Thimon de Jong runs WHETSTON / strategic foresight, a think tank specialising in future human behaviour, societal change & business strategy.
He is an experienced keynote presenter and leadership trainer and worked for clients like Morgan Stanley, Vodafone, Adecco and EY. Thimon also lectures at the social psychology department of Utrecht University where he teaches master students how academic research can be practically applied to improve business strategy. He has a master’s degree in Cultural Studies with a minor in International Business Studies. He is also a former insights & strategy director at TrendsActive, researcher at FreedomLab Future Studies and editor-in-chief of RELOAD Magazine.
Thimon’s most recent topics include:
Future Digitalisation: The Human Response
The fourth industrial revolution has started and rationally we understand what kind of technology is coming, but are we emotionally ready for it? How can business leaders get their people (and themselves) to embrace all this new technology? The era of using big (people) data has only just started. Are people ready for the technology where our emotions are being monitored in real time (Emotion AI) and used by governments and businesses?
The Future of Partnerships
A deep dive into how relationships will develop in the 2020’s. How will (future) technology assist in improving partnerships between human beings? And: Are you ready for a robot or AI colleague? Furthermore, globally we see that personal and business relationships are getting shorter. In what ways can a companies go against the tide and create strong, long-term partnerships?
The Trust Transition
In a low-trust / post-truth / VUCA world with an abundance of choice and unlimited information, trust is slowly, but steadily moving away from the ‘formal and institutionalised’ towards the ‘personal and informal’. How does this influence (business) decision making? How can leaders enhance trust and build trustful business models of the future?
The Future of Ethics – on Chief Morality Officers, AI ethics & The Quantified Good
This keynote deep dives into the shifting perception of society on ethics and ethical leadership. People struggle with the power we have given to laws, rules and numbers to define what is right & wrong. But where to go next? This topic is fuelled by the rapid developments in the world of AI (Artificial Intelligence): as the lines between man & machine are blurring spectacularly: how can we program human ethics in there?
Generation Z (born from 1998 – now)
Are you ready for the REAL next generation? Move over Millennials, we have heard too much about you for too long. Welcome Gen Z! And yes, they are different. These modest entrepreneurial teens have entered the world of work years ago. Wise beyond their years, they approach the world with a raw & fresh perspective. Understanding the main characteristics of Gen Z will prove to be a wake-up call to any future-oriented professional that is interested in the next generation of customers and colleagues.