Written by Kate Billing, Founder & Creative Director, Blacksmith

A 3 minute read & 30 minute watch

Welcome to The Real Room!

The Real Room is a space I’ve created for conversations about the tricky business of putting being FULLY HUMAN at the centre of how we live, lead and work.

I’ll be having Real Room conversations with fabulous humans from all over New Zealand and the world. Expect conversations with a diverse group of people about all things human-related. My guests will range from people leaders to thought leaders, researchers to practitioners, corporate legends to creative entrepreneurs, artists to activists, and more. If they’re all about taking a more human-centred approach, I’ll be talking with them!

Conversation #4 on ‘The New Long Life’ with Professor Andrew Scott

Andrew J. Scott is Professor of Economics at London Business School, a consulting scholar at Stanford University’s Centre on Longevity, and co-author of The 100-Year Life and The New Long Life.

Human longevity and how we can live, lead and work long and well is something of a passion of mine. Andrew’s book The 100-Year Life sets out the challenges and opportunities of what is undoubtedly one of the biggest forces shaping our world this century, so much so that Paul and I gave almost 100 copies of the book to clients, friends and family at the end of 2019!

With a unique perspective as a global economist, professor, and government advisor, Andrew draws upon a range of disciplines. His ground-breaking work on longevity, economics, and on the value and effect technology and longevity combined will have on the wider society, is shaped by his professional connections to academia, industry, social pioneers, and policymakers around the world.

In this 30-minute conversation, Andrew and I talk about:

  • creating the conditions for human flourishing
  • the tension between traditional economic measures and the valuing of human life
  • narrating our lives, cultivating curiosity and developing deep relationships
  • AI, robotics and our comparative advantage – human skills
  • the new industrial revolution that is upon us
  • using technology to improve human performance and productivity, not just as a cheap replacement for people
  • the difference between aging and longevity, and challenging our concepts of age
  • the burden of individual responsibility and human agency in the new long life
  • longevity insurance – the risk of outliving our assets and the need to invest in not just our financial future but also our skills, health, and relationships
  • the midlife chasm, corporate prejudice and ageism; and
  • recognising that what worked for your parents (no matter your age) won’t work for you and what to do about it.

If you enjoyed this talk, I encourage you to check out the 100-Year Life website and do the free diagnostic to get a snapshot of the tangible and intangible assets that you’ll need in order to ensure “the new long life” becomes a blessing and not a curse.

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Kate Billing and Andrew J Scott

Kate Billing:

Kate is the Founder & Creative Director of Blacksmith www.blacksmith.co.nz, a specialist leadership development practice focused on the development of human-centred leaders and fully human organisations.

For nearly 25 years Kate has worked in the people, culture and leadership space, building a reputation for sharp insights, compassionate challenge, warmth, and energy. Over that time she has worked within a range of industries and organisations, with leaders from the boardroom to the front line, all of whom have demonstrated their capacity for personal and collective evolution.

She believes it’s time for a new kind of leader: human-centred leaders who together will create the world we need for our shared future. Leaders who are examples of what’s possible when we commit to the highest levels of humanity and responsibility in the ways that we live, lead and do business.

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Andrew Scott:

Andrew is Professor of Economics, former Deputy Dean at London Business School, and Research Fellow at the Centre for Economic Policy Research.

His research focuses on longevity, an ageing society and fiscal policy and debt management, and has been published widely in leading journals. His book with Lynda Gratton, The 100-Year Life, has been published in 15 languages, is an Amazon bestseller and was runner up in the FT/McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award 2016. His brand new book, The New Long Life, considers how the challenges and opportunities of social and technological ingenuity might shape a new age of longer lives.

Andrew previously held positions at Oxford University, London School of Economics and Harvard University. His MA is from Oxford, his M.Sc. from the London School of Economics, and his D.Phil from Oxford University.

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