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‘Our Digital Future: Getting Ready for Everything’ – Talk for Community Links

In February 2019 I had the honour of giving a lecture for Community Links on ‘Our Digital Future: Getting Ready for Everything’. I’ve now had a chance to write up my speaking notes into something other people might understand. I’d love people’s comments and thoughts (and yes, I know the referencing could be improved!).

Contents
1.         INTRODUCTION
2.         OUR PAST IS ENDING
3.         THE FUTURE IS SCARY
4.         TODAY, WE NEED TO IMAGINE BETTER
5.         A DAY IN THE LIFE
6.         THERE IS A BETTER FUTURE TO AIM FOR
7.         TO SUM UP
8.         THE TASK OF OUR GENERATION

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Crafting global prosperity together is the task for the SDGeneration

In mid-February I chaired an all-day conference on the “SDGeneration – A Citizen Science Movement”. My main reflection is how taking part in knowledge creation is a vital part of having agency in an overwhelming world, and a route to mobilising young people.

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Key points from ‘Our Digital Future: Getting Ready for Everything’

Earlier this week I had the honour of giving a lecture for Community Links on ‘Our Digital Future: Getting Ready for Everything’. Here are the key points; I’ll be putting up the talk when I’ve turned the notes into something that other people can read. Thank you to Venu and everyone for the chance to share my thoughts.

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EVENT INVITE: ‘Our Digital Future: Getting Ready for Everything’. Thu 7 Feb

Quick announcement: Community Links have kindly asked me to speak on ‘Our Digital Future: Getting Ready for Everything’ on evening of Thu 7 Feb.

My aim is to be unflinching of the risks we face, while inspiring and thought-provoking on how we can act. More details below, including how to sign up. As of Thu 24 Jan, they had 70 of the 100 tickets taken, so act soon. Excited, honored and a little daunted. Now to write it…

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Industrial Strategies and a Stakeholder Economy [SESSION SLIDES]

Earlier this week I spoke at on Industrial Strategies and a Stakeholder Economy at an event on ‘Redesigning Capitalism: From shareholder to stakeholder capitalism’.

The event was run by Promoting Economic Pluralism, which is creating and supporting spaces for diverse voices, perspectives and approaches to understanding our economies to help co-create truly sustainable, resilient and inclusive ones. PEP is run by the inimitable Henry Leveson-Gower, who deserves great praise for pushing for requisite variety in economics.

Some people from the session were asking for the slides. Here they are. In a perfect world I would write a blog post of my talk, but the perfect is the enemy of the good. So, better than nothing, here are the key points from the talk:

  • We’re in a profound mess.
  • Industrial strategy is ‘back’ because new approaches are needed.
  • There is a spectrum of industrial strategies, reflecting different political preferences.
  • Addressing transformation failure probably requires a ‘participative’ approach.
  • That makes a ‘stakeholder economy’ both a means and an end.
  • Orientating everything in an economy to address the profound mess means we have to experiment everywhere.
  • There are hints of an emerging practice of transformative, participatory industrial strategy.
  • We need many global ‘social learning cycles’ to get better at using participative approaches in industrial strategies to deliver a sustainable footing.

SPEECH: ‘Successful Sri Lanka in a sustainable world’

At the end of November, I had the honour of giving the Keynote speech at the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce Best Corporate Citizen Sustainability Awards 2017. I was there as an affiliate of Good Karma, a Sri Lankan consultancy I’ve had the pleasure of working with this year. You can read my speech below on why economic transformation is inevitable, the best way to win the future is to invent it; and, that Sri Lanka can choose to grow towards a sustainable future.

“Rather than burden our children with our mistakes, we can inspire them with our example.”

 

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