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28 minutes | Jun 8, 2021
Smart Dust with Amy Webb on crypto, assistive reality and emotional AI
Exponential advances in technology are changing our world at a rapid pace, and for most of us, predicting what comes next feels a little like gazing into a cloudy crystal ball. Enter this week’s very special guest, Amy Webb. A world-renowned futurist, Amy’s expertise in the realm of emerging technologies is second to none. She’s the CEO and founder of the Future Today Institute, which advises some of the world’s biggest companies, and a professor of strategic foresight at New York University’s Stern School of Business. In this episode, we cover crypto, assistive reality, ‘The You of Things’, emotional AI and robots-as-a-service
34 minutes | Mar 24, 2021
Smart Dust with Dr Kirstin Ferguson on leadership, gender equality and diversity in the COVID-19 era
Kirstin Ferguson knows a thing or two about career diversity. At just 17 she enrolled at the Australian Defence Force Academy, graduating as a Flying Officer and Dux of her class. But not one to rest on her laurels, Kirstin juggled her Royal Australian Air Force service with study, earning a law degree that facilitated a move out of the military and into civilian life. Her career was just getting started. Today, Kirstin sits as a non-executive director on several boards, was Deputy Chair of the ABC for 2 Years, writes a column in the Sydney Morning Herald and advocates for gender equality and diversity in the workplace. In this episode, we chat with Kristen on leadership in the era of COVID-19.
38 minutes | Feb 14, 2021
Smart Dust with Julie Inman Grant on e-Safety, online threats and legislative responses aimed at keeping us safe
With lives increasingly lived online, safety in the digital world has never been more important. That’s why we sat down with Julie Inman Grant, Australia’s eSafety Commissioner. Having worked across the not-for-profit, public and private sector – filling key roles at Microsoft, Twitter and Adobe – there’s simply no better person to talk to about online safety in Australia today. In this episode, we discuss her career, online threats and the legislative responses aimed at keeping us safe.
27 minutes | Jan 20, 2021
Smart Dust with Minister Fletcher on the ACCC's proposed code, NBN, 5G and Cyber abuse
In this episode Douglas and Nick are joined by the Minister for Communications, Cyber Safety and the Arts, Paul Fletcher. In a wide-ranging conversation, we discuss the impact of the ACCC’s proposed code to require the tech giants to pay media companies for the content they use. Potentially a big global precedent and very much being watched by tech companies globally. In fact, Facebook says it may drop all local, national and international news from its Australian platforms if the code becomes law – which would have major implications for the way millions of Australians stay informed. We also cover the future of The NBN, 5G and Cyber abuse. Definitely worth a listen.
43 minutes | Jan 1, 2021
Smart Dust Tech Trends: Predictions for 2021
2021 is shaping up to be an exciting year, mainly because it’s not 2020. But that’s not all – 2021 also promises to be a massive year for tech. In this episode, we talk six tech trends that could help shape and define the new year, including cyber warfare, synthetics, managing your personal carbon footprint, AI, smart glasses, and trading our bio data for travel.
47 minutes | Nov 29, 2020
Smart Dust with David Thodey on upcoming tech and what makes a successful disruptor?
What makes a successful disruptor? Is 5G really all it’s cracked up to be? And what other upcoming technologies can we expect to challenge industry standards as we know them? Who would be better placed to tackle these questions than technologist David Thodey: as the Chair of the Commonwealth Science, Industry & Research Organisation (CSIRO), accounting revolutionary Xero, Aussie fintech powerhouse Tyro and a board member at Vodafone the correct answer is not many. That’s why we sat down with David in this episode to give him a penny for his thoughts.
30 minutes | Oct 25, 2020
Smart Dust with The Hon. Victor Dominello on Digital Transformation and government services
NSW’s journey to be a digital powerhouse is underway and the man at the helm is Victor Dominello, Member for Ryde and Australia’s very first Minister for Customer Service. His role in this new portfolio is to optimise the citizen experience through a range of digital initiatives, with quite a few already underway. In this episode, we talk about the Digital Drivers Licence, Digital Check In functions for COVID-19 contact tracing, cyber security infrastructure and more.
32 minutes | Oct 13, 2020
Smart Dust with Nicole Sparshott on Business & Sustainability
What does a purpose-led global business look like? Nicole Sparshott knows; she’s leading two of them through their biggest transformation yet. CEO of Unilever ANZ and Global CEO of T2, Nicole is spearheading a sustainability revolution in Unilever – one of Australia’s most iconic FMCG brands – and well on her way to making T2 certified sustainable by 2021. In this episode, we talk to Nicole about reconciling commerce with our carbon footprint, overcoming barriers to achieve sustainable outcomes and more.
