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David Price

Leading Futurist, Author and Senior Associate Innovation Unit, UK Government




David Price, OBE, is a leading futurist and a Senior Associate at the Innovation Unit, a not-for-profit enterprise committed to solving social challenges in London.

His recent book, ‘OPEN: How We’ll Work, Live and Learn In The Future’ has been a best-seller since its publication. He writes, talks and advises on some of the biggest challenges facing business, education and society: solving the problems of employee, student and civic disengagement; maximising our potential to be creative, innovative and fulfilled citizens; understanding the global shift towards open organisations, and systems of learning.

Price has spoken all over the world and combines warmth, wit and, on occasion, live music performance, to make serious issues accessible to any audience.

For the past 10 years, Price has led numerous international education projects, culminating in the writing of OPEN. His conclusion is that there is a profound shift taking place in the ways we view knowledge. The much vaunted ‘knowledge economy’ didn’t happen, because the commercial value of knowledge plummeted. Its social value, however, has soared. Every business, every school and every public institution needs to learn from the ways in which we engage with knowledge socially, because therein lies the answer to how to re-engage employees and students, and remain competitive, and relevant in a fast-moving world.

Sir Ken Robinson has written that ‘from every perspective OPEN will open your mind to some of the real implications of digital technologies for how we live and learn in the 21st century’. Price opens minds through talks and masterclasses – he is an experienced facilitator, having led creative workshops with CEOs, Public Sector Leaders, Educators and Social Enterprises.

In 2009 he was awarded the O.B.E. By Her Majesty the Queen.

“David’s contribution to not only his presentation but throughout the day was both informed and insightful, adding real value to the meeting.

Given his personal circumstances and experience, David really ‘bought into’ what we had hoped to achieve with the meeting. His keynote was delivered with charisma and personality which the audience found to be highly engaging  – and thought provoking.” – Ashfield Health

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