Warking Well in the 21st Century

With six and a half weeks to go now until TEDxGlasgow 2018, it’s time to chat with another of our fantastic speakers to hear a little more about what we can expect from their talk on 1st June and why they chose TEDxGlasgow. Today, we hear from Kirsty Wark on her talk; ‘Working well in the 21st century’.

Despite once thinking she may become an opera singer, Kirsty Wark FRSE is a very successful British journalist, writer and television presenter, who is arguably best known for fronting BBC Two’s news and current affairs programme Newsnight since 1993, and its weekly arts spin-off Newsnight Review from 2002 to 2014.

Kirsty Wark - Photo by Devine 21

What is your idea worth doing?

My talk ‘Working well in the 21st century‘ aims to explore our modern working practices.

How will the work ethic respond to a world in which robots and AI increasingly take over roles?

There is much fulfilling productive “work” that we can do we just don’t think of it as work. Volunteering is productive work. As we live longer we will need to look after each other and make that an unpaid transactional relationship. We need to keep learning to be productive. More of the University of the Third Age, please.

How did you come up with your idea?

It’s not a new idea but I have been thinking about the need for us to rebalance our lives for a long time, across society.

As I mention in my talk description, the world of work is changing rapidly, yet by present measures, the UK’s productivity is woeful, despite us working long hours. Something’s simply not working.

How is your idea going to change the way we look at the world?

I hope each of us will look at our own lives and work out a way forward.

Who has inspired you in your field of work?

Everybody who volunteers of themselves – unhooking productivity and pay.

If you’re looking for more information on the topic, you should take a look at The Work Foundation.

Who else are you excited to see at TEDxGlasgow 2018?

I love that each of the speakers will make me think, but I’m particularly interested in hearing from Shona McCarthy and Rachel Wood. I also think the Chief Economist of the Bank of England, Andy Haldane, might have some startling things to say.

With work-life balance increasingly under the lens, the topic of a potential 4-day week is both compelling and challenging in equal measure. We’re excited to hear more about Kirsty’s research at TEDxGlasgow 2018, where she will join our 19 other speakers to explore the theme Rethink…

  • Written by Cat Leaver
  • Posted on April, 16 2018

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