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Insights on Change and the Future of Work. GWTNext- Global Workforce Transformation is a community of innovative, forward thinking professionals. GWTNext Manifesto   We are not leaving on the road that we came on.   We recognize that we are at a place of transformation and few industries will be exempt.   We don’t have all the answers, but are committed to figuring them out together.   We recognize that now is a time of peril, but also a time of great opportunity.   We choose to focus on opportunity.   We believe that real change is not an event, it’s a process.   We are dedicated to helping people, teams and organizations effectively and successfully maneuver the wild road of change!  
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3 Essential Elements of Strategic Thinking | Creative GapMinding

After years of talking strategy with business partners I have come to the conclusion that most of us don’t know what strategic thinking really is. Most of what we call strategic thinking is really not that strategic.

 

Thinking comes in many forms:

Howard Gardner talks about five in his book Five Minds for the Future, and describes at least six kinds of intelligence in his other writingsEdward de Bono describes Six Thinking Hats, written specifically for thinking in a business contextI have compiled a list of about a dozen or so approaches to thinking.

 


Via Maree Conway, Rudolf Kabutz
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3 Essential Elements of Strategic Thinking | Creative GapMinding

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A straightforward overview of strategic thinking, the core strategic foresight capability.

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Træfpunkt 2014 - Besøgsbrochure

DANSK HR
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I am very excited to keynote at this large HR conference in Copenhagen, Denmark.  Laura Goodrich

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May the Millennial Force Be With You

May the Millennial Force Be With You | GWTNext -GLOBAL WORKFORCE TRANSFORMATION - PAVING THE TRAIL TO THE FUTURE. | Scoop.it
Kids these days. They’re a heck of a lot smarter than we were at their age, and their effect on our organizations and communities is going to be a lot greater than ours was, as well. While finding and hiring the next generation of leaders has become relatively easy and somewhat sophisticated, retaining those leaders of tomorrow has become the new battlefront.
Laura Goodrich's insight:

"Their effect on our organizations and communities is going to be a lot greater than ours was, as well."

Ken Perlman
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Management intuition for the next 50 years | McKinsey & Company

Management intuition for the next 50 years | McKinsey & Company | GWTNext -GLOBAL WORKFORCE TRANSFORMATION - PAVING THE TRAIL TO THE FUTURE. | Scoop.it
The collision of technological disruption, rapid emerging-markets growth, and widespread aging is upending long-held assumptions that underpin strategy setting, decision making, and management. A McKinsey Quarterly article.
Laura Goodrich's insight:
"We stand today on the precipice of much bigger shifts in each of these areas, with extraordinary implications for global leaders. In the years ahead, acceleration in the scope, scale, and economic impact of technology will usher in a new age of artificial intelligence, consumer gadgetry, instant communication, and boundless information while shaking up business in unimaginable ways. At the same time, the shifting locus of economic activity and dynamism, to emerging markets and to cities within those markets, will give rise to a new class of global competitors. Growth in emerging markets will occur in tandem with the rapid aging of the world’s population—first in the West and later in the emerging markets themselves—that in turn will create a massive set of economic strains.
Any one of these shifts, on its own, would be among the largest economic forces the global economy has ever seen. As they collide, they will produce change so significant that much of the management intuition that has served us in the past will become irrelevant. The formative experiences for many of today’s senior executives came as these forces were starting to gain steam. The world ahead will be less benign, with more discontinuity and volatility and with long-term charts no longer looking like smooth upward curves, long-held assumptions giving way, and seemingly powerful business models becoming upended. In this article, which brings together years of research by the McKinsey Global Institute (MGI) and McKinsey’s Strategy Practice,1 we strive to paint a picture of the road ahead, how it differs from the one we’ve been on, and what those differences mean for senior executives as they chart a path for the years to come." McKinsey and Company
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The Shift Age Newsletter 30, July 2014

The Shift Age Newsletter 30, July 2014 | GWTNext -GLOBAL WORKFORCE TRANSFORMATION - PAVING THE TRAIL TO THE FUTURE. | Scoop.it
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 THE COLLAPSE OF LEGACY THINKING

 

"Simply put, legacy thinking is looking at the present or into the future through the filter of thoughts from the past. This filter prevents one from seeing the present clearly let alone any chance of gazing ahead."


