Speaker Bio

David Wood

David was one of the pioneers of the smartphone industry and is now a renowned futurist commentator, speaker and writer.

He spent 25 years envisioning, architecting, designing, implementing, and avidly using smart mobile devices. He co-founded Symbian, the creator of the world’s first successful smartphone operating system, and served on the leadership teams of Psion Software and Symbian from 1996-2009. At different times, his executive responsibilities included software development, technical consulting, developer evangelism, partnering and ecosystem management, and research and innovation. His software for UI and application frameworks has been included on 500 million smartphones from companies such as Nokia, Motorola, Sony Ericsson, Sharp, Fujitsu and Samsung.

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From 2010 to 2013, David was Technology Planning Lead (CTO) of Accenture Mobility. He also co-led Accenture’s “Mobility Health” business initiative.

David is now an independent futurist, consultant, and writer, at Delta Wisdom. His clients include businesses, organisations and governments around the world.

As chair of London Futurists, David has organised regular meetings in London since March 2008 on futurist and technoprogressive topics. Membership of London Futurists now exceeds 4,000.

David was lead editor of the volume “Anticipating 2025: A guide to the radical changes that may lie ahead, whether or not we’re ready”, published in June 2014. His own book “Smartphones and beyond: lessons from the remarkable rise and fall of Symbian” was published in September 2014 and has been described as “One of the most candid and revealing books a technology executive has ever written”.

David has a triple first class mathematics degree from Cambridge and undertook doctoral research in the Philosophy of Science. He has an honorary Doctorate in Science from Westminster University. In 2009 he was included in T3’s list of “100 most influential people in technology”. He has been a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA) in London since 2005, a Director of Humanity+ since November 2013, and a Fellow of the IEET (Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies) since January 2015.

Accredited speaker – Q4 2015-16

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Anticipating the workforce of the future

This talk draws on 25 years of experience of fast-moving change in the mobile computing and smartphone industry.

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Anticipating the workforce of the future

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Overview:

There may be more changes in the workforce in the next 15 years than in the previous 150 years. The deceptive slow-then-fast nature of these changes is likely to cause many great companies to flounder. How can industry leaders best anticipate and prepare for these changes?

This talk by David Wood, Chair of London Futurists, draws on 25 years of experience of fast-moving change in the mobile computing and smartphone industry, and ten years of working with senior managers in multiple sectors to plot strategic courses through uncertain landscapes of new threats and new opportunities.

The talk describes the nexus of technological and human factors of the emerging fourth industrial revolution. It forecasts implications for organisations of next generation artificial intelligence, wearable computing, flocks of autonomous drones, personalised healthcare, and consciousness engineering. The goal of this part of the talk is to provide a real-world urgency that is often lacking from scenario planning activities. The talk then describes six components of a "futurist mindset" by which organisations can acquire systematically better foresight and systematically better agility. By adopting this mindset, industry leaders can improve their ability, not only to conceive and evaluate future scenarios, but also to achieve better outcomes.

Added December 2017.

Anticipating the Future

The workshop helps participants to develop and debate scenarios for radical change over the next 3-10 years and actions that can be taken over the next 12-18 months in anticipation of longer-term changes.

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Anticipating the Future

Overview of workshop themes:

  • Tools and techniques to envision, evaluate, prepare for, and shape the future
  • The forthcoming disruptive trends and convergences that deserve most attention
  • Learning from past failures (and successes) in anticipating the future

The workshop helps participants to develop and debate:

  • Scenarios for radical change over the next 3-5 years in their business areas
  • Actions that can be taken over the next 12-18 months in anticipation of longer-term changes

Techniques covered in this workshop:

  • 1. Trend management – Identification and monitoring of disruptive trends
  • 2. Scenario management – Creation and regular review of vivid scenarios
  • 3. Agile futurism – Fail fast, fail forward and pivot to new experiment
  • 4. How futurist perspectives improve strategy reviews
  • 5. Research partner management – Benefiting from the positive feedback cycle

Examples will be selectively drawn from (subject to participant preferences):

  • The Internet, IT and smartphone industries
  • Healthcare
  • Education
  • Artificial Intelligence and robotics
  • Construction and manufacturing
  • Wearable computing and the Internet of Things (including Industry 4.0)
  • NBIC convergence (nanotech, biotech, infotech, cognotech)

Topics include:

  • The landscape of potential major changes ahead
  • Twenty technologies that could cause radical disruption by 2025
  • The interplay of technological trends and human/social trends
  • Major risks and crises that will co-exist with rich technological opportunity
  • Factors that can accelerate positive change whilst managing risk
  • Assessing organisational preparedness for disruption

Anticipating the Future

The workshop helps participants to develop and debate scenarios for radical change over the next 3-10 years and actions that can be taken over the next 12-18 months in anticipation of longer-term changes.

Read more

Anticipating the Future

Overview of workshop themes:

  • Tools and techniques to envision, evaluate, prepare for, and shape the future
  • The forthcoming disruptive trends and convergences that deserve most attention
  • Learning from past failures (and successes) in anticipating the future

The workshop helps participants to develop and debate:

  • Scenarios for radical change over the next 3-5 years in their business areas
  • Actions that can be taken over the next 12-18 months in anticipation of longer-term changes

Techniques covered in this workshop:

  • 1. Trend management – Identification and monitoring of disruptive trends
  • 2. Scenario management – Creation and regular review of vivid scenarios
  • 3. Agile futurism – Fail fast, fail forward and pivot to new experiment
  • 4. How futurist perspectives improve strategy reviews
  • 5. Research partner management – Benefiting from the positive feedback cycle

Examples will be selectively drawn from (subject to participant preferences):

  • The Internet, IT and smartphone industries
  • Healthcare
  • Education
  • Artificial Intelligence and robotics
  • Construction and manufacturing
  • Wearable computing and the Internet of Things (including Industry 4.0)
  • NBIC convergence (nanotech, biotech, infotech, cognotech)

Topics include:

  • The landscape of potential major changes ahead
  • Twenty technologies that could cause radical disruption by 2025
  • The interplay of technological trends and human/social trends
  • Major risks and crises that will co-exist with rich technological opportunity
  • Factors that can accelerate positive change whilst managing risk
  • Assessing organisational preparedness for disruption

Anticipating the workforce of the future

This talk draws on 25 years of experience of fast-moving change in the mobile computing and smartphone industry.

Read more

Anticipating the workforce of the future

Keynote Only

Overview:

There may be more changes in the workforce in the next 15 years than in the previous 150 years. The deceptive slow-then-fast nature of these changes is likely to cause many great companies to flounder. How can industry leaders best anticipate and prepare for these changes?

This talk by David Wood, Chair of London Futurists, draws on 25 years of experience of fast-moving change in the mobile computing and smartphone industry, and ten years of working with senior managers in multiple sectors to plot strategic courses through uncertain landscapes of new threats and new opportunities.

The talk describes the nexus of technological and human factors of the emerging fourth industrial revolution. It forecasts implications for organisations of next generation artificial intelligence, wearable computing, flocks of autonomous drones, personalised healthcare, and consciousness engineering. The goal of this part of the talk is to provide a real-world urgency that is often lacking from scenario planning activities. The talk then describes six components of a "futurist mindset" by which organisations can acquire systematically better foresight and systematically better agility. By adopting this mindset, industry leaders can improve their ability, not only to conceive and evaluate future scenarios, but also to achieve better outcomes.

Added December 2017.

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