David specialises in delivering keynote speeches with a difference founded upon sound economic analysis, backed by relevant case studies and woven together by strong storytelling. The content is imaginative and original and can be tailored according to the brief, both to inspire the audience and stimulate ideas and discussion. 

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David regularly gives speeches to international audiences across Europe, Asia and the Middle East on topics spanning urban, demographic and technological trends. Considered to be an example of thought leadership, his speeches offer definition and insight on complex topics in a clear and engaging manner. His speeches are frequently described as inspirational, guaranteed to spark discussion on Twitter:

Its always inspiring listening to @global_cities @FomentoSS #cityBrandingSS #branding #donostia

— Amaia Giralt (@amaigi) April 21, 2015

Inspirerend; core tenets of smart city branding #DavidAdam Global Cities #dvdcm

— Melissa Roecoert (@Mykingma) January 24, 2013

From Globalisation to Global Shift

Globalisation has become a nebulous term; it encompasses every economic and technological process on the globe and it is often associated with a free market ideology which reinforces a theoretical fantasy. But the 21st century is undoubtedly characterised by increasingly global phenomena. We might describe this process as global shift.

From Global Cities to Global Fluency

The term Global Cities as originally used by Saskia Sassen referred to the process of globalisation and the increasing dominance of major financial cities in determining the course of the global economy. The meaning of the term has increasingly shifted as more cities aspire to be ‘global’ and as the underlying process of global shift intensifies. Not every city is global, not every global city is a financial centre, but many more cities need to pay attention to their global fluency.

Cosmopolitanism and the Future of Cities

Cosmopolitanism is nurtured in the city. Our view of the world is shaped and informed by experiencing the way others in close proximity to us live their lives. We read their literature, dance their dances, eat their food. Cities and cosmopolitanism allow us to step outside our own experiences and broaden our horizons.