Charles Brass

The voice of the future.


As the Chairman of the Futures Foundation, Charles Brass gives voice to the forces and trends which are shaping Australia’s future. He is also an active member of all major international futures organisations.

Current work

Charles is a regular commentator on the future in print and on radio and TV and is most interested in what it means to create the future. He has a particular interest in the future of work, money and community; on life-work balance (for which he prefers the term ‘right livelihood’); on leadership and people management (in both corporate and community settings) and on other issues of contemporary importance (such as why just surviving in the world seems to be getting harder and harder for more and more people).

Previous experience

Charles has had five careers during a life in Australia that began as a German speaking immigrant in the 1950s. He has been a successful business entrepreneur, teacher & educator, multinational business director, community builder and visionary – and his presentations combine wisdom and practical insights from all these.

His educational qualifications are just as diverse, ranging from degrees in photography, physical science and education to a Master of Business Administration and a Masters in Strategic Foresight.


Talking Points
A New Age of Work
It's Not About Balance, It's About Integration
Money and Work
It's Coming, Ready Or Not: Five things everyone needs to know about the future
Leading Me, Leading You: A futurist's perspective on leadership
This Is A Bad Time To Be An Ostrich: A futurist's perspective on facing up to four great global challenges
Work and My Life: 10 assupmtions about work which are not only wrong but dangerous