The book GameChanger: Innovation from the Edge will be published in as the cornerstone of...
Inventor
Daniel’s is CEO of the analytical platform NewsConsole that processes more than a billion items of text including news, blogs, social media, research, high value corpora such as patents, earning calls, all of medicine (English...
Contact & Keynotes
Office: Prinsengracht 707 1017JW Amsterdam The Netherlands Mail: daniel DOT erasmus AT dtn DOT net Twitter: danielerasmus Short 250 Word Bio: With 20 years of experience as a leading futurist and scenario thinker, Daniel founded the Digital...

Scenario Thinking / Scenario Planning

Since 1996 Daniel Erasmus, as a leading futurist and thinker, has been conducting scenario planning processes on technology, governance, education and the environment for governmental, foundation, and corporate clients. Daniel is a founder and director of the Digital Thinking Network (DTN), a consulting firm that provides scenario thinking and process transformation as well as expert systems that bring real-time analysis of media and public discourse to forward-looking organizations. With an international staff, Daniel has worked with clients that include Royal Dutch Shell, Schlumberger, Sanoma, Telenor, Vodafone, KONE, Nokia, Rabobank, the city Rotterdam, and the Dutch Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Economic Affairs, and Spatial Planning, etc. Client acquisitions based on DTN scenarios and recommendations have facilitated € 400 million in direct profits in 3 years (2001-4). DTN Scenarios and NEWSCONSOLE analytics have anticipated the 2014 Oil Price Collapse- leading to mergers in the Oil Field Service sector using our Early Learning System. Additionally The DTN anticipated the global financial crisis (in early 2006) for a multi-national bank, allowing it to prepare for the financial crisis two years before it happened. The recent Chinese Economic Slowdown, New Breakthrough technologies in energy; etc. have been anticipated by The DTN (scenario thinking) and NEWSCONSOLE (big data) Over the last 20 years he has facilitated more than a 100 scenario sets for the future of the information society on 4 continents, conducted more than 1000 high level multi hour video interviews with global thought leaders from inventors of the Internet Vint Cerf & Bob Kahn; entrepreneurial pioneer of mobile payments Takeshi Natsuno or founder of Rakuten Shinnosuke Honjo ; to Nobel Laureates George Akerlof and James Mirrlees; to author of Limits to Growth Jorgen Randers; climate change discover scientist Jim Hansen; to CEO of SWIFT Gotfriedd Leibrand, CEO of TCS Natarajan Chandrasekaran; to one of the sushi masters of the Emperor of Japan Eiji Sato-Oyakata and HRH Price Carlos de Bourbon de Parne, etc.
Daniel pioneered the use of scenarios to facilitate deep dialogue about the changing information society and its impact on our organisations, our work, and our societies. His initial ideas appeared in the 1999 Financial Times Mastering Information Technology series under the title, A common language for strategy. Since 1996 Daniel has facilitated more than one hundred scenarios on these issues culminating in the three year project and conference series Ci’Num: The future of digital civilisation in 2030+. The DTN’s public sector transformations include the Economic Development Board of Rotterdam’s creation of an International Advisory Board and the groundbreaking initiative to half Rotterdam’s CO2 emissions by 2025 and to transform Rotterdam into Europe’s leading intercultural city; a 2020 Vision and transformation for the ministry of Foreign Affairs, etc.

Writing

danielerasmusbooks Books: Daniel has been asked by Royal Dutch Shell to redesign their breakthrough innovation program GameChanger for the 21st Century. The book GameChanger: Innovation from the Edge will be published in as the cornerstone of their 20 year celebration. In 2008, Daniel published The Future of ICT in Financial Services, the product of a long-term scenario thinking project funded by Rabobank. It explores the future role of information technology in financial services including the opportunities of outsourcing, lifestyle banking, consolidation, and the challenge of a pending global financial crisis. The book details the DTN’s scenario thinking methodology both by describing the final results and by detailing the journey of the executive team to grasp the changing environment. This comprehensive study is the first scenario casebook of its kind. In 2010 Daniel authored The Future of ICT in 2020: Hidden assumptions and future challenges for the World Conference on Information Technology (WICT), funded by the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs. Columnist:  Daniel authored the column The Information Society for The Financial Times Review; the column The Economy of Ideas for Intelligence and for Intermediair ; and the column Hello World for PC-Review. He edited The Journal for Convergence, and the book Reflecting the Internet 1.0: Human and has authored several academic publications in the fields of multimedia, technology, risk management and the Internet.

Inventor

Daniel’s is CEO of the analytical platform NewsConsole that processes more than a billion items of text including news, blogs, social media, research, high value corpora such as patents, earning calls, all of medicine (English & Chinese), etc. 14 years in development it uses a variety of sophisticated semantic analysis algorithms in 15 languages to make big data approachable at human scale. screenshot_1827

Academia

In addition to his consulting work, Daniel is a has been fellow of the Rotterdam School of Management and is a visiting professor at Ashridge Business School . He has lectured on the topic of scenario thinking and early learning systems (big data foresight) to almost two thousand executives and post graduate MBA students at companies and business schools from Helsinki to Cape Town, Paris to Seoul. Daniel holds degrees in Electronic Industrial Engineering from the University of Stellenbosch where he received full honours (Rector’s List) and an MBA/MBI from the Rotterdam School of Management at the Erasmus University. He is currently completing his PhD on complexity theory, post-structuralist intervention strategies and scenario thinking at the University of Humanistics in Utrecht.