Introducing Mike Walsh: Closing Keynote Speaker
What does the future hold? What will the occupational health and safety profession or work environments worldwide look like a few years from now? If the past year has been any indication, even the near future is unpredictable.
However, Mike Walsh and the consultancy organization, Tomorrow, of which Walsh is the founder and CEO, have a plan. With Tomorrow, Walsh helps companies prepare for the technological advancements of the 21st century and the societal, cultural, and logistic challenges that will result. His work aims to help businesses develop strategies that will still be effective in the uncertain near-future workplace and business environments.
In keeping with current events, Walsh is concerned with how organizations will adapt to the realities of the COVID-19 pandemic. He believes that the pandemic ended the rift between organizations, corporate and otherwise, that relied on digital models of delivery for their products or services and those that relied on in-person transactions. He advises that now is the time for organizations to develop vigorous digital programs. Additionally, Walsh suggests that increased digitization is only the first of the pandemic’s major effects on work nature.
Other particular interests of Walsh’s include artificial intelligence, algorithms, and automation. Walsh argues that advancements in these fields will not lead to workers being replaced by machines but will fundamentally change how work is designed and how organizations must operate on every level, including their ethical frameworks, executive leadership and management styles, and policies toward worker equity and well-being.
In addition to his work as a consultant, Walsh is also a writer. He has contributed a series of articles on AI's implications in business and the workplace to The Harvard Business Review and has authored three books. His most recent, The Algorithmic Leader, is a practical guide for business leaders to adapt their leadership styles and methods to the realities of what Walsh terms the “algorithmic” age, the rapidly approaching era in which AI and automation are intertwined with business. The Dictionary of Dangerous Ideas predicts major near-future technological breakthroughs in microsatellite networks, cryptocurrencies, remote work, digital protest movements, self-driving cars, drones, and digital biology. Futuretainment, Walsh’s first book provides 23 insights into how the internet, social media, mobile devices, and other advancements have affected entertainment and the media.
Before founding Tomorrow in 2006, Walsh worked as a business analyst and in internet-based communications. He also hosts a podcast and a YouTube channel that elaborate on the themes of his writing and consultancy work.