Speaking – Audio and Video Posts


Is globalisation over? The future of world trade

Published 29 November 2017

Listen to the debate ‘Is globalisation over? The future of world trade‘ from Battle of Ideas 2017

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The future of work

People are great: a conversation on the future of work

Published 9 May 2017

At a conference staged by the office furniture firm Kinnarps UK, James had a chat with Mark Eltringham of Workplace Insight

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The future of work

Don’t Shout at the Telly: The Future of Work

Published 1 May 2017

In this engaging on-the-sofa discussion, young volunteers for WORLDwrite, a charity, quiz James on IT and jobs

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Fake news

Fake news, IT and the right kind of office for 2022

Published 30 March 2017

Reviewing US and UK debate on automation, James compares the impact of facilities on workplace output with the legitimacy crisis that management now faces

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Industry 4.0

Myths & Realities of Industry 4.0

Published 27 February 2017

Speech to ‘Industry People Ideas 4.0’, Moscow, February 2017

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Oracle talk

Myths and Realities of the Future of Work

Published 1 February 2017

In this keynote address to 300 delegates at Oracle’s Modern Business Conference at ExCel, East London, James challenged the perceived wisdom about IT, so as to highlight where real opportunities may be found

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Time for manufacturers to intensify their drive into services

Published 13 October 2016

Webinar with Matt O’Neill for software specialists Epicor

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Innovation and retailing

Innovation and Retailing, 2030

Published 21 September 2016

James looks at international disputes around trade, FDI and innovation – and at technology in shops. He also issues a call for higher wages

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Financial services: is a robot stealing your job?

Published 11 June 2016

This keynote speech, delivered for the financial IT platform Intelliflo, looked at technology advances from both a consumer and business point of view

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Manufacturing at Heart

Published 29 November 2015

This manufacturing.fm interview, entitled ‘Thinking about the future’ was produced as a Manufacturing at Heart podcast

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Stuffitis, Affluenza and the Circular Economy

Published 28 November 2015

Lecture to design students at Central Saint Martin’s, University of the Arts, London, November 2015. The session was aimed at questioning the contemporary Green zeitgeist, which completely dominates the design scene, both in higher education and in practice

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US Secretary of Defense, Ash Carter

New wars, new technology

Published 28 October 2015

James Woudhuysen joined a panel discussion entitled New wars, new technology at the Battle of Ideas in the Barbican, October 2015

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The Future of Innovation – at Fujitsu

Published 24 September 2015

James Woudhuysen delivers the keynote address to Fujitsu UK & Ireland’s conference of Distinguished Engineers, held on 24 September 2015 at Warwick University

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Extraordinary innovation: presentation to a conference of UK power systems manufacturers

Published 12 March 2015

With a speech entitled ‘Extraordinary Innovation’, James Woudhuysen opens the Association of Manufacturers of Power Systems (AMPS) conference 2015

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Tackling challenges faced by oil and gas companies

Published 14 February 2015

Michael Zipf interviews James Woudhuysen after his Keynote address ‘Forecast of the Future: The Value of Ambitious Innovation in Energy’ at the International SAP conference for Oil and Gas, CityCube, Berlin April 2015

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Retailing at Goodyear Dunlop’s ‘State of the Nation 2015’ conference

Published 23 January 2015

James Woudhuysen is interviewed about future trends in retailing by Ron Pike, ‎Promotions & Events Manager at Goodyear Dunlop, at the final session of the Goodyear Dunlop ‘State of the Nation 2015’ conference

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Re-inventing the High Street

Published 4 December 2014

James Woudhuysen spoke on ‘Reinventing the High Street‘ at the Content, Customers & Communities in the Media Landscape conference, held at London’s Digital Catapult Centre, Dec 2014.

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The future of media and the relevance of Content

Published 4 December 2014

James Woudhuysen opened the Content, Customers & Communities in the Media Landscape conference, held at London’s Digital Catapult Centre, Dec 2014.

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Innovative technologies in manufacturing

Published 26 August 2014

These short video presentations cover a range of innovations and new technologies within manufacturing, describing the opportunities for growth and development open to SMEs over the next 10 years. Sponsored by Epicor Software.

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George Monbiot

Fracking with George Monbiot

Published 23 August 2014

Matthew Taylor brings together James Woudhuysen and George Monbiot for a head-to-head discussion on hydraulic fracturing (fracking) for the the BBC Radio 4 programme ‘Agree to differ‘.

