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1+1=3: Co-create to innovate in the Digital Age

Co-create to Innovate

The impact of digital disruption on our work, our personal lives and the world around us

During this event we explored the implications of digital disruption on business and society, and considered the structural changes we can expect to see in the next five years. Take a look at the highlights:

Lord Digby Jones was passionate about the importance of education in creating a workforce that is fit for purpose in a digital world. To facilitate this, he stressed that education policy needs to be reformed so that business and education can collaborate more readily to fuel wealth creation –since wealth creation in the local economy is essential to maintaining the social infrastructure we are so fortunate to rely on in the UK.

Alastair Lukies highlighted that financial services companies have been collaborating and co-creating with technology companies for many years, making the UK’s finance industry the ‘envy of the world’. He cited examples of successful co-creation and reinforced that we need to learn from the past but be nimble-footed for the future, agreeing with Lord Digby’s view that wealth creation must be an objective of co-creation.

Lucy Dimes of Fujitsu set the scene for the evening’s discussion by outlining some of the findings from Fujitsu’s recent Fit for Digital research in which 52% of respondents said their organisation will not exist in its current form in five years’ time and 92% told us their business needs to evolve to thrive in a digital world.

Both speakers were positive and enthusiastic about the ability of the UK to step up to the challenge and compete in a global economy, citing our successes in automotive manufacturing and finance as beacons of co-creation and collaboration.

Event Speakers

Lord (Digby) Jones

Digby Jones lobbied energetically on behalf of British business as Director General of the CBI and served in government as Minister of State for Trade and Investment. He is recognised for being one of the CBI’s most successful and high-profile leaders.

Alastair Lukies CBE

Alastair Lukies was recognised as a ‘Technology Pioneer’ by the World Economic Forum. He co-founded epolitix.com, the portal for Westminster, Whitehall and the devolved institutions, before moving on to conceive Monitise, which links banks and mobile operators, allowing consumers to manage finances and make payments from their mobile phones. Alastair was appointed Business Ambassador to the Prime Minister for the financial services industry, and Entrepreneur of the Year at the Growing Business Awards.

Find out more

Visit the Fujitsu UK and Ireland Blog for a full write up from the evening.

You can continue to follow and contribute to the discussion on twitter #FujitsuEDE and LinkedIn (Groups – Executive Discussion Evening).

Look out for details of our next Fujitsu Executive Discussion Evening which will take place on 11th October.