Aside from his many other roles, James Woudhuysen is Professor of Forecasting and Innovation at De Montfort University. And with a knack for registering trends well before others, he often offers counter-intuitive proposals on what actions to take.
James identified the user interface as the key issue in IT design back in 1981. He warned about a dotcom bust in 1999. He supported 3G mobile technology in the face of massive doubts in 2002, and he put the case for mass production methods for housing in 2004.
Originally head of research at the design practice Fitch, James went on to lead IT consulting at The Henley Centre for Forecasting and to manage worldwide market intelligence for Philips consumer electronics. He broadcasts about the future of work and the environment, and sits on the editorial board of the Journal of Consumer Behaviour.
On the conference platform, James shows how future trends can inform decisions on strategy, research and development, innovation, marketing and design. With specialist knowledge across IT, energy, construction and bio-technology, his themes extend from product development and regulation to the need for organisations to learn to take risks.
He frequently challenges faddish, politically correct theories - contrasting the creative potential we all have with the deadening effect of conventional wisdom. And he offers a witty but deadly serious alternative to myths about almost everything.
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