Past Meetup

Network Society: the coming socio-economic phase transformation

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Price: £5.00 /per person

Birkbeck College

Torrington Square WC1E 7HX · London

How to find us

Room B35 is on the basement level

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A set of simultaneous technologies is growing exponentially, with the common feature of being decentralized and organized into a network. This contrasts with the centralized and hierarchical organization of today’s traditional society and its basic functions. The shift from the old to the new structure will subject the Nation State to an unprecedented pressure. How should we respond to this pressure?

This London Futurists meetup features David Orban, the Founder and Trustee of Network Society Research (NSR), a London-based global nonprofit organization.

The Network Society ( project creates a vision and analytical tools to allow individuals, enterprises and the society at large to deal positively with the unstoppable change to a decentralized network.

About David Orban:

David Orban is an entrepreneur, and thought leader of the global technology landscape. As a sought-after speaker, he has given over 100 keynote addresses and speeches around the world for organizations including Abbvie, CISCO, Intesa, GALA, Roche, Login, H-Farm, Singularity University and others.

David is the author of “Network Society–The Coming Phase Change In the World Around You” (, an innovative ebook publishing project offering the English version as a work-in-progress until its completion, slated for Q2 2016.

Network Society is offered through Futuroid (, David’s consulting firm which helps its clients to understand exponentially changing technologies, the power of networks, distributed/decentralized organizations and their impact on the clients and the world.

David is also on the Faculty of and Advisor to the Singularity University (SU), based in Moffett Field, California. SU is an interdisciplinary university whose mission is to assemble, educate and inspire leaders who strive to understand and facilitate the development of exponentially advancing technologies in order to address humanity’s grand challenges.

David regularly poses this challenge: “What is the question that I should be asking?”

Meeting logistics:

2pm-4pm, Saturday 6th February 2016.

Venue: Room B35, Birkbeck College (, Torrington Square WC1E 7HX, London.

Room B35 is on the basement level in the main Birkbeck College building, in Torrington Square (which is a pedestrian-only square). Torrington Square is about 10 minutes walk from either Russell Square or Goodge St tube stations.

Coffee and other light refreshments can be purchased from the Costa Coffee shop in the reception area of the building, either ahead of or after the meeting.

The event will be followed by a chance to continue the discussion in a nearby pub - The Marlborough Arms (, 36 Torrington Place, London WC1E 7HJ.

Event hashtag:

#LonFut (

Covering meeting costs:

A small fee (£5) is payable to attend this meetup. This fee covers room hire costs. Please pay in advance, online, after you RSVP.

This will be refunded if the meeting is cancelled or rearranged, or if the attendee cancels at least 3 days before the meetup.

Alternatively, if there are still seats available, payment can be made in cash at the door on the day. (Requesting payment in advance assists with accurate planning of the event.)

Journalists are welcome to attend the meeting free-of-charge - please contact the organiser, notifying us in advance of your plans to attend.