David Holzmer is a consultant and thought-leader focused on helping organizations develop their capacity to leverage nearly-continuous disruption and change. As a research-based practitioner, he weaves practical experience with the insight of a skilled researcher to forge a vision of organizations as resilient webs of relationships driven by collaborative reflection and sensemaking.
David is currently completing a Ph.D. with Union Institute and University where he is exploring how common approaches to change, including organizations’ enduring need for stability and control, continue to undermine organizations’ creative potential and the ability to address the most pressing challenges. His dissertation “The Embrace of Disruption: Sensemaking Narratives Reflecting Management’s Shifting Awareness of Change” examines how workers’ collaborative sensemaking practices allow them to intuitively navigate otherwise chaotic terrain.
With a decades of leadership experience in both private and nonprofit sectors, David holds a Master’s Degree in Nonprofit Leadership. His original synthesis of organization theory, social psychology and futurist studies has resulted in opportunities to present his work in the U.S., Canada, and Europe as well as advise a diverse array of organizations from small nonprofits to large enterprises such as IBM.
In addition, by melding decades of real-world experience, with scholarly insight, and social media savvy, David has become a sought-after thought leader whose empowering vision for social development in chaotic times both challenges and inspires forward-thinking organizations and other innovative thinkers.