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James Woudhuysen

Visiting Professor of Forecasting and Innovation at London South Bank University

James Woudhuysen is one of Europe’s best-known independent speakers and writers on the future. James helps clients to master new trends in society and in technological innovation, so as to implement major shifts in corporate strategy, marketing and design.  He frequently broadcasts about the future of the workplace on Radio 4’s You and Yours, and writes for spiked (London) and Novo (Frankfurt).

James is Visiting Professor of Forecasting and Innovation at London South Bank University, and advisor to corporations and governments on the future of technology.

He offers a highly visual, very witty, but very serious alternative to myths about the future of work, consumers and technology. An inspirational opponent of politically correct trends in management and beyond, he spells out what to do and how to do it in a controversial but insightful style.

In 1983 he completed an instruction manual for word processing software. In 1988, James led an international multi-client study on e-commerce. In 1993, he proposed that the Internet be delivered over TV.

James was a director of Fitch plc, then the world’s largest firm of design consultants. During the early 1990s, James led consulting in IT and urban development at the Henley Centre for Forecasting. After that, he was responsible for global market intelligence at Philips Consumer Electronics in the Netherlands, where he was also nominated Motivator of the Year.

An occasional broadcaster, he is on the editorial board of the Journal of Consumer Behaviour. He writes for IDG.com, the daily web magazine Spiked-online.com and Blueprint magazine.  James Woudhuysen has written major books on construction and on energy. He is co-editor of the Wiley Reader on design and innovation 2030 (forthcoming).

"Maria is one of the speakers' agents I have known the longest. She is one of the very few who have come specially to watch me perform, and one of the still fewer to give me cogent criticism. Maria knows the business inside out and internationally. She will always take the longer and wider view. Highly recommended." James

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Don't Shout at the Telly - the Future of Work

In this engaging discussion, Professor of Innovation James Woudhuysen glives his view on the future of work.

Myths and Reality of Industry 4.0

Here James questions the perceived wisdom about IT, so as to highlight where real opportunities may be found

Is a Robot Stealing Your Job?

Here James looks at technology advances from both a consumer and business point of view

James gave people a lot of motivation and provoked a great deal of discussion both during and after the event. Delegates said that they felt inspired and interested in what he said.

Bolton Council

Once again, James proved a real asset to our Congress team. As chair for five breakout sessions at our 900-strong annual international conference in Berlin, he ensured that presenters gave their best, and structured debates so that each was lively and full of audience interest.


His presentation was packed full of stories that serve to illustrate his views about how we can forecast future trends. These stories may even be only a few hours old, since he constantly looks to highlight what is current – as well as using examples from history. This ensures that no two presentations he makes are the same!

International Society for Professional Innovation Management

James delivered two thought-provoking and engaging sessions at our annual conference, helping us to think differently about what current and future trends could really mean for us and our industry.



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Energise! A Future for Energy Innovation

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Why Is Construction So Backward?

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Fees & Details

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  • UK:

    £3k to £7k

  • Europe:

    £7k to £15k

  • US:

    £7k to £15k

  • Africa/Asia/ME:

    £7k to £15k

Travels From

  • United Kingdom



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