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Society 4.0 Forum

Discover. Contribute. Act.

We define Society 4.0 as the societal implications of living with, adapting to, and securing wellbeing in, the digital economy.

The digital economy includes high-level data analytics, automation, AI and machine learning. It is changing employment and the nature of work. It is escalating forces of corporatisation as, only large organisations will have capacity for data literacy, computing power and connections to generate the data used to report on and automatedly organise, the digital economy. This leaves civil society and potentially the achievement of ‘a good society’, vulnerable.

Launched in 2018, our Society 4.0 initiative includes a yearly event – the Society 4.0 Forum (held in Melbourne) – and a program of research and development with partners to activate a positive future for society.

For the community, civil society, humanitarian, human services and government sectors, we seek to promote, probe and innovate with ideas and practices of working with data, data analytics and technology. This ‘digital and data social innovation’ work also involves partnerships with corporate and industry partners, where this is responsible, ethical and oriented to equity.

Alongside our interest in digital equity, our second key concern in Society 4.0 is employment trends, the nature of work and wellbeing at work. Our concern is that increasing automation of processes negatively affects jobs and human wellbeing. We seek to re-orientate these disruptions towards good outcomes at individual, community and society levels.

Further, aspects of the computerisation, automation, intensification and casualisation of work (together with policy responses) to date have been associated with rises in poor wellbeing. How do we best respond to these challenges in the future?

 

Details

Date: Wednesday 30 October 2019
Time: 9am-5pm
Location: Hawthorn Arts Centre, 360 Burwood Rd, Hawthorn, VIC
Fee: $132 (inc GST)

 

Themes

 

Communities Powered with Data

Discover the power of Data Collaboratives (pooling and applying data for public value) and learn how you can tap into this growing international phenomenon. From these discussions we hope to excite you to create, co-operate in, or apply a data collaborative.

 

Public Interest Technology

Unlock the key to empowering communities through Public Interest Technology (the use of technology for social good) by understanding the methods, technology and drivers involved.

 

Work and Wellbeing

Examine the future of work and gain an understanding of the implications of Industry 4.0 for employers, employees and educational institutions and explore what you can do to make things better.

 

 

Schedule

Download a copy of the Society 4.0 Forum - Schedule‌ here. (104 KB)

 

 

Speakers

Our speakers who are driving the change for good.

Patrick Atwater, ARGO Labs (USA)

 



              

Patrick Atwater
Founder and Executive Director
ARGO Labs
(USA)

Patrick Atwater is the Founder and Executive Director of ARGO Labs, a startup nonprofit that provided the data infrastructure for this California water data initiative and other public services, including street maintenance, human education and homelessness abatement. He has worked as a consulting data engineer for a multi-million dollar venture-backed startup, ran the numbers for the State Water Contractors on Governor Brown’s Delta Fix project and co-authored the feature June 2015 American Water Works Association article on how data science can help water utilities adapt to climate change. As part of Team ARGO, his civic data science work has been featured by the Knight Foundation and Fast Coexist. He studied mathematics and PPE at Claremont McKenna College, holds a master’s degree in urban informatics from NYU CUSP. He currently serves on the board of the Los Angeles Education Partnership and has written extensively on California, technology and the future of government operations. 

See Patrick chat about the collaborative here on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AVZ-JSJNATc

Nicolette Barnard, Siemens (AUST)

 



              

Nicolette Barnard
Head of Human Resources
Siemens
(AUST)

Nicolette is the Head of Human Resources for Siemens in the Pacific Region and also the Human Resources Regional Speaker for Siemens ASEAN‐Pacific. Nicolette began her career in HR in 1994, however joined Siemens in July 2001 in South Africa where she held various Human Resources functions with her last function being the Head of HR for Africa. She then relocated to join Siemens Australia in June 2011. Nicolette holds tertiary qualifications in Human Resources, Commercial Practice and Management. During her tenure at Siemens she has implemented multiple best practice projects, both local and international, in various disciplines within the Human Resources value chain.

Olivia Brown, Global Village Co. (AUST)

 



              

Olivia Brown
Co-Founder
Global Village Co.
(AUST)

Olivia Brown is the Co-Founder of Global Village Co, a social enterprise dedicated to help people achieve emotional wellbeing though a peer-to-peer marketplace for emotional support. Olivia has 17 years of business experience including 15 years at Mercedes-Benz Australia.  For part of her tenure at Mercedes she led digital and data driven marketing, responsible for data privacy and is passionate about the integrity of personal data and how organisations can go above and beyond data regulations to achieve ethical data management.

