In this Better Angels interview special guest host Tom Fletcher speaks with British politician and diplomat Baroness Valerie Amos, who served as the Leader of the House of Lords, United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, Secretary of State and Emergency Relief Coordinator and British High Commissioner to Australia.
Valerie also served as Secretary of State for International Development and in doing so became the first black woman to sit in the Cabinet of the United Kingdom. Today Valerie is the Director of the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, becoming the first black woman to lead a university in the United Kingdom.
Valerie’s extraordinary career has seen her break ground many times and take on great challenges with enormous composure, leaving a track record of solid achievement in her wake.
In this interview special, Valerie shares her perspective and private thoughts on the barriers she’s crossed and the experiences of her professional life.
Throughout the series we’ve heard from world leaders, teachers, tech entrepreneurs, CEOs and Prime Ministers from around the world about what the future of learning looks like, and what skills people will need in the future.
The final episode explores the how...if we can see what change is needed, why is it so hard? Three gurus on social media and campaigning give their answers on how to make change happen in the Digital Age. And a philanthropist and former Prime Minister explain the practical ways they are changing education.
Tom speaks with co-founder and CEO of Purpose Jeremy Heimans, author and entrepreneur Jonah Sachs, founder of Beautiful Destinations Jeremy Jauncey, Founder of People’s Postcode Lottery Annemiek Hoogenboom and former UK Prime Minister and UN Special Envoy for Education Gordon Brown.
Thank you to Tom Fletcher and all the Better Angels he spoke with along the journey to make this special series, we hope you have learnt something valuable and continue to champion your activist spirit!
The fourth episode of Learning in the Digital Age: A Better Angels special with Tom Fletcher continues to explore jobs of the future and the skills people will need for these, such as creativity, problem solving and the tasks humans can do better than the robots.
Tom speaks to British Labour politician Cathy Ashton, Emirati politician and President of Zayed University Sheikha Lubna, 2018 Global Teacher Prize winner Andria Zafirako and former UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Valerie Amos.
The third episode of Learning in the Digital Age: A Better Angels special with Tom Fletcher explores the importance of connectivity and creativity in the Digital Age and asks what are the most important skills to gain for the jobs of the future?
Tom speaks to former New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark, co-founder of Technology Will Save Us Daniel Hirschman, neuroscientist Dr Tara Swart and British tech entrepreneur Tabitha Goldstaub.
The second episode of Learning in the Digital Age: A Better Angels special with Tom Fletcher moves from head to heart as Tom looks at what character we will need to thrive in the future.
Hear Tom speak to a range of guests about what characters we need to thrive in the Digital Age, from resilience, to courage and emotional development.
You’ll hear from retired British Army officer Sir Graeme Lamb, Lebanese sportsman, mountaineer and explorer Maxime Chaya and British communications specialist, formerly Britain's youngest former Ambassador Julie Chappell. Tom asks the question: Can we learn to be kind, curious and brave?