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Mar 29, 2022

Welcome to RIMScast. Your host is Justin Smulison, Business Content Manager at RIMS, the Risk and Insurance Management Society.  

This week, Justin Smulison is excited to be joined by RISKWORLD 2022’s closing keynote speaker, Peter Leyden! Peter Leyden is a Senior Fellow for Strategic Foresight at Autodesk and the host of The Civilization Salons, a conversation series about the most consequential issues of our time that will impact the next 25 years and beyond. Peter has spent his entire career figuring out the future, explaining what’s most likely to come next, and helping envision how we could create a better world.


Together, they’re discussing why Peter believes we are entering an era known as the “Transformation Era,” how risk managers can be drivers of this transformative era and highlights some of the key components that are forcing a fundamental reorganization of how the world works. Peter also gives a preview of his RISKWORLD closing keynote speech and shares his positive outlook for the future.


Don’t miss out on this high-energy, highly informative conversation with keynote speaker, Peter Leyden! And be sure to be there for his RISKWORLD 2022 closing keynote presentation on April 13th!


Key Takeaways:

[:01] About the RIMS Membership.

[:15] About RIMScast.

[:27] About today’s episode with Peter Leyden.

[:34] Upcoming RIMS webinars and workshops.

[1:36] About the upcoming two-day virtual event: 2022 RIMS RiskTech Forum.

[2:10] More about today’s episode.

[2:57] Justin welcomes Peter Leyden to RIMScast!

[3:16] Peter shares what it means to be a futurist, and how a futurist today is much different than a futurist from the 1980s.

[5:05] Why Peter believes we’re entering the “Transformation Era,” and how it is different from other eras in the past.

[8:18] Peter highlights key components that are forcing a fundamental reorganization of how the world works, as well as the countries and organizations that are setting an example for integrating climate (and other major ESG issues) into their publicly-facing activities.

[13:33] Does Peter find that some of the companies or organizations that he works with are very much aware of ESG issues and are moving towards building them into their operations?

[17:03] About RIMS Buyer’s Guide, RISKWORLD, workshops, webinars, and more!

[19:20] Peter’s experiences with risk professionals and his advice for them.

[22:36] Is Peter finding that folks are more negative with their future outlook or positive? Is it hard for him to “sell” his positive outlook on the future?

[24:04] Peter gives a preview of his closing keynote at RISKWORLD 2022 on April 13th.

[30:01] Justin thanks Peter Leyden for joining RIMScast and shares some additional links to check in today’s show notes.


Mentioned in this Episode:

RIMS Events, Education, and Services:

RIMS 2022 RISKWORLD | April 10‒13 in San Francisco! — Register now!


RIMS Advocacy

RISKWORLD COVID-19 Policy (Updated 2/28/2022)

RIMS Buyers Guide

RIMS-Willis Towers Watson Asia Pacific Risk Virtual Conference 2022 | April 26-28th — Complimentary registration here!

Sponsor RIMScast: Contact or for more information.

Sponsored RIMScast Episodes:

“Focusing on Your Team to Deliver Exceptional Quality and Service to Your Clients”

| Sponsored by Gallagher Bassett

“Bermuda Opportunities in 2022 with BDA Chair Stephen Weinstein” | Sponsored by Bermuda Business Development Agency

“SyncR: A Tool to Enhance Your Risk Quality & Insurance Strategy” | Sponsored by Prudent Insurance Brokers Ltd.

“Navigating the Risk Landscape in 2022” | Sponsored by AXA XL

“Prioritizing People: Expertise and Innovation” | Sponsored by Gallagher Bassett

“Risk Findings for the Industrial & Manufacturing Industry” | Sponsored by Aon

“Establishing the Right Assurance to Request From Business Partners” | Sponsored by HITRUST

“Aon’s 2021 Retail Industry Overview” | Sponsored by Aon

“A Legacy of Resilience” | Sponsored by J.B. Boda Group

“The Golden Era of Insurance” | Sponsored by The Hartford

“Insurance Investigation Trends Happening Now” | Sponsored by Travelers

“What Could a CRO Do for Your Business?” | Sponsored by Riskonnect

“Hard Reality: A Look at Rising Rates in Property & Excess Casualty” | Sponsored by AXA XL

“Property Valuation Deep Dive” | Sponsored by TÜV SÜD

“Property Loss Control Engineering” | Sponsored by Prudent Insurance Brokers

NEW RIMSCAST VIDEO: “Climate Change and Insurance: A Fireside Chat with Dev Bhutani and Deepak Madan” | Sponsored by Prudent Insurance Brokers Ltd.


March 29, 2022 | “Executive Risk in 2022: How to Prepare for the Shifting Sands of Liability” | Sponsored by Beazley

April 21, 2022 | “Supply Chain Risk Management in 2022” | Presented by the RIMS International Council

April 28, 2022 | "ZAP! The Electrification of Commercial Fleets — Opportunities & Risks" | Sponsored by Aviva

RISKWORLD Live Workshops:

April 9th‒10th, 2022 | “Fundamentals of Insurance” | Presented by RIMS

April 9th‒10th, 2022 | “Fundamentals of Risk Management” | Presented by RIMS

April 9th‒10th, 2022 | “Managing Cognitive Bias Risk — Recognition & Avoidance Essentials” | Presented by RIMS

April 9th‒10th, 2022 | “RIMS-CRMP Prep” | Presented by RIMS

April 9th‒10th, 2022 | “Risk Appetite Management” | Presented by RIMS

April 9th‒10th, 2022 | “Applying and Integrating ERM” | Presented by RIMS


Virtual Workshops:

March 22, 23, 29 & 30 | “Enterprise Rise Management for ORSA Planning in Insurance Companies” | Enroll by March 21, 2022

Related RIMScast Episodes:

“RISKWORLD Keynote Michael C. Bush On Risk and ‘Greatness’”

“RISKWORLD Keynote Rachel Sheerin On How Risk Leaders Can Combat and Harness Burnout”

RIMS Publications, Content, and Links:

RIMS Membership — Whether you are a new member or need to transition, be a part of the global risk management community!

RIMS Virtual Workshops

Upcoming RIMS Webinars

On-Demand Webinars

RIMS Advisory Services — Ask a Peer

Risk Management Magazine

Risk Management Monitor

RIMS Coronavirus Information Center

RIMS Risk Leaders Series — New interview with RIMS 2021 Risk Manager of the Year Michael Harrington!

RIMS-Certified Risk Management Professional (RIMS-CRMP)

RIMS-CRMP Stories — New interview featuring RIMS Treasurer Jennifer Santiago!

Spencer Educational Foundation

RIMS DEI Council

RIMS Path to the Boardroom


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Follow up with Our Guest:

Peter Leyden’s Website

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Tweetables (For Social Media Use):


“One of the biggest differences [between a futurist today and a futurist from the 1980s] is in the amount of information [and] data that has been captured today … compared to what you really had in the ’80s. … It was a lot more speculative in the ’80s.” — Peter Leyden


“I do think we’re in a time that will be remembered for 50, 100 … 500, 1000 years from now and they’re going to say, ‘Wow. What the hell was going on in that early 21st century? What a time to be alive.” — Peter Leyden


“The world that’s going to operate in 30 years is going to be fundamentally different than the one that we came into 30 years ago.” — Peter Leyden


“When things start tipping, and when things start shifting, things can move fast. And I think we’re in that now.” — Peter Leyden