Real World Futures

Work has a future but it will change

Date: 14 February 2018

THE impact of technology on work has suddenly become a buzzing topic for economists, policymakers and business and employee organisations.

This is no surprise to participants in QUT’s Real World Futures series where we rang a warning bell on the need to adapt with our very first event three years ago.

Since then, the future of work has been an ongoing theme of Real World Futures and one we return to with our Real World Conversation in 2018, our fourth year of putting a focus on how the world is rapidly changing.

And we return, as we started, with one of the world’s leading experts on the future of work, Oxford’s Associate Professor Michael Osborne, who has new research on what will happen to jobs.

The good news is that the scale of disruption may not be as much as originally feared. The bad news is that it’s still too early to say how technology will change roles across the workforce.

This Real World Futures event, Changing Roles – the Real Impact of Technology on Employment, will explore how individual jobs will change, what this will mean for communities and what it means for children now coming through the schools system.

As well as Michael Osborne, our speakers will be the principal of MacGregor State High, Ms Elizabeth Foster, and two strategists helping one of Queensland’s biggest cities (the Sunshine Coast) look for opportunities. They are the Sunshine Coast Regional Council’s Dr Graham Fraine and Jeanette Allom-Hill.

Tickets are now on sale at $25 for the breakfast which will be in QUT’s Room ThreeSixty on March 13.

The time is right for this discussion. It coincides with a Senate Select Committee conducting hearings around the country on the future of work and workers. It draws on more than 40 submissions from some of the country’s biggest employer and employee groups as well as businesses usually associated with disruption – Seek.com.au, AirBnB, Uber and Google.

And the World Economic Forum which met in Davos in January also had a strong future of work focus and has commissioned the Boston Consulting Group to map pathways for workers in vulnerable roles to navigate to new jobs.

The Australian Innovation report, published two weeks ago, also touches on issues relevant to those concerned about the future of work.

The Real World Futures team will publish a summary of the current thinking, drawing on these documents for anyone registering for the Real World Conversation on March 13. It will be available from next week.

And you can register here

 

- David Fagan, Director of Corporate Transition

Content sourced from QUT News Web Service.

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