Innovator-in-Residence at UCL
Duane is a strategy consultant, Innovator-in-Residence at UCL and Founder of DH READY, an interdisciplinary strategy and innovation consultancy with range across business, brand and creative projects. He specialises in integrating knowledge and applying methods from different disciplines, whether it’s urban anthropology and neuroscience or spatial design and transhumanism. He has worked with Fortune 500 companies, global lifestyle brands, research institutions, innovation labs and accelerators (Veuve Clicquot, UCL, Pernod Ricard, Avery Dennison, Conception X); sits on the BIMA Tech Advisory Council; advises circular retail tech and fashion start-ups (Known Source, MonoChain); acts as Innovator-in-Residence for Government-funded centres (PETRAS); mentors at the East London Inclusive Enterprise Zone (ELIEZ); and was named twice in the BIMA 100 of UK digital influencers.
As the world resets from a period of rapid change, business leaders must break legacy thinking or die. The unlearning curve is steep, but standing still and assuming tomorrow will look like today is a fallacy. The fastest to unlearn will win. Innovation alliances and ecosystems help business leaders to see themselves through others. At the dawn of the great reset, now is the time to let things go. If not now, when?