What we're about

The future of work is a hot topic right now and set to stay that way for a long time to come. ​This group is for ​those who want to ​explore how technologies like automation, robotics and artificial intelligence are shaping how we work, where we work and the skills we need to work.​ ​

With conflicting information from the experts leaving plenty of room for debate around what impact​ technologies will have, ​​now’s the time to start the conversation about how we are going to adjust our social and economic structures in light of this new reality.

This group is for those who share an optimism for the opportunities technology presents while appreciating the need for debate, discussion and boldness as we approach huge societal change. Never before has there been such an opportunity to recast the social contract, to eliminate poverty, cure diseases and have fulfilling lives spent doing what we want to be doing. It’s in our hands whether we make this the greatest thing that humans have ever done or history’s biggest missed opportunity.

How do we want to live our lives in this new world? A world where we don’t all have to work 40 hours a week to survive as dignified human beings. How might we survive without getting an income five days a week? What does it mean to be a valuable member of society and to be human​, working with digital colleagues​? What other options does this open up for us as a civilisation?

The group meets every 6 weeks to swap ideas on a theme or topic central to the future of work and to contribute to the broader conversation in this space. ​ Inspiring guest speaker​s ​kick the meet-ups off.

Sponsored and hosted by Tech Futures Lab.

Upcoming events (2)

Digital Intelligence 2021: Q3 Briefing

Tech Futures Lab

Join award-winning thought-leader and Founder of Tech Futures Lab, Frances Valintine (CNZM) as she provides insights into new economic paradigms; global trends such as consumption-without-consequence; societal shifts; globalisation; political upheaval; environmental degradation, and technological advancement that are shaping our future.

This briefing is for New Zealand business leaders and decision-makers focused on building a framework to respond to a changing world, workforce, and customer expectations, at a time of increased competition from start-ups and multi-nationals alike.

The event will also be available via Zoom for those people who cannot physically attend the event.


Early Bird Quarterly Digital Briefing at Tech Futures Lab – $120
(incl. of GST and a light breakfast)

Early Bird Quarterly Briefing Online – $120 (incl. of GST)

Quarterly Digital Briefing at Tech Futures Lab – $130
(incl. of GST and a light breakfast)

Quarterly Digital Briefing Online – $130 (incl. of GST)

Quarterly Digital Briefing At Your Place – $3,995 (incl. of GST)

REGISTER FOR EVENT HERE - https://techfutureslab.com/event/digital-intelligence-2021-q3-briefing/

*Event Details*

Quarterly cross-sector insights for business decision makers
Join award-winning thought-leader and Founder of Tech Futures Lab, Frances Valintine (CNZM) as she shares the biggest global trends shaping the world of work and insights into how top performing companies are maximising the opportunities that emerging and disruptive tech have to offer.

*Who should attend?*

If you’re a business leader in the midst of making decisions around changing workplace skills, talent, and capabilities or the impact of technology and how tech advances might affect your business/industry, then you’ll benefit from attending a quarterly briefing.

*About Frances*

Frances Valintine (CNZM) is a thought-leader in emerging and disruptive technologies and has 20 years of experience across business, technology, and education.

In 2013 Frances founded The Mind Lab to bring contemporary knowledge and practical skills to students and teachers around New Zealand. In 2016, she launched Tech Futures Lab to navigate the new world of technology-enabled businesses, as exponential technologies impact on every role, every sector, and every economy.

Frances has worked with and advised 250+ organisations from every sector in New Zealand, from agriculture to finance, retail to law, and has gained a reputation as an expert in leading change initiatives.

In the 2018 New Year Honours, Frances was appointed a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit recognising her lifetime of contribution in education and technology. In 2017 Frances received the NZ Flying Kiwi Award, inducted into the New Zealand Hi-Tech Hall of Fame and also named one of the top 3 NZ Innovators of the Year at the NZer of the Year awards. In 2016 Frances was named one of the top 50 EdTech Educators in the World by EdTech International, and was also awarded a Sir Peter Blake Leader Award. In 2015 Frances was awarded the Westpac New Zealand Woman of Influence (Innovation) and the Next New Zealand Woman of the Year (Education).

Frances sits on the boards of Callaghan Innovation and is a selection advisor for the Edmund Hillary Foundation, committed to supporting a community of impact entrepreneurs, investors, and changemakers to build meaningful solutions to global problems.

She holds a Master of Education Management from the University of Melbourne.

Master of Technological Futures - Information Session & Networking

*Event overview*

This is not an ordinary or traditional Master’s qualification. It’s highly practical and hands-on, it challenges the way you think about business and rewires your approach to problem-solving. The programme engages a broad range of industry experts, indigenous wisdom leaders, futurists, social entrepreneurs, and forward-thinking academics, all working to share their knowledge to help build a bright future. The structure and focus are designed to meet the challenges and opportunities of this dynamic time we’re in.

Come to this info session for some drinks and nibbles at Tech Futures Lab to find out how this course will help you build the skills and capabilities to move you to where you want to be in your career and your life.

*The Information Session is designed for*

Those who are keen to know more about the Master’s programme and a clear understanding of how the programme helps people surface the opportunities our changing world is offering and find ways to harness all that the digital economy has to offer.

An opportunity to listen and ask questions from the professionals leading change in the digital economy.

*Facilitator *

Maheshi Wadasinghe, Programme Lead – Postgraduate Studies at Tech Futures Lab

Maheshi is driven by a passion to help others succeed. A self-confessed life-long learner, Maheshi is well qualified with a Master’s degree in Marine Conservation and also Bioscience Enterprise.

Maheshi sees herself as ‘a bridger’ – intent on helping others get to where they want to go and sharing in the joy of being a part of the journey.

*The details*

Wednesday, 1st September[masked]:00pm – 7:30pm
Hosted at Tech Futures Lab HQ at 99 Khyber Pass Road, Grafton, Auckland

*Our panelists *


*Special guest*

Frances Valintine – Founder & CEO Tech Futures Lab

*What we’ll discuss*

Having the skills and confidence to adapt, to use technology as an advantage, and to creatively problem solve and how the Master’s will help to learn differently, see new perspectives and think holistically.

*How the evening will run*
- Introduction to Tech Futures Lab and where we are heading from our Founder & CEO, Frances Valintine.
- A quick intro to the programme from our facilitator, Maheshi Wadasinghe.
- Next, we’ll speak to a panel of speakers with our facilitator asking questions.
- Then we’ll answer any questions from the floor.

Become a change-maker in 2021. Register for this free info session today.

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