David Kidd

Director of Client Experience and Strategic Advisory at WSP

David Kidd

David is WSP New Zealand’s Director of Client Experience and Strategic Advisory, it’s Future Ready® Lead, and a member of WSP’s global Future Ready® leadership team.

WSP is a global professional services firm of over 54,000 people based in 40 countries worldwide. Its purpose is to help design cities and communities which are more adaptive, resilient and improve social, economic, environmental and wellbeing outcomes. Future Ready® is WSP’s strategic advisory, planning and design methodology for addressing tomorrow’s challenges today. Future Ready® uses global and local research to help clients understand key future trends and their likely implications for the built and natural environment.

David’s passion is helping clients develop robust strategy and policies, make more informed decisions and take meaningful action today to tackle the challenges and opportunities the coming decades will bring. David works with the Executive teams and Boards of public and private sector organisations to leverage WSP’s Future Ready® research and draw on the expertise of its global team of strategic advisory, planning and sustainability specialists.

The Resilience Imperative: the new abnormal

In this scene-setter for the day, David Kidd will explain that resilience is a permanent human issue. It’s not a wave or a phase on a human timescale. Our resilience challenges are unlikely to give way to a new wave or trend. Its stressors are going to stick around.

The last 10,000 years have offered us consistency and we’ve built everything in the last few hundred years upon that assumption. We barely know change. But that’s changing.

Everything is changing now. The biosphere, humanity’s thin precarious universe, is changing. Our experience so far, our norms, our institutions and all that we sub-consciously depend upon have prepared us poorly for this new abnormal. We’ve forced ourselves into a position of having to rapidly learn how to keep learning and changing, while immediately slowing and halting further system collapse. This is not going to be easy.

Key Takeaways:

  • Why resilience is fundamentally important to all of us
  • Change is required to meet the challenges we face
  • Starting points for the changes that need to be made.

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