24 minutes | Sep 24, 2020
Smart Dust with Mark Tanner: Qwilr, Innovation and Effectiveness
Having taken on a market considered to be ‘conquered’ by Google and Microsoft, Mark Tanner is living proof that entrepreneurs can still re-write the competitor landscape. Frustrated by PowerPoint and PDF, Mark and co-founder Dylan Baskin created Qwilr – a now global operation offering software for businesses to create elegant web-based forms, proposals and contracts with consistent design principles. Following in the footsteps of Australia’s other design unicorn Canva, Qwilr just raised $10.8 million in a Series A round led by Airtree Ventures and Skip Capital and have their sights set on further expansion in Europe and the US. We chat to Mark in this episode about how he took on the tech giants…and won.
31 minutes | Sep 13, 2020
Smart Dust with Andy Tsao discussing the current global start up scene, which countries are getting it right, the impact of Covid19 on IPO’s, diversity in the start-up community and China’s answer to NASDAQ
Has innovation taken a back seat during COVID-19? Andy Tsao, Managing Director or Silicon Valley Bank (SVB) joins us from Santa Clara to find out. Andy is leader of SVB’s Global Gateway, which assists emerging market innovation companies as they seek US market entry and US companies looking to expand abroad. SVB is a US-based commercial bank with over 3600 employees across offices in the US, India, Beijing, Ireland, London and Israel. It’s one of the largest banks in the United States and has helped fund more than 30,000 start-ups. SVB was behind an incredible 69%of U.S. venture capital-backed companies with an IPO in 2020 so it’s worth listening to his insider insights.
27 minutes | Aug 5, 2020
Smart Dust: Tech Trends - Neural Implants, managing your personal carbon footprint and the extraordinary IPO of Lemonade
In this episode we chat about the world of neural implants where recent advances in computing and bioelectronics have enabled true bidirectional interactions between machines and the human brain. No keyboard, no voice interaction required. It is truly inspiring what these advances can do for medicine. Also, we look at how tech is helping individual citizens deal with climate change , also the stunning IPO of Insurance disruptor Lemonade, who have reinvented the dusty old world of insurance. Smart Dust is produced and edited by Daresay, the content specialists: https://daresay.com.au/ Hosted by Douglas Nicol, Strategy Partner, The Works: https://theworksagency.com.au/ And Nick Abrahams, Global Head of Strategy and Innovation, Norton Rose Fulbright: https://www.nortonrosefulbright.com/en-au/people/120114
40 minutes | Jul 28, 2020
Tim Reed on Investment Strategies and Good Leadership
In this episode we chat with the amazing Tim Reed , the President of the Business Council Of Australia, the peak body for business in Australia. The BCA comprises of the CEO’s of more than 100 of the top companies, who employ over 1 million Australian workers, including all 4 of the big banks, the major mining companies and supermarkets and the big tech players such as Google, Facebook, Twitter and Microsoft. He is also MD of private equity firm Potentia Capital, the only Australian private equity fund focused exclusively on investments in software, tech-enabled services and technology businesses. Potentia has recently raised $350m in a fund focussed on software investments in the $50-$200m enterprise value sector. In this wide-ranging chat, we discuss the what kind of businesses Potentia is investing in and how gut feel plays an important role in the investment decision-making process . We also discuss terrain-based business strategy versus trajectory-based strategy and the challenges that Covid has presented the economy. Finally, Tim’ BCA role means he meets some of Australia’s best leaders, so we discuss what are the traits that he sees as critical to good leadership in 2020. Smart Dust is produced and edited by Daresay, the content specialists: https://daresay.com.au/ Hosted by Douglas Nicol, Strategy Partner, The Works: https://theworksagency.com.au/ And Nick Abrahams, Global Head of Strategy and Innovation, Norton Rose Fulbright: https://www.nortonrosefulbright.com/en-au/people/120114
26 minutes | Jul 5, 2020
Smart Dust with David Gonski on Creative Intelligence, education and his secret to giving good career advice
In this episode Douglas and Nick interview one of Australia’s most respected business leaders, David Gonski. Gonski holds a number of impressive board titles, including Director of the Lowy Institute for International Policy, Chancellor of the University of New South Wales, President of the Art Gallery of NSW Trust and Chair of ANZ Bank, just to name a few. We discuss the impact of COVID-19 on business and innovation, with Gonski sharing his observations on how the virus will impact the digital transformation agenda for Australian business. We discuss the role of pandemics on the national psyche, and focus on its implications for risk tolerance within the business world. Nick asks Gonski about the learnings brought forth by the two publications of the highly influential Gonski Report on the education system, whilst Douglas explores how creative thinking and creative intelligence is the core skill for the future. Gonski talks candidly about the dire need for better diversity within the workplace, to ensure a broad range of ideas and perspectives, which shapes the future of any country. We dive head first into the world of banking and how the digital era is reshaping the way the way consumers approach finance, before touching on Gonski’s personal story as a migrant to Australia, what he attributes to being his success, and the single-minded drive to constantly learn and improve oneself, in creating a meaningful life. Finally he shares his secret for giving good career advice to people.
