As we confront the challenges of the 21st century, we’ve been encouraged to think that we can innovate our way out of anything, or that coding and technology are the answers. But what if the most important tools for our time are human skills like compassion, creativity and collaboration? To protect our own futures, it’s time to stop relying on technology to save us and focus on the things that make us truly human.
Jane Caro AM is a Walkley Award winning Australian columnist, author, novelist, broadcaster, documentary maker, feminist and social commentator. She spent 35 years as an award winning copywriter and seven years teaching Advertising Creative in the School of Communication Arts at Western Sydney University. These days she is a full time writer, social commentator, speaker and broadcaster. She has published thirteen books, including three novels Just a Girl, Just a Queen and Just Flesh & Blood – a trilogy on Elizabeth Tudor, a memoir Plain Speaking Jane and Accidental Feminists about the life story of women over 50. Her latest book, her first novel for adults, The Mother, is a bestseller. She appears frequently on ABC Western Plains, The Drum & Today Extra. She created and presented 5 documentary series for ABC Compass, airing in 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019. She writes a regular column in Nine Media and her opinion pieces and articles appear frequently in The Saturday Paper, The Guardian and The Big Smoke. She is on the board of The Public Education Foundation.
Yasmin Poole seeks to challenge policymakers to think differently. Her vision is for Australia to become a global leader in intersectional policymaking, with a Parliament that truly reflects the diversity of our communities. Yasmin is Plan International’s National Ambassador, advocating for young women to be heard in Australian politics. She regularly provides commentary on Australian TV and radio, such as Q+A, The Drum, and ABC News. Yasmin is the Non-Executive Board Director of OzHarvest, Australia’s leading food waste charity, and works on communications campaigns for the World Bank in the Pacific region. In 2021, Yasmin was recognised as the Martin Luther King Jr Center’s Youth Influencer of the Year. She was recently awarded the Rhodes Scholarship and will study intersectional policymaking at the University of Oxford later this year.
Kevin Roose is an award-winning technology columnist for The New York Times and the best-selling author of three books, Futureproof, Young Money, and The Unlikely Disciple. His column, The Shift, examines the intersection of tech, business, culture, and the combined effect they have on society. Recently, that has meant a lot of coverage of companies like Facebook and YouTube, as well as profiles of internet personalities like PewDiePie, and social phenomena like online radicalisation and workplace automation. He is the host of Rabbit Hole, a New York Times-produced narrative audio series about what the internet is doing to us, and a regular guest on The Daily, as well as other leading TV and radio shows. He frequently writes and speaks on topics including automation and A.I., social media, disinformation and cybersecurity, and digital wellness. Before joining The Times, he was a writer at New York Magazine, and a host and executive producer of Real Future, a documentary TV series about technology and innovation.
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ALOK (they/them) is an internationally acclaimed writer, comedian, poet, and public speaker whose work explores themes of trauma, belonging, and the human condition. They headlined the New York Comedy Festival in 2021, recently headlined the Just for Laughs Festival in Vancouver in May 2022, and will have a sold-out run at the Soho Theatre in London in July 2022. They are the author of Beyond the Gender Binary (2020) which has been described as a “clarion call for a new approach to gender in the 21st century” and the poetry books Femme in Public (2017) and Your Wound / My Garden (2021). On screen, they will next appear in the Netflix feature film ABSOLUTE DOMINION and can also be seen in the Netflix docu-series Getting Curious with Jonathan Van Ness, HBO’s late-night sketch series Random Acts of Flyness and the documentary The Trans List. They also have revered interviews on podcasts like Glennon Doyle’s We Can Do Hard Things and The Man Enough Podcast. Accolades include NBC’s Pride 50 list of influential change-makers in the LGBTQ community, HuffPo’s Culture Shifters, and Business Insider’s Doers.
Osher Günsberg is one of Australia’s most recognisable media personalities and has been a guest in the living rooms of Australian’s for nearly 2 decades. From his early work on Channel [V] in the early 2000’s to seven seasons on Australian Idol. Currently, Osher hosts three formats within The Bachelor, is the narrator of Bondi Rescue, and is the host of live tv spectacular The Masked Singer – now in its fourth season. The release of his memoir, Back, After the Break in 2018 became an instant best-seller and detailed Osher’s powerful, dark, funny and heart wrenching story about life, love and living with mental illness. Osher is the host of his own podcast Better Than Yesterday which is 9 years in production with close to 10 million downloads – with in-conversation special guests on Mondays and person check in episodes on Fridays.