Our Place in the World Seminar Session
6.30 - 8.30pm 7th December 2016
Our Place in the World is a new competition for students to develop and realise innovative solutions to some of the most pressing challenges facing society today. The programme will seek out and invest in the most interesting and inventive ideas and products in the field of social entrepreneurship.
The theme for the inaugural year is The Future of Work.
The competition asks what are the opportunities and solutions for a productive meaningful society as artificial intelligence and robotics are increasingly adopted; how will this affect our future jobs and how can artists and designers develop new ways of thinking to address the impacts of these coming changes? Two winners will receive £15,000 funding to start their business and 12 months’ support at InnovationRCA.
These seminar sessions will bring to life the Future of Work from a variety of perspectives and explore how changing social trends, behaviours and technologies will impact on our future working lives.
Join us from 6.30 - 8.30pm on Wednesday 7th December to hear from expert speakers who offer a range of insights to the topic, and social entrepreneurs who’ve come up with inventive solutions to the challenges presented by the future of work.
Speakers on the 7th December will be:
- Matt Jones, Design Director of Google Research - and previously Interaction Design Director at Google Creative Lab
- Rodrigo Bautista, Principle Sustainability Advisor at Forum for the Future; an independent non-profit working globally with business, government and other organisations to solve complex sustainability challenges
- Emma Birchall, Head of Future of Work research at Hot Spots Movement; a specialist research consultancy that helps companies future-proof their working practices in order to prepare for the future of work.
- Jack Graham, Founder and CEO of Year Here; a postgraduate course in social innovation designed as a platform for graduates and young professionals who want to build smart solutions to entrenched social problems
The sessions will also answer any questions you may have about applying to the challenge, and offer a chance to connect with students from different disciplines interested in collaborating.
Our Place in the World is supported by entrepreneur and philanthropist Tom Shutes, InnovationRCA; the Royal College of Art’s centre for start-ups and entrepreneurship and UnLtd, the Foundation for social entrepreneurs. We welcome applications from candidates wishing to start enterprises based on the ideas they develop during the challenge.
Tom Shutes is an entrepreneur with a philanthropic commitment to the arts, innovation & social enterprise. He is the current Chair of Development at Ashden (www.ashden.org).
The Royal College of Art is the world’s leading university of art and design, ranking #1 in the QS World University subject rankings in both 2015 and 2016. It specialises in teaching and research, offering the degrees of MA, MPhil and PhD across the disciplines of fine art, applied art, design, communications and humanities. There are over 1,550 masters and doctoral students supported by more than 200 professionals interacting with them – scholars and leading art and design practitioners – along with over 800 specialists, advisors and distinguished visitors.
UnLtd, the Foundation for Social Entrepreneurs. UnLtd funds and support passionate and committed social entrepreneurs who are determined to tackle the key issues facing society. UnLtd began in 2002 and since then has given out over 13,000 awards of support and funding, direct and through partners, to social entrepreneurs to start up and scale their impact. It supports individuals running ventures firmly rooted in delivering positive social change – with each venture benefiting around 8,000 people last year. On top of this, UnLtd has developed a vibrant network of supporters in the UK and across the globe and is at the heart of a thriving movement for social change. Social entrepreneurs have solutions to some of the most pressing issues faced by society. UnLtd brings together insight and innovation from across the world so that social entrepreneurs can fulfil their potential to change the UK for the better. For more information about the support offered by UnLtd go to www.unltd.org.uk