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25 September 201817:30

The Breakthrough Mindset: Can business solve the world's biggest problems?

The University of Exeter Business School is very pleased to be joined by Innovate UK and Volans for an evening discussing breakthrough innovation and the future of our cities. Please join us for wine, snacks - and with your help - good conversation. Context We live in what New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman calls ‘the age of accelerations.’ Technological progress, climate change and the interconnectedness of the global economy are all developing along exponential trajectories, he argues. These can be deeply uncertain and discomforting times for business and society. Yet, they also offer huge opportunity for businesses looking to harness the accelerating pace of technology - often referred to as the Fourth Industrial Revolution - to create solutions. Al Gore’s investment firm, Generation Investment Management, claims we are entering what they call The Sustainability Revolution. Sustainability, they argue, is now fundamental to growth. “Based on our analysis, there are clear indicators we are in the early stages of a global “Sustainability Revolution” that has the magnitude of the Industrial Revolution and the speed of the Digital Revolution. Empowered by new digital tools, including the internet of things and machine learning, this Sustainability Revolution is giving many businesses the ability to manipulate electrons, atoms and molecules with the same precision used by computer and networking firms to manipulate bits of information.”. Full details
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