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Excited to share the publication of a new book on sustainability, as a contributing author on the sub-themes of education, future of work, and artificial intelligence.

‘Applying Sustainability’ brings together the principles and practices of sustainable development in the context of global challenges that include climate change, food security, and a widening digital divide.

The excitement over the 4IR has driven critical attention to the future of industries driven by data management, automation of processes, and the introduction of robots. They bring a new set of sustainability challenges.

Addressing these complex sustainability challenges must be inter-disciplinary and multidisciplinary, drawing upon the relevance and application of economics, environment, and society. A transformation of corporate and societal mindsets and attitudes is required for the world community to realise a more sustainable future.

The impact of technological change on sustainable development involves the displacement of humans by robots but requires the advancement of science to sustain humankind. To avoid a non-dystopian future, however, requires the continuing investment in human skills and a transformative education system.

‘Applying Sustainability’ advocates change, not only in business models, but the way businesses, governments, individuals, multinational agencies accept and integrate sustainability principles. Concerns on diminishing resources and waste cannot be left to high-level policy debate alone; conservation management must be taught, to build both capacity to change and capability to manage. There are new opportunities to re-chart the sustainability future which considers the best use of robotics, artificial intelligence, and new applications of digital technology.

The book reminds the world that to overcome the environmental and social challenges, much more needs to be done. Change brings a departure from the norm. But nothing less than what sustainability stands for matters.

Their future, our hands: why this book matters

Available in copy or kindle now:

Mr Tay Kay Luan is the vice-chancellor of the International University Malaya-Wales. He has also held leadership roles at the Asian Institute of Chartered Bankers, ACCA, Hay Group (now Korn Ferry Hay), Andersen Consulting (now Accenture) and Price Waterhouse (now PWC).

My fellow graduate from the London School of Economics (LSE), I am proud to have worked with Tay on a project that effects the most important issues of our time.

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