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
  • Uncovering engaging visions with the power to motivate and sustain.
  • 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’

Popular presentations

Please contact Delta Wisdom regarding the availability of David Wood to present keynotes, facilitate workshops, catalyse change initiatives, or tailor research reports, with themes such as the following:

>> The Vital Syllabus: uplifting education for the 2020s

  • Six failures of today’s educational system
  • The 24 areas where education should focus
  • Toward free education for all
  • Disrupting the existing educational industry

>> Foresight: good, bad, and vital

  • Learning from examples of both good and bad foresight
  • Foresight that can make a vital difference: the most important elements
  • 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

>> Transforming the future of Artificial Intelligence

  • 14 ways that AI could become very different from today’s in just 5-10 years time
  • Five ways that powerful AI could go badly wrong
  • The key answered and unanswered questions about superintelligence
  • Frameworks to steer the emergence of more powerful beneficial AI

>> The Fourth Industrial Revolution: major shocks ahead

  • The structure of industrial revolutions: past, present, and future
  • Twenty technologies that could cause radical disruption by 2030
  • Major risks and crises that will co-exist with rich technological opportunity
  • Factors that can accelerate positive change whilst managing societal risk

>> Technology and the radical transformation of politics

  • Why technological change is presently making politics worse rather than better
  • Eleven landmines that threaten humanitarian catastrophe
  • A technoprogressive roadmap for the co-evolution of better humans and better politics
  • Transcending the present-day divisiveness of right-wing vs. left-wing politics

>> The Singularity: the reality behind the hype

  • Assessing the forecasts of optimistic futurists like Ray Kurzweil
  • Is it true that a technological singularity is near?
  • Singularities beyond the ones you usually hear about
  • The Singularity Principles – our best hope for a profoundly better future

>> The case for active transhumanism

  • Options for radical enhancement: “the five supers”
  • Transhumanism, ethics, and politics: the arguments for and against
  • Highlighting and healing the transhumanist shadow
  • Transhumanism as the culmination of both humanism and religion

>> Prospects for sustainable superabundance

  • The three main scenarios for humanity in 2050
  • Transforming options for energy, food, and material goods
  • Transforming options for health, intelligence, and happiness
  • Transforming options for creativity, collaboration, and democracy

>> Smartphones and beyond: learning from Symbian

  • Anecdotes and insights from 25 years at the heart of mobile computing
  • Factors causing former smartphone industry leaders to stumble
  • Implications for other emerging industries forming around new technologies
  • Highlights from the book “Smartphones and beyond”

>> 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 or workshop facilitation by David Wood

“I can’t thank you enough for yesterday’s event. It was a pleasure to experience your remarkable professionalism as a host and brilliantly bridging the audience and myself together in dialogue and exploration of truth. It surely was an event of events. Very nicely done David!” – feedback from the guest speaker at a London Futurists event chaired by David Wood, August 2021

“This was one of the best events I have ever attended. Peaceful, but challenging.  Deep, but fast enough. Thank you very much!” – feedback from the guest speaker at another London Futurists event chaired by David Wood, August 2021

“David Wood has done an amazing ‘State of the Transhumanist Union’ presentation today. Very credible data and insights!” – Daniel Twedt, 18th July 2021

“I very much enjoyed this talk, a great speaker who delivered a huge amount of content succinctly with confidence and engaged with the group answering many questions” – Davona Hirlehey, 30th Nov 2020

“Fantastic talk tonight from @dw2 on the fundamentals of AI and where we are heading with this tech” – Craig Felton, 24th Feb 2020

“Thanks David Wood for the super interesting talk last night on Artificial Intelligence! It was eye-opening for how our society is going to look like when #ai is everywhere” – Mirenna Larisa Calimache, 21st Jan 2020

“Such an beneficial evening with very simple but factual information! Especially the last two slides, answers all questions! Thank you!” – Stephanie Chiu, 20th Jan 2020

