Conversation 1: The Future of Work | Four Conversations

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How can organisations and their employees achieve their goals with the accelerated digital transformation in remote workplaces?

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How can organisations and their employees achieve their goals with the accelerated digital transformation in remote workplaces?

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  • Marina Gorbis, Executive Director, Institute for the Future (United States)
  • Bill Bannear, Managing Director, ThinkPlace (Singapore)

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Liana Tang, Deputy Director, Centre for Strategic Futures, Singapore

Marina Gorbis is the Executive Director of the Institute for the Future (IFTF), a 50-year-old non-profit research and consulting organisation based in Silicon Valley. She has brought a futures perspective to hundreds of organisations in business, education, government, philanthropy and civic society. Marina’s current research focuses on transformations in the world of work and new forms of value creation. She launched the Workable Futures Initiative at IFTF with the aim of developing a deeper understanding of new work patterns and to prototype a generation of Positive Platforms for work. She introduced the concept of Universal Basic Assets (UBA) as a framework for thinking about different types of assets and the role they play in economic security. She both writes and speaks on future organisational, technology and social issues. Marina holds a bachelor's degree in psychology and a master’s degree in public policy from the University of California, Berkeley. She is also the author of The Nature of the Future: Dispatches from the Socialstructed World (2013).

With over a decade of public service experience, Bill Bannear, Managing Director of ThinkPlace, is focused on making governments and international institutions the best they can be. A highly rated, creative and engaging facilitator, Bill facilitates diverse groups of people –through simple, but powerful, co-design methods – to overcome intractable problems. Bill specialises in representing complex concepts in simple ways that foster shared “mental models” and meaningful dialogue. His domain experience includes law enforcement, social services, regulation, shared value business innovation and community engagement.

A Deputy Director at the Centre for Strategic Futures, Singapore, Liana Tang scouts for emerging issues that will impact policy, technology and beyond to help the Singapore Public Service anticipate the implications of these issues. Impact can range from new economic opportunities such as jobs and industry, to new approaches to regulation. She is also an experienced facilitator of futures and policy conversations. Liana has moderated internal panels such as the future of work, and more recently was lead facilitator of a Citizens’ Panel on Work Life Harmony.

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• Living with the Pandemic

• Changes in the Arts Scene

• Development of Urban Design

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New Thinking for the New World

2020 has accelerated transformation throughout the world, affecting many facets of our lives. Join our local and international speakers as they break down these changes on the future of work, our well-being, the arts scene and development of urban design. Join the conversations to understand and explore new possibilities.

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