22 May 2018
What will the mining industry look like in 2030, 2040 or 2050? Technology and how it’s changing the way we operate in mining and beyond was the subject of our latest FutureSmart MiningTM Open Forum, which took place recently at The Crystal in London’s Docklands.
In Anglo American, as part of our FutureSmart MiningTM approach to innovation, we’ve been hosting Open Forums since 2015. They provide us with a chance to learn from world-class experts and collaborators in other industries, to work together to interrogate the major challenges we face in our business - and ideate potential solutions.
The guest list for the three-day Future of Mining Open Forum was a mixture of colleagues, peers from the wider industry, and people from other industries as well as civil society and government. The companies represented included Nestle, the International Labour Organisation (ILO), IKEA, Sony, the Australian High Commission, IFC, The Church of England, Mondi, BP, Statoil, Veolia and Google.
“I think it was one of our best open forums yet, driven primarily by the quality of our external guests,” said Phil Newman, Head of Innovation for Anglo American. “We were challenged right from the start, no topic of conversation was off-limits. We were exposed to a very different perspective on the future of work and the potential future of mining.”