Real World Futures

We're back to look at the future

Date: 02 February 2017

Welcome back to the Real World Futures program for 2017 and another year of learning and sharing about the impact of new technologies on how we think, work and live.

Our calendar this year will include at least five events and – for the first time – we’re locking in the dates early so you can plan what you want to be part of.

As, in the past, our focus will be on the practicalities of how to deal with what lies ahead and we will stick with the popular format of short Real World Conversations with featured guest panels and a major broader interest conference.

There will also be some random events which we will run as opportunities or issues arise. There’s no shortage of either!

The year will start with Workplace 2030 on March 14. It will be a Real World Conversation, running from 10-1 with the chance for some networking and a sandwich lunch after.

The confirmed speakers include Data61’s Dr Stefan Hajkowicz and Goodstart Early Learning’s Shane Rodgers.

Other key dates and committed themes for the year include:

May 17: Connected Cities, a look at both the technology and human factors that will shape our cities of the future;

June 15: The Human Genome – What We Know About Ourselves;

August 2: Disconnections, a look at how rapid change is leaving some people behind and what we can do about it.

And October 17: Disruptive Influences – And What To Do With Them II, a continuation of the themes of workplace change, digital service delivery and how to create opportunity that featured in our successful conference last year.

The themes may vary as we plan the year but the dates will stay the same.

The program will also include regular web updates and social media advice on interesting trends and a monthly newsletter for those who want to receive it.

We also intend to maintain our interest in entrepreneurship as a valuable workplace skill and will connect with other related activities on the QUT campuses.

And it will be hard to ignore the elephant in the room – what the current rate of change is doing to how we think about politics and government. Stay posted for that.

  • David Fagan, Director Corporate Transition

Content sourced from QUT News Web Service.

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