Study Tour

2019 Fall Study Tour: Ethical Digital

Driving better business ethics, better business – and better businesses

Driving better business ethics, better business – and better businesses

We had Digital.  Now we have Ethical Digital.  Whether it’s guarding against cyber-risk, misuse of data and opaque AI-powered decisions, or building trust in automation and autonomous systems, ethics is – or should be – an explicit requirement of the digital leadership agenda.

Ethics has moved from the realm of moral philosophers to computer programmers.  It is now seemingly routine for Silicon Valley and other Corporate executives to defend their record on ethical issues including privacy, data, tax, competition, diversity, inequality and employment.  For technology-driven businesses, today’s reputational risks have become tomorrow’s market pressures in the battle for Defending Digital. 

This tour will be focused around London and New York. The home of the digital revolution may be Silicon Valley, but for Ethical Digital the gravitational centres are different.  Both these hubs share a unique mix of innovation capital; regional, national and international policy frameworks; and robust academic and privately funded research institutions all focused on ethical automated decision systems. 

London in particular is leading the way on driving regulatory and policy frameworks, with the UK’s stated goal of crafting policies that have an outsize impact on global behaviour in the same way that GDPR has impacted privacy practices far beyond the EU’s Borders. 

New York, also taking legislative strides ahead of the rest of the nation in terms of algorithmic auditing, has also long been the home of a different ethos to capital investment than Silicon Valley which includes some of the earliest and most active firms focused on reaping the rewards of investing in underrepresented groups. These are the key factors which give London and New York the right conditions to incubate what will become common practice for Ethical Digital.

Business leaders have always held responsibility for resolving complex ethical choices by setting an organization’s vision and making strategic decisions.As traditional organizations become technology driven, these challenges are exacerbated by increasing layers of abstraction and automation touching every part of a business from operations and delivery to product development and HR practices.  Leaders are called upon to consider ever more complex conflicting interests, balancing the risks and rewards of designing Ethical Digital technology to not just improve organizational performance, but also contribute more broadly to society.  

At the start of this tour, delegates will be facing questions such as 

  • Where do you start?  What’s your scope and how do you prioritize?
  • How do you realize financial and cultural gains from ethical technology use?
  • Who is governing ethical implications and what process is right for your organization?
  • Risk vs reward:  how do you balance conflicting ethical concerns?
  • How do you keep up with emerging practices?
  • How do you create a sustainable culture of Ethical Digital?

By the time we wrap up, delegates will be equipped with the tools to identify possible ethical strategies and match these to the maturity of technological components, choosing the right ethical approach at the right time.


Based on our experience of previous study tours, we expect that most delegates will wish to arrange their own travel to and from the United States.


Includes 6 nights accommodation (Wed. - Mon), all meals and receptions, and ground transportation costs associated with all visits. 

Cancellation Policy

In the event of you cancelling either your own or your partner’s registration, you will be liable for any cancellation costs that may be incurred by Leading Edge Forum. If you cancel your registration and your place on the tour cannot be allocated to another delegate, please understand no refund may be payable.

Wednesday: Welcome & Setting the Scene

A welcome lunch and introduction session that will structure the key concepts

and questions the tour will address.

Thursday: Evolution

Bringing to life the themes we introduced in Wednesday’s kickoff session.

Friday: Ethics in Practice

What are the challenges and benefits of getting ethics off the page and putting them

into action.

Friday pm – Sunday afternoon



Optional Time with LEF


Social & Re-Focus

Monday: Ethics as a Value Proposition

What if ethics was more than the mitigation of risk, but a proactive strategy for

guiding business development?

Tuesday: Barrier & Solutions

What can trip you up in adopting an ethical approach? How can these barriers be



A welcome lunch and introduction session that will structure the key concepts and questions the tour will address.

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