San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Tomorrow's Thought Leadership lecture series
Dr. Rachel Armstrong
Co-Director of AVATAR
(Advanced Virtual and Technological Architectural Research),
University of Greenwich
& Senior TED Fellow
Director Corporate Responsibility,
Tata Consultancy Services
Professor Michael Mainelli
Head of Sustainability EMEA,
Philip Sadler CBE
4:30 pm, Tuesday 1 October 2013
Wragge & Co, 3 Waterhouse Square 142 Holborn London EC1N 2SW
from 4.30pm for a prompt 5.00pm start and a 7pm finish
Event is followed by a drinks reception
Tony Manwaring, Chief Executive, Tomorrow's Company
Dr. Rachel Armstrong, Co-Director of AVATAR, University of Greenwich & Senior TED Fellow
Business panel and Q&A:
Yogesh Chauhan, Director Corporate Responsibility, Tata Consultancy Services
Professor Michael Mainelli, Chairman, Z/Yen
Pascal Mittermaier, Head of Sustainability EMEA, Lend Lease
Philip Sadler CBE, Senior Fellow, Tomorrow's Company
Dating back to our original Tomorrow's Company inquiry in 1995, where Charles Handy asked "what is a company for?", we have continued to be at the cutting edge of thought leadership in shaping the future of business success. The challenge we now face is much more complex bigger, however business continues to be a tremendous source of innovation and value creation. The question now is how to harness this potential, given the current context, to create enduring success for people, planet and profit.
We are delighted to welcome Dr. Rachel Armstrong from the University of Greenwich to deliver the second in a series of Thought Leadership lectures.
Rachel will be mapping the NBIC space (nanotechnology, biotechnology, information technology and cognitive science) and talking about the possibilities of disruptive innovation through convergence.
In doing so, she will outline how we can create the right environment in which these innovations can best be harnessed and how they will create abundance while redefining what we traditionally mean by growth.
What do these possibilities mean for business and how can companies best be prepared to harness this innovation?
To illustrate these themes she will be drawing on examples from her research on living architecture, urban design and synthetic biology.
Rachel is the Co-Director of AVATAR (Advanced Virtual and Technological Architectural Research) in Architecture & Synthetic Biology at The School of Architecture & Construction, University of Greenwich, London. She is a Senior TED Fellow, and a Visiting Research Assistant at the Centre for Fundamental Living Technology, Department of Physics and Chemistry, University of Southern Denmark. Rachel is a sustainability innovator who investigates a new approach to building materials called 'living architecture,' that suggests that it is possible for our buildings to share some of the properties of living systems. She collaboratively works across disciplines to build and develop prototypes that embody her approach.
Rachel was nominated one of Chip Chick's Top 9 Inspiring Women of 2012 which praised her work on Synthetic Biology. This year, she was named one of the 40 Women To Watch by Tech Cocktail. Rachel was a member of the RESCUE "Collaboration between the natural, social and human sciences in global change research" Working Group, an interdisciplinary body of European experts making recommendations to the EU for strategic investment for interdisciplinary/scientific research of climate change. She was also part of the TARPOL report targeting environmental pollution with engineered microbial systems á la carte, for the European Commission which will be published by Wiley this year. In 2011 Rachel was named as one of the top ten UK innovators by Director Magazine, featured in the top ten 'big ideas, 10 original thinkers' for BBC Focus Magazine and selected as one of BMW/Wired's Change Accelerators. She released her book 'Living Architecture: How Synthetic Biology Can Remake Our Cities and Reshape Our Lives' in February 2012 which has been a #1 bestseller in Biochemistry on Amazon.
We are delighted that joining us on the panel are Yogesh Chauhan, Director Corporate Responsibility at Tata Consultancy Services; Professor Michael Mainelli, Chairman of Z/Yen Group, the City of London's leading commercial think-tank and author of The Price of Fish: A New Approach to Wicked Economics and Better Decisions, co-authored with Ian Harris and winner of the 2012 Independent Publisher Book Awards Finance, Investment & Economics Gold Prize; Pascal Mittermaier, Head of Sustainability EMEA at Lend Lease.
The lecture will be introduced by Philip Sadler, Senior Fellow at Tomorrow's Company and who served as Chief Executive of Ashridge Management College for twenty years.
The first Tomorrow's Thought Leadership lecture was delivered by Professor Colin Mayer of Oxford University where he launched his new book Firm Commitent which provides a lucid and insightful account of the role of the corporation in modern society and explains why its problems are growing.
Colin described a new approach to thinking about the firm where it protects our environment, addresses social problems, and creates new sources of entrepreneurship and innovation.
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