Nick Byrne, TypeHuman (AUST)

 

              

Nick Byrne
Co-Founder & CEO
TypeHuman
(AUST)

Nick is the CEO and co-founder at Type Human, and a recent fellow of Intersticia Foundation. Nick founded TypeHuman because of a belief that we need to accelerate the adoption of Web 3.0 technologies in order to bring about a more human centric web.

TypeHuman now operates as a Blockchain Venture Studio, and is working with leading organisations across Australia, including RMIT University and Red Cross Australia. Prior to TypeHuman, Nick has found himself involve with startups, traveling the world, rowing surf-boats, working for engineers without borders, and dreams of one day joining the van life movement.

Jo Cavanagh, Family Life (AUST)

 

              

Jo Cavanagh
CEO
Family Life
(AUST)

Jo has worked within the community services sector for more than 40 years and has been CEO of Family Life since 1996. In this role, she has led an innovative program of change driving substantial organisational growth. With a reputation for knowledge and understanding of the complex social services sector, Jo’s position allows her to impact policy and drive research through her affiliation with Swinburne University. Jo is passionate about empowering vulnerable families, children and young people and contributing to movements for social change.
Over the course of her career she has served on boards, ministerial councils for the Australian Government and presented at various national and international conferences for progressing the rights of children and disadvantaged communities. Jo has been recognised for her social justice and entrepreneurial efforts, having been the recipient of an Order of Australian in 2013 and Women of Influence Award for Social Enterprise/Not-For-Profits in 2014.

 

Tom Dawkins, StartSomeGood (AUST)

 

              

Tom Dawkins
Co-Founder and CEO
StartSomeGood
(AUST)

Tom Dawkins is an entrepreneur, speaker, trainer and Co-Founder and CEO of StartSomeGood.com, a crowdfunding platform for social enterprises, non-profits and community initiatives globally. He was previously the founder of Australian youth non-profit Vibewire, the first Social Media Director at Ashoka, a global NGO fostering social entrepreneurship based in Washington DC, and the founding Director of the Australian Changemakers Festival. He has supported numerous non-profits, governments and businesses to better engage their community using technology and been recognised with awards and Fellowships from the World Summit Youth Awards, International Youth Foundation, Nexus Summit, The Future Summit and the Australian and New Zealand Internet Awards.

 

Jane Farmer, Swinburne University of Technology (AUST)

 

              

Jane Farmer
Director
Social Innovation Research Institute
Swinburne University of Technology
(AUST)

Professor Jane Farmer has an impressive track record of research in rural health services, workforce, health technologies, community participation, co-production and social enterprise.

Jane was formerly Associate Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research) in Science, Health and Engineering at La Trobe University, Melbourne. Prior to that, she was Head of the La Trobe Rural Health School from 2010.

She has held distinguished roles in Scotland, including as Director of the University of the Highlands and Islands Centre for Rural Health Research and Policy.

 

Sean Gallagher, Swinburne University of Technology (AUST)

 

              

Sean Gallagher
Director
Centre for the New Workforce
Swinburne University of Technology
(AUST)

Dr Sean Gallagher is the inaugural Director of the Centre for the New Workforce at Swinburne University of Technology, a research centre focused on workforce transformation arising from digital disruption. Its mission is to empower people and organisations through learning in a technology transforming world. By investigating emerging futures of work with industry partners, the Centre designs and implements the learning to succeed at work in these futures. Dr Gallagher's experience spans establishing and leading research and education initiatives, including the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney. He has led workforce initiatives focused on experiential learning to prepare students for the global marketplace.

 

 

Georgie Harman, Beyond Blue (AUST)

 

              

Georgie Harman
CEO
Beyond Blue
(AUST)

Georgie has significant and broad-ranging leadership, policy and service delivery experience in the community, public and private sectors.

Georgie was appointed as the CEO of beyondblue in May 2014 where she has led a significant expansion of effort and results in service innovation, suicide prevention and digital solutions.

Previously, she was the Deputy CEO of the National Mental Health Commission, providing independent advice to government on mental health reform.

