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David Wood : Futurist, consultant and creator of London Futurists

David Wood : Futurist, consultant and creator of London Futurists

David is an independent futurist, consultant, and writer at Delta Wisdom. David also chairs London Futurists, a popular meetup group with over 4,000 members.

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

Themes which he addresses in workshops with clients include:

  • Why we’re bad at anticipating the future, and why this causes great companies to fail
  • Learning from past failures (and successes) in anticipating the future
  • Tools and techniques to envision, evaluate, prepare for, and shape the future
  • Scenarios for radical change over the next 10 years
  • Actions that can be taken over the next 18 months in anticipation of longer-term changes.

David 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 frameworks and application architecture has been included on 500 million smartphones from companies such as Nokia, Motorola, Sony Ericsson, Sharp, Fujitsu, and Samsung.

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, organizations, and governments around the world.

As chair of London Futurists, David has organized 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. 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.

David blogs at http://dw2blog.com/ and tweets as @dw2.


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Originally launched: 1999.

Relaunched: January 1st, 2016.

Contributors: 70 contributors including futurists, engineers, teachers, writers, 23 doctors and 7 professors.

Created by: Clifford White.

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