"You can't just stop technological progress. Even if one country stops researching artificial intelligence, some other countries will continue to do it. The real question is what you do with the technology" (Yuval Noah Harari, author Sapiens)

The working world continues to change.  Many jobs of today didn't exist ten years ago, and may not exist in ten years. New technologies keep emerging - some will disrupt, others will disappear. The future of work is exciting and terrifying.

How does the Christian faith help us respond to these changes? How does it help us avoid the pitfalls of technological progress, and embrace the possibilities for good? 

Join us as we explore The Future of Work, and discover how Christians can model what it means to be fully human in a technological world - for the good of their colleagues and the glory of God.

Twisted technology (Wednesday June 5th OR Thursday 6th)

From the Tower of Babel onward our technological developments are often twisted to the detriment of ourselves and our world. Our technology ends up ruling us. How can we be alert to the twisting of technology, especially in the age of machines and robotics? This is the second talk in our The Future of Work series.

Andrew Laird (Life @ Work director)
Allison Hellier (The Third Space facilitator)

$25 (includes breakfast & coffee)
Slate Restaurant and Bar (9 Goldsbrough Lane)


Humanising Work (Wed 28th OR Thurs 29th August)

At it's best, technology fosters and deepens relationships, enhancing rather than harming our humanity. How can we embrace and use technological development to humanise our workplaces? This is the third talk in our The Future of Work series.

Going back to the future (Wed 23rd OR Thurs 24th October)

Science-fiction gives us a vision of a future filled with cyborgs and AI. But how much of the future is already here? And should that fill us with wonder or fear? How can Christians be at the forefront of navigating a technological future for the good of our world and the glory of God? This is the fourth talk in our The Future of Work series.



The wonder of technology 
David Chan (Data specialist, ANZ) & Dr Carol Johnson (Senior music lecturer, Melbourne Conservatorium)


The VALUE of our work (New Creation)
Andrew Laird (Life @ Work director) & Dr. Rosemary Wong (Senior endocrinologist) 

The BEAUTY in our work (Redemption)
Andrew Laird (Life @ Work director) & Dr. Sandy Clarke (Statistician and lecturer)

The PROBLEM with our work (The Fall)
Andrew Laird (Life @ Work director) & Ray Ternes (Barrister)

The PURPOSE of our work (Creation)
Robert Martin (Bigger Questions host) & David Knox (Partner, Mercer Superannuation)


Leadership: In the way of harm
Andrew Laird (Director Life @ Work) & Allan Bulman (Takeovers Panel director)

Leadership: One worth following
Andrew Laird (Director Life @ Work) & Graham Hooper (Author, former senior executive)

Leadership: Mean what you say
Andrew Laird (Director Life @ Work) & Jenny George (CEO, Converge International)

Leadership: Service or Self-Interest
Andrew Laird (Director Life @ Work) & Jennie Pakula (Manager, Assessment & Resolutions at VLSBC)


How to handle the pressure to have it all
Andrew Laird, Director, Life @ Work

How to handle pressure and get a better night's sleep
Andrew Laird, Director, Life @ Work

How to handle the pressure of toxic office relationships
Andrew Laird, Director, Life @ Work

How to handle the pressure to conform
Andrew Laird, Director, Life @ Work


Balancing work
Andrew Laird, Life @ Work director

Balancing work and...hobbies, exercise & study
Andrew Laird, Life @ Work director

Balancing work
Kara Martin, Associate Dean, Ridley Marketplace Institute

Balancing work
Graham Hooper, senior executive.


Frustration @ Work
Andrew Laird, Director, Life @ Work

Mission @ Work
Wei-Han Kuan, CMS State Director, Victoria

Temptation @ Work
Peter Hastie, Principal, Presbyterian Theological College, Melbourne

Prayer @ Work
Robert Martin, Director, City Bible Forum, Melbourne


Western Materialism - Why are we so greedy and what can we do about it
Brian Rosner, Principal, Ridley Melbourne

Be Courageous, Be Strong - Can this really me me in my workplace?
Tim Meyers, Principal, Melbourne School of Theology

Sanctified but not sanctimonious
Matthew Williams, Vicar, St James Old Cathedral

Seize the day
Helen Bell, AFES Staff worker, La Trobe University