Welcome to the future

An introduction from World Futures Forum

A short introduction video from Matthew Griffin – CEO | 311 Institute.

Matthew is one of the founders of the World Futures Forum (WFF) and will be one of our highly anticipated speakers at WFF on 24th September 2019.

About

The inaugural 2019 World Futures Forum Summit, being held in London this September is your opportunity to discover and discuss the exponential technologies and megatrends that are shaping our world, and driving the new global economy.

It’s where business, culture, and technology converge, to give you access to some of the most innovative companies and people in the world.

Summit Themes

– Education and Training in the Exponential Era

Technology is transforming every corner of society, and as we enter into the Forth Industrial Revolution the rise of increasingly powerful and capable automation, cognitive and robotics technologies will have a significant impact on jobs within every industry sector.  We’ll be discussing how today’s industrial age education and training strategies, as well as some of the more forward thinking education strategies need to be re-invented for the modern age.

– Work and the Workplace in the Exponential Era

Transformative technologies are re-shaping the world of work and the workplace as we know it, creating both opportunity and uncertainty for companies and individuals alike. We examine the technologies driving the transformation, and how companies can harness them for the benefit of all.

– Emerging Technology and the new social contract

Increasingly powerful technologies are helping to decentralise and democratise industries, and along with it the balance of power and wealth. We examine technology’s role in helping alleviate an increasingly polarised society.

– Emerging Technology and the Dystopian State

Emerging technologies can be harnessed for great good, but in the wrong hands they can also help build dystopian states that curtail and suppress individual freedoms, we shine a spotlight on the dark side of technology.

Speaker Nominations

We’re gathering the experts who’ll give you the inside track on the technologies and businesses that are disrupting industries, creating entirely new markets, and changing society.

Speakers

HEAR FROM TECHNOLOGY AND BUSINESS LEADERS BUILDING THE NEW GLOBAL ECONOMY

Matthew Griffin

CEO | 311 Institute

The RT Hon Lord Knight

Chief Education and External Officer | TES Global Ltd

Matthew Taylor

Chief Executive | RSA

Sarah Atkinson

Head of Global Social Responsibility | Micro Focus
Chair Diversity & Skills Council | techUK

Tom Ravenscroft

Founder & CEO | Enabling Enterprise and Skills Builder Partnership

Vlatka Hlupic

Hult Ashridge Executive Education | The Management Shift Consulting Ltd

Mike Cox

Future Talent Manager – Apprenticeships | RICS

Jean Patrick

Chief Transformation Officer | Cherwell Software

Louis Barson

Deputy Director – Future Sectors | Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS)

Amber Thomas

Head of Academic Technology and Digital Transformation | University of Warwick

Greg Dean

Head of Large Employer Engagement Strategy | Education and Skills Funding Agency and National Apprenticeship Service

Laura Overton

Speaker | Writer | Facilitator | Researcher

Thaddaeus Brown

Winner | London Borough Apprentice 2018

Kieran Cooke

National Network Manager | STEM Learning UK

Carla Aerts

Director | TMRW Institute

Karen Handley

Head of Future Careers | Virgin Media

Dr Fadi Chehimi

Extended Reality Delivery & Capability Senior Manger | Accenture UK

Tom Szirtes

Founder | Mbryonic

Jennifer Coleman-Peers

Director of Strategic Initiatives | Institute of Imagination

Oliver Beach

Founder & CEO | Futureproof

Stephen Isherwood

Chief Executive | Institute of Student Employers

Who Should Attend

This event is a must attend for:

– C-LEVEL EXECUTIVES – ALL SECTORS
– BUSINESS LEADERS – ALL SECTORS
– EDUCATION POLICY LEADERS
– HEADS OF EDUCATION DESIGN
– HEADS OF DIGITAL HR INNOVATION
– EDTECH PROVIDERS
– HEADS OF HR & DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION
– TALENT MANAGEMENT
– SENIOR LEVEL PRACTITIONERS
– PEOPLE ANALYSTS
– HEADS OF ORGANISATION & PEOPLE DEVELOPMENT

Companies love to categorise and pigeon hole people, but we believe everyone has the right to be informed about the future so we welcome everyone

Schedule

24th September 2019 | London, UK

08.00 REGISTRATION & COFFEE

08.30 WORLD FUTURES FORUM OPENING COMMENTS

The future of work is the future of education – presenting the challenges in optimising education curriculums & engineering a bright future for the class of 2030

08.35 OPENING KEYNOTE: OUR EXPONENTIAL FUTURE AND ENVISONING EDUCATION AND TRAINING 2030 AND BEYOND

MATTHEW GRIFFIN, CEO | 311 INSTITUTE & CO-FOUNDER | WORLD FUTURES FORUM

We are facing a global learning crisis, and macro forces such as advancements in technology and significant inequalities are shaping what learning will have to look like in the future. To meet the needs of businesses and the economy we need to prepare learners for the world of work to come. Matthew will look at the pace of change today, how technology is currently disrupting our working world and how it will continue

09.15 AI WILL NEVER REPLACE THE ROLE OF TEACHERS! HOW CAN ED TECH HELP ENCOURAGE INNOVATION TO MEET SPECIFIC CHALLENGES FACING THE EDUCATION SECTOR?