26 minutes | Jun 22, 2020
Smart Dust: COVID19 impacts on tech, innovation and online services
In this episode of Smart Dust, we explore how COVID19 has sparked diversification with global tech giants like Google, as they move into the healthcare space. We also discuss how software company Tableau has engineered a COVID-19 Data Hub for collating the latest in the virus outbreak and management. Douglas and Nick chat about the role of social platforms in tracking the spread of the coronavirus, before diving into the stats on streaming services in Australia and the implications for consumers in an increasingly saturated video on demand marketplace. We wrap up the episode with a crash test of the latest VOD platform to launch, Quibi, and how it is providing a personalised experience to content consumption, built purposefully for mobile. Smart Dust is produced and edited by Daresay, the content specialists: https://daresay.com.au/ Hosted by Douglas Nicol, Strategy Partner, The Works: https://theworksagency.com.au/ And Nick Abrahams, Global Head of Strategy and Innovation, Norton Rose Fulbright: https://www.nortonrosefulbright.com/en-au/people/120114
45 minutes | Jun 10, 2020
Smart Dust: Ashley Friedlein on digital transformation, entrepreneurship & unified communications
In this episode of Smart Dust we chat to Ashley Friedlein, the Founder of Econsultancy, an international marketing consultancy agency. Nick questions Ashley on how Covid-19 has impacted his Marketing & Digital Trends 2020-2030 report, before exploring the role of digital platforms in shaping internal corporate communications. Ashley shares his success in developing Guild, a professional’s solution to ensuring conversation privacy, and Guild’s mission for the app to be the preferred alternative to WhatsApp for work communications. Douglas asks Ashley about his success in the subscription economy and how he has navigated the free to use experience with his own paid service model. The role of Voice and its application in consumer’s lives is briefly discussed, before the group evaluates the future of Unified Communications and the role that collaboration platforms like Slack will play in over forever digitally transforming professional lives. Finally, we ask Ashley about his work with young entrepreneurs at Cambridge University, discussing the challenges of being an entrepreneur in an increasingly competitive market. Smart Dust is produced and edited by Daresay, the content specialists: https://daresay.com.au/ Hosted by Douglas Nicol, Strategy Partner, The Works: https://theworksagency.com.au/ And Nick Abrahams, Global Head of Strategy and Innovation, Norton Rose Fulbright: https://www.nortonrosefulbright.com/en-au/people/120114
36 minutes | May 3, 2020
Animal Logic's Zareh Nalbandian on animation and creativity
Animal Logic CEO Zareh Nalbandian co-founded the animation company in Crows Nest, Sydney in 1991. Their films include the Academy award-winning Happy Feet, The Lego Movie, and Peter Rabbit. In this episode, Zareh speaks to Douglas and Nick about how animation has developed over past 30 years, how the studio has grown and changed, and where he sees the future of creativity. Smart Dust is produced and edited by Daresay: https://daresay.com.au/ Hosted by Douglas Nicol, Strategy Partner, The Works and Nick Abrahams, Global Head of Strategy and Innovation, Norton Rose Fulbright,
29 minutes | Apr 22, 2020
German Ramirez: Staying relevant in the age of blockchain
What German Ramirez's job is to focus on the relevance of blockchain. Whether it's renewable energy companies, cryptocurrency or the property market, he's looking to how to harness his 20+ years in digital innovation to understand this will impact on industries across the world and how to market to them. In this episode, German, who is the CEO is Swiss-based blockchain marketing firm The Relevance House, takes Nick and Douglas through the industries that are ripe for disruption, how a decentralised ledger works, and what we can do to prepare for the future. Smart Dust is produced and edited by Daresay: https://daresay.com.au/ Hosted by Douglas Nicol, Strategy Partner, The Works and Nick Abrahams, Global Head of Strategy and Innovation, Norton Rose Fulbright.
