We’re entering a period of rapid change and uncertainty, and our goal is to catalyse the systemic change needed to ensure we can adapt successfully.
Cheryl Doig of Think Beyond and Hamish Duff of Recalibrate had a chance meeting at Singularity University in 2016 and initiated this conference on the back of their personal commitments to this area. They realised that the impacts of the technology changes discussed at that event would have far reaching implications for work, for business, and for education. They roped in their spouses, colleagues and networks and created a stunning and fascinating conference that gets better every year.
We believe strongly in embracing technology to benefit learning, ensuring equity of learning opportunities, celebrating diversity and lifelong learning as the keys to creating a better future.
Hamish Duff BSc. MSc. MBA is a Director at Recalibrate Ltd. He works at the intersection of two of the megatrends affecting our time – climate and technology change. He helps organisations to successfully take advantage of technology to transform the way they operate, by reviewing their technology and analysing technology strategy, developing roadmaps for change, establishing strong technology foundations and strategic positioning to thrive and survive in a world of rapid technology change.
Technology change is the greatest business threat of our age, but also potentially the most exciting opportunity – and Hamish specialises in helping businesses to understand their role in creating the future.
Hamish is a lifelong learner – with qualifications and experience across multiple disciplines, from science, to biotechnology, through to technology and business. He believes that we all need to learn and adapt if we are to thrive in the increasingly digital world we are entering – and we need to prepare both students of the future and existing employees for the change. He is currently a member of the Ministry of Education Technology Advisory Board, and on the Board of the Food Resilience Network.
Cheryl Doig PhD is a leadership futurist who sees exponential technologies as an opportunity to amplify our human characteristics. She loves challenging organisations to think differently in order to adapt to a rapidly changing and complex world. This world must consider equity, ethics and social impact as our preferred future.
Cheryl has been an award-winning principal and is involved in a number of strategic roles and foresight projects. This includes Grow Waitaha, a project supporting Christchurch schools through the change process. In 2017 Cheryl was a finalist in the Westpac Women of Influence Awards, in the Innovation and Science category.
She is currently a Board Chair of the NZ Brain Research Institute, and Ako Ōtautahi, Learning City Christchurch. Cheryl is a member of the Association of Professional Futurists and the World Future Society.