Futures Forum 2 – Knowledge and Ethics in the Next Machine Age

On the 8th of December 2017 at The Overseas Passenger Terminal in Sydney Australia, BVN held its bi-annual conference – Futures Forum 2.

BVN appreciates the intellectual curiosity of its team and has instituted this private conference to support its culture of enquiry.

Watch the highlights below:

Or watch the full stream here.

The theme was ‘Knowledge and Ethics in the Next Machine Age’. There were four invited guests talking to this topic:


Larry Prusak is a researcher and consultant and was the founder and director of the Institute for Knowledge Management. This was a global consortium of member organizations engaged in advancing the practice of knowledge management through action research.

Larry has been studying knowledge and learning in organizations for the past twenty five years. He has extensive experience, both within the U.S. and internationally, in helping organizations manage their information and knowledge resources. He has worked with several U.S. and overseas government agencies and NGO’s, as well as having taught and lectured in many universities. In addition he has been widely quoted and has published several innovative and influential books as well as given over 250 major speeches.


Professor Bell is the Director of the 3A Institute, Florence Violet McKenzie Chair, and a Distinguished Professor at the Australian National University (ANU) as well as a Vice President and Senior Fellow at Intel Corporation. Prof Bell is a cultural anthropologist, technologist and futurist best known for her work at the intersection of cultural practice and technology development.


Phil Bernstein is an architect, technologist and educator who teaches at the Yale School of Architecture, where he received his B.A (honors) and  M.Arch. He was formerly a Vice President at Autodesk where he was responsible for setting the company’s future vision and strategy for technology as well as cultivating and sustaining the firm’s relationships with strategic industry leaders and associations.

Prior to Autodesk Phil was a principal at Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects where he managed many of the firm’s most complex commissions.  He is co-editor of Building (In) The Future:  Recasting Labor in Architecture (2010) and BIM In Academia (2011) and speaks and writes extensively on technology, practice and project delivery and is currently writing a book for Birkhauser Publishers on the intersection of design methods, technology and architectural practice.. He is a Senior Fellow of the Design Futures Council and former Chair of the AIA National Contract Documents Committee.


Simon’s distinguished career includes being named as one of AFR Boss’ True Leaders for the 21st century, with Carol Schwartz noting; “I don’t know one CEO or chairman in corporate Australia who has not worked with Simon Longstaff”. Simon Longstaff began his working life on Groote Eylandt (Anindilyakwa) in the Northern Territory where he worked in the Safety Department of the then BHP subsidiary, GEMCO. He is proud of his kinship ties with members of the island’s Indigenous community.

Following a period studying law in Sydney and a brief career teaching in Tasmania, Simon undertook postgraduate studies in philosophy as a Member of Magdalene College, Cambridge. Simon commenced his work as the first Executive Director of The Ethics Centre in 1991. Simon is a Fellow of CPA Australia and in June 2016, was appointed an Honorary Professor at the Australian National University – based at the National Centre for Indigenous Studies. Formerly serving as the inaugural President of The Australian Association for Professional & Applied Ethics, Simon serves on a number of boards and committees across a broad spectrum of activities. He was formerly a Fellow of the World Economic Forum.


The event will be facilitated by journalist Ellen Fanning. Ellen is an award-winning current affairs journalist.


If you’d like to hear these talks they were livestreamed from Futures Forum 2 to our Youtube channel.

Each speakers talk is listed at the following times:

17:30 James Grose and Ellen Fanning: Futures Forum 2 MC

23:21 Larry Prusak: Knowledge and it’s Practices in the 21st Century

1:21:59 Professor Genevieve Bell: Being Human in a Digital Age

2:49:51 Phillip Bernstein: The Future of Making Things: Design Practice in the Era of Connected Technology

3:51:44 Dr Simon Longstaff: Ethics in the Next Machine Age