RT. HON. LORD JIM KNIGHT, CHIEF EDUCATION & EXTERNAL OFFICER | TES GLOBAL

Technology is the future to empowering our teachers not replace them.  However, we do need to adapt to education, not try to force education to adapt to technology.  This session will focus on the finding the sweet spot of technology and AI in education – aiding teachers in their teaching methods with the right tools to engage and prepare students for the future. Furthermore, with a growing shortage of teachers, the only way of continuing to provide effective schooling is by extending the reach and capacity of the workforce, and the only way of doing that is through well-led technology implementation. Providing good leadership of the implementation of technology is key and will help our businesses by ensuring the workforce of the future have the right skills

09.40 PANEL BATTLE – NEXT GENERATION EDUCATION AND TRAINING: REIMAGINING FUTURE EDUCATION NOW

PANELLISTS
AMBER THOMAS, HEAD OF ACADEMIC TECHNOLOGY & DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION | UNIVERSITY OF WARWICK
KIERAN COOKE, NATIONAL NETWORK MANAGER | STEM LEARNING UK
MIKE COX, FUTURE TALENT MANAGER – APPRENTICESHIPS | RICS

MODERATOR
CARLA AERTS, FUTURES OF LEARNING & EDUCATION INFLUENCER & DIRECTOR | TMRW INSTITUTE

Our education and corporate training systems must prepare individuals for the world that is, not the one that was. How can the government, educational institutions, businesses and individuals ensure we have a fit-for-education plan?  It is about creating what New Zealand call the future-focused principle and the need for educators to be future-oriented and adaptable?

10.30 MORNING COFFEE

10.50 MAKING APPRENTICESHIPS WORK FOR ALL: DELIVERING BETTER OUTCOMES FOR EMPLOYERS, LEARNERS AND THE ECONOMY

GREG DEAN, HEAD OF LARGER EMPLOYER ENGAGEMENT STRATEGY – NATIONAL APPRENTICESHIP SERVICE | SKILLS FUNDING AGENCY

The UK needs to find a way to grow our own talent to ensure we keep pace with the technology being developed and the profound skills shortages in key industries that we are facing.  Apprenticeships are one key way in which we can open up opportunities to increase skills levels across the country. We are in a time of significant change and disruption where a highly skilled and adaptable workforce with technical capacity will play a pivotal role in increasing UK businesses competitiveness. This session will discuss the vision for the growth of apprenticeships and will feature an apprentice winner talking about his experience.

11.10 CASE STUDY: MY APPRENTICESHIP JOURNEY

THADDAEUS BROWN | WINNER OF THE LONDON BOROUGH APPRENTICE OF YEAR 2018

11.20 IMMERSIVE LEARNING FOR THE FUTURE WORKFORCE: FROM THEORY TO DELIVERY

FADI CHEHIMI, UKI EXTENDED REALITY SENIOR MANAGER | ACCENTURE XR (VR&AR)

Learning is an Experience. We as a species succeed at acquiring new skills and retaining knowledge when we are involved and engaged. It is human nature. This session will look at how people learn through the different neurological learning systems that are embedded in us. Fadi will explain the link between those systems and XR and why Immersive Learning is poised to be the most impactful training experience to upskill the future workforce and ensure high performance even months after training was completed. This session will showcase examples of the work Accenture has done in the Immersive Learning space, and give you some insights of our collaborative delivery approach to create exceptional XR experiences.

11.40 PANEL: A SKILLS REBOOT – THE FUTURE DEMAND FOR BUSINESS SKILLS, TRAINING & OCCUPATIONS

PANELLISTS
VLATKA HLUPIC, HULT ASHRIDGE EXECUTIVE EDUCATION
KAREN HANDLEY, GLOBAL HEAD OF FUTURE CAREERS | VIRGIN MEDIA
LOUIS BARSON, DEPUTY DIRECTOR – FUTURE SECTORS | BUSINESS GROWTH DIRECTORATE | DEPARTMENT FOR BUSINESS ENERGY & INDUSTRIAL STRATEGY
STEPHEN ISHERWOOD, CHIEF EXECUTIVE | INSTITUTE OF STUDENT EMPLOYERS

