the public speaking and consulting career of DAVID BRIN

the public speaking and consulting career of DAVID BRIN, Ph.D.

When I am asked to consult or give speeches to businesses, groups and organizations, it's usually because I am best-known as a "futurist" who comments plausibly and entertainingly about trends in technology and society, including some of the challenges that may confront our rambunctious civilization in the decades ahead -- though I have been known to speak about science or writing. Although I speak on several topics, one favorite seems to be creativity, or helping members of the audience think "out of the box" about both near- and long-term opportunities or problems.

Lately, this secondary speaking career has grown so hectic that I've had to limit the engagements I accept, in order to concentrate on my family, books and science. Still, I do accept on average one speaking or consulting commitment per month.

You are welcome to look over a listing of many of my past speaking engagements. They include:

  • Keynote dedication of UCSD's new Structural Engineering Building (9/2012): "Emerging Collaborations of Science, Art and Pragmatism." Contact Frieder Seible, Dean - Jacobs School of Engineering, UCSD.

  • Keynote dedication of "Images of the Future" exhibition at CSU Northridge. (2012) Contact Dean Mark Stover.

  • Senior Officers' conference for PayPal, eBay and BillMeLater. (2011) Contact Alex Tosheff, Chief Information Security Officer.

  • "Future Evolution of Human-Computer Interfaces" Microsoft, Seattle. (2012) Contact Curtis Wong, Principal Interface Development.

  • Potomac Institute for Policy Studies: "Out of the Box" Pentagon Defense/Terrorism Conference - keynote dinner speaker. Contact: Michael Swetnam (president) 703/525-0770.

To book me for an engagement, please contact me at To receive a faster reply, enter "enquiry about a speaking engagement" in the subject line.


My standard speaking fee is has gone up lately for commercial meetings requiring extensive travel. The greater the distance, the more likely it is that I must travel Business Class. The fee is less for events near San Diego or for non-profit groups clearly benefiting the public or kids. Also, it can help if the topic is fascinating!

Please inquire about my rate and availability for speaking at your event.