Published: 27 March 2017 at 11:00
Thinking on Purpose launches at Anglia Ruskin with talk on innovation and changeAnglia Ruskin University’s Lord Ashcroft International Business School is launching a new think tank this week to study the future of the third sector in Essex.
“The rapid pace of change in business and society shows no sign of letting up. Technological, demographic and political disruption seems to be the new normal.
“Only last week, PwC released a report which estimated that up to 30% of UK jobs would be lost as a direct result of technology, including around half of the jobs in transport and just under half in retail, both sectors which feature strongly in the Essex economy.
“However, according to Charlie Leadbeater, who has written and spoken about innovation and society for almost 30 years, we have a bigger part to play in our own futures than it may sometimes seem.
“As part of our project, we aim to pick apart the implications of this in human terms. How can Essex ensure it has the skills to take on the new jobs which automation might create, and deal with other changes including an ageing population, housing shortages and the rise of health problems such as obesity?”