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Darren Smithson is owner and Managing Consultant of The Inform Group, a company he originally set up to provide business and development training, project management and educational services but is now becoming the vehicle for creating a new business and educational vision.
He has over 25 years working for or with the like likes of IBM, BULL, NEC, The British Broadcasting Corporation and Microsoft, as well as with local government and community development organisations, but he is not like other business consultants.
Darren talks and lectures regularly on science and technology, business practice, community development, regeneration and local government. He has delivered to audiences all over the world and to such organisations as the MOD, SITA, BA, the RAC, York Science College, Exeter University, The London Stock Exchange, Fujitsu-Siemens, CHS Ltd, Carpetrite, Barnsley College and to a conference of 300 senior managers from Europe’s largest IT companies ranging from IBM & Microsoft to Toshiba and Bull.
His talks are fast paced, fun, interactive and provocative and cover such esoteric topics as the multiple universe theory; what is life; what is intelligence and can we create it artificially; should robots have rights; is time travel possible; do aliens exist; where will we be in 50 years time; how will technology affect our businesses, communities and schools; and are we humans merely parasites inhabiting a living organism? He has been described as being “like Prof Brian Cox- on steroids!”
On the more down to Earth side, he has sessions on time and prioritisation management, how to motivate you and your teams, goal setting and business planning, crime and safety basics, the need for alternate business practices, education and learning processes, why regeneration programmes fail, and the use of science to raise aspirations.