67 minutes | Mar 17, 2020
Amy Webb's 2020 tech trends
What are the forthcoming strategic technology trends that will shape and affect businesses, governments, education, and media this year, and for years to come? Each year quantitative futurist Amy Webb, CEO of the Future Today Institute releases a Tech Trends Report. In this episode, The Works' Douglas Nicol and Norton Rose Fulbright's Nick Abrahams discuss the most interesting trends from the report and give their take on how it will be applied to society. They'll cover everything from the how your DNA could change the way we shop to a new version of the Turing Test. And as a bonus, this episode also includes last year's Smart Dust interview with Amy Webb, recorded after the release of her 2019 Tech Trends report. It provides an interesting insight into how the world has changed since the last report. You can download the key takeaways from the 2020 Tech Trends report here: https://bit.ly/2vpKwPJ Smart Dust is produced and edited by Daresay, the content specialists: https://daresay.com.au/ Hosted by Douglas Nicol, Strategy Partner, The Works: https://theworksagency.com.au/ And Nick Abrahams, Global Head of Strategy and Innovation, Norton Rose Fulbright: https://www.nortonrosefulbright.com/en-au/people/120114
29 minutes | Jan 11, 2020
Bem Le Hunte: how we can all utilise creative intelligence to solve problems
Novelist and UTS’s Creative Intelligence & Innovation course director Bem Le Hunte joins The Works’ Douglas Nicol and Norton Rose Fulbright’s Nick Abrahams to discuss what the concept of creative intelligence actually means on a day-to-day basis. As well as heading up the degree program, Bem’s first novel, The Seduction of Silence, was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers Prize in 2001. Her second novel – There, Where The Pepper Grows - was published in 2005. Bem takes Douglas and Nick through how creativity and innovation can make a better world and use creativity to solve problems across a range of disciplines and how we can use our own creativity to find and solve business problems. Smart Dust is produced and edited by Daresay, the content specialists: https://daresay.com.au/ Hosted by Douglas Nicol, Strategy Partner, The Works (https://theworksagency.com.au/) and Nick Abrahams, Global Head of Strategy and Innovation, Norton Rose Fulbright (https://www.nortonrosefulbright.com/en-au/people/120114). Bem Le Hunte’s website: http://www.bemlehunte.com/ UTS Creative Intelligence & Innovation degree: https://www.uts.edu.au/future-students/transdisciplinary-innovation/undergraduate-courses/creative-intelligence-and Subscribe via: Spotify Apple Podcasts Google Podcasts Stitcher
27 minutes | Jan 2, 2020
Deep fakes, Instagram shopping and space tourism
Three trends which will help define 2020: Instagram shopping deep fakes and space tourism. The Works' Douglas Nicol and Norton Rose Fulbright's Nick Abrahams discuss how these will shape the world around us in this year's first edition of Smart Dust. With Instagram continuing to shift towards an ecommerce platform, Douglas and Nick show off their knowledge of the fashion and cosmetic industries to demonstrate how influencer partnerships with brands will continue to evolve, but also how brands are using Instagram as a global shop front, including one particularly interesting example from India. With the 2020 US presidential election set to be characterised by more misinformation, deep fakes are set to be one of the biggest battleground in fake news. What are deep fakes? Quite simply, they're videos edited so individuals are on camera saying words they never uttered in real life. And with researchers at Israel's Open University producing a tool that offers deep fakes as a service, how will we know what is real and what is fake? Nick and Douglas discuss the implications. Finally, Virgin Galactic's recent IPO shows that space tourism is set to arrive in this decade. With tickets starting at a quarter of a million dollars, will travelling off this planet become tourism's hottest new ticket? Or with the no plane movement becoming a trend across Europe, will Richard Branson's pet project fail to get off the ground? Smart Dust is produced and edited by Daresay, the content specialists: https://daresay.com.au/ Hosted by Douglas Nicol, Strategy Partner, The Works (https://theworksagency.com.au/) and Nick Abrahams, Global Head of Strategy and Innovation, Norton Rose Fulbright (https://www.nortonrosefulbright.com/en-au/people/120114). Subscribe via: Spotify Apple Podcasts Google Podcasts Stitcher
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