Event and keynote conference speaking
David can offer entertaining talks to mark special occasions, give a thought provoking keynote talk, or provide an end of day focus for a training event or conference. He has been used by organisations holding anniversary celebrations, banks wanting to provoke creative thinking in their staff, companies using his energy talk to reflect on their energy efficiency focus, and by IT companies who want to finish a hard days training by sending everyone home with a smile on their face.
Below are just some of David's 'off the shelf' talks. For conferences, his wide background and experience allow him to create talks to draw out specific themes such as: energy efficiency, sustainability, environmental ethics, risk management, tourism, wilderness appreciation, and nature conservation.
Where our energy comes from is a topic of vital importance for security, cost and environmental reasons. This entertaining and visually appealing talk, based on his university course, looks at our energy options and evaluates their feasibility. It also looks at the political issues, and what are the devastating consequences when societies have their energy curtailed. Finally, it explores the human rights and foreign policy considerations that devolve from how we choose to source our energy. The talk uses David's expertise to ethically examine the choices ahead of us and the impacts on societies around the world.
Our lifestyles are having profound impacts on the Earth's ecosystems. How much of nature are we prepared to sacrifice to sustain our lifestyles, and does it matter? Are we living sustainably? Is it possible for everyone in the world to enjoy a decent material quality of life without losing the simple pleasure and wellbeing that having nature in our lives brings? What are the conservation challenges? David explores how 'progress' is measured and what environmental costs we are prepared to pay to maintain current living standards.
"Volcano threatens to erupt” was the newspaper headline greeting David as he arrived on Montserrat to participate in a biodiversity survey of what was thought to be a volcanically dormant island. David was close to the volcano when it first erupted and thought he was going to die: he decided his last act would be to photograph it. This talk explains how he survived and went on to witness the evacuations and the disruption to this idyllic island and its friendly people. Over a two-month period he saw the island transformed from a relaxed, beautiful Caribbean paradise into an evacuated and dangerous landscape.
This, his most requested adventure talk from his time as an expedition adviser for the Royal Geographical Society, is based on his exploits along the Alaska Highway; looking for wilderness adventure and getting more than he bargained for. Encounters with gold prospectors, dancing with a police chief's wife, getting drunk in haunted log cabins, flying in to remote icefields in dodgy planes, and meeting some very strange communities make this trip one to enjoy while taking away a message on the importance of friendship and making the most of opportunities.