What do grown-ups do all day?

Baby boomers carved out jobs for life.

Millennials surf the gig economy as digital nomads, kickstarting businesses and social enterprises left and right. Right?

It’s a cool story, but we want to go deeper – so we’re asking eight unique individuals to present the story of their 21st century working life.

With less than seven minutes each on the mic, they’ll lead us on a fast-paced stroll through the futuristic present of work. Pack light.


  • Jan Owen AM
    Jan Owen is the CEO of the Foundation for Young Australians and YLab, the global youth futures lab. She has spent the past 25 years growing Australia’s youth, social enterprise and innovation sectors.
  • Tane Hunter
    Tane Hunter is a cancer researcher, bioinformatician, and science communicator. He is co-founder of Future Crunch and Lighthouse Data Science, and is currently completing his PhD at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre.
  • Madeleine Buchner
    Madeleine Buchner is the founder and CEO of Little Dreamers, a not-for-profit organisation working to improve the emotional and physical health, wellbeing and resilience of young carers.
  • Ally Watson
    Ally Watson co-founded the highly successful Code Like a Girl, an Australian organisation set out to spark change in the tech community; inspiring new generations of girls to acquire coding as a skill through their workshops and events.
  • Nada Kalam
    Nada Kalam is an electrical engineer and business consultant, currently working for Telstra Energy through MetaPM. She also serves as an Executive Board Member of the Islamic Council of Victoria, and the Asylum Centre Resource Centre Partnership Manager for Engineers Without Borders Australia.
  • Brodie Lancaster
    Brodie Lancaster is the founder and editor of Filmme Fatales, a zine about film and feminism. She a managing editor at The Good Copy and a co-ordinator at the annual Independent Photography Festival.
  • Gary Leung
    Gary Leung is the co-founder and CEO of IntimatAR, an augmented reality app to help couples learn and communicate about each other’s bodies and build intimacy. He has a diverse background in startup, social enterprise, sustainability consulting and international development

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