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Communicating the romance of innovation

Published 11 July 2014

James Woudhuysen delivered the Opening Keynote IICommunicating the Romance of Innovation‘ at the European Communication Summit in Brussels 2014

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Fujitsu World Tour 2014: The human centric intelligent society

Published 7 July 2014

Fujitsu UK CTO Jon Wrennall talks to James Woudhuysen, about the Human Centric Intelligent Society and how technology can help us refine the production of the most human of needs: energy and food.

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First World War: Mainstream Histories, Liberal Forecasts

Published 14 June 2014

James Woudhuysen spoke on ‘World War I: Origins, and Warnings for 21st Century‘ at the Leeds Salon, June 2014

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Design needs to make more than a difference

Published 13 March 2014
James Woudhuysen discusses various topics around the importance of design, including the main challenges that the design industry faces, what product and service design is, what design authority means to him, whether business executives sufficiently understand design and how design can transform business.
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Einstein: the first hundred years

The future of higher education and IT

Published 22 November 2013

There was a time when universities and higher education led many other sectors of the economy in their research about and use of IT. How do we get that position back?

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Cities: what IT could do for London

Published 20 February 2013

James Woudhuysen joined this debate at the Global Futures event on Technology, Disruption and Convergence in February 2013. Speaking on the topic of ‘What IT could do for London‘, James challenges IT professionals to step outside the virtual world and change the capital physically.

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Brands and Corporate Social Responsibility

Published 29 October 2012

James joins an event debating Brands and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) to explore the question: ‘Are today’s brands capable of acting in anything other than their own self interest?’

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Britain is headed for power cuts in the next 3 – 5 years

Published 11 October 2012

“Britain is headed for power cuts in the next 3 – 5 years”, says forecaster James Woudhuysen. So what is contributing to the problem of current low levels of energy production and what are the big challenges we need to tackle?

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Japan and China – could tension between them lead to war?

Published 28 September 2012

Japanese and Chinese diplomats met on Wednesday for urgent talks over a group of disputed islands in the East China Sea.

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Moby Dick Big Read: Chapter 24 – The Advocate

Published 16 September 2012

Moby Dick Big Read: Chapter 24 – The Advocate. James reads Chapter 24: The Advocate as part of The Moby Dick Big Read.

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Behind the froth in IT and innovation

Published 19 June 2012

James goes ‘Behind the froth in IT and innovation’ at TEDx Sussex University taking on two contemporary notions of IT – it’s all great or it’s all bad news.

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Fracking and Fukushima: our energy security fears

Published 17 October 2011

When I hear the phrase “energy security”, I reach for my revolver’.

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Forecasting at Sage World 2010

Published 9 September 2010

Forecasting the future – Is it possible to forecast the future? If it is, then why is there such contemporary scepticism towards it?

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Business models are no substitute for genuine innovation

Published 19 April 2010

James Woudhuysen can’t get excited about BUSINESS MODELS. They distract from the much harder work of scientific and technological innovation.

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The Future Unwrapped: Media and Society, 2012+

Published 3 July 2009

The Media Futures Conference 2009 brought together leading thinkers and practitioners from around the media industry to share their pioneering work.

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Low-energy light bulbs – blaming us for energy consumption

Published 8 January 2009

BBC Breakfast: News and discussion piece on the phasing in of new low-energy light bulbs. During this item on BBC Breakfast, James Woudhuysen outlines his criticism of the government’s focus on consumer buying.

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Portrait of William Wordsworth (1770-1850)

The nineteenth-century Greens

Published 16 July 2008

What would 19th-century Romantic poets like Wordsworth make of modern Greens? A half-hour broadcast on BBC Radio 4.

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Solar energy for British homes?

Published 5 April 2008

BBC Breakfast: News and debate on a new government initiative around solar energy for British homes. James debates this topic with Stephan Hale, Director of the Green Alliance.

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Facility Management

Shaping the Future of the Workplace

Published 19 March 2007

In this speech, James asks those charged with managing worplaces to keep calm about climate change and forensically examine official reports about it, and about energy.

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Should each person carry a Carbon Ration Card?

Published 20 July 2006

Debate on BBC Breakfast with Professor Mayer Hillman about the Carbon Ration Card proposal announced by Secretary of State for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs David Miliband.

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