The Future of Education, Technology, People & Innovation

February 2, 2013

memories-of-tomorrow_1In our regular look ahead James Lush of ABC Perth and I looked at what’s over the horizon for:

Education
– students will have 6 distinct careers, 14 jobs and live 100+ years; 60% of the job tasks they will do in the next 10 years have not been created yet; the traditional 3r’s – reading, writing, arithmetic- are great foundations, but our kids also need the 3 C’s – communication, collaboration and creative problem solving.

Technology – we have only just begun our technological journey and haven’t seen anything yet; and the imminent rise of the Internet of Things.

People – what will living to 120 mean?; will man and machine meld to the point where it is hard to recognise where flesh ends and machine starts?

Innovation – how Collaborative, Crowdsourcing and Co-create is changing the way we work play and live and why innovation is now a constant in our everyday world.

This is a great interview touching on lot’s of tomorrow’s horizon questions so have a listen now and let me know what you think tomorrow’s big questions are.


Welcome to the Gold Coast

August 13, 2012

What does education need to provide to meet tomorrow’s societal and business needs, was to have been the topic of the morning between Nicole Dyer of 91.7 ABC Coast FM and myself , but as always we got diverted and this time into a discussion on the Future of Funerals and Cemeteries after a keynote I gave on the Gold Coast over the weekend.

This led us to chat about our changing cultural views around death and memorialisation, not morbid I promise and how technology is being used to remember the dead, pay honour to them and unite a physical and digital family in their time of need.

We did eventually get on to education and aged care and the changes ahead for both.

All in all a great segment. Lot’s of food for thought and I look forward to catching up with Nicole at 9.30 a.m. on the first Monday of each month to chat about what’s happening in the FUTURE.

Listen to the segment now:


Teach it forward

October 23, 2011

Those entering the workforce today will have 6 distinct careers and 13 jobs. 60% of the work and tasks they will be doing in their 50 years career have not yet been invented. 30% of them will be working remotely using technology that has not yet been invented.

If tomorrow’s world offers a constant feast of change, new professions, tasks, work-styles and places then it doesn’t make sense to keep teaching our children only about old professions, work styles and methods.

That’s not to say that that what we were taught is not necessary, it is. But what we were taught was perfect for an employment world of career and employment certainty.

Today’s’ classrooms needs to go beyond the 3R’s to teach tomorrow’s leaders how to continuously problem solve, work collaboratively, work globally and seize opportunity.

In today’s radio segment Jason Jordan of Perth’s 6PR and I chatted about tomorrow’s education, the use of technology in the classroom, building classrooms of tomorrow and what new jobs lie ahead.

Listen to this weeks segment now:

and listen each Sunday at 4.40 p.m. (WST)


Facebook Royalty – Radio 6PR FutureTech Segment – 14 November 2010

November 14, 2010

HRH joins Facebook this week and becomes an instant friend to a 1/4 million loyal subjects is where this weeks segment kicks off before Ted Bull and I take a detour to discuss the future of education, one of my hobby horses and my reality that we need to educate our students to serve their future not our past.

We take a look at tomorrow’s classroom learning needs, online learning, the notion that today’s students will have 6 careers and 14 jobs in their working life and that many of the jobs, tasks and industries they will work in have not yet been invented.

With all this uncertainty, the only thing certain is that it’s up to us to pave the wave for tomorrow’s decision makers, thinkers and leaders and we better get it right.

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The Weekender – 6PR Radio – 21 February 2010

February 21, 2010

On line security seems to be the buzz this week with lot’s of articles and stories all leading to the same place – am I safe on line?

Harvey Deegan, of 6PR radio, and I picked up on some of these themes talking about Please Rob Me a site that takes twitter feeds and fouresquare location based feeds blends them together to get a live feed of people who are away from their home’s and office’s.

Our next discussion point was an American story of a Philadelphia school placing active webcams in students laptops, as a safety measure if they were ever stolen (allowing them to take a picture of the thief). Of course this backfired, the shot taken was not of a thief but a student who hadn’t notified that his laptop was stolen and was then accused of taking drugs (as evidenced in the photo they took), whilst he claims he was eating lollies.

The follow on story was of a student posting a Facebook comment that said her teacher was the worst teacher she had ever had. This got her suspended from school, which got the school into court, where the court said the student had the 1st amendment right to state her opinion and forced the school to lift her suspension.

Technology, dating back to the invention of fire, has always been a dual edged blessing. Technology is an inanimate object waiting for us to come along and breathe life into it. We then choose whether to use it for niceness or evilness.

Listen to this live segment now, or join us live each Sunday at around 12.35 (Aust EST) 3.35 (Aust WST) and for in between stuff follow me on Twitter (MrFuture).