Why does Knowledge Society exist?

Knowledge Society exists because so many organisations, systems and businesses could be better. We believe that the desire to do good and create value is deeply wired into all of us and that every business and government entity can improve.

Glorious knowledge

Knowledge is the ultimate social resource: the better the knowledge upon which a society’s decision- making rests, the better its allocation of resources. Triumphs of human ingenuity  underpin our prosperity and wellbeing. The deeper a society’s knowledge base, the more creatively it solves its problems. We must operate beyond academic silos, institutional logos or personal ego to vigorously pursue the social end of a more enlightened society.

Awaiting the economic revolution

Be like the leading Australian businesses, who compare themselves to global leading firms in their sector – not the businesses down the street.

How to improve an education system

By using evidence and human-centred design, we can change the way our children learn – at scale – for the good of our whole society. See how one Australian school system is doing it.

Future-proofing your job and business

There is quiet revolution under way, running parallel to the technology revolution. In the ‘new humanism’, The rhythm of tomorrow’s businesses will be attuned to human needs.

The skills of the future

Jobs of the future will call for agility, and those who can combine creativity, design and analytical skills, and soft skills such as negotiation, collaboration and empathy, will prosper.

What should the future of schooling in Australia look like?

Australian educators are asking big questions about how schools need to adapt to better equip students for the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead, given the rapid economic and societal changes taking place globally.

Knowledge Society partnered with the Association of Independent Schools New South Wales to stimulate thinking and ideas for educational improvement in our country.

How Gonski can transform school classrooms

For more than a generation, we have let teaching practice drift far from the evidence base about what works for children and young people.

Australian leaders on the future of schools and education

Executives, founders and influential leaders told us what they think schools and education systems must do.

How might Australia become a knowledge society?

The extraordinary digital revolution of the 21st century has only just begun. In the next decade, data, technology, science and engineering will transform the global economy. The implications for the way we live and work are profound. But are we ready for the transformation?

We spoke to eight leading Australians about the challenges and the opportunities they see as we build a knowledge society.

The rockstars of Australia’s new economy

We profiled the stars of the Australian innovation constellation: the knowledge creators and brokers, scientists, entrepreneurs, venture capitalists and business transformation leaders.

The new value of knowledge

In a knowledge economy, algorithms and insight are the new commodities. Science, research and its application are the new drivers of wealth. Australia’s culture of planning needs to be replaced by a culture of experimentation.

The importance of philanthropy

Philanthropy is as old as Western civilisation itself. Great philanthropy has a pure focus, and often a sense of place. Great philanthropy transforms societies.

Following Western Australia’s example

Western Australia stands on the shoulders of a massive technical achievement. The state is not merely a world-class mining province, but a thriving centre for innovation and technology that will lead the nation into the next century.​

In partnership with the University of Western Australia, Knowledge Society looks at the state’s achievements and what it must do to capitalise on its success. The home of the the Square Kilometre Array, the world’s most powerful radio telescope, and the largest fleet of autonomous vehicles in the world, has something to teach the rest of Australia.

Ten steps to an innovative ecosystem

Innovation doesn’t happen in a vacuum. The best way to create the conditions for a more innovative Australia is to encourage domain-specific innovation ecosystems.

Western Australia’s new landscape of innovation and opportunity

Download the full State of Mind report, a data-rich exploration of economic and technological prowess.

Feeding Asia: innovation in Indo-Pacific agriculture

The nations of Asia must work together to solve the regional food-security challenge. We must collaborate better on agricultural research and the diffusion of valuable knowledge and methods.

Blue Zone: the maritime realm of the Indo-Pacific

For Australia and its Indian Ocean neighbours, the maritime realm is profoundly important. Millions of people in the Indo-Pacific rely on oceanic industries for their livelihoods.

Power, prosperity and persuasion in the Indo-Pacific

Perth shares a time horizon with sixty per cent of the world’s population. The nations with the greatest promise for economic growth in the twenty-first century inhabit this region.