Katja Schipperheijn is an internationally recognised author, strategist, futurist, lecturer and keynote speaker. Her expertise focuses on AI and pioneering innovations that create a human-machine symbiosis to enable learning ecosystems to flourish. In doing so, she advocates adopting a learning mindset at the personal, team and corporate levels not to become overwhelmed, but to thrive and sustainably shape the future itself.
Her provocative ideas challenge traditional dogmas and offer fresh perspectives. She inspires everyone to adapt and embrace learning before they suffer irreversible damage because AI and other innovations are already pervasive. They are affecting organisations and their employees with unprecedented speed. To incite change, she does not shy away from hypes and discusses the impact of what now seem futuristic, such as Brain-Computer Interfaces (BCI) or hyper-realistic avatars that make deepfaking a child’s play.
Katja explores the intersection of technology and humanity and its impact on our society. For example, she looks at how competences such as imagination, curiosity and consilience play a role. She explores the similarities between neuroscience and computer science to optimise the learning of both human and artificial intelligence. Human connection is paramount in shaping the future of work, which is why she often draws her inspiration from the future as seen through the eyes of children.
Katja’s keynote speeches are therefore engaging and inspiring for a very diverse audience. Often, her keynotes are the starting point for a future readiness workshop and a continuous improvement project.
Besides advising governments, multinationals, educational institutions and start-ups, Katja is also a philanthropist as founder of sCooledu and author of Little Digital Citizens (Dutch 2018). More than 15,000 children have already participated in her workshops on the future and the increasingly virtual world. This shows her commitment to social responsibility and the importance of promoting digital literacy among young people. By booking Katja for an event, you not only get valuable insights but also support a good cause.
As an author, Katja achieved international recognition with her book Learning Ecosystems (2023) finalist best international business books in London and included in the Top 100 best international business books by the eLearning Journal in Germany. This book will therefore be available in several languages including Arabic during 2024.
2024 will also see the release of her latest book. The Learning Mindset: Combining human competencies with technology to thrive.
In these times of ever-faster innovation, the impact on us as people, as employees, and in our organisations is often overwhelming. A positive mindset towards learning is therefore the best way not to be left behind, and more so, to help shape the uncertain future itself. In this often-provocative keynote, we imagine a future that has already caught up with us and draw inspiration from innovations that support learning and growth. For this, we look at the concept of learning ecosystems where learning is supported by all stakeholders to support growth as individuals and as organisations and, by extension, society. A roadmap for continuous improvement through learning is the result there. Based on the award-winning book Leaning Ecosystems, this talk is ideally suited for executives who want to commit to continuous improvement through innovation and a learning culture with engaged employees. An adapted form is also very interesting as an inspirational talk for employees to help shape a nimble learning and collaboration strategy in which their competences help shape the learning organisation. This keynote can also be extended with a workshop for CEO/COO/CXOs or Senior Executives/Leaders in Innovation, HR and L&D. The aim of this workshop is to come up with implementable innovations (processes and technology) that support the future of work and put the organisation on a path of continuous improvement.
Unleash potential with a learning mindset supported by emerging innovations based on Katja’s new book The Learning Attitude: Combining Human Competencies with Technology to Thrive. Developing a learning attitude is essential for success in a rapidly changing world of work. But how can you adopt this approach? What qualities do you need? What role do technology and neuroscience play? How can it foster innovation, problem-solving and collaboration? This keynote explains what a learning attitude is, why it is urgently needed to survive and the benefits for individuals, teams and the organisation as a whole to thrive. Among other things, she covers the competences needed for this approach, including curiosity, resilience, innovation, realism and forward-thinking, and shows how these traits can be developed in all people, while respecting their individual differences. In doing so, Katja does not shy away from difficult topics and points out the need to surround yourself with a diversity team as a learning leader and to give misfits their place. This new keynote from an international learning expert also outlines how to foster social and lean learning among colleagues, how to become a learning leader and how a learning approach can turn challenges into opportunities. There is also an essential discussion on the neuroscience of learning, the evolution of artificial intelligence and how humans and technology can work symbiotically together for the best results. The often-provocative keynote that leaves no one unprepared brings valuable insights, advice and practical guidance for new leadership in times of ever-faster waves of innovations and AI.
