Workforce Futures —
Humanising our Digital Transformation

5pm–7pm Wednesday 18 September 2019, Sydney

This special occasion forms part of our 50th anniversary program of events taking place across the country.  These events acknowledge the vital role of the humanities in helping us understand our past, make sense of our present, and ensure a humanised future for all people.

Australia’s future workforce will need a mix of skills, knowledge and attributes to be globally competitive in an age of rapid technological and industrial change, and geo-political disruption.  Technology leaders are recognising the deep cultural and social impacts of their products and businesses, and are pointing to the need for humanities perspectives to inform future development.

But what do the humanities offer our digital future? What are the historical, ethical and cultural dimensions of digital and data literacy? What are the capabilities needed for our future workforce, beyond technical and scientific competence? What directions, activities or policy considerations are needed to support broader workforce capabilities for a digital future?

The Workforce FuturesHumanising our Digital Transformation event brings together a panel of researchers and practitioners to discuss these questions and more, focussing on the unique perspectives and workforce-relevant skills and knowledge offered by humanities research and education.

This free event, open to all.

The program will commence at 5:00pm at the State Library of New South Wales. A reception to follow at 6:15pm.

Speakers include:

Paula Bray — Leader, DX Lab of the State Library of NSW that builds and supports new ways of design thinking, experimentation and research with technology. 

Professor Joy Damousi FASSA FAHA — President, Australian Academy of the Humanities and Lead Chief Investigator of the Future Humanities Workforce project. 

Professor Neil Levy FAHA — Professor of Philosophy, Macquarie University and the University of Oxford’s Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics and Co-Chair of the Australian Council of Learned Academies’ The effective and ethical development of artificial intelligence: An opportunity to improve our wellbeing project.

Associate Professor Amanda Third — Principal Research Fellow in Digital Social and Cultural Research at Western Sydney University’s Institute for Culture and Society.

We are grateful for the generous support by the State Library of New South Wales, the University of Sydney and the Australian Council of Learned Academies to host this event.