Patrick Dixon



Dr Patrick Dixon is a business thinker. He is often described in the media as Europe's leading futurist and has been ranked as one of the 20 most influential business thinkers alive today. Chairman of Global Change Ltd, he is author of twelve books (385,000 printed in 19 languages) including Futurewise.

Originally a physician by training, Dr Dixon has a web TV site and a radio/TV studio in his home from which he broadcasts worldwide for the BBC and others.

Patrick Dixon studied Medical Sciences at King's College, Cambridge and continued medical training at Charing Cross Hospital, London. In 1978, while a medical student he took a sabbatical (the first of many) after founding the IT startup Medicom, selling medical software solutions in the UK and the Middle East, based on early personal computers. After qualifying as a physician he cared for those dying of cancer at St Joseph's Hospice and then as part of the Community Care Team based at University College Hospital, London, while also continuing IT consulting part-time.

In 1987 he was asked as a specialist in care of the dying to advise on the management of those with AIDS, and was deeply shocked by the poor treatment, prejudice and discrimination that many with AIDS were experiencing from hospitals, clinics and community services. In 1988 he launched the AIDS agency ACET, following publication of his first book The Truth about AIDS, which provoked media debate by challenging many commonly held assumptions about HIV. This book anticipated the unfolding catastrophe that has since hit many nations in sub-Saharan Africa. ACET grew rapidly, providing home care services across London and other parts of the UK, as well as a national sex education programme in schools, reaching more than 450,000 students. Within the first three years, ACET programmes had also been established in Uganda, Romania and Thailand. Many other country programmes followed, all of which are now independent agencies, managed by their own national teams.

ACET is now a decentralised Alliance of independent AIDS care and prevention programmes in places such as the UK, Ireland, Uganda, Zimbabwe, Thailand, India, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Slovenia, Ukraine and Russia.

Different country operations are now spawning their own partnerships and project relationships in many other nations. Although heavily involved with his wife Sheila on a day to day basis in supporting the Alliance, with several international partner visits each year, Dr Dixon has not treated patients for a decade. Their company Global Change Ltd provides all administration for the charity in the UK as well as helping to support country projects.

Patrick Dixon advises many multinationals on global trends and risk management, drawing on material in his books Futurewise and Building a Better Business.

Through the 1990s he wrote roughly one new book every year, covering a wide range of issues and trends including the digital society, biotechnology and politics. Several of these achieved significant media coverage and resulted in invitations to speak to corporations about future challenges.

In 1997 he was invited to be a Fellow of the World Economic Forum at Davos, where he presented the Six Faces of the Future described in the book Futurewise. This led to further requests for lectures, seminars and consulting, particularly from banks and insurance companies, but also including energy, travel, tourism, manufacturing, distribution, pharma, telecom and IT companies. By 1999 he was teaching on a range of business school programmes, and his website had become an often quoted source.

Most of his work is with the senior teams of larger multinationals, as well as their clients, lecturing on risk management, new business opportunities, demographic shifts, consumer trends, emerging markets, corporate ethics, leadership and motivation.

Dr Dixon is married to Sheila, with four grown up children, and lives in London where the family is active in local church and community life.

* Building a Better Business - Profile Books published 2005
* Futurewise - Harper Collins 1998, 2001, Profile Books 2003, reprinted 2004, 2005
* The Genetic Revolution - Kingsway 1993, 1995 (free online)
* The Truth about Westminster - Kingsway 1995
* The Truth about Drugs - Hodder 1996
* The Truth about AIDS - Kingsway / ACET Int. All. 1987, 1989, 1994, new edition 2004
* AIDS and Young People - Kingsway 1989
* AIDS and You - Kingsway / ACET Int. All. 1990, new edition 2004
* The Rising Price of Love - Kingsway 1994
* Signs of Revival - Kingsway 1994, 1995
* Out of the Ghetto - Word 1995
* Island of Bolay - Harper Collins - airport bookstall novel / thriller
* Cyberchurch - Kingsway 1996

Articles:

* Wake up to stronger tribes and a longer life - Financial Times
* Death of National Stock Exchanges
* Why market research doesn't work when predicting the future
* Lessons for corporates from non-profits
* Drug testing in the workplace
* The death of shareholder value
* The office can really get under your skin (injectable chips)
* Auditing trends
* Designer babies
* Future of human cloningPermission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.2 or any later version published by the Free Software Foundation; with no Invariant Sections, with no Front-Cover Texts, and with no Back-Cover Texts.
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