News and current affairs have a huge impact on the most requested speaker topics.
In 2020, is it any surprise that keynote speakers in equality and diversity or health and change were the most sought after topics? The Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic and the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement have consumed our collective consciousness in the last 12 months.
The end of 2020 has been gripped by the dramatic US election and we imagine the change in president will also have an effect on topics requested in 2021.
Spoiler: Change, change and more change is what connects all the topics detailed below.
Health and Wellbeing
The Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic that has swept the globe, put the topic of health and change top of event organizers speaker lists. As the pandemic doesn’t look like it’s going anywhere anytime soon, we imagine this will carry on into 2021.
How can we change healthcare to combat future pandemics? How can people change their health habits? What are the hidden health changes we have yet to unearth?
Equality and Diversity
The second global ‘issue’ to grip the world was a reinvigorated interest in the Black Lives Matter movement. Tragically influenced by the deaths of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor at the hands of US police officers, BLM and race equality saw a huge boost in attention during summer 2020. Equality and diversity is and should be a hot topic on many speaker’s lips.
How can we give more people a seat at the table? What needs to change to combat systemic racism? How do we change unconscious bias and reveal hidden disabilities?
Environment and Sustainability
The world transforming issues above have distracted from the issue of the world and more specifically, the environmental impacts of climate change. Not long ago ‘single use plastics’ was top of the sustainability list of things to go but a lot of PPC from the Covid-19 pandemic is single use. Alternatively, air travel has stalled significantly and we can only assume the environmental impact of this too. Once things start to return to ‘the new normal’, environmentalism will be back on the agenda.
How is the Coronavirus pandemic positively and negatively affecting the environment? Can we be sustainable during a global pandemic? What is next for single use plastics?
Times of crisis often leads to swift innovation as change needs to come about quickly to combat the impacts of the crisis. Think about the innovation that came from the transformative global impact of World War 2. All healthcare systems have had to innovate swiftly to take control of the ever changing situation. Technology and health are become more and more innovative and connected.
What Covid-19 inspired innovation could we see in 2021? Will wearable technology revolutionise health tracking?
The Future of Democracy
The dramatic and divisive US presidential election has been the only news story in late 2020 to pull focus from the pandemic. Donald Trump’s inflammatory and questionable criticism of the US democratic process is likely to bring about questions of what constitutes fair and balanced democracy.
Could there be corruption in the US voting system? Does Biden’s election signal the end of divisive politics in the United States? How will Trump’s questioning of democracy affect the rest of the world?
Can you remember the last year that was so consumed by one issue? We can’t and it cannot be underestimated the effect this will have on speaking topics, particularly when we can gather again for events and conferences. Naturally we hope the pandemic ends as soon as is humanly possible but we also welcome a more diverse mix of speaker topics in 2021 and into 2022.