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David Price is a writer, learning futurist, director of Educational Arts and a senior associate at the Innovation Unit. His field of expertise is learning – specifically how to make learning engaging.


In 1994 David worked closely with Sir Paul McCartney and international creativity expert, Sir Ken Robinson, to create a university-level college in Sir Paul’s home town of Liverpool (the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts) and was then appointed its Director of Learning, both designing and leading the academic programmes until 2001.


Since returning to a freelance career David has led innovative learning projects which have been globally recognised. He founded ‘Musical Futures’, a schools-based programme, in 2003, in order to make music learning as exciting in school as it is outside school. The programme currently operates in almost 60% of all English High Schools and in seven other countries around the world. ‘Learning Futures’ - another initiative he led - is transforming learner engagement, and school design, in a number of countries.


In 2008, he became a Senior Associate at the Innovation Unit in London. The unit is a social enterprise committed to using the power of innovation to solve social challenges.


In 2009 he was awarded the OBE by Her Majesty the Queen, for services to education.


He has also worked with many companies, third-sector organisations and government departments to radically enhance organisational learning. He regularly writes articles and blogs on learning and learner/employee engagement.


He has most recently contributed chapters for Creativity, Money, Love (Creative Blueprint) and Equity and Excellence (Institute for Public Policy Research).

David Price’s public speaking work has taken him all over the UK and Europe, Australia, New Zealand, USA and China. In June 2013 he undertakes a speaking tour of Australia and Singapore, including the prestigious ‘Amplify Festival’ in Sydney (a TED-event for the financial services sector). In October he will be both keynoting and curating a major music conference in Singapore. In November he will be speaking in venues in China and the Far East, before returning to Australasia in December.

He is currently based in the UK and Australia.

His first book, Open, will be published by Crux Publishing in October 2013.

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Twitter: @davidpriceobe

LATEST BOOK: OPEN: The Revolution Transforming How We Work, Live and Learn

From every perspective Open will open your mind to some of the real implications of digital technologies for how we live and learn int he 21st century" - Sir Ken Robinson, world leading expert on education and creativity

is a tour de force that is by turns inspiring, shocking and highly entertaining, but above all practical."

Mark Stevenson, author of 'An Optimist's Tour of the Future'

What makes a global corporation give away its prized intellectual property? Why are Ivy League universities allowing anyone to take their courses for free? What drives a farmer in rural Africa to share his secrets with his competitors?

A collection of hactivists, hobbyists, forum-users and maverick leaders are leading a quiet but unstoppable revolution. They are sharing everything they know, and turning knowledge into action in ways that were unimaginable even a decade ago. Driven by technology, and shaped by common values, going ‘open’ has transformed the way we live. It’s not so much a question of if our workplaces, schools and colleges go open, but when.

Packed with illustration and advice, this entertaining read by learning futurist, David Price, argues that ‘open’ is not only affecting how we are choosing to live, but that it’s going to be the difference between success and failure in the future.

 BIBLIOGRAPHY: Open, Crux, 2013.