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Tag: In Conversation

Seeing in colour with Alvy Ray Smith

What is the history of digital colour? How did Moore’s Law shape computer animation? Mike Seymour talks with Pixar co-founder, Dr Alvy Ray Smith.

Joseph Stiglitz on the age of inequality

Joseph Stiglitz says our rising level of inequality is not the unfortunate by-product of economic development but is the result of deliberate policy choices. Who is making those choices?

Our must-listen podcasts from 2018

To celebrate the milestone of producing our 100th podcast and the closing of a successful year, here is a collection of our favourite podcast interviews from 2018.

The power of followership

Can we truly understand leadership if we don’t understand followers?

Mind the fake news

In this podcast, we talk with Professor Alan Dennis about the fake news phenomenon.

Uber, money and monkeys with Keith Chen

Behavioural economist Keith Chen investigates what will humans do for how much money.

CEO Insights: Daniel Flynn on social entrepreneurship

Thankyou’s Daniel Flynn shares his thoughts on keeping up with experimentation in business, the role of technology, and changing consumer preferences.

Women and the future of work

In this podcast, we talk with Professor Rae Cooper about the University of Sydney’s landmark study into what women want at work.

CEO Insights: Technology against poverty with 40K’s Clary Castrission

Clary Castrission, the founder and CEO of 40K, shares his thoughts on technology, poverty, and inequality around the future of business.

The future of banking

We talk to Dr Iikka Korhonen from the Bank of Finland and Mr Aidan O’Shaughnessy from the Australian Bankers’ Association about the challenges of the international banking system.

The trust shift

Rachel Botsman talks about changing perceptions of trust and explains how traditional ideas of banking, media, politics and consumerism are being radically transformed in our society.

Does board diversity matter?

Dr Danika Wright talks about board diversity and explores whether it really does matter.

CEO Insights: Andrew Baxter on marketing and robotics

How is marketing being transformed by machine learning and robotics and what does this mean for the consumer?

A future of automation

What does automation mean for the future of mining, agriculture, cities and the future of jobs? A discussion with Hugh Durrant-Whyte, Chief Scientific Adviser at the UK Ministry of Defence.

Entrepreneurship and China’s big three

How can China’s emerging entrepreneurs compete in a culture that is dominated by the big three – Baidu, Alibaba and Tencent – who imitate or consume any smaller competitor?

Making social innovation happen

Social innovation addresses massive social problems, including urban transport, indigenous disadvantage, poverty, climate change or the refugee crisis. Where should the answers come from?

Putting cities back into ‘smart cities’

Amidst growing fascination with the promise of digital technologies, do we really understand how to think strategically about cities?

Demystifying Chinese investment in Australia

There is constant debate about Chinese investment in Australia, whether it’s real estate prices going up or farmland being acquired. There is speculation and misinformation. We explore beyond the myth.

Innovation in the Navy: how the Air Arm does it

Bringing innovation to a place where rules, hierarchy and tradition are deeply ingrained in the very fabric of the institution can be difficult. How does the Navy break the mould?

Materialising the digital

A special edition looking at new ways of manufacturing: fashion, reefs, jet engines and more at the Out of Hand exhibition at the Powerhouse Museum.

From imagination to innovation

Star Trek inspired the first mobile phone by Motorola. Google, Apple and Microsoft have all used science fiction to stay ahead of the curve in the innovation game. So how do we go from imagination to innovation?

Are generational categories a myth?

Generational categories are popular but is there any truth to generational differences? We talk to Dr Steven Hitchcock about the myths surrounding generational categories.

Coral or coal? Business divided

What happens when the two main economic contributors in Queensland directly oppose each other? We talk to Professor Christopher Wright about the future of business in the region.

What if: an ice-free Arctic 2027

Climate change changes everything – our economy, our society and the ecosystems that underpin life on Earth. In this what if episode we talk to Professor Christopher Wright to explore what an ice free Arctic Earth might look like in 2027 if we pursue our current business as usual.

Leading digital change in the workplace

Being a digital leader requires more than just implementing technology into your workplace, it requires a fundamental shift in our thinking and practices.

The stupidity paradox: functional stupidity at work

Stupidity in business can lead to disasters yet a mindless workplace can produce good results, at least for awhile. This is the stupidity paradox and we talk to Professor Mats Alvesson to find out more.

What if: Trump’s energy policies in 2019

Energy is critical to economic, social and environmental well-being. In this what if podcast set two years into the future in January 2019, we explore how the election of Donald Trump as US president has radically changed the trajectory of US and global energy markets.

What is business for?

Milton Friedman argues the only responsibility of business is to make money. Michael Porter claims business can create economic value while addressing social challenges. So what is business for?

The human side of energy security

The energy industry is a critical industry because it underpins Australia’s economic success and quality of life. How can we move beyond economic and engineering perspectives we naturally tend to focus on and consider the human side of energy security? We talk to Associate Professor Jane Lê to find out.

How global cities compete

Today more than half the world’s population lives in cities, and this trend is expected to continue. So how do cities compete with each other? We talk to Professor Bo Nielsen to find out.

Urban impact entrepreneurship

We talk to May Samali, Director at Tumml and University of Sydney Alumni, about how can we help entrepreneurs make our cities better.

Is business the answer to poverty alleviation?

We talk to Associate Professor Ranjit Voola who advocates re-imagining the purpose of business, where there is both an economic and moral imperative for businesses to engage in alleviating poverty, whilst making profits.

Machine learning – mapping the world’s collective intelligence

The time we spend trying to parse the data to make informed decisions, but also to try to identify new connections and trends is growing exponentially. We talk to Dan Buczaczer from Quid about how machine intelligence is helping us interrogate the world’s collective intelligence.

Can innovation centres tame the wild?

Are today’s innovation centres, hubs, labs the answer to driving innovation in business today? Or much like animals in farms or zoos, an attempt ‘tame the wild’?


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