David Houle 

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Change leader, change thyself | McKinsey & Company

Change leader, change thyself | McKinsey & Company | GWTNext -GLOBAL WORKFORCE TRANSFORMATION - PAVING THE TRAIL TO THE FUTURE. | Scoop.it
Anyone who pulls the organization in new directions must look inward as well as outward. A McKinsey Quarterly article.
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"A new strategy will fall short of its potential if it fails to address the underlying mind-sets and capabilities of the people who will execute it.


McKinsey research and client experience suggest that half of all efforts to transform organizational performance fail either because senior managers don’t act as role models for change or because people in the organization defend the status quo.2 In other words, despite the stated change goals, people on the ground tend to behave as they did before. Equally, the same McKinsey research indicates that if companies can identify and address pervasive mind-sets at the outset, they are four times more likely to succeed in organizational-change efforts than are companies that overlook this stage.


In our work together with organizations undertaking leadership and cultural transformations, we’ve found that the best way to achieve an organization’s aspirations is to combine efforts that look outward with those that look inward. Linking strategic and systemic intervention to genuine self-discovery and self-development by leaders is a far better path to embracing the vision of the organization and to realizing its business goals."


Nate Boaz and Erica Ariel Fox

McKinsey Quarterly


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You can’t predict the future, but what we can do is make very well-informed maps of possible plausible futures.

You can’t predict the future, but what we can do is make very well-informed maps of possible plausible futures. | GWTNext -GLOBAL WORKFORCE TRANSFORMATION - PAVING THE TRAIL TO THE FUTURE. | Scoop.it
Home ownership is not so much a dream for young people. It is more of a mirage. The closer they seem to get to it, the more rising prices and uncertain employment keep those front door keys out of reach.
Laura Goodrich's insight:

"Companies need to look outside the areas of their business to spot the trends that will affect their future. 


One of the challenges for companies is to be able to see past what they already know to discover what they don’t know.


Companies may have to rethink what employment means. They may have to accept that their workforce is transient, and build a great alumni network so they can bring those people back in whenever they need them, wherever they are, maybe sharing them with other employers.


Talent is more accessible. There’s going to be a people cloud. Individuals will be able to work for multiple organisations at the same time.


You can’t predict the future, but what we can do is make very well-informed maps of possible plausible futures and make sure strategies are effective, no matter what the future turns out to be.

The future is coming at us, whether we can do something about it or not."


Yvette Montero Salvatico – Principal in the US-based Kedge, a foresight, innovation, and strategic design firm 

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Learning and Collaboration

Learning and Collaboration | GWTNext -GLOBAL WORKFORCE TRANSFORMATION - PAVING THE TRAIL TO THE FUTURE. | Scoop.it
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"Embedding collaboration into corporate learning so that employees seamlessly learn while working and work while learning is [more] fundamental to the future than ever before, and now possible in ways that were not available until recently,"

Glen Hiemstra

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HuffPost Live

HuffPost Live is a live-streaming network that attempts to create the most social video experience possible. Viewers are invited to join discussions live as on-air guests. Topics range from politics to pop culture.
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Intel Futurist Brian David Johnson!  Be sure to watch!  Laura

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They're Wrong: The Sun is Rising, Not Setting on America

They're Wrong: The Sun is Rising, Not Setting on America | GWTNext -GLOBAL WORKFORCE TRANSFORMATION - PAVING THE TRAIL TO THE FUTURE. | Scoop.it
We have moved from the Great Recession to the Great Malaise. Despite massive government stimulus, the world’s largest and most advanced economy continues to limp sideways. Unemployment remains
Laura Goodrich's insight:

"The United States stands on the cusp of a dramatic revival and rejuvenation, propelled by an amazing wave of technological innovation. A slew of breakthroughs will deliver the enormous productivity gains and the societal dramatic cost savings needed to sustain economic growth and prosperity. These breakthroughs, mostly digital in nature, will complete the shift begun by the Internet away to a new era where the precepts of Moore’s Law can be applied to virtually any field. 

  1. Manufacturing in this country will rebound. 
  2. People will learn more, faster, more easily and with far more enjoyment.
  3. Healthcare costs will fall dramatically as the old doctor’s office-centric and one-size-fits-many treatment approaches give way to personalized medicine.
  4. Connected hardware – cars, thermostats, cell phones, pacemakers, appliances, heating and cooling systems – will supply an endless stream of useful data that will allow us to optimize for efficiency and live more comfortable lives.
The Internet is in the very early stages of driving an exponential economic growth curve akin to what electricity earlier wrought during the later half of the Industrial Revolution."
Vivek Wadhwa
@wadhwa and @alexsalkever  
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Closing the Generational Platitude Gap | Switch and Shift

Closing the Generational Platitude Gap | Switch and Shift | GWTNext -GLOBAL WORKFORCE TRANSFORMATION - PAVING THE TRAIL TO THE FUTURE. | Scoop.it
Instead of focusing on generational differences, let us champion more essential conversations about how we foster and enhance meaningful engagement at work.
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"Yes, millennials crave the sort of engagement that artists roll out of bed for every morning.