AI is not hype; scientists have been trying to develop algorithms to mimic the human brain since 1957. Hence, since the emergence of Large Language Models (LLMs) using Generative AI, this future seems to be getting closer and closer. In these times of ever-faster innovation, the impact on us as humans and on the future of work is therefore often overwhelming.Managers and employees who think they don’t need to adapt will soon find themselves at an irreversible disadvantage. The question, therefore, is not whether AI and futuristic innovations deserve their place in a human-machine symbiosis, but how. What is expected of sustainable strategies, future leadership and how will it affect the organisation and society. In this often-provocative keynote, Katja Schipperheijn looks at the future that already seems to have caught up with us. Often inspired by the more than 15,000 children she had in her workshops, she brings innovations such as Brain-Computer Interfaces (BCI), as well as hyperreal alternative worlds, in which we can live, work and learn. In the learning ecosystems she outlines, she combines technologies such as augmented reality, virtual reality, video and 3D holographic avatars with NFLs and blockchain. Will we all soon enter this new world with the MetaHuman Creator, digital contact lenses or even brain implants? Bringing together new digital innovations creates unprecedented combinations that offer possibilities beyond our imagination. This keynote is therefore extremely engaging for forward-looking leaders and employees who want to thrive rather than survive. This keynote goes well with workshops that turn current obstacles into opportunities for continuous improvement.
This motivating and slightly provocative keynote will take you into the world of our children to shape the future of your organisation. Meta- and virtual worlds have been the old normal for our children for years. Yet as adults, we mostly see the dangers and are driven by fear of the unknown. When we step into the world of children, we experience the opportunities that digital citizenship has to offer them. We close the gap between generations and learn from each other, each with our own background and competences. By highlighting the hypes and hopes of AI and its ethical impact, we point out the responsibilities for us as people, as organisations and as a society. This keynote brings together the experience of workshops with more than 15,000 children and young people. It is an ideal session to engage employees in digital transformation and the opportunities it presents from a positive perspective. An adapted version for the education sector, it helps implement a sustainable vision of learning that supports children’s well-being.
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"Amazing Keynote!! So good that our main stakeholders where commenting there praises of you to each other even during and not after! Thank you so much for taking part of this Katja and I’m really happy that we had you for the last week as you preffered, defenitely turned some heads!"
Senior Manager Open Innovation and Partnerships — United Kingdom
"Katja’s session was incredibly practical and insightful. People loved it, and it made a significant impact on their learning experience. Her insights and expertise truly resonated with our audience, and her presentation style was engaging and informative. Her contribution to the Masterclass including a tailored keynote has left a lasting impression.”
Director People and Culture MCI Group — The Netherlands
"A great Keynote Katja. The importance of fostering a learning mindset can’t be overstated, especially in today’s fast-paced world where innovation is key! It’s inspiring to see how emerging technologies can support and enhance this process. This not only benefits individuals in their personal growth but also contributes significantly to organisational success. A win win!"
CEO and Co-founder CLO100 — United Kingdom
"If you’re looking for a keynote that goes beyond superficial conversations and dives deep into the heart of what it means to be human in an increasingly digital world, this is it. Dogmas and silos about HR and learning are demolished yet she brings a constructive story to build a learning ecosystem from human-centered innovation. It is a transformative experience that will broaden your horizons, challenge your perspectives and remind you of the power of empathy. Prepare to be captivated, enlightened and inspired!"
Associate Professor Zayad University and founder Know Digital — Dubai
"Your intervention at the Netex Salon was amazing. This morning, when I woke up I didn’t think that we would be talking about something that for me is as important as children to improve as a person, so thank you for saying it with the naturalness and certainty with which you did it! I believe that imagination and creativity are key elements that make us unique and that can never be taken away from us by machines. Thank you for reminding us of the importance of calm, transformation, self-management and curiosity in this ever-evolving world. I hope to have the opportunity to talk to you more about this at some point."
L&D Project Manager at ADEO Group — Spain
"A couple of days ago, I had the privilege of attending the Toyota Tech Conference where Katja Schipperheijn was an esteemed speaker. She captivated the audience with her perspective on how lessons from children could be applied to shape the future of our workplaces. Katja, your thought-provoking insights and innovative approach to reimagining the work process were truly inspirational. My heartfelt gratitude for enlightening us and instilling a fresh perspective on our professional journey."
Head of Business Technology Department at Toyota Caucasus LLC — Georgia
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