New ways to ‘teach’ ethics

The American Accounting Association invited us to organise a multi-disciplinary panel to explore new ideas that overcome the limits of traditional approaches to teaching ethics. We shared insights and provided practical examples for academics and practitioners who want to engage students and foster ethical behaviour in organisations. Through research and insights from leading experts, our […]

Future Professional: the Journey

A call for broader professional education For the past couple of years, the foresight initiatives developed by AuditFutures have sought to rethink important aspects of the accountancy profession in an exponentially changing world. By asking uncomfortable questions and thinking proactively ahead, our action-research work has shown to disrupt the status quo in order to develop […]

Innovation Summit:
Future of Reporting

  On 11 July, in collaboration with the FRC, we brought together over 80 participants for an innovation summit. It was  a design-led event to engage delegates in a safe and creative space to discuss how reporting could be relevant to the needs of 21st century economy and society. We saw this as a unique […]

New Horizons for Education

We are delighted to be working with the British Accounting and Finance Association at the 2017 Annual Conference in Edinburgh. We see this as a unique opportunity to engage academics and practitioners in a dialogue on the future of accounting education. Our aspiration for the conference this year was to facilitate a different conversation – […]

Assurance Innovation by Design

On 7th December we hosted an Assurance Design Workshop for ICAEW members. The event is part of our Open Design Studio – a design-led incubator for new thinking and innovative ideas. We bring together a diverse group of Accountants and businesses to flex their creativity and to solve real and complex problems that create new […]

Ethical Systems Design

A collaboration with Ethical Systems, based in NYU Stern School of Business On 23rd November, we hosted a conference exploring the concept of organisational culture and what systemic approaches we can take to foster ethical culture within organisations, particularly professional service firms. This interdisciplinary conference engaged around 100 leading international academics, business leaders and accounting […]

Professional ethics in a world of algorithms

Can ethics inspire the future of the professions? For centuries the learnt professions of medicine, law, teaching, architecture and accountancy have played important social role – contributing to a greater good and solving problems that are too complicated for individuals. Yet today, the role and expertise of these august professionals seem to be under threat […]

What is our role
in reaching the Goals?

In January, the UN launched one of its the most ambition initiatives – a vision for the world in 2030, articulated in seventeen sustainable development goals. This is the largest consultation ever undertaken – over 8 million people participated, 70 countries contributed, all 193 nations signed up. The Goals are a powerful story and inspiring […]

Future Firms: evolving accounting practice

The ecosystem of accounting firms was indispensable to 20th century business. Rooted deeply in the industrial age expansion of measurement, reporting, and assurance, accounting practices have enabled organisations and individuals to grow and prosper. While often invisible to the general public, accountancy firms have played a key role in fostering strong capital markets on Wall Street […]

The journey to ‘Professional’

Motivated, empathetic, ethical and creative – these are the new characteristics and competencies that leading employers seek beyond just technical knowledge. The concept of ‘job market’ does not capture the complexity and dynamics of the modern work environment, and things are not as simple as ‘supply and demand’. Many companies – from local enterprises to […]