Driving meaningful working lives in a more automated workplace, motivating a multi-generational workforce and the future of skills and learning are just some of the topics being discussed at this month’s CIPD Festival of Work.
The two-day conference at Olympia London, which runs from Wednesday 12 to Thursday 13 June, will explore the biggest issues in the world of work, with a strong focus on technology. A mix of masterclasses, skills sessions, and panel discussions make up the programme, which aims to spark debate as well as offer inspiration and practical solutions.
130 speakers with a range of expertise and perspectives have been lined up to take part, including Garry Kasparov, former world chess champion, who will talk about his shifting views around artificial intelligence, and the role human creativity has to play in the future of work. The closing address will come from the world’s first cyborg artist, Neil Harbisson, on the integration between humans and machines.
Matthew Taylor, CEO of the Royal Society of Art; Sir Anthony Seldon, best-selling author; and Caroline Fairbairn, Director General of the CBI, will also be speaking, as will representatives from some of the most well-known and successful businesses including Google, McDonalds, British Land, L’Oreal, Siemens plc, and PepsiCo.
Peter Cheese, CIPD Chief Executive, said: “With technology rapidly changing the world of work, it’s more important than ever that we share and understand the many changes and implications on our organisations and people. At the very heart of a successful business is how to attract, motivate, develop and retain people; the Festival of Work will explore how we can do this in an uncertain world and with emerging technologies.”
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