Workshops

Delta Wisdom is an independent futurist consultancy and publisher.

Delta Wisdom assists clients by:

  • Injecting urgency into discussions of the future
  • Highlighting important accelerators and brakes for radical changes ahead
  • Analysing successes and failures of previous foresight initiatives
  • Bringing new vitality to strategic reviews
  • Providing tools and processes with immediate applicability
  • Enabling adoption of ‘Agile Futurism’ and ‘Collaborative Futurism’
  • Uncovering engaging visions with the power to motivate and sustain.

Popular workshops

Please contact Delta Wisdom regarding the availability of David Wood to facilitate workshops, present keynotes, catalyse change initiatives, tailor research reports, or to deliver TED-style talks, on any of the following topics:

>> Anticipating the future

  • The elephant on the footpath: Anticipating industry disruption
  • Scenarios for radical change over the next 3-10 years
  • Lessons from the organisations that succeeded – and those that failed – in managing disruption
  • Short-term actions to increase readiness for future shocks

>> The abolition of aging – a brighter future within our grasp

  • The technical feasibility of the abolition of aging
  • The clash of paradigms: accepting-aging vs. anticipating-rejuvenation
  • Evaluation of the social, economic, and moral objections to rejuvenation
  • Scenarios for timescales and deployment

 >> Anticipating 2025

  • Twenty technologies that could cause radical disruption by 2025
  • Major risks and crises that will co-exist with rich technological opportunity
  • Factors that can accelerate positive change whilst managing societal risk
  • Summarises insights from the volume “Anticipating 2025”

>> Anticipating 2040

  • Assessing the forecasts of optimistic futurists like Ray Kurzweil
  • Is it true that a technological singularity is near?
  • Options for handling “the long emergency”
  • The landscape of potential scenarios over the next 25 years

>> The future of artificial intelligence – how worried should we be?

  • Five factors that can accelerate the development of artificial superintelligence
  • The key answered and unanswered questions about superintelligence
  • Understanding the Control Problem and the Specification Problem
  • Reviews ideas from recent publications by Nick Bostrom, James Barrat, and others

>> Assessing radical futurism

  • Organisations that highlight existential risks
  • Techno-progressivism and social futurism
  • The biopolitical spectrum and the debate over moral enhancement
  • Transhumanism: the arguments for and against

>> Options for handling disruptive technology

  • Powerful examples of unexpected disruption
  • The “Innovator’s dilemma” brought up to date
  • Lean processes, agile execution, and continuous integration
  • Accelerating change via best practices in “culture engineering”

>> The creative transformation of medicine and healthcare

  • The super-convergence of new technologies
  • The paradox of Eroom’s Law
  • Five answers to the slow-down in development of new solutions
  • The critical role of new business models and new regulatory systems

>> Learning from the smartphone industry

  • Factors causing former smartphone industry leaders to stumble
  • Three dimensions of excellence for sustained successful performance
  • Implications for other emerging industries forming around new technologies
  • Highlights from the book “Smartphones and beyond”

>> What’s next for smartphones?

  • Smartphone technology and the Internet of Things
  • Wearable technology crossing the chasm to mainstream adoption
  • Next generation user interfaces
  • Increasing smartphone impacts in education, health, robotics, and communities

>> Thriving in times of profound change

  • Customised workshops based on elements chosen from the above programmes
  • Assessing organisational preparedness for disruption
  • Executive coaching in the midst of radical uncertainty
  • Identifying a strategy to break out of inertia and harness drivers for positive change

Feedback about presentations by David Wood

“@dw2 brilliantly kicked off the Professional Translation in a pre-singularity World Panel #TC38” – FIT President Henry Liu, 18 Nov 2016

“By far the best Newsletter of Futures events in London” – Luke Robert Mason, referring to London Futurists news, 14 Oct 2016

“Great talk from David Wood about the need to be agile when looking at the future of your business #comit2016” – City-Insights, 28 Sept 2016

“Saw this chap talk at a London SNP meeting last month. Have to say he looks at the future in a practical way :)” – Chris Atkinsson, 24 July 2016

“Big thanks to @dw2 for the fascinating talk and Q&A session at tonight’s meeting. Some real food for thought!” – London SNP, 15 June 2016

“Thanks @dw2 great / terrifying /energising #futurist session in Belfast” – Nick McDowell, 7 April 2016

“@dw2 great work moderating some highly opinionated panellists. Great fun! We got excellent feedback from audience” – Clara Durodie, 23 March 2016

“Fascinating talk by futurist David Wood @TSAMbuyside @dw2 #tsam2016” – BackBayCommunication, 15 March 2016

“Tremendous and exciting talk by @dw2 today about combatting aging with tech. #tech2020uk” – Jessie L, Twitter UK engineering lead, 3 March 2016

“Awesome & visionary speech by @dw2 on challenges posed by technology and innovation #brilliantbrains #InnovateMalvern” – Edward Davies, 9 Oct 2015

“I really like his presentation style, simple and to the point, this is a presentation worth watching for sure” – Firaz Hermez, 21 Sept 2015

“Amazing glimpse into the future with @dw2 – like being in a research tardis” – Creative Skillset, 10 Sept 2015

“@dw2 is excellent” – Tariq Rashid, 15 Aug 2015

“@dw2 I found your presentation thought provoking and it was great meeting you today at COMIT” – 41exander Couclelis, 13 Aug 2015

“Excellent material by @dw2 on four future perspectives: techno-sceptic, -conservative, -libertarian and -progressive” – Calum Chace, 30 July 2015

“Really enjoyed the session today on internet of things. Particularly enjoyed hearing and meeting @dw2” – Phil Mennie, 16 July 2015

“Great presentation by @dw2 on energy economics disrupted while we plan energy scenarios for future” – Filipe Moto da Silva, 7 July 2015

“Thanks so much to @dw2 David Wood the futurist for a fascinating conversation about robots, dinosaurs and whether Super Mario has feelings” – Rich and Andy, 30 June 2015

“Fantastic talk from @dw2 on how Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World predictions could come true” – Jane Morgan, 20 May 2015

“@dw2 Hey David, I really enjoyed your interview on @singularityblog. You covered some extremely interesting ground” – James Burland, 19 May 2015

“@dw2 very enjoyable presentation at Google Campus David” – Stefan Chmelik, 11 May 2015

“@dw2 your section on the four great convergences blew my mind. The future is exciting!” – Haroon James, 11 May 2015

“Amazing Insights!! Thanks David @dw2 @CampusLondon” – Harsimran Singh, 11 May 2015

“Great episode with @dw2 on @singularityblog” – Brian Fabian Crain, 30 Apr 2015

“Amazìng technology is on its way. Our whole lives will be unrecognisable. Incredible stuff from @dw2 #ZDayUK15” – Jen, 25 Apr 2015

“Watching @dw2 speak at #zday15 – awesome discussion around technology and the future of society” – Anthony Lavall, 25 Apr 2015

“Really enjoyed @dw2 ‘positive response to augmented reality'” – Elizabeth Rust, 10 Mar 2015

“Take the time to watch this presentation by David Wood . It will be the most valuable two hours you have spent in a long time!” – Kim Solez, 27 Dec 2014

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