Connecting the dots of the Fourth Industrial Revolution

“Ubiquitous, mobile supercomputing. Artificially-intelligent robots. Self-driving cars. Neuro-technological brain enhancements. Genetic editing. The evidence of dramatic change is all around us and it’s happening at exponential speed. Previous industrial revolutions liberated humankind from animal power, made mass production possible and brought digital capabilities to billions of people. This Fourth Industrial Revolution is, however, fundamentally different. It is characterized by a range of new technologies that are fusing the physical, digital and biological worlds, impacting all disciplines, economies and industries, and even challenging ideas about what it means to be human.”


How do we remain relevant in this fast-evolving context?

Denying change is futile. Yet, the inability to understand and adapt to change is omnipresent in the economic, political, and social arenas alike, where it holds great destructive power because it represents itself through conservatism that inevitably leads to a conflict between outdated systems and institutions, as all the current events on the global scene show. In times of change, power is found in one’s ability to follow changeto adapt to change, and ultimately, to create a change, and not in the capacity to offer strong resistance or opposition to change.

I am very pleased to welcome Celina Schlieckmann (MACE16) to the BS7705 Mapping the Creative Economy class today to talk about her personal research project: “The skill sets for the new economy in the creative industries: a comparative study between Brazil and the UK”, as an effort to contextualise the challenges and opportunities of working in the creative industries nowadays and looking into the future.

Connect the dots.   . . . 

(Connect the dots between videos 1, 2 and 3 posted in our MACE Facebook group –  waiting for a discussion on those three videos and themes)


Student Stories: Janja Popovic: My first business hackathon with Gorenje and Microsoft

Janja Popović (MACE16, Fashion & the Creative Economy) recently participated in a business hackathon in Slovenia – check out the blog post she wrote about it: My first Business Hackathon

You will notice that they worked in a way that is very similar to the way we work. Most importantly though, you will notice Janja’s confidence. I always admired her entrepreneurial spirit and determination and it is fantastic to see our MACErs go above and beyond their discipline with courage. Keep going, Janja Popović!