The Economist launches live student debates

The Economist launches live debates on the future of work
The Economist launches live debates on the future of work

The Economist is launching a series of live debates on the future of work aimed at helping students make career decisions.

The Economist has joined together with agency Sense for the series of debates. The first London-based debate, which targets 18 to 35-year-olds, will take place on 2 November at University College London. 

Editors from The Economist will lead the event, joined by a panel of speakers and an audience of students spanning educational disciplines.

It will see a discussion with two teams of students debating the motion: ‘Does our education future-proof us for today’s job market?’.  The audience will vote for the most compelling team.

SVP of circulation and retail marketing for The Economist, Marina Haydn, said: "Thanks to rapid technological change and a more globalised world, we'll be seeing many jobs 10 years from now that don't even exist today.

"There will be a new collaboration between artificial intelligence and people that will be more thoroughly defined in the years to come. The Economist’s journalists regularly write about and analyse this fascinating transformation that is not without challenges." 

Talking about the event, Hayley James, account director at Sense, said: "This series of live debates has been devised primarily to educate students on a topic that is highly pertinent to them, in a live event format to ensure authenticity and cut through."

During the Summer The Economist launched an initative encouraging consumers to try free and nutritious smoothies made from food which had been destined for the rubbish bin.

In another activation it challenged consumers to consider drinking coffee made with urine.

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