Through his experience, David has obtained several unique insights and developed approaches to how businesses can stay afloat in an ever-changing world and transform the organisation into a change-leading innovator. He believes that anybody can become an innovator in their own organisation or as he calls it a “Diplomatic Rebel”.
David has worked with radical innovation and lean startup methods in major corporations for the last 17 years, spending nine years building up the innovation capabilities at The LEGO Group, both as Senior Innovation Director at LEGO’s famous Future Lab (David was featured in the Fast Company article “How LEGO Became the Apple of Toys”) and recently as Head of Venturing, EMEA at LEGO Ventures.
Based on his experience, David now supports companies around the world in building world class innovation capabilities. He founded Diplomatic Rebels to help intrapreneurs become more successful with corporate innovation, and has given more than 150 keynotes around the world on this topic (was warm-up for President Bill Clinton at the Presidents Summit – see a short summary of the talk here). In his talks and interactive sessions, David shares inspirational cases of radical consumer innovation mixed with unique insights on how to build and drive innovation culture and effective innovation execution. David also recently co-founded LXGO, a LEGO Alumni network.
“Insightful and provocative – David has given our organisation a lot to consider”
Finbar Sheehan, Senior Research Funding Manager, Cancer Research