Panel Discussion: The 4th Industrial Revolution

The 4th Industrial Revolution describes the exponential changes to the way we live, work and relate to one another due to the adoption of cyber-physical systems, the Internet of Things and the Internet of Systems.

This panel discussion, "The 4th Industrial Revolution: Ensuring A Just Transition For Communities And The Workforce", invited people to discuss, learn from and question our panel of experts.

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The Panellists

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Beth Farhat

Regional Secretary of Northern Trades Union Congress, Beth oversees the delivery of the TUC's campaign plan and the 'North East Better Health at Work Awards', as well as representing the Northern TUC on several boards, including for Employment and Skills.

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Chris McDonald

CEO of the Materials Processing Institute, Chris is Chair of the UK Metals Council, member of the North East Council of the CBI and Policy Chair for Innovation & Enterprise at the Federation of Small Businesses.

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Gerald Moore

Philosopher of Technology at Durham University, Gerald is co-director of the Centre for Culture and Ecology, and researches the political and social issues thrown up by automation, including the relationship between technology and the kinds of work we deem to be good, or life-enhancing.

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Alison Reynolds

Strategic Human Resources and Organisational Development Consultant and a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), Alison has a wealth of strategic experience within engineering and manufacturing.

Watch the discussion

Enjoy the four panellists' introductory speeches, given at the panel discussion.


Please note that all opinions expressed are held by the individual speaking and are not held by The Common Room itself.

Audience Feedback

What did audience members like about the event?

The atmosphere, the enthusiasm of members and history of the organisation - I felt privileged to have access to such a place and event.

Great selection of speakers, discussion seemed accessible to a range of attendees from different walks of life. I was particularly intrigued by the discussion of Universal Basic Income, this seems like an excellent venue to explore and debate that topic in more depth.

Diverse (both complementing and conflicting) set of views on the broad subject of Ind 4.0 stimulated much thought. Great venue!

Interviews with Panellists

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