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Adrian Wooldridge on the Age of Disruption

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How should we adapt and change in the face of unprecedented disruption to the world of work?

It is tempting to dismiss disruption as yet another business fad. But nothing could be more wrong.

Disruption is driven by a host of forces--from the digital revolution to the rise of Asia to financial innovation--and it is only going to speed up. Disruption is going to grip new industries such as education and healthcare. It is going to shake up hitherto protected guilds such as lawyers and management consultants. It is going to reshape politics as large numbers of people are unsettled by change and barriers to entry into politics fall. These changes are simultaneously utopian and dystopian, confounding both optimists and pessimists and presenting policy makers with extraordinary problems.

The Economist’s management editor Adrian Wooldridge visits the RSA to examine how disruption will have an impact on the future of economics and work.

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