“Heard David Wood today at #FutureHumanist event today. Highly recommend him as a speaker if you want to hear perspectives on how technology can change the human race – to be better than yesterday. #GreatVision” – Mac Karlekar, 1st Jul 2019

“Truly fascinating lecture by David Wood  at Devonshire Club in London. Audience was fantastic, one conversation on AI Futurism like few others” – Julio Alejandro, 13 Mar 2019

“@dw2 fabulous presentation and scary stuff on #AI at Devonshire tonight! Thank you” – Dione Jacomel, 7 Mar 2019

“My vote for best #GIANTHealth2018 talk of the day goes to @dw2, simply brilliant!!!” – Adedeji Majekodunmi, 21 Nov 2018

“Mind blowing talk from David Wood on the radical transformation of healthcare as the fourth industrial revolution accelerates! #GIANTHealth2018 #Industry4.0 #eaglelabs” – Jen Estherby, 21 Nov 2018

“Great talk and very well presented to those who have little or no knowledge on the topic. Well structured presentation with lots of interesting examples to provide evidence of what David was talking about.” – Jennifer, 30 Mar 2018

“If you’re in anyway fascinated by AI, you should definitely attend this talk. Engaging speaker, well structured talk and very interesting!” – Olly, 28 Feb 2018

“Thank you for your great insights on the subject of AI at last week’s talk – very illuminating and full of interesting provocations” – Nadezhda Zhelyazkova, 17 Jan 2018

“Brilliant talk, very interesting and thoroughly enjoyable. Thanks so much, highly recommended!” – Rico, 12 Jan 2019

“David has an exceptional gift for explaining tough subjects like AI to the general audience” – Miguel, 11 Dec 2017

“Thought provoking, intellectual, an engaged & attentive large audience. You presented the issues with such clarity & relevance, which invites us to naturally want to discover more. Terrific job tonight, to raise our awareness and prompt further study. Very impressive concise yet comprehensive communication” – Ray, 11 Dec 2017

“Brilliant eye opening talk which I feel very effectively conveyed the gravity of these important issues. Felt completely engaged throughout and would highly recommend. David was an excellent speaker” – Edward, 8 Nov 2017

“Very knowledgeable, straight to the point, good presentation skills. Highly recommended” – Thomas, 7 Nov 2017

“A superb talk that really covered the main arguments relating to artificial intelligence and its future improvement. Would certainly recommend it to a friend” – André, 6 Nov 2017

“David is a fascinating and passionate speaker on the topic, and he has a lot of interesting facts to back him up” – Alexander, 28 Jun 2017

“Inspiring, well informed and riveting. Well done David” – Ramesh, 27 Jun 2017

“Highly interesting and will be attending more of his and London Futurist events. Excellent speaker delivering thought-provoking content” – Jay, 26 Apr 2017

“Excellent talk! David held my attention the entire time with the fascinating topic and his brilliant presentation!” – Helen, 25 Apr 2017

“Super-interesting and thought-provoking talk by David Wood” – Amanda Manekshaw, 24 Mar 2017

“Fascinating talk by @dw2 on the future of technology & augmented reality. Tomorrow’s world sounds equally scary & exciting” – Charlie McWilliams, 24 Mar 2017

“The amazing futurist David Wood demystifying augmented humanity for our marketing mentors and innovative tech startups” – Friday Club London, 24 Mar 2017

“Love this guy @dw2 super smart and insightful talk on ‘The Augmented Human'” – Karen Boswell, 24 Mar 2017

“David, this was a superbly organized and ambitious event with high quality (some outstanding) talks. Hugely enjoyable and a switched on audience. London would be much diminished without the energy and intellect you bring to the capital” – Evan Parker, reflecting on Transpolitica 2016, 5 Dec 2016

“I had a really great day yesterday. All the talks were fascinating and entertaining. Best meeting ever! Thanks David!” – Paul Sherlock, reflecting on Transpolitica 2016, 4 Dec 2016

“@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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