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Progress and evolution of our future planet are often imagined in terms of futuristic technologies that realise the unimaginable within our daily lives, and this drives our perception of innovation. However, in our quest to embrace the promise of all that is artificial and inanimate, we are neglecting to recognise the power and transformational capacity of human connection, the basis of that which makes us human. Yet a positive culture that fosters trust and a sense of belonging can inspire us to be the best we can be, and direct human connection is critical to building an empathic framework for our thoughts and decisions. So why is this the case, and what happens when we as a human system lose our connectedness?

Discussing the value of humanity and the difference human contact can make, are Dr Fiona Kerr and Gill Hicks.

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Dr Fiona Ker advises and presents on a range of topics including the neuroscience of both human-human and human-technology interaction, building new brain and how good leaders create organisations that flourish. Her interest in the science and power of human interaction grew through nearly 30 years’ experience working in a variety of sectors here and overseas before undertaking a PhD.

Combining neuroscience, complex systems engineering and anthropology, Fiona advises companies and governments here and overseas on building adaptive capacity in both cultural and technical spheres, and has just joined Finland’s taskforce to build their national Artificial Intelligence program.

Gill Hicks (AM MBE, founder of M.A.D. MINDS – international speaker, published author, artist, musician and mother). Gill is one of the most powerful and thought provoking advocates on the value of sustainable peace through individual responsibility. Her vital work, particularly in countering violent extremism, became her focus after she was left severely and permanently injured from the actions of a suicide bomber in the co ordinated attack on London’s transport network in July, 2005.

Prior to the bombings, Gill was a respected figure within the fields of Architecture and Design in London, from Publisher of Blueprint to Director of Dangerous Minds Design and then Head Curator at the Design Council, Gill was and has continued to be recognized and awarded for her many contributions to the Arts, Health care and Peace Building. Combining her passion for Design and her devotion to building peace, she formed M.A.D. Minds – a ‘think’ and ‘do’ agency specifically to find solutions to the challenges that face local, national and international societies. A published author, musician, artist and Mother, Gill’s appreciation and gratitude for life is prevalent, she is a living testament to determination, courage and resilience.

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