Claiming the public interest

by Dr Ivan Krastev, chair of the Centre for Liberal Strategies and fellow of the Institute of Human Studies The emergence of the topic of transparency on the public discourse scene, has changed the role of professions who deal with transparency. Now, when the expectations for governments and companies are to be more accountable, it […]

Transforming the way we work

by Lee Bryant, co-founder of POST*SHIFT The Accounting profession has a long history from ancient Mesopotamia and Egypt through Medieval Europe to Chartered status in mid-Nineteenth Century Scotland and then the formation of the ICAEW in 1880. The Institute was created as part of a drive to improve standards and build trust in the sector, […]

Roads leading from Rome

Over 300 people packed the large auditorium at Parco Dela Musica in Rome – all eager to hear more about the innovative AuditFutures programme and to listen to the discussion on the new horizons for accountancy, led by panellists with quite unexpected backgrounds and experiences. Multi-disciplinary approach is our hallmark and our panellists reflected that: […]

Accountancy Salon:
Design & Trust

It is six o’clock in the evening, on a gorgeous British summer evening. Over seventy people have flocked to the soft chairs of the sun-bathed lounge. They have all come to a sell-out event on a Friday night. Most surprisingly, the event is not taking place in the City but at the Royal College of […]

What kind of society do we want to become?

  I wasn’t expecting to be excited when I read the report, but I found myself highlighting things and writing in the margins. It really rings true for so many things even beyond auditing.   This is how the economist Mariana Mazzucato started her keynote speech at the report launch. Mariana is a professor of […]

Enlightening Professions?
A vision for the future

A vision for audit and a better society This report is a partnership between the RSA and AuditFutures. It draws on a literature review, a call out for evidence through the RSA Fellowship, semi-structured interviews and a variety of contributions from people inside and outside of the audit profession who became aware of the project. We […]

Are we waiting for a ‘Kodak moment’?

A “Kodak moment” brings one of two meanings to mind. One is about that extraordinary moment worth capturing. The other is about successful organisations, wedded to the status quo, unwilling to risk and innovate and thus fading away, just like an old photo. The keynote address at the AAA Audit Section Luncheon was a double […]

Building academic bridges

  “We’re here to listen. We’re here to work with you, distinguished academics. We’re here to reinvent the profession together.” The welcoming words of Henry Irving, the Head of Audit and Assurance of ICAEW resonated through the room of 35 accounting academics from around the world. The smell of aromatic morning coffee fills the room and […]

L’avenir de la profession de l’audit

We hosted a daylong workshop in collaboration with the Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada (CPA Canada) to explore the future of audit and assurance in Canada. Our 35 participants represented a wide range of practitioners, preparers, and users of audit information. We had built the session on one of the major outcomes of AuditFutures – […]

Generation Y: we audit audit

Fresh. Brilliant. Creative, Different. Challenging. Invigorating…. One after another, some sixty students, sitting in a circle, share their reflections on a workshop in just one word. In the past four hours, they have been discussing visions for the future of their profession and have built their own innovative scenarios. The energy and excitement on their […]