Future of Learning Conference

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When colleague Hamish Duff and I conceived a series of Future of Learning events we had no idea of the ripple effect that would be created. We set out to explore the impact of exponential technologies on learning in its widest sense. We wanted to move beyond the technohype of robots stealing jobs; to support a diverse group of people to understand more about some of the changes we can expect; and to work with self selected individuals who wanted to take action by way of group projects.

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Uniquely Human is a strength

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Technological change continues to accelerate. Automation is an increasing threat to employment. In times of such exponential acceleration it is important for us to consider and amplify what makes us uniquely human. Rather than trying to compete with technology, let’s explore ways in which technology can enhance humanity. What does it mean to be human? What are the implications for organisations trying to understand these complex times?

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The Trump Effect

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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?)

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Exponential Change: Prepare for Disruption

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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.

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Entrepreneurs at 50

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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.

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