As a jazz singer she released her debut album ‘Kissing Bug’ in 2007 and it was received with universal acclaim, becoming the first album by a Scottish jazz singer to reach the Jazz Top 10.
These albums were soon followed by 1:AM, Last Train to Hauteville (where she sang in French), and I’ll Be Home For Christmas.
Touring to promote these albums resulted in concerts in Tokyo, New York, San Francisco, Cannes, London, Singapore, Bangkok, Sydney and Shanghai.
Alison has also performed as guest soloist with the BBC Big Band, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and Guy Barker Big Band and at legendary concert halls including London’s Royal Albert Hall where she performed alongside Bill Wyman and Ronnie Woods from the Rolling Stones, Mick Hucknall of Simply Red and Mel C of the Spice Girls.
ETHICAL FUTURISM™️: SUSTAINABILITY, ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE AND THE FUTURE OF BUSINESS
How we do business is evolving as we face a climate and sustainability crisis. Meanwhile workplaces are transforming through diversity and inclusion. Industries are being disrupted by artificial intelligence and robotics. The future depends on what we do in the present but it depends on making the right choices.
The Ethical Futurists is a unique pairing of two of today’s leading thinkers; Alison Burns and James Taylor. In their inspiring, entertaining and highly visual co-keynote they will take you on a journey to discover how the world’s most ethical companies are transforming their industries and achieving sustainable growth.
Alison Burns is an award-winning performer, keynote speaker and expert in business ethics, sustainability and ethical leadership. For over 30 years, she has been a trailblazer in the fields of engineering, entertainment, technology and the law. Today as an Ethical Futurist she helps organisations and individuals think and act more ethically through her entertaining and inspiring keynote speeches on sustainability, environment, future trends, diversity, inclusion and the ethical implications of technology. James Taylor – who started his career managing high profile rock stars – is now an in-demand keynote speaker and internationally recognized leader in business creativity, innovation and artificial intelligence. For over 20 years, he has been advising CEO’s, entrepreneurs, educators, governments, leaders, writers and rockstars on how to build innovative organizations, unlock creative potential, and increase productivity.
Whether you’re striving to develop an inclusive culture based on diversity and collaboration, or searching for insights from the world’s most ethical and sustainable organisations, The Ethical Futurists can help you on that transformation. Today consumers want to buy from brands which align with their values. Talent wants to work for organisations that do the right thing. Purpose-driven companies want to do well but also do good. The success of your organisation relies on you being an ethical leader. Inspiring and motivating your people on how we can all do well by doing good.
Your audience will learn:
Perfect for: Global Conferences, Client-Facing Events, Corporate Meetings, Women Leadership Events
Environmental, Social & Corporate Governance (ESG)
The future is about more than technological disruption. It’s about ethics. There is no right way to do a wrong thing. Exponential technologies such as AI, robotics and cybersecurity are forcing leaders to rethink the role of ethics in our future. This is a time for change. A time for companies, countries and citizens to develop their own Ethical Purpose Statement™ to better foster diversity and inclusion, deal fairly and ethically with stakeholders, and lead the change to a more sustainable future.
LEADERSHIP – 1 in 5 employees feels pressure to compromise ethics standards according to the Global Business Ethics Survey™.
FUTURE TRENDS – 9 out of 10 organisations said they were aware of at least one instance where an artificial intelligence system had resulted in ethical issues for their business.
DIVERSITY & INCLUSION – The Business Roundtable of America recently redefined the purpose statement for corporations to include ‘fostering diversity and inclusion’ and ‘dealing fairly and ethically’.
CULTURE – 86% of millennials consider it a “priority to work for a business that conducts itself ethically and responsibly”.
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