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Renowned futurist to speak at SA top 100 event


The futurist who predicted the 2008 financial crash will give a keynote address on the future of energy at this year’s event to unveil South Australia’s top 100 businesses.

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InDaily’s South Australian Business Index – an independent ranking of the top 100 South Australian companies – will be announced at an Adelaide Oval lunch on September 28.

The event, which will be part of the Open State festival for the first time, will feature guest speaker Richard Watson – a leading English futurist, author and lecturer who has worked with many leading companies to help them improve the quality of their thinking and plan for the far future.

He will speak about “Future Energy” – a topic of close interest to all South Australians as we grapple with life on the sharp edge of the transition of the electricity market from the old to the new.

Watson has written five books, including Future Files, published in 2007, which warned about the inevitability of a systemic shock to the financial system. He warned this was “not a debt mountain, but an avalanche waiting to descend…. big banks, in particular, will come under increasing scrutiny about their lending practices, and there will be calls for salary and profit caps.”

A year later, the prediction came to pass, almost in those exact terms, with a mountain of US bank debt cascading through the world’s financial system to create what we now call the Global Financial Crisis.

Watson’s keynote address will be followed by a local expert panel discussing the issues affecting South Australian business, particularly energy.

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