W. David Stephenson is an internationally-recognized Internet of Things thought leader, strategist, theorist and writer, and long-time futurist.
He particularly focuses on:
- a paradigm shift to “circular companies,” away from traditional hierarchies and linear processes, to a new model in which everyone — supply chain, manufacturing, product design, marketing, distribution networks, and perhaps even customers — is united in a continuous cycle with shared, real-time IoT data as the hub.
- smart aging,” using a combination of wearable devices and smart home devices to allow seniors to “age in place” with dignity, improved health, and lower expenses.
He is principal of Stephenson Strategies and Google ranks his blog as the top non-corporate one on the IoT.
He founded the 2,500 member Boston-New England Internet of Things Meetup, and currently heads a crowdsourced/crowdfunded campaign to create a free, citywide IoT data network in Boston.
Stephenson is the author of an e-book, SmartStuff: an introduction to the Internet of Things; Managing the Internet of Things Revolution, an i-guide introduction for C-level executives to managing the IoT (sponsored by SAP); and of Data Dynamite: how liberating information will transform our world (Data4All Press, 2011). He recently was the producer/host of a video introducing the Internet of Things to the general public and was guest speaker on a Harvard Business Review webinar on IoT security.
In addition to work for his own firm, Stephenson has been a subject matter expert for the Homeland Security Institute, and participated in the Institute for the Future’s “Open Source Warfare” project.
Stephenson created the “Pandemic Flu Survival Guide” as well as the “Terrorist Survival” suite of programs that put all the information necessary to prepare for and/or respond to a terrorist attack in an easy-to-use database for the first generation of smartphones. Stephenson gained international support for what he calls “networked homeland security” strategies. Based on this theory, he created an emergency communications strategy for NPR-member radio stations to actively involve listeners in station response and wrote a white paper for the Department of Homeland Security’s Science Directorate.
Stephenson’s expertise also includes organizational transformation through Web 2.0, corporate issue management, and new economic and environmental visions. His articles on the Internet of Things, XBRL, governmental transparency, homeland security, crisis management, new economic paradigms, and advanced technology have appeared in publications and online, including The Harvard Business Review Blog, Federal Computer Week, Government Computer News,Huffington Post, Network World, The New York Times, techPresident, Homeland Security Affairs journal, The Journal of Homeland Security, Tech Central Station, The Boston Globe, Collaboration, and The Los Angeles Times. He previously wrote the “Future File” column for the MetroWest Daily News.
Stephenson previously provided award-winning crisis management, community relations, and public relations and marketing services in the environmental and renewable energy/energy conservation fields. Stephenson created Web-based strategies for companies and organizations in the energy, healthcare, education, development and environmental fields.
Stephenson served on the boards of MassNet, 1000 Friends of Massachusetts, Urban Solar Energy Association, the Charles River Watershed Association, and the Massachusetts Residential Conservation Service. He drafted and won passage of the Massachusetts law requiring labeling of plastic packaging to encourage its recycling.
Stephenson began his career as an associate producer and writer of award-winning documentaries at WCVB-TV. He was speechwriter, assistant press secretary and press secretary to former Governor Michael Dukakis, and the Lahey Clinic’s communications director. He was vice-president and director of public affairs at one of New England’s largest public relations firms. Later, Stephenson was a director of strategy services at several leading Web strategy and services firms.
Stephenson won awards for New England’s best campaigns of the year in public affairs, politics, and crisis management.
He earned a B.A. from Haverford College, and a M.A. from the Newhouse School at Syracuse University, where he was a University Fellow.