Diana Wu David, Author, Educator, Founder, Future Proof Lab

Diana Wu David, Author, Educator, Founder, Future Proof Lab

  • Diana is an Author, Educator, and Founder of Future Proof Lab.
  • She’s a CEO and a board whisperer.




The term “futurist” most commonly refers to people who attempt to understand the future (sometimes called trend analysis) such as authors, consultants, thinkers, organizational leaders, and others who engage in interdisciplinary and systems thinking to advise private and public organizations. Today we have Diana Wu David, Author, Educator, and Founder, of Future Proof Lab.

00:32- About Diana Wu David

  • Diana is an Author, Educator, and Founder of Future Proof Lab.
  • She’s a CEO and a board whisperer.
  • She’s the author of the best-selling book Future Proof: Reinventing Work in an Age of Acceleration.

01:00- Scope of work at Future Proof Lab

  • The work I do is really thinking about the future of work.
  • I read and synthesize the tremendous amount of information across leadership and where the workforce is heading.
  • I use that to help my clients figure out what they would like to be doing-especially to reimagine work in their own organizations.

01:54- Who is a futurist and what do they do?

  • Future-focused or forward-looking is somebody who has an interest in the future who’s always thinking about what, if, and then combining that with a practical set of tools to inspire.

03:04- Become a futurist

  • I started talking about the future of work, which for the last couple of years has been in the trenches’ day by day.
  • I’ve recently done more work with emerging leaders in Asia.
  • I went through training, which was incredibly helpful.

08:18- How are you using technology to be able to look at the future?

  • It would probably be the network that I have of people and the communities that I’m building, and much of that is technology-enabled.

12:41- About the book

  • The hypothesis and the book were written in 2019.
  • I spent a lot of time trying to convince people we should be spending more and investing more in collaborating virtually now.
  • The idea behind it was that we have a longer lifespan. Companies are having shorter lifespans and the trajectory of our work will look very different from it used to in the past.


You can connect with Diana Wu David- LinkedIn

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A former Financial Times executive, Diana is a work futurist and CEO/board whisperer. She helps people and organizations understand the future to create inspiring futures that matter.

Her clients have included Hashkey Digital Assets, J.P. Morgan, Credit Suisse, London Stock Exchange, Mandarin Oriental, Wharf, Expedia, the World Bank, and KPMG. She also teaches at HKU and Columbia Business School in Asia. She began her career and leadership education as an assistant to Dr. Henry Kissinger.

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