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21st Century Careers

The clue to having a successful career in the 21st century workplace is to see opportunities and solutions in today’s challenges and then use your creativity, intelligence and enthusiasm to create brighter futures.

Being Human

DeathtoStock_Simplify10 (2016_10_04 06_39_07 UTC)When robots and computers can do so much, being human will be your winning edge.

I love it when people value me and make me feel as if I belong.  Not just family.  I love it when the local barista asks about my holiday. I love it when my boss remembers my birthday. I love it when the occupational therapist listens to my Mum’s stories.

Ability to listen deeply and respond with humanity will become more important to the success of humans in the 21st century workplace.

Clean Air, Clean Water, Clean Land Death_to_stock_photography_bonus_floral_8

We are making such a mess of the planet that there will be a MULTITUDE of jobs needed to address the wreckage we are creating.

Start now. Invent a way of growing and certifying clean food. Set up a remakery. Design open source circular economy products.

Watch out for emerging trends to be ahead of the game.

Security 

DeathtoStock_IntotheLight-10.jpgThe media makes the world seem like such a dangerous place.

The media itself is a dangerous place. Are people really watching us through our phones?

Whether it is the fight against hackers or terrorists there is money to be made in protecting people and big business from unwanted intrusion.

It’s time to invent a new security door or become an ICT security ninja.

 Getting Connected

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When the high speed internet eventually arrives across Australia there will be lots of jobs connecting some things to other things to make new things.

In the meantime, the current NBN seems to be taking forever so there could be a long term job working on that.

When it is finished the Australian internet speed will be slower than the speed South Korea has already left behind, so you could continue upgrading and improving on the internet speed throughout your career.

Whether you are digging an NBN trench or creating a smart fridge that connects to a smart cow, there will be a lot of connecting going on.

Go crazy. Think of what could be connected? Connecting things is already big business.

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Our world is changing faster than at any time in history. We need new approaches and many people to address the problems of today and tomorrow.

 


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The Future of Education is Here

The future of education is here, it is just unevenly distributed.

Sugata Mitra and Charles Leadbeater are international leaders providing glimpses of the future of education. Through their excellent work they create and report on prototypes of learning that are preparing students for the 21st century.

While most of us are stuck in traditional 20th century systems we are conscious that they cannot deliver citizens who are prepared for the 21st century.

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  1. Most of us are not aware of how fast the world is changing outside the school gates.
  2. Leading educators are conscious of how incompetent we are in trying to prepare kids for 21st century careers.
  3. Sugata Mitra and Charles Leadbeater are competent and conscious of the pockets of knowledge that they are sharing.
  4. If you ever hear of anyone who thinks they are unconsciously competent they are probably just not aware of what is going on.

There are pockets of innovation and experimentation happening across Western Australia.

We need to start sharing our ideas so that we can stand on the shoulders of the giants amongst us.

Our first task is to start talking to each other.

 


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Changmaking is Booming in WA

Dr FrothIt has never been easier to make ideas happen.

Western Australians are getting together to become changemakers. They use technology to connect with other left handed hamburger eaters/ cane toad hunters/ bubble artists around the world but the human element of collaboration is critical to the booming movement.

Changemakers are having fun as they learn, share ideas and create with other changemakers.

There are Changemaker Meetup Groups. enkel operates in Vic Park where it has workshops, guest speakers, group meetings and social events. Robotics class

It is starting a new venture in the Fremantle Naval Store and there are other initiatives in the Eastern Suburbs.

There are more Coderdojos in WA than anywhere else.

WA hosted the only Open Source Circular Economy celebration in Australia last year.

Space Cubed has expanded and expanded as it supports innovators and entrepreneurs.  The high office vacancy in Perth is dovetailing with the changemaker movement as even banks are setting aside space to support innovation by creating collaboration spaces.

Barriers between work and play are breaking down as people discover new ways of learning and earning. Young Australians have been disenchanted with traditional ways of working for a long time so they are working together, building traction for their ideas and figuring out how to commercialize them.

Schools struggling to make change within the traditional education system can contact these changemakers and start collaborating today.

If you don’t know how to connect let me know and I will arrange a meeting.

If you know of a changemaker initiative in WA could you let me know and I will start up a data base.

 


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Surfing a Tsunami of Change

Do you have the mindset of a shipwreck survivor or the mindset of a surfer?

Fullscreen capture 17032017 23630 PM.bmpCyriel Kortleven  is in Perth giving lessons on how to surf a tsunami of change.

He it teaching strategies for creative problem solving that help individuals and organisations to creatively boost their performance through this VUCAVolatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous world.

He gave a lot of simple strategies that take brainstorming to a whole new level.

We were given the question “How can I create change in my organisation?”. Everyone wrote 8 concrete ideas on postit notes. We passed our ideas to the next person in the group who added their ideas to the original ones using a “YES, and….” strategy.

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Cyriel is Belgian so thought he should put his tips on a beer coaster!

One idea was to have a guest speaker come to the workplace to talk on innovation. The “YES, and….” strategy idea was to create a calendar of innovation presentations that would run throughout the year.

These two ideas were then passed on to a third person.

You get the pattern.

The practical strategies that Cyriel gave were a good lesson on how to keep surfing as the size and speed of the tsunami builds.

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Next year when he comes back he is going to build our strategies for learning from Nearlings, those actions we take that don’t quite achieve our goals.

He posts quite a bit of information on his site and he is going to forward worksheets and notes from the workshop which I will post here when they come through.