Sydney Policy Lab launch and ideas exchange

Sydney Policy Lab launch and ideas exchange



Susan Price: so today’s really thinking
about what do we need to do now that will help us for the future and particularly what
might you need to differently in how you think about your work and how you think about what
you do at home that’s really going to set you up to have a fantastic future
Duncan Ivison: so this has been a fantastic day it’s really been everything we hoped
for and more but it also gives us a sense of what more we have to do it really is about
harnessing all the amazing research the university can do all the incredible researchers we have
at the institution to harness them to address some of the really big policy challenges of
our time including the one we are looking today which of course is the future of work
and technology and how we need to think about the future of education. Emma Nicolson: I was excited to see the policy
lab be established I thought the delegate list looked amazing it described some really
interesting I guess problem definition in a really multidisciplinary way. Duncan: One thing that really excites me is
the idea that we cannot just harness our research for the benefit of the policy community that’s
something that I think our partners are excited about but that we have so much to learn from
the policy professionals and practitioners who are here. Susan: so I was in the rethinking work and
personal lives group facilitated by Marion Baird and it was just fantastic hearing different
ideas on what we need to do to really reshape both our careers and our personal lives to
accommodate what we know is coming with the future of work. Emma: I also participated in a discussion
where we had to think about what’s a dystopia in fifteen years’ time what are all the
things we do today that would cause that dystopia and that was a really tough discussion
Susan: I was delighted to come along today because I think it is really important to
bring together government academia private sector not for profit sector to really work
together and generate ideas that are going to produce better outcomes for Australia and
our society generally and I think that combination of different backgrounds and different perspective
really helps in generating those great ideas Duncan: one of the things we are very excited
about is the idea of working together with our partners to set priorities what are the
key issues that we need to address given our mutual strengths and interests so really in
the months coming up we want to hear from you we want to hear from people who not just
attended today but who are interested in the policy lab who share its mission and see great
opportunities and advantages in working with us. Emma: I think the future looks really cool
but we are going to have to work really hard to make it better for just about everybody.

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