Bravo. Hallelujah. Amen.

Instead of focusing on generational differences, let us champion more essential conversations about how we foster and enhance meaningful engagement at work.

Work transpires in a 40-hour work week. We work overtime though we really hate to do so. Work/life balance is our answer to a job environment that demands too much of our time and isn’t all that satisfying, to boot. Our life goal is to get to retirement as quickly as possible so “we can really enjoy life.” Here’s where we finally get to do all of the things on our bucket list. And since work has been a life of dreams deferred, this is a pretty darn long list …

Is it just me, or does this sound like a terribly joyless storyline? Thank you, millennial friends, for running from this narrative, as well.

And let us be clear: This is a corporate and government-work narrative. It is not a generational one."

Celebrate Flexibility
Celebrate Autonomy
Celebrate Joy

Achim Nowak


Might I add....
Celebrate Differences….Laura 
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Losing the employment game – XYZ University

Losing the employment game – XYZ University | GWTNext -GLOBAL WORKFORCE TRANSFORMATION - PAVING THE TRAIL TO THE FUTURE. | Scoop.it

"The skills required by our workforce are growing in complexity, and there are too few people trained to do the work our new technology and information-based economy demands."  XYZ University

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Cultural intelligence and cultural appreciation will create extraordinary opportunity now and into the future.

"David Livermore, Cultural Intelligence expert (author of Leading With Cultural Intelligence) shares research that more diverse teams UNDER perform more homogenous teams in terms of efficiency and innovation, IF LEFT ALONE! However, where there are reasonable to high levels of cultural intelligence within the groups, then diverse groups outperform others by far. The danger with this issue is creating diversity for diversity's sake, or seeing diversity only as a surface issue. One of the most significant leadership issues for the future is cultural intelligence."

Via @

@FuturistGraeme

Expert on future world of work and disruptive trends at TomorrowToday

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I couldn't agree more. Cultural intelligence and cultural appreciation will create extraordinary opportunity now and into the future.  



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Enterprise Transformation 2020 Leadership Summit

Enterprise Transformation 2020 Leadership Summit | GWTNext -GLOBAL WORKFORCE TRANSFORMATION - PAVING THE TRAIL TO THE FUTURE. | Scoop.it
Connect with other transformation leaders, hear inspiring stories from successful leaders, and learn valuable strategies to shape your own 2020 vision.

Discussion topics include:
Enterprise Transformation Landscape, Disciplines of Transformation
Business & Technology Architecture, Organizational Design, Accountability & Governance
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Connect with other Transformational leaders from around the world, hearing successful stories from successful leaders, and learn valuable strategies to shape your own 2020 vision. 
Be sure to register now.  
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Reinvent the University for the Whole Person Series

Reinvent the University for the Whole Person Series | GWTNext -GLOBAL WORKFORCE TRANSFORMATION - PAVING THE TRAIL TO THE FUTURE. | Scoop.it
Reinventors is partnering with Georgetown University to pull together top innovators in six virtual roundtables over the course of three months to envision a university system that could best educate for the whole person – worker, citizen, authentic human being. All the roundtables are d...
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WATCH OUR SERIES SYNTHESIS VIDEO

"Watch the final video that caps the entire Reinvent the University for the Whole Person series. The 15-minute documentary-style video synthesizes what we accomplished through the work of all six roundtables and weaves together the very best contributions from 40 top-tier experts and innovators who helped figure out how universities could integrate the best aspects of a liberal arts education for the whole person with the new possibilities of digital tools, the online world, and the learning sciences.

The piece makes the case that universities are poised at this unique moment in history to design learning environments using the best of both online and offline techniques that could prepare students better than ever before for a career and life of change. This kind of whole person education, one that’s geared to produce adaptable workers, creative citizens and fulfilled human beings, has the potential to scale and reach well beyond elite institutions to help much larger numbers of students succeed.

