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CMCE Next Gen 2.0: Risky Business. Workshop Four: Why Do We Fear the Unknown?

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This is a series of interactive workshops with leading academics and practitioners to explore the fundamentals of behavioural economics, how they can be used reflectively to change how we think about business today, and what they mean for how we engage with the future of technology. Held jointly with Dr Edmond Smith, Senior Lecturer in Economic Cultures at the University of Manchester, these sessions will look at how behaviour, emotions and social relations inform today's business dynamics. Our line up of speakers will provide different perspectives and will tackle  a wide range of topics including, for example, bioengineering, artificial intelligence, neuroeconomics, and conspiracy theories.   Please note that, even though the workshops are part of a series and we would encourage participants to join all sessions, each session is designed to be self-standing and will provide useful take aways. 

Please find below details on the individual sessions:

Next Event: Workshop Four: Why Do We Fear the Unknown?

13 June 2024, 4.00 pm, Online

When we think about the future of technology – from AI to robotics to genetics – how can be possibly interpret these possibilities effectively? For some of us, our first thought might lean towards science fiction’s skull-faced Terminators or over-clever theme-park raptors, while others might simply feel overwhelmed by the scale of change underway. Some, too, will be inspired and excited by the seemingly endless possibilities that technology promises. Whatever the case, our emotional response to new technology shapes how we engage with it, as individuals and as communities, and recognising those hopes and fears is key to understanding ourselves within the world’s possible futures.

Our panellists are Cosette Reczek and Bruce Garvey.

Cosette Reczek is a Chartered Governance Professional. She is Chair, Citizens Advice Lewisham and holds a number of other non-executive roles. The focus of her most recent advisory work includes board effectiveness and governance reviews, conduct risk, and culture. She founded and leads Permuto Consulting to advise and support others pursuing such efforts, and also is a guest lecturer at Bayes Business School, City University of London.

Bruce Garvey provides specialist support for organisations faced with high levels of uncertainty and complexity, addressing problems and issues at a strategic level. His methods are generic to all organisational types, deployable in areas where uncertainty and complexity abide and has developed proprietary decision support software to help structure complex problems which has been licenced to organisations such as by NATO and Anglian Water. Buttressing this specialist knowledge, Bruce has over 45 years’ experience within the major corporate and SME sectors, performing a wide range of roles as a senior business executive.He has published papers, presented at conferences and run workshop based courses on his specialist area. In addition to the PhD from Imperial College London, he has a MBA from Bayes (formerly Cass) Business School, London, a Post-Graduate Diploma in Economic Integration from Stockholm University, Sweden and a BSc (Hons) in Sociology from London University.

Workshop Five: Conclusion session

27 June 2024, 4.00 pm, Online

These four workshops will be followed by a fifth, conclusion session, where we will summarise and discuss the main takeaways and their practical applications from the series.


For earlier workshops in this series, please see here.


Dr Edmond Smith, main speaker and lead panellist

Dr Edmond Smith is a Senior Lecturer in Economic Cultures at The University of Manchester. Their prize-winning research seeks to understand the institutional underpinnings of economic development, innovation, and globalisation. This includes numerous academic journals and books, including Merchants: The Community That Shaped England’s Trade and Empire (2021), and prestigious funding awards from the British Academy, UKRI, and the European Research Council. In addition to their academic work, Smith maintains strong relationships with finance and policy sectors, with a particular focus on economic security, innovation, and long-run economic change. In 2023 they established the Economic Security Policy Network that draws on a wide range of expertise across the humanities to provide expert advice on topics related to innovation, technology, and systemic economic challenges.

Thursday 13th June 2024
From 4:00pm
To 5:00pm

Dr Edmond Smith, Senior Lecturer in Economic Cultures, The University of Manchester