The Future of Work: speakers confirmed

Artificial intelligence, robotics and automation have seen major changes in the employment market with many traditional jobs disappearing and new opportunities opening up – look at Airbnb and Uber. What other changes are coming? How do we manage lives without work?

We are pleased to announce two speakers have been confirmed for our ‘The Future of Work’ Aspiring Conversations session.


Professor Ngaire Woods and Dr Michael Chui 

Professor Ngaire Woods is the founding Dean of the Blavatnik School of Government at Oxford University. Her research focuses on global economic governance, the challenges of globalisation and the role of international institutions. She first went to Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar from New Zealand.

Dr Michael Chui is a partner at the McKinsey Global Institute and leads research on the impact of disruptive technologies and innovation on business, the economy and society. His research has included social and collaboration technologies, artificial intelligence, and robotics and automation.

‘The Future of Work’ is presented in association with McKinsey & Company.

Tickets are on sale now for this session.

More tickets to be released this week

We will be releasing additional tickets to some of our sold out shows on Friday, March 23 at 9am.


Jennifer Wiseman

Additional tickets will be available for the following sessions:

‘Striving for Justice’ with former President of Ireland Mary Robinson

‘Stars and Planets’ with astrophysicist Jennifer Wiseman

‘Does what we eat really matter?’ with Professor John D Potter, Chief Science Advisor to the Ministry of Health

‘Are we humans programmed to devour resources regardless of the consequences?’ with historians Michael Stevens and James Belich

You will be able to book either online through the Aspiring Conversations website or by telephone on 022 4 849 669. We will also be opening a temporary second phone line for this release: 03 669 2849.

Tickets still available


We still have tickets available for several of our other speaker sessions and performances:

‘FREEZE!’ with Nick Steur (selling fast!)
‘Rupturing the social faultlines’ with author Christos Tsiolkas
‘Memories in Song’ featuring music journalist Nick Bollinger, and musicians Reb Fountain, Warren Maxwell and Anthonie Tonnon
‘Living with depression and anxiety’ with Rhodes Scholar and former Green MP Holly Walker, and community lawyer and writer Brent Williams

A word from our sponsors

Thank you to two of our Local Business Sponsors, beSure and Aspiring Wealth Management, for supporting us and helping to make our festival of ideas happen!

“Aspiring Wealth Management helps people manage their investment portfolios by providing investment advice and wealth management services. We believe all investors are unique, so we tailor all portfolios, helping each client make the most of their investments.

We are again proud to sponsor, and are very much looking forward to, the 2018 Aspiring Conversations. This quality event with its array of thinkers, speakers and writers, tackling a wide range of fascinating issues, helps expand our world view. It’s testament to the enduring power of ideas that the event continues to grow in popularity and scope.”


“Jackie Boyd and her team at beSure – Tailored Insurance pride themselves on being active members of our community and very happy to sponsor Aspiring Conversations. Clients are their priority, understanding their needs and providing the appropriate solutions.  If they can help you, phone 03 443 7321.”