Ari Wallach

Which mega-trends will shape your industry in the years to come? What's your longpath to success?

Founder of Fast Company’s Futures with Ari Wallach; Futurist & Social Innovation Strategist

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Ari Wallach | Founder of Fast Company’s Futures with Ari Wallach; Futurist & Social Innovation Strategist
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Futurist and innovation strategist Ari Wallach is Fast Company’s new expert on emergent trends in business and culture. Combining a grasp of new technology and products with a broader understanding of social, political, economic, and demographic transformations, Wallach helps leaders understand, and adapt to, the future—of their companies, their industries, and the world.

Ari Wallach is a futurist, strategist, and social innovation expert. With the launch of Fast Company’s ‘Futures with Ari Wallach,’ he’ll be helping governments, NGOs, foundations, and corporations at the C-suite level solve for tomorrow by acting today. Wallach is also the founder and CEO of Synthesis Corp., a New York-based strategic consultancy that operates at the intersection of innovation, technology, and purpose-driven culture, assisting leaders discover ways to drive sustainable innovation, rethink business models, and improve top-line metrics. Recent clients include CNN, VW ag, Ford Foundation, FriendFactor, UNHCR, the US State Department, Tides Foundation, Sephora, and NRDC.


Wallach is adjunct associate professor at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, lecturing on innovation and the future of governance and public policy. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Peace and Conflict Studies from U.C. Berkeley, where he served as the Director of Conflict Resolution and Peer Counseling for the USCA, and was a Coro Fellow in New York City. Over the course of his career, he has worked for organizations and individuals such as the Democratic National Committee, the United States Institute of Peace, Deepak Chopra, and President Shimon Peres. He sits on the boards of 70 Faces Media,, the Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life, as well as the advisory board to the CITRIS Data and Democracy Initiative at U.C. Berkeley. He was also the former Commissioner for the City of Berkeley in California.


In addition, Wallach was co-founder of The Great Schlep, whose eponymous video garnered over 25 million views, 350 million global media impressions, and started a national conversation about race, faith, and democracy during the 2008 presidential campaign. He is creator and founding director of INFORUM at the Commonwealth Club—one of the nation’s largest non-partisan public affairs forums for young people—and worked as VP of Corporate Development for the Seed Media Group, an organization that helps people and companies think scientifically. And he is founder of re:think media, a producer of cross-platform content for the post-partisan psychographic.


Speech Topics

Longpath Fostering Long-Term Thinking for Your Organization, Your Community, and the World
Success, in both business and policy, is often measured in days, weeks, and months. When we think in purely capitalist or political cycles—quarterly, electorally—we’re limiting our timelines. But despite the urgency we feel to succeed now, our most profound problems require a different sense of time. Some issues can only be resolved in 20, 40, or 60-year cycles, and for these massive, complex endeavors, we need to stop thinking small. We must instead embrace a trans-generational ethic: the ability to plan for results that, quite literally, we won’t be around to see.

In this invigorating keynote, Ari Wallach introduces the Longpath: an ethos and practice that helps us think beyond our own life cycles, and accept responsibility for the world to come. For CEOs, executives, stakeholders, family office planners, parenting conferences, government and military organizations—this is the kind of big-picture talk that can help embed a sense of deeper meaning, from concept to practice, in organizations seeking to cement a lasting (and positive) legacy. With Wallach’s uncanny understanding of long-term shifts for business and culture, the Longpath helps us answer the question of why we’re here, and how we want to leave the world. 
21 Megatrends The Shifts Your Organization Needs to Know
To see the future in any sector, studying technology, products, and business trends is of course essential. But we can’t allow technology to colonize our view of tomorrow. With futurist and innovation expert Ari Wallach, we can avoid a narrow field of possibility by focusing on the intersections between business, technology, and culture at large—and that means studying changes in politics, sociology, the environment, arts, religion, and much more.

In this keynote, Wallach outlines 18 megatrends affecting every vertical. Using interviews, surveys, and findings culled from intensive, customized research, Wallach explores how demographic, social, and economic shifts, scientific and technological developments, and environmental and political dynamics are combining to create a vastly different world. Moreover—and crucially—he explains what these shifts and realignments mean for your industry.

To stay competitive, leaders need to broaden the framework of what they do, and how and why they do it. Wallach’s talk is thus invaluable for any purpose-driven organization that wants to adapt, stay relevant, and build accountability and empathy with the transforming communities and markets of tomorrow.