Over the last six months I have not posted a blog but I have been doing a lot of thinking…and been deeply involved…in the practice of school governance. There has been a great deal of talk about schools needing to change, but little of this has discussed implications for the governance of schools and what additional skillsets might be needed in order for schools to be future focused.
The inauguration of Donald Trump has led to a flurry of commentary, unease and fear. It’s hard to separate the truth from the spin. I’ve been reflecting on The Trump Effect – the arousal of people whose voices seem unheard. That’s how he got into power, and that is why there have been demonstrations as he takes control of the United States of America. Will the USA become the DSA (Divided States of America?) Read blog post >
Interviewing people about collaboration in today’s world has been fascinating. At the same time I have been wondering what the future of collaboration might look like as robots start to integrate more with humans. What does collaboration with robots look like? What are the possibilities? What are the implications for leaders?
Exponential change, exponential technologies, exponential this and that….the latest buzz words to hit the world of business. So is it just hype? Having spent three days at the SingularityU New Zealand Summit recently I think exponential thinking is increasingly important. The rapid pace of technological change isn’t just about acceleration. It’s also about convergence and recombining, which has the effect of amplifying change. It’s disruptive. Read blog post >
Exponential technologies are having an increasing affect on the world of work. It is more common to have 3-4 generations in the workforce where typically two were dominant. In this changing work environment there is an increasing need to value multiple ages of thinking and to expect people of 50 and beyond to contribute as partners in innovation. Don’t be fooled in calling this age group olderpreneurs. Many are percolating new ideas and have no plans for retirement. Retirement is such an old way of thinking. Welcome to the Experienced Economy. Read blog post >
Over the last two years I have been interviewing leaders about their collaborative practices. These leaders come from many different organisations but have the common bond of collaborating in post-earthquake Christchurch. From the interviews, I have identified five characteristics and three mindframes that seem necessary to lead, and to contribute effectively, to collaboration. Leading collaboration, what really matters? Read blog post >
A guest blogpost by Peter Townsend, Canterbury Employers’ Chamber of Commerce
This discussion about collaboration, collaboration between schools, and employers, and workplaces is not only timely and fascinating, it is also hugely important for the thousands of young New Zealanders – and to the nation’s economic and social future.
Frankly, it’s a discussion that needs to take place in virtually every department, in every school, in every community, and in every city and region. The challenge for education leaders, administrators, development offices, careers advisors, teachers, and those in charge of external or community relationships lies back at home – keeping the ideal of collaboration on colleagues’, communities’, and students’ minds every day. Read blog post >
Leaders of the future will need to remix their capabilities, pivot like never before and embrace new relationships. Why? Because we are experiencing an exponential growth of knowledge; the explosion of technologies such as artificial intelligence and the increased capabilities of virtual and online experience; a concern for the widening equity gap; and the increased diversification of our workforces. How do we attract and keep talent? How do we keep an outwards mindset while still working in today’s world?
Key drivers of change are forcing us to deconstruct our industrial model of education and remix it to meet the needs for a vastly different world. Some of the key drivers influencing this remix are the exponential growth of knowledge; the explosion of technologies such as artificial intelligence and the increased capabilities of virtual and online experience; a growing concern with the equity gap; and the frustration that current approaches are failing to provide learners with the skills and attributes they will need to address future economic, environmental and societal challenges.
Schools are moving to new models of learning and becoming more aware of the need to scan the environment, to think beyond their current paradigms of schooling and to consider what is needed for the future success of learners. At least some schools… Read blog post >
Dr Cheryl Doig is currently curating a book on collaboration, with input from around the globe.
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