Keynote: After Consumption: How Makers are Shaping the Next 20 Years of the Global Economy

Business of Making

Wednesday, May 13, 9:20 am to 9:40 am in Theater

The digitally-fueled ‘new economy” anticipated in the late 1990s is arriving late and in utterly unexpected ways. A dying consumer economy built on consumption is being displaced by a new economy built on mass engagement – and the maker movement is its catalyst.  This moment is eerily similar to the mid-1950s, when an infant consumer economy began to emerge – like then, events today will shape the economic landscape for decades to come, and Makers are at the center of the action. The result will be maddening uncertainty for incumbents, but for innovators who keep their head – and keep their head up—this shift presents vast opportunities.


Paul Saffo

Paul is a forecaster with over two decades experience helping stakeholders understand and respond to the dynamics of large-scale, long-term change.   He teaches at Stanford and chairs the Future Studies track at Singularity University. Paul is also a non-resident Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council, and a Fellow of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences. Paul holds degrees from Harvard College, Cambridge University, and Stanford University.