Charles Cresson Wood is a technology risk management consultant specializing in the conversion of organizational infrastructure so that it is local, sustainable, and resilient. He assists organizations with the transition to green technology, as well as the risk assessment, contingency planning, and strategic planning issues related to political upheaval, financial collapse, peak oil, and climate change.
Since 1979, he has worked as a technology risk management consultant, futures researcher, and journalist. His work in this area has included: (1) investigations into previously undocumented and unknown technological risks, (2) presentations and reports to top management about the nature of these new technological risks, and (3) compilations of plans and strategies for rationally and cost-effectively dealing with these new technological risks.
Mr. Wood has worked with over 125 different organizations in more than 20 countries around the world. He has spoken at well over 100 different professional conferences, sometimes as the keynote.
He is the author of the practical and timely book entitled “Kicking The Gasoline & Petro-Diesel Habit: A Business Manager’s Blueprint For Action.” His articles about peak oil, and the business and government response to peak oil, have appeared in various places such as the Energy Bulletin and Culture Change. He is furthermore a Certified Permaculture Designer (a type of integrative ecologist) and a local organizer for Transition Towns (a worldwide community organizing movement).
He is additionally the author of over 375 articles and seven other books. His most popular book, “Information Security Policies Made Easy,” is used by over 50% of the Fortune 1000 businesses. He has been quoted in publications such as Business Week, Cable News Network (CNN), Government Technology News, Investors Business Daily, LA Times, The Wall Street Journal, Time, and The Washington Post.
Mr. Wood holds an MBA in finance and a BSE in accounting from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. He also holds an MSE in computer science from the Moore School of Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania. He is a Certified Information Systems Auditor, Certified Information Systems Security Professional, and a Certified Information Security Manager. He has additionally passed the Certified Public Accountant examination.
Mr. Wood is noted for being on top of the latest trends and cutting-edge developments, and for his ability to express technical concepts in easy-to-understand business language. Reflecting this, he has been involved in the computer security field since the late 1970s, well before most people knew that hacking, identity theft, and viruses were going to be serious problems. Formerly a researcher working for SRI International (aka Stanford Research Institute), he has worked on a variety of future technology assessment projects. Mr. Wood resides near San Francisco, California. He is available for management consulting projects, news media interviews, and speaking engagements. He can be contacted directly at:
Author’s point of view:
Charles Cresson Wood is profoundly concerned that modern industrial societies are not yet rapidly transitioning away from petroleum-based fuels. Climate change research, dependence on foreign countries for oil, considerably higher prices for oil, and the world’s peaking production of oil, all indicate that now is the time to move to alternative transportation fuels. To assist business firms, government agencies, and non-profit organizations, to immediately begin this transition, the author has done the research work for them, and incorporated that information into this new management book.
He believes that the free market works best when consumers have independent, unbiased, accurate, and up-to-date information about the alternatives. To that end, the author has no known conflict of interest that could cause him to recommend or favor one supplier mentioned in this research report over another. He is not an energy industry insider, and does not have consulting relationships with any energy industry firms. To learn more about the independent position that Mr. Wood has taken with respect to this topic, see the Statement Of Independence page.