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Partner Seminar: A Sustainable Knowledge Economy in 2020

Tuesday, 20 October 2009
08:30 - 11:00
The Work Foundation, 21 Palmer Street, London

How do we get there and what are the implications?

Many of the children studying at school today will be working in the future on products that currently don’t exist. Technological change is growing exponentially, so what will this mean in the future for individuals, for organisations and for the future growth of the UK economy?

There is now a growing consensus that we need to rebalance our economy. The Work Foundation’s Knowledge Economy programme is embarking on a two- year project to identify what a balanced, sustainable knowledge- based economy would look like in 2020; back-cast to where we are today; to determine what practical actions are required to get to from one to the other.

This seminar explored some of the following questions:

  • What will be the new industries and sources of jobs?
  • How will work change and how will organisations respond?
  • What are the implications of the age of austerity for knowledge based firms and institutions? 
  • Will the brightest and best previously attracted to financial services switch to the "real" economy?
  • Can the UK still act as a "magnet economy" to attract the best of the world’s talent and skills?



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