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Mike Ryan

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Mike is a highly successful entrepreneur and digital futurist. A born disruptor, he eats lives and breathes future thinking and has helped many large organisations on their future strategy. Mike is an expert in Horizon Mapping and foresight studies particularly around business planning, disruption and digital innovation. He self publishes a futures extinction map and crowdsources insight from a broad range of colleagues.
As a futurist and board director of Manchester Digital, the largest independent trade association in the UK, he frequently speaks about digital change across the globe. A technology evangelist who is an accomplished communicator able to engage non technical audiences in the most complex technology scenarios. Mike is a contributor to BBC radio and a columnist for several publications. A member of the foresight network of futurists.
Immersed for 14 years in pure digital technology and predicted the disruption to newspapers (Craiglist, Ebay). the music and film industry (Apple, Youtube) telephony (Skype) ahead of each one. Currently advising academia and law on the impending changes to their industries.
He has recently completed a report on the skills and capabilities of the top 200 digital and creative companies in the region for all BBC departments at Media City UK. He has also advised many clients including Co-operatives UK, Cornerhouse, Contact Theatre, Royal Mail, National Health Service, Peel Holdings and University of Manchester on developing future technology strategies.
Mike assists several venture funds on diligence and works with companies seeking investment funding particularly in the online and digital sectors.
He also is an experienced advisor and mentor to new companies and non-executive director of several public sector organisations.
Specialties: Digital Strategies, Futurology, Business Planning, Conference speaking. Technology due diligence. Future scenario planning and disruptive consultancy. Horizon Scanning, foresight.