However, much needs to be done to shake higher education from its self-imposed constraints to reach that promised land. The series lays out many needed steps – such as coming up with new metrics for measuring more complex and nuanced outcomes, or clearing space within universities for more entrepreneurial experimentation. To get more on the final synthesis of the project: read more

To get a more in-depth understanding of the series watch the video packages for each roundtable via the links below, and view the video that introduced the whole effort and get more background on the project"

- See more at: http://reinventors.net/series/reinvent-university/?utm_source=Reinventors+Mailing+List&utm_campaign=6ab423ee01-ReinventJournalism&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_b1d3ba4e2c-6ab423ee01-53778481#sthash.jtLReUTX.dpuf


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How To Grow Your Business With Virtual Teams - GWTNext.com

How To Grow Your Business With Virtual Teams - GWTNext.com | GWTNext -GLOBAL WORKFORCE TRANSFORMATION - PAVING THE TRAIL TO THE FUTURE. | Scoop.it
The boundaries between work and play are blurring. Most of these days I work from home. This was not the case always. I did my share of cubicle time and sp
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The boundaries between work and play are blurring. 

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Two Cities With Blazing Internet Speed Search for a Killer App

Two Cities With Blazing Internet Speed Search for a Killer App | GWTNext -GLOBAL WORKFORCE TRANSFORMATION - PAVING THE TRAIL TO THE FUTURE. | Scoop.it
Both Kansas City, Mo., and Kansas City, Kan., have Google Fiber, a high-speed fiber-optic network, and are having a hard time figuring out what to do with so much power.
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"The whole premise of this story was no one knows what to do with 1 gigabit internet speeds. It's obvious to me, and to Google, which is laying all the fiber optic lines: interactive group video.

Clearly this is all part of a grand strategy that started with Google buying Youtube, then throwing resources at developing group video in the form of G+ Hangouts, and now Google is helping accelerate getting fiber optic to the home in a critical mass of cities.

It's all about video. Once you get those speeds, you will be able to have seamless, glitch-free interactive HD video between as many people as you want. At that point almost all things you could do in face-to-face physical settings will be able to be done virtually.

Our company Reinventors Network has been tracking this inevitable development for the last two years and are committed to pioneering this new medium. Right now group video works good enough on existing bandwidth but it is only going to get better, and when it crosses the threshold into 1 gigabit terrain, it will be a whole new world.

Looking forward to it. Odd how the reporter and everyone interviewed in this story was clueless." 

 Peter Leyden - Founder Reinventors Network @peteleyden 

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Marc Andreessen On How To Turn Impossible Ideas Into Successful Businesses

Marc Andreessen On How To Turn Impossible Ideas Into Successful Businesses | GWTNext -GLOBAL WORKFORCE TRANSFORMATION - PAVING THE TRAIL TO THE FUTURE. | Scoop.it
His VC firm has backed Airbnb, Box, Facebook, Jawbone, Pinterest, Skype, and Twitter, among others. Now it has another hit--VR firm Oculus Rift, which...
Laura Goodrich's insight:

"People are strange. On a micro level, everybody likes a new product, a new TV show, new software, a new smartphone. At that micro level, people love change. At the macro level, we hate change. Big, new ideas that challenge preconceptions make people really angry.”

Marc Andreessen
Cofounder, Andreessen Horowitz; inventor of Mosaic, the first popular web browser

Fast Company

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Feeling alienated? How big companies are leaving out younger generations – XYZ University

Feeling alienated? How big companies are leaving out younger generations – XYZ University | GWTNext -GLOBAL WORKFORCE TRANSFORMATION - PAVING THE TRAIL TO THE FUTURE. | Scoop.it
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They don’t feel like part of the teamLack of feedbackThey feel physically isolatedYour technology is slowing them downSHANNON NEESER

XYZ University 

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mfrtech - Millennials & What They Bring to the Manufacturing Table

mfrtech - Millennials & What They Bring to the Manufacturing Table | GWTNext -GLOBAL WORKFORCE TRANSFORMATION - PAVING THE TRAIL TO THE FUTURE. | Scoop.it
Laura Goodrich's insight:

"Manufacturing isn't the "dirty" job of old, but rather quite the opposite as there is a real opportunity to educate Millennials on the increasingly innovative environment of manufacturing and the role they can play in driving the industry forward. In fact, we are currently undergoing a "manufacturing renaissance" as more companies look to produce on American soil again. With that, an urgent and growing need now exists. While the number of job opportunities continues to increase, we are battling archaic ideas alongside a current skilled labor force that is drastically aging out. According to 2013 reports, for every four trade positions professionals retire from, the industry is producing only one replacement." Dan Campbell is founder/CEO of Hire Dynamics and 2014 chairman of the American Staffing Association.