MODERATOR
OLIVER BEACH, FOUNDER & CEO | FUTURE PROOF

Occupations may be ripe for job redesign and employee skills upgrading to emphasise further product variety. This could arguably redefine industries such as healthcare. Many jobs will also be strongly complemented by digital technological such as design and engineering occupations

12.20 GREAT TEAMS DON’T NEED SUPERSTARS: HOW A FORMER ATHLETE AND TEACHER IS TRANSFORMING BUSINESS AUTOMATION

JEAN PATRICK, CHIEF TRANSFORMATION OFFICER | CHERWELL SOFTWARE

Jean works with extraordinary leaders as part of the executive team to drive corporate strategy and ensure her teams are aligned with a vision. Her background as a teacher, athlete and high school basketball coach taught her that great teams don’t need superstars; the sum of the parts is greater than any single player. That’s part of the culture at Cherwell, and as the team continues to grow and change, they will all succeed together. Attendees will walk away with an understanding of how to automate processes and make changes that will drive results to your business. They will also learn about ways to find those ways to automate and drive return on investments across the business.

12.40: LUNCH

13.30 THE EVOLVING OFFICE: EMPOWERING PEOPLE IN THE CHANGING WORLD OF WORK

LAURA OVERTON, SPEAKER | AUTHOR | FACILITATOR | RESEARCHER

We are seeing global examples of ‘intentional people strategies’ which is a multi-faceted talent strategy with a vision to cultivate a growth mindset to drive workforce innovation and empowerment. What role do people professionals need to play to ensure the workforce is equipped for today and tomorrow?

13.55 BUILDING ‘HUMAN SKILLS’

TOM RAVENSCROFT, FOUNDER & CEO | SKILLS BUILDER PARTNERSHIP

Future jobs will require more human skills, but how to nurture and build them is the challenge

14.20 LEADERS PANEL: SELF-DISRUPTION – UPSKILLING FROM THE TOP

PANELLISTS
SARAH ATKINSON, DIRECTOR – GLOBAL CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY | MICRO FOCUS & CHAIR – DIVERSITY & SKILLS COUNCIL | TECH UK
TOM SZIRTES, FOUNDER | MBRYONIC
JENNIFER COLEMAN-PEERS, DIRECTOR OF STRATEGIC INITIATIVES | INSTITUTE OF IMAGINATION

MODERATOR
ISA MUTLIB, PROJECT DIRECTOR | BAME APPRENTICESHIP ALLIANCE

Technology forces are changing the skills an executive, needs to manage their business. In a world that’s become increasingly digital and adopting new innovative technology, large companies can sometimes find it hard to adapt. Whether it’s in a traditional corporation, not-for-profit or small business, organisations that will thrive will be led by executives who have an understanding of the technology forces shaping their environment and an awareness of the skills necessary to master those forces.

15.15 AFTERNOON COFFEE

15.15 AFTERNOON KEYNOTE: THE FOUR FUTURES OF WORK – From empathy economy to recruitment by algorithm

MATTHEW TAYLOR, CHIEF EXECUTIVE | RSA

This session will give an overview of the study from RSA Future Work Centre showcasing the four model scenarios for the future of work in 2035. How should policy-makers respond and what action needs to be taken now to prepare for a ‘new machine age’?

15.40 REAL WORLD POSSIBILITIES: UNLOCKING HUMAN POTENTIAL

MATTHEW GRIFFIN, CEO | 311 INSTITUTE & CO-FOUNDER | WORLD FUTURES FORUM

16.15 CLOSING COMMENTS

16.30 CLOSE OF CONFERENCE

In the heart of London

This event takes place at the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre, in the heart of London. Here you can’t help but feel the excitement and inspiration of being at the heart of one of the most creative places in the world, surrounded by the top technology minds anywhere.

Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre, London.

Venue + Travel

QEII Conference Centre

QEII Conference Centre

The WFF Summit happens at the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre in the heart of London. Here you can’t help but feel the excitement and inspiration, surrounded by the top technology minds anywhere.

Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre
Broad Sanctuary
London
SW1P 3EE
UK

Nearby Hotels

Hyatt Regency Southbank

Marriott Southbank

Directions

Closest Railway Stations

  London Waterloo (15 min)
  London Victoria (15 min)

Closest Underground Stations

  St James’s Park (5 mins)
  Westminster (5 mins)

* Approximate walking times

A tradition in exponential technology and thinking

The World Futures Forum has been identifying important new technologies and deciphering their practical impact alongside the 311 Institute for over a decade.

We’ve brought that mission and our journalism to life, gathering the sharpest minds in the technology, engineering, academic, startup, and management communities to provide insight into the innovations that shape the world and your business.

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