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Future of Business

The Oxford Future of Business Podcast takes you behind the walls of Oxford University’s Saïd Business School. Run by a team of MBA students, each episode aims to tackle the next generation of problems facing the world - and the business opportunities they represent.

# Episode Title Description People Date
1 The Space Episode! Venture with us to the ‘final frontier’ for a very special episode on the future of space. Chad Anderson 28 Jun 2019
2 Early childhood development – A blue ocean opportunity? This talk was recorded as part of the Future of Business Series. Tarun Varma, Laura White and Puja Balachander 11 Jun 2019
3 Doing good while doing well - impact investing unpacked What is behind the rise of impact investing and is the hype warranted? Aunnie Patton Power 29 May 2019
4 When business and karma collide Simon Coley and Albert Tucker of Karma Cola tell the Future of Business podcast how they built a company, a foundation, and a "virtuous circle," bringing organic sodas to consumers and vital investment to communities in Sierra Leone. Simon Coley, Albert Tucker 08 May 2019
5 Creative Commons Future of workspaces, connected devices and smart cities We interviewed Vanessa Lee Butz, CEO and Founder of District Technologies to understand what smart cities are and what the connected future would look like? Vanessa Lee Butz 29 Apr 2019
6 Who drives change in Africa? In the second of our special two-part episode, we learn about Africa’s competitive advantages, shifting demographics, and the leadership challenges and opportunities faced by young people and women. Vera Songwe, Kola Adesina, Erik Hersman 16 Apr 2019
7 A closer future for Africa? As countries across Africa vote on ratification of the landmark Continental Free Trade Agreement, we learn more about what's at stake for the continent in the first of a special two-part episode. Vera Songwe, Kola Adesina, Erik Hersman 05 Apr 2019
8 Creative Commons On Purpose and Profit: Deciphering the Economics of Mutuality What is the right level of profit for a company? Bruno Roche 26 Mar 2019
9 Lighting up Africa There are currently over one billion people without access to electricity. A significant number of these people live in Africa where inadequate infrastructure restricts access. Greta Talbot-Jones, Laurence Copson 12 Mar 2019
10 Davos Doom and Gloom This year's World Economic Forum was punctuated by an overall sense of pessimism and concern for the future. One attendee, Oxford Saïd Business School Dean Peter Tufano, gives his take on the state of business. Peter Tufano 19 Feb 2019
11 Neo banks vs traditional banks - Are we witnessing disruption in the banking industry? Can banks survive without caring about customers? Tom Blomfield, Alice Truswell 06 Feb 2019
12 Live panel on digital engagement In this live panel, we sit down with Resident Advisor founder Nick Sabine and fellow MBA slash film producer Yetunde Dada to discuss community engagement through digital media. Nick Sabine, Yetu Dada 16 Nov 2018
13 BCorps: the future firm What is a bcorp? How do people know what this is Can businesses lead the charge for social good? That is the idea behind B Corps, a movement of 2,500 businesses in 50 countries committed to having a positive impact in the world. Michaelanne Butler, Charmain Love 16 Nov 2018
14 How to make a trillion dollars Can cryptocurrencies make the first trillionaire? Between September 2017 and January 2018 the price of bitcoin rocketed to around $13,000. One MBA student, Mike Wigrizer, was not only betting on bitcoin but also created his own cryptocurrency. Michael Wigrizer 21 Aug 2018
15 Future proofing banks How would you like to have your own personal banker? The traditional model of banks as a store of value and source of liquidity, and of bankers as trusted personal financial advisors, is under threat like never before. Steve Gotz, Alec Mclauren 21 Aug 2018
16 The Carbon Bubble part 2 How do you account for carbon? Richard Barker 03 Aug 2018
17 The Carbon Bubble part 1 Housing bubble? what about a carbon bubble? Carter Powis 03 Aug 2018
18 Surviving in an AI world How do you future proof yourself from AI? Vivienne Ming 16 Jul 2018
19 Hyperloop and the future of transport LA to San Francisco in 30 minutes? We dive into the high-tech future of transport with Nick Earle, VP at Virgin Hyperloop One. Nick Earle 16 Jul 2018
20 Future of work with Google Chief Economist Hal Varian and Professor Jonathan Trevor AI’s effect on the labour force, who wins man or machine? Jonathan Trevor, Hal Varian 16 Jul 2018
21 Introduction with Dean Peter Tufano How can an institution that is over 900 years old teach its students about the future? We speak to Peter Tufano, Dean of Oxford's Saïd Business School. Peter Tufano 09 Jul 2018