Bernard Salt is a leading futurist, commentator, author, analyst and advisor to business and government on consumer, culture and demographic trends. A partner of KPMG Australia, based in Melbourne, Bernard holds Bachelor of Education and Master of Arts degrees and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a member of the Australian Institute of Management and an Affiliate of Chartered Accountants.
His first best-selling book The Big Shift (Hardie Grant 2001) predicted a surge in the demand for lifestyle and residential property underpinned by the imminent retirement of the baby boom generation. His second book, also a best-seller, is The Big Picture: Life, work and relationships in the 21st Century (Hardie Grant 2006), and was followed by Man Drought: And other social issues of the new century (Hardie Grant 2008), a quirky and immensely popular book that not only attracted global media attention but catapulted new terminology into the Australian lexicon.
He has since written The Big Tilt: What happens when the boomers bust and Xers and Ys inherit the earth (Hardie Grant 2011), which scopes the big questions of where Australian society is headed in the decade ahead, and Decent Obsessions: Why It’s Okay to Sweat the Small stuff (Melbourne University Press, 2013), a rollicking journey through the manners, the mores and the minutiae of modern life. His latest work, More Decent Obsessions: The Small Things That Tell the Big Picture (MUP, 2014), takes readers on a playful yet insightful journey, moving forwards to the 2030s and looking back to the 1960s, examining life, manners and mores to sketch a bigger picture of modern life in Australia.
Bernard has directed and authored a number of global studies for KPMG International including ‘Beyond the Baby Boomers’ (2007) and ‘The Global Skills Convergence’ (2008), both of which attracted global media coverage. In 2010 he produced KPMG’s Future Focus report aimed at business and government and which looked at development options for Australia in the 2010s.
A highly sought-after commentator by media and the business community, Bernard appears regularly on radio and television programs including A Current Affair, Business Sunday, The Today Show, SBS Insight, Today Tonight and 60 Minutes.
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