Born Digital – The Story of a Distracted Generation

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Join our experienced line up of speakers to discuss the impact of the digital world on vulnerable groups and what to do about it.

The internet was created on the assumption that all users are equal, but children and the vulnerable are not. In Born Digital, Robert Wigley distils the mountains of available research on the subject and brings to bear his wealth of institutional experience to present a roadmap for society to radically and urgently reset its relationship with technology – for the sake of future generations.

“Our relationship with tech has far-reaching consequences for all of us, but for Generation Z in particular it is profoundly life-changing.”

Much has been written about the various harms technology causes, but Born Digital suggests practical solutions.

‘Born Digital holds up a mirror for my generation and calls humanity to reset its relationship with technology. A powerful mission that is both important and overdue.’

Fritz Lensch (twenty), Founder, G25 and Neonseeds (group of young leaders aiming to create a sustainable and peaceful world)
  • Speaker

    Robert Wigley OStJ, BSc, HonDBA, FCA, CCMI

    The Chairman of UK Finance. He sits on the UK’s Economic Crime Strategic Board, co-chaired by the Chancellor and the Home Secretary. During 2016/17 he chaired Victoria Beckham’s fashion business. He spent a career in finance rising to be EMEA Chairman of Merrill Lynch and a member of the board of the Bank of England during the 2008 financial crisis. He was Chairman of the Green Investment Bank Commission He is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Queensland, a Visiting Fellow of Oxford University’s Saïd Business School and an Honorary Fellow of Cambridge University’s Judge Business School.

  • Speaker

    Helle Thorning-Schmidt

    Former Prime Minister of Denmark and Leader of the Social Democrats. She is co-Chair of Facebook's external Oversight Board that makes content moderation decisions on the platform. She was previously a Member of the European Parliament and CEO of Save The Children. She is currently a Member of the International Advisory Board at the Atlantic Council, a Member of the European Council of Foreign Relations, and a Board Member of the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship.

  • Speaker

    Piers Birmingham

    Generation Z'er - the group that Born Digital is mainly about. He is the Founder and Chair of POLITIKA, the RADIX Youth Wing. Frustrated with the lack of youth-led organisations to engage his peers with politics and public policy, he founded POLITIKA in early 2018 at the age of 16 and has grown it into a team of over 50 young people across the country from all backgrounds and political leanings. He is currently studying Business and Management at the University of Exeter.

  • Moderator

    Professor David Grayson CBE

    Emeritus Professor of Corporate Responsibility at Cranfield School of Management and Chair at the Institute for Business Ethics. He is a Fellow at the RADIX Centre for Business, Politics & Society. A writer, speaker, teacher and campaigner, he has had a thirty year career as a social entrepreneur and campaigner for responsible business, diversity, and small business development. He is Chair designate of the Leonard Cheshire disability charity.


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Wednesday 14th April 2021, 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

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