Flinders University – Beyond Covid: The future of the workplace

  • 21 May 2020

Above is a full replay of the livestream from Flinders University in Adelaide broadcast on 21 May 2020.

Understandably, there has been much global discussion about Covid-19 and its effects on life as we once knew it. During the pandemic, our community focus has been on prevention, control, restrictions, safety, social distancing, isolation, and curve-flattening.

But what does our society look like beyond Covid-19? And in particular, the workplace?

Many employers have been forced to adapt their business models and approach to employees working arrangements. As we return to work, or in some instances, need to find new work, what are the likely changes we can expect going forward?

Join our online presentation as we talk to internationally renowned futurist, Andrew Grill, and Director of Flinders University’s Australian Industrial Transformation Institute, Professor John Spoehr about the future of work in the digital age, Industry 4.0, and AI, and the ways in which this new work paradigm can be leveraged for the greater good.

Guest speakers:

Andrew Grill, The Actionanble Futurist®

The Actionable Futurist® and Former IBM Global Managing Partner, Andrew Grill is a popular and sought-after keynote speaker and trusted board-level technology advisor. Unlike traditional Futurists who paint a picture of the future in 10, 20 or even 50 years’ time, Andrew delivers practical and immediately actionable insights in every session.

100% digital, Andrew believes that “to get digital you need to be digital” and his engaging keynotes provide actionable insights on how to achieve corporate goals on a global and long-lasting scale.

Andrew has spoken in over 40 countries worldwide. Recent clients include senior executives from DHL, Nike, Nestle, Euler Hermes, Mars, Vodafone, Arriva, Johnson Matthey, Taylor Wessing, Bunzl, De Beers, Sanofi, NHS, Thomson Reuters, Royal London, ANZ, KPMG, Schroders, Mercer, British Airways, Finnair, UK Government, Westpac, Qantas, Aon, American Airlines, and Shell.

He also delivers workshops and provides strategic advice at the C-suite and Board levels.

Andrew carefully crafts every keynote with his audience in mind.  Some of his distinctive keynotes include:

  • Disrupt or Be Disrupted – Digital disruption and what it means for you and your business.
  • AI and The Future of Work – How you and your employees can adapt to the coming changes in the nature of work in the digital age.
  • Building a Digital-Proof business – How the right mix of technology & culture will defend the threat of disruption.
  • Digital Diversity and Brand Advocates – Why you need digital practitioners on your board, and how your best advocates are already on the payroll.
  • Rising above the noise – How to stand out in the digital world.

Professor John Spoehr

Professor John Spoehr is Pro-Vice Chancellor – Research Impact at Flinders University and Director of the Australian Industrial Transformation Institute. John leads a multi-disciplinary team focusing on industry and workplace transformation in the context of technological change and innovation.

He is a highly regarded economic social analyst with a long track record researching, commentating and leading in South Australia. He has over 25 years’ experience as a social and economic analyst focussing on employment and industry policy, inequality and social justice. John has written extensively in academic and mainstream media on economic and industry development, employment, unemployment and the socioeconomic impact of change.

He played a leading role in the establishment of the Stretton Centre, a regional hub in northern Adelaide for integrated industry, workforce and urban development, addressing challenges and pursuing opportunities through research, collaboration and innovation.  More recently John led the establishment of the Tonsley Manufacturing Innovation Hub.

John’s major publications include ‘The Engaging State – South Australia’s engagement with the Asia Pacific Region’ with Purnendra Jain, ‘State of South Australia – from crisis to prosperity?’ and ‘Power Politics – the electricity crisis and you’. His latest edited book is ‘State of South Australia – turbulent times’, published by Wakefield Press.

John is a Patron of the Don Dunstan Foundation and an Honorary member of the Leaders Institute of SA.

Panel and Q&A facilitated by Karen Ashford.

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