RACE TO THE FUTURE. E6. - 27–29 NOV 2013, SOFITEL ON COLLINS, MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA

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We need to find innovative solutions to the great problems of today to make them the opportunities of the future.

Creative Innovation 2013 Asia Pacific will deliver world class creative ideas and pragmatic solutions. It will offer credible forecasts, strategies and practices to help transform you and the leadership of organisations.

Join big and small business, entrepreneurs, educators, creative and government leaders, emerging talent and leading thinkers from around the World, Asia and Australia.

This is a must-attend event for everyone seeking fresh insights, ideas, tools and connections.

Ci2013 Speakers

Bjorn Lomborg (Czech Republic)
Environmentalist, author:
Cool it and The Skeptical Environmentalist
Bjorn Lomborg
Peggy Liu (China)
International sustainability expert on greening China
Peggy Liu
Bunker Roy (India)
Founder Barefoot College
Bunker Roy
Linda Yueh (UK)
Chief Business
Correspondent BBC
Linda Yueh
Professor Stephen Heppell (UK)
Digital Education Leader, learning futurist
Stephen Heppell
Jon Duschinsky (Canada)
Social innovator, global cage rattler, change agent, author: (me)volution
Jon Duschinsky
Scott Anthony (Singapore)
Strategic transformation and innovation expert
Scott Anthony
Jason Drew (South Africa)
Serial entrepreneur, passionate environmentalist, futurist
Jason Drew
Cyriel Kortleven (Belgium)
Inspiring speaker, author: Less is Beautiful, Master of Interaction
Cyriel Kortleven
Lisa Paul AO
Secretary, Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations
Lisa Paul AO
Michael Rennie
Managing Partner, McKinsey & Company
Michael Rennie
Dr Alan Finkel AM
Chancellor Monash University, President ATSE
Dr Alan Finkel AM
Rufus Black
Ethicist, theologian, Master Ormond College, University of Melbourne
Rufus Black
Carol Schwartz AM
Eminent business leader and philanthropist
Carol Schwartz AM
Deborah Cheetham
Indigenous cultural leader
Deborah Cheetham
Richard Bolt
Department of Education and Early Childhood Development
Richard Bolt
Doron Ben Meir
CEO Commercialisation Australia, serial entrepreneur
Doron Ben Meir

Ci2013 Conference Highlights

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  • Next Stop, Uberland: The Onrushing Algorithmic Future of Work

    Intelligencer – New York Magazine
    Adrian Chen

    As much as we all hate bosses, you have to admit they have gotten slightly better over the years. Frederick Winslow Taylor, the odd and efficiency-obsessed father of management theory, was fond of dispatching managers to stand over workers with stopwatches and direct their every movement as if they were trained animals. Reacting to the obviously soul-crushing nature of Taylorism, a wave of touch-feely business gurus in the 1960s aimed to inspire people into becoming more productive. This has led, over the course of the last few decades, to the insipid corporate culture of team-building exercises and black-bordered posters of windsurfers at sunset, but at least there’s free coffee now.

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  • Work in the Age of Intelligent Machines

    The Financial Times UK
    Martin Wolf

    How do you organise a society in which few people do anything economically productive?

    As long ago as 1984, in his Paths to Paradise, André Gorz, a self-proclaimed “revolutionary-reformist” stated, baldly, that the “micro-economic revolution heralds the abolition of work”. He even argued that “waged work . . . may cease to be a central preoccupation by the end of the century”. His timing was wrong. But serious analysts think he was directionally right. So what might a world of intelligent machines mean for humanity? Will human beings become as economically irrelevant as horses? If so, what will happen to our individual self-worth and the organisation of our societies?

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  • The future of work won’t be about college degrees, it will be about job skills

    CNBC
    Stephane Kasriel

    Twenty million students started college this fall, and this much is certain: The vast majority of them will be taking on debt — a lot of debt. What’s less certain is whether their degrees will pay off.

    According to the survey Freelancing in America 2018, released Wednesday, freelancers put more value on skills training: 93 percent of freelancers with a four-year college degree say skills training was useful versus only 79 percent who say their college education was useful to the work they do now. In addition, 70 percent of full-time freelancers participated in skills training in the past six months compared to only 49 percent of full-time non-freelancers. The fifth annual survey, conducted by research firm Edelman Intelligence and co-commissioned by Upwork and Freelancers Union, polled 6,001 U.S. workers.

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  • Money for Nothing

    The New Republic
    Atossa Abrahamian

    Some years ago, I had a colleague who would frequently complain that he didn’t have enough to do. He’d mention how much free time he had to our team, ask for more tasks from our boss, and bring it up at after-work drinks. He was right, of course, about the situation: Although we were hardly idle, even the most productive among us couldn’t claim to be toiling for eight (or even five, sometimes three) full hours a day. My colleague, who’d come out of a difficult bout of unemployment, simply could not believe that this justified his salary. It took him a long time to start playing along: checking Twitter, posting on Facebook, reading the paper, and texting friends while fulfilling his professional obligations to the fullest of his abilities.

    The idea of being paid to do nothing is difficult to adjust to in a society that places a high value on work. Yet this idea has lately gained serious attention amid projections that the progress of globalization and technology will lead to a “jobless” future

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  • Consumers fear tech will fuel loneliness even as they embrace it

    CNET
    Connie Guglielmo

    It’s hard to know what the future will bring, but a majority of US consumers think that five decades from now, we’ll all be overly dependent on tech and spend less time interacting with each other.

    At the same time, consumers believe tech makes our lives easier and are most enthusiastic about where things are headed with computers, smartphones and smart home gear.

    Those are the top takeaways from a study by Intel that in May asked 1,000 adult consumers in the US — including 102 described as “tech elites” — what they’re excited and concerned about when it comes to technology over the next 50 years.

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