Future History Now Events

At Zurich we believe strongly that companies such as ours have a positive role to play in helping people think about and understand the risks they may face in the future – and what they can do to protect themselves against them.

In late 2013 we ran the ‘Future History Fortnight’ – a series of events designed to stimulate a positive way of thinking about and planning for our futures against the backdrop of major demographic, technological, workplace and social change.

Our Future History Now seminar brought a select group of panellists to join Zurich UK Life CEO Gary Shaughnessy and renowned broadcaster Jonathan Dimbleby to look at the future of the workplace in 2018 and beyond.

Future History Now Seminar 2013 - Overview

Zurich - FHN Seminar Highlights from Zurich FHN on Vimeo.

The panel included:

Professor Dame Carol Black, Principal of Newnham College Cambridge, Expert Adviser on Health and Work to the Department of Health, England, Chairman of the Nuffield Trust, and Chairman of the Governance Board of the Centre for Workforce Intelligence

Peter Cochrane OBE, Technologist & Futurist

Will Hutton, Journalist, Broadcaster & Commentator

Penny De Valk, CEO Fairplace Cedar

Our Future History Now talks brought together a range of luminaries to share insights on the technology, culture, economics and society of 2018 and beyond and how this will influence our futures.

Future History Now Talks 2013 - Overview

Zurich - FHN Conference Highlights from Zurich FHN on Vimeo.

Speakers included:

Future History Now Talks: Part I

Kevin Shakesheff, Professor of tissue engineering at University of Nottingham - 3D printing and the health revolution

Matt Britland, expert of technology in education and director of Realise Learning - The classroom of 2018

Tommy Rickard, Director for Systems & Technology, IBM - A Boy & His Atom and the future of data storage

David Blake, Head of technology & engineering, British Antarctic Survey - Halley VI and the future of climate research

Future History Now Talks: Part II

Aleks Krotoski, Journalist, BBC presenter and author of ‘Untangling the Internet’ - Digital wildfires in an hyperconnected world

Professor Laura Piddock, Director of Antibiotic Action - What if we lost the use of antibiotics?

Sir Jonathon Porritt, Environmentalist and founder of Forum for the Future - How to handle rapid population growth

Dr Adam Rutherford, Geneticist, Author and broadcaster - The rise of personal genomics

To watch our speakers’ full presentations, please select the appropriate event below.

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