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Future change: living and learning in the connected society

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Strategic foresight expert, Thimon de Jong, is to open the upcoming Learning Technologies Conference on 1 and 2 February in London.

Strategic foresight expert, Thimon de Jong, will open Learning Technologies 2017
Strategic foresight expert, Thimon de Jong, will open Learning Technologies 2017 

In his keynote address, Thimon de Jong will share an inspiring blend of research and eye-opening business cases from around the world that illustrate how the world is changing. He will share insights and practical take-aways that will help L&D professionals to reframe and possibly reinvent their work in learning:

Organisations know more about their clients and their people than ever before, including personality traits and their emotions. How do big (people) data and predictive analytics influence L&D as we stand on the brink of a fundamental attitude shift, and people start to demand a more personalised approach.

As the next wave of tech (internet of things, AI, AR/VR, wearables, robotics, automation) begins, how will people respond? How digital are the needs of the modern learner? How can organisations strike a perfect digital balance in learning?

In a dynamic society with an abundance of choice and virtually unlimited information, the way we make decisions is changing. Parallel to that, trust is in transition. It is slowly, but steadily moving away from the 'formal and institutionalised' towards the 'personal and informal'. People, relationships and new ways of collaborating play a key role in this shift which is impacting any business strategy – including sales, marketing and learning.

Thimon de Jong runs WHETSTON / strategic foresight, a think tank specialised in future human behaviour, societal change & business strategy. He is an experienced keynote presenter and leadership trainer and has worked for clients like Morgan Stanley, Vodafone and Tetra Pak. Thimon also lectures at the social psychology department of Utrecht University where he teaches master students how academic research can be practically applied to improve business strategy. He has a master's degree in Cultural Studies with a minor in International Business Studies. He is a former insights & strategy director at TrendsActive and researcher at FreedomLab Future Studies.

The Learning Technologies Conference runs alongside the Learning Technologies Exhibition and forms the most important annual event for learning and development professionals in Europe. Learning Technologies Conference booking is open along with early bird rates.