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7 Trends for the Future of Work to 2020 | Staff.com Blog

7 Trends for the Future of Work to 2020 | Staff.com Blog | GWTNext -GLOBAL WORKFORCE TRANSFORMATION - PAVING THE TRAIL TO THE FUTURE. | Scoop.it
The future of work will be more of virtual collaboration, outsourcing and automation. Read more
Laura Goodrich's insight:

"1. The virtual online workplace becomes mainstream

2. Globalization of any job that CAN be globalized

3. Increased outsourcing of high level knowledge worker jobs 

4. Automation of everything that can be automated

5. Geographic mismatches

6. Employees taking work home and home to work

7. Virtual Collaboration"

Rob Rawson

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Future of Work: 3 Big Predictions

Future of Work: 3 Big Predictions | GWTNext -GLOBAL WORKFORCE TRANSFORMATION - PAVING THE TRAIL TO THE FUTURE. | Scoop.it
Hardware is the new software. Here's how it will boost your productivity, efficiency, and collaboration--without you even knowing.
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"But trust me: what may seem ludicrous today is more than likely to become the norm--if not tomorrow, sooner than we might think. It wasn't long ago that ubiquitous Wi-Fi seemed like a distant dream." 

BY BZUR HAUN
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Disruptive technologies: Advances that will transform life, business, and the global economy | McKinsey & Company

Disruptive technologies: Advances that will transform life, business, and the global economy | McKinsey & Company | GWTNext -GLOBAL WORKFORCE TRANSFORMATION - PAVING THE TRAIL TO THE FUTURE. | Scoop.it
Twelve emerging technologies—including the mobile Internet, autonomous vehicles, and advanced genomics—have the potential to truly reshape the world in which we live and work.
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"Some innovations truly do have the potential to disrupt the status quo, alter the way people live and work, and rearrange value pools. It is therefore critical that business and policy leaders understand which technologies will matter to them and prepare accordingly."


How to prepare


Raise fluency on emerging technologies

Create a change adaptive culture

Plan for a range of scenarios

Be prepared for disruption




Be sure to  listen to the podcast 

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Why Openness To Experience Is The Key To Creativity

Why Openness To Experience Is The Key To Creativity | GWTNext -GLOBAL WORKFORCE TRANSFORMATION - PAVING THE TRAIL TO THE FUTURE. | Scoop.it
Want to be more creative? Open yourself up to more experiences.
Laura Goodrich's insight:

"Many successful creative people have the same personality trait in common: they are open to new experiences.
The underlying question is why openness to experience, which is a matter of inputs, shapes creativity, which is a matter of outputs. To get there, we'll have to use a gardening analogy. Researchers Edward Necka and Teresa Hlawacz compared bankers and artists in an effort to understand their differences in creativity. Fascinatingly, what made the artists most creative was a tendency toward activity, a "tendency to initiate numerous activities that lead to, or provoke, rich external stimulation." This richness of input creates a corresponding richness of output, as folks who "score high on activity tend to have many diverse experiences that may be used as a substrate for divergent thinking and creative activity.” 
DRAKE BAER

Drake Baer is a contributing writer at Fast Company, where he covers work culture.   

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The Future of Creativity - Ringling College of Art and Design - FutureWow!

The Future of Creativity - Ringling College of Art and Design - FutureWow! | GWTNext -GLOBAL WORKFORCE TRANSFORMATION - PAVING THE TRAIL TO THE FUTURE. | Scoop.it
I taught a course called "The Future of Creativity in the Arts" to a small group of talented and smart students at the Ringling College of Art + Design.
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"Two years ago David Houle taught a course called “The Future of Creativity in the Arts” to a small group of very talented and smart students at the Ringling College of Art + Design. This was the final class project, presented to faculty and staff. Please remember this was done two years ago.” David Houle 

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Peak Employment? 24 Future Industries That Will Lead to an Era of Super Employment! | World Future Society

Peak Employment? 24 Future Industries That Will Lead to an Era of Super Employment! | World Future Society | GWTNext -GLOBAL WORKFORCE TRANSFORMATION - PAVING THE TRAIL TO THE FUTURE. | Scoop.it
Laura Goodrich's insight:

"Future jobs are being created every hour of every day in the minds of visionary thinkers. When we automate jobs out of existence, that doesn’t mean there is no work left to do. We are freeing up human capital, and this human capital can be put to work creating thousands of new industries.

@ThomasFrey 

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