David is a writer and consultant based in Boston, Massachusetts. His work focuses on helping people and organizations create business breakthroughs. He draws on experience in innovation, future scanning, the
creative arts, executive education, and process facilitation.


Before establishing his business in 2003, he was part of the leadership team at the Cap Gemini Ernst & Young Center for Business Innovation. He created and led the CBI Network, a community of innovators and thought leaders in fifteen countries around the world.  He designed and facilitated the CBI's "raves," one-day events bringing together experts from diverse fields to explore emerging topics like the user experience and non-algorithmic software.  His work with clients such as Johnson & Johnson and GlaxoSmithKline used the scan/focus/act methodologies developed by Matt and Gail Taylor.


Before joining the CBI, David worked at Mercer Management Consulting (now Oliver Wyman), creating and leading management development programs for clients such as IBM, Hallmark, and Coors.  Earlier in his career, he worked in real estate investment banking, arranging over $2 billion of sales and financings while at Sonnenblick-Goldman Corp., and Capital Partners.  He began his career as a research associate with Bain & Company.


An accomplished speaker, he has been a featured presenter at the Netscape New Economy Forum, FutureAct, and EuroChannels.  He has spoken at conferences in North America, Europe, and Japan for groups including the Consumer Bankers Association, the Urban Land Institute, the American Marketing Association, the National Arts Marketing Project, Club Dirigenti Vendite e Marketing, and the 2004 and 2008 National Performing Arts Conventions.  The webcasts of his 24-Month Future Scan were seen by people in thirty countries in six continents.


He is the co-author, along with Stan Davis, of The Art of Business.  The book argues that businesses can tap into an artistic flow of business that parallels the more familiar economic flows.  Just as artists draw on artistic resources like emotion, imagination, and experience, people in all lines of work can better satisfy their customers' economic and non-economic needs by making what they do a work of art.  The book was published in February 2005 by Berrett-Koehler Publishers, and has been printed in five languages.


David earned AB and MBA degrees from Harvard University.  He served as Treasurer of Opera America, where he was on the board of directors for six years.  He has completed the Boston Marathon five times. 

 

David McIntosh