Interactive Lectures 
& Speaking Engagements

by Douglas Ferguson

Douglas Ferguson

An Introduction

Douglas is an entrepreneur and human-centered technologist with over 20 years of experience. He is the founder and president of Voltage Control, an Austin-based change agency that helps enterprises spark, accelerate, and sustain innovation. He specializes in helping teams work better together through participatory decision making and design inspired facilitation techniques.. He has helped transform teams from U.S. SOCOM, the Air Force, Adobe, Dropbox, Fidelity, Vrbo, Liberty Mutual, Humana, and SAIC.

Douglas is a thought leader and master facilitator of Design Sprints, Innovation Acceleration, Team Alignment, Meeting Systems, Culture Transitions, and Change Transformations. He is also the author of four books: Magical Meetings, Beyond the Prototype, How to Remix Anything, and Start Within. He has been published in Forbes, Fast Company, Innovation Leader, and is a regular contributor to The Future Shapers. He publishes a weekly podcast called Control the Room.

Motivated by a mission to rid the world of horrible meetings and offer meaningful meetings in their place, Voltage Control is calling upon fellow facilitators to transform meeting and innovation culture. From free weekly community meetups to Control the Room–the annual facilitator summit, Voltage Control is building a community of facilitators to change the world.

Douglas has spoken at events in Austin, San Francisco, Paris, New York, Boston, New Haven, Dallas, San Antonio, Denver, Lincoln, Columbus, Paris, and Vegas.

Douglas Ferguson

Speaking Topics

Magical Meetings

Explore the book Magical Meetings. Learn to redesign your meeting culture and have better meetings. 

Design Sprint Essentials

A 5-day framework for solving big problems

Prototype Differently

A prototype is worth 1000 meetings

Beyond the Prototype

Learn the 6 Beyond the Prototype steps to navigating the fuzzy area between ideas and outcomes. 

Liberating Structures

Explore the surprising power of Liberating Structures to unleash everybody in your company.

Design Sprints Make Agile Better

How they work together

Facilitated Innovation

Ideation, validation, alignment, & group exploration

Custom Topic

Or, ask me about creating a custom presentation for you on innovation, digital transformation, design sprints, or design thinking.

The Books

Bring Your Ideas to Life

Innovation can seem complex or reserved for the exceptional. But we believe innovation is for everyone. We’ve set out to illuminate a path for you to: generate bold ideas, visualize and share them, overcome obstacles, and turn your idea into reality. Our books are equal parts guidebook and stories from years of experience helping companies adopt an innovation mindset and culture. They’re practical & actionable, so you can get started now. We hope they’ll help you on your journey to realizing your biggest, boldest ideas.