From 2006-2012, Georgie had national responsibility for mental health, suicide prevention, substance misuse, cancer and chronic disease policy and programs as a senior executive at the Commonwealth Department of Health. She led the development of the largest ever mental health Budget package. At the same time, she was responsible for the strategy and development of legislation to introduce plain packaging of tobacco products in Australia – a world first.

Georgie has also led national reforms to lift Australia’s organ and tissue donation rates and worked in the HIV/AIDS sector in Australia and the UK.

Lucinda Hartley, Neighbourlytics (AUST)

 

              

Lucinda Hartley
Co-Founder annd Chief Innovation Officer
Neighbourlytics
(AUST)

Lucinda Hartley is an urban designer and social entrepreneur named by The Age Newspaper as one of Melbourne's 'Top 100' most influential people. She is co-founder and Chief Innovation Officer at Neighbourlytics, one of Australia’s most innovative PropTech startups. Neighbourlytics is pioneering the use of social data in cities, working with Australia’s leading property developers on ground-breaking analytics to measure the social value of places. Lucinda received a 2018 Myer Innovation Fellow and 2018 Westpac Social Innovation Fellow to spearhead a national wellbeing index using social data.

With over a decade of experience in urban innovation, Lucinda was previously co-founder and CEO of leading placemaking consultancy CoDesign Studio and held positions with UN-Habitat. She is currently an Adjunct Senior Fellow at the University of Melbourne. Lucinda is alumni of the University of Melbourne, Singularity University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Lucinda don’t separate work and personal life: first we shape our cities, then they shape us.

 

 

Kristi Mansfield, Seer Data & Analytics (AUST)

 

              

Kristi Mansfield
Co-Founder
Seer Data & Analytics
(AUST)

Kristi is the Co-founder of Seer Data & Analytics.  The Seer Data Platform is designed for non-technical people to use and share data for evidence-based decision making in local communities.  Formerly the Customer Experience & Transformation Director at a global technology company and Managing Director of Fifth Quadrant, Australia’s leading Customer Experience management consulting firm, Kristi has worked with some of the largest businesses and Government organisations across Asia Pacific on innovation strategy and transformation. 

Kristi has a long track record in the philanthropic sector as the former Executive Director of the Sydney Community Foundation and Sydney Women’s Fund, and founder of social and impact investment advisory firm, Greenstone Group.  Through her work in the sector, she has facilitated more than $30million primarily to disadvantaged communities. She is mother to three children.

 

Alice Martin, New Economics Foundation (UK)

 

              

Alice Martin
Head of Work and Pay
New Economics Foundation
(UK)

Alice is Head of Work and Pay at the New Economics Foundation a UK think tank aimed at transforming the economy so it works for people and the planet. Alice leads projects on the future of work and trade unions and is an advisor to Autonomy - a new institute dedicated to these issues. She is writing a book on the need for revitalised trade unions in the 21st century for Polity Press, and is a regular guest on the NEF Weekly Economics Podcast discussing the 4 Day Week campaign among other topics.

Alvaro Maz, Code for Australia (AUST)

 

              

Alvaro Maz
Co-Founder & Executive Director
Code for Australia
(AUST)

Alvaro is an entrepreneur with a passion for public issues, technology and social change. In 2013 he launched his first venture, Creative Suburbs, an online platform to help more people make a difference in their cities. He then co-founded Code for Australia in late 2014 which led to launching Code for Aotearoa.

Alvaro’s background is in international development, philosophy and urban planning, none of which he has really practised. In his spare time, he works on fun projects such as creating a home-brew beer competition and is also cooking plans to go sailing around the world.

Stefaan Verhulst, GovLab, New York University (USA)

 

              

Stefaan Verhulst
CEO & Co-Founder
GovLab, New York University 
(USA)

Stefaan G. Verhulst is Co-Founder and Chief Research and Development Officer of the Governance Laboratory @NYU (GovLab) where he is  building a research foundation on how to transform governance using advances in science and technology. Specifically, he is interested in the perils and promise of collaborative technologies and how to harness the unprecedented volume of data to advance the public good. Prior, he was Chief of Research at the Markle Foundation, Unesco Chair at Oxford University where he also lead a research institute focused on the impact of new technologies on communications policy and law, Senior fellow at Glasgowe University School of Law (among other functions and affiliations.

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