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Focus of your role:

Strategy and policy
Research and innovation

What areas are you particularly interested in re far future tech?

Citizen-centric tech
Human-centred design in tech
Tech for good

Ruth Crick is Director of Jearni Sciences CIC and visiting Professor of Learning Analytics in the Connected Intelligence Centre at the University of Technology Sydney. Ruth’s research has led in the theorization and practical development of learning for self-leadership in a complex world, systemically integrating divergent imperatives for effectiveness: the personal and the public, identity and performance, agency and structure, the human and the digital. Working with a collaborative business model, operating at the interface of research, policy, practice and enterprise, Ruth has co-developed a digital learning journey platform, architected on the basis of a single-view-of-the-learner, capable of providing diagnostic tools for supporting self-directed change, developing ‘resilient agency’ and using machine learning to support ‘purposeful conversations’. She works with industry partners to develop corporate learning power as a rigorous and measurable process that can be integrated with business strategy to catalyse transformation, improve performance and reduce the costs of failure. She works across the corporate/education divide applying these ideas to school transformation and to the ‘behaviour change at scale’ challenges of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

What do you see as the biggest opportunities and challenges for future and emerging tech (5-20 years)?

How can we use technology to empower self-directed, purposeful change for individuals, teams, organisations and communities? The ‘top down’ transmission of data, information or instructions will not lead to the sustainable behaviour change at scale that we need for a more sustainable and healthy world. ‘Data’ is meaningless until human beings make sense of it and can use it to make better decisions. How can we design purposeful learning architectures which create feedback loops for self-leadership, learning relationships and complex problem solving at every level of the system: where the data belongs to the individual who is in charge of their own learning pathways and portfolios, developing their curiosity, creativity and sense making as they navigate their journey across domains and throughout life and at every level of human systems?


What’s the one priority for joint action you would like to take forward?

I would like to contribute to the design and prototyping of data architecture and tools for transformation which support self-leadership, learning relationships and complex problem solving in a city region focused on developing a more ‘resilient’ and ‘sustainable’ future for itself.