A virtual panel exploring predictions by leading technology experts on our world in 2025 and how companies will lead us into the next digital era.
COUNTDOWN TO 2025
The New Normal in 2025: More Tech-Driven, More Challenges
It has been just over 400 days since COVID-19 was declared a global pandemic. With vaccines rolling out across the world and economies reopening, business leaders are now faced with having to define a new vision of the future (one forever changed in unimaginable ways by the pandemic) and lead their workforce ethically through a minefield of uncertainty and more accelerating technological disruption than they could’ve imagined before the pandemic. Make no mistake, the clock is ticking, but the future is already here.
Considered by many to be an inflection point, the year 2025 will look substantially different than the one we live in today, yet 2025 is only 43 months (3.5 years) away.
JOIN US for an informative, thought-provoking presentation and discussion based on a new research report by Pew Research Center (The New Normal in 2025) that offers a glimpse into the future, through the eyes of technology thought-leaders, on what we might expect and how we might prepare for the staggering societal changes coming in the next 3.5 years and the emerging technologies that will drive us into the future at breakneck speed.
About the Research Report:
“Asked to consider what life will be like in 2025 in the wake of the outbreak of the global pandemic and other crises in 2020, some 915 innovators, developers, business and policy leaders, researchers and activists responded. Their broad and nearly universal view is that people’s relationship with technology will deepen as larger segments of the population come to rely more on digital connections for work, education, health care, daily commercial transactions and essential social interactions. A number describe this as a “tele-everything” world… They wondered, too, if humans can cope effectively with such far-reaching changes, given that they are required to function with “paleolithic emotions, medieval institutions and god-like technology,” in the words of biologist E.O. Wilson.” — Pew Research Center, The ‘New Normal’ in 2025 (by Janna Anderson, Lee Rainie, and Emily A. Vogels – February 2021)
With a panel of experts who are at the forefront of defining the next era in their respective fields, we will explore what the research study tells us what the digital “new normal” might be in 2025 and, more specifically, how companies should prepare their workforce for 2025. In addition to exploring the research, a few of the questions we’ll explore include:
- What are some of the biggest challenges corporate leaders face preparing their workforce for the new digital norm in 2025 ?
- With a majority of survey respondents highlighting ethics as being one of the major problems society will face as companies deploy rapidly developed emerging technologies, how can companies ensure that they are moving forward ethically and in the best interest of all stakeholders? What is will the ethical company look like in 2025?
- How will our relentless drive to the tech-driven future, in the way of a global pandemic, force companies to redefine their corporate culture? Can business anthropologists help organizations to understand how their culture is changing and will need to change by 2025?
- In 2019, Business Roundtable released Statement Purpose of a Corporation (signed by 181 leading CEOs) to promote an economy that serves all Americans. Has the pandemic changed the trajectory of the goals outlined in this statement and which goals are they likely to achieve by 2025?
- Beyond learning to code, how can leaders help employees to understand, embrace and prepare for the depth and breadth of technological changes and challenges coming to the workforce as organizations accelerate digital transformation initiatives?
- Considering the 2021 Edelman Trust Barometer, has the pandemic eroded or increased employee trust in business leaders to define an equitable, shared vision of the future and actually get us there ethically?
- 2:00pm – 2:05pm: Intros and opening remarks
- 2:05pm – 2:10pm: Presentation by Lee Rainie on Pew research report, Digital New Normal 2025 – After the Outbreak (which he co-authored)
- 2:10pm – 2:15pm: Brief 1-on-1 interview with Lee about the research findings
- 2:15pm – 2:20pm: Presentation by Erica Salmon Byrne on The Ethisphere Institute (a global leader in defining and advancing the standards of ethical business practices that fuel corporate character, marketplace trust, and business success)
- 2:25pm – 2:30pm: Fireside chat: Adam Gamwell and Greg Kihlström on the role of business anthropologists in helping companies to navigate the new digital era
- 2:30pm – 2:50pm: Panel discussion
- 2:50pm – 3:00pm: Audience Q&A and closing remarks
Agenda subject to change.