Tania de Jong AM is an inspirational speaker, singer, business woman and social entrepreneur who has founded a number of successful businesses (Creative Universe, leading innovation conference Creative Innovation Global, Inspiring Minds leadership programs, MTA Entertainment & Events and acclaimed singing group Pot-Pourri), started two charities (Creativity Australia and the With One Voice program and The Song Room) and has the voice of an angel.

Tania performs, speaks and presents leadership workshops around the world. More about Tania

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Tania’s recent keynote at the ISPIM Innovation Conference in Vienna

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Tania recently presented a keynote on Voices of Innovation – The power of positive Human collisions at the ISPIM Innovation Conference in Vienna.

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2018 Italy Music Tour with Tania de Jong and Andrew Mournehis

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Join us on an inspiring 15 day Italian journey for all the senses. A true celebration of ‘La Dolce Vita’ with fabulous food, wine, yoga and song!

You will explore the historic and cultural magnificence of Siena, Florence, Chianti, Milan, Lake Como, Verona and Umbria. We will visit the most iconic opera houses of the world (La Scala in Milan, the Arena in Verona and St Marks Church in Florence) and experience two included concerts.

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AI: Artificial Intelligence, or Australia’s Inequality?

The robot revolution is inevitable.

In fact, you could comfortably say it’s already upon us.

As automation and artificial intelligence evolve at breakneck speed, our policies and institutions are frantically chasing their tails to keep pace.

This disruption presents one of the most pointed challenges to modern economies – and Australia is not immune.

While ethical and existential questions have dominated most of the public discussion, a gravely overlooked area has been the impact on inequality and the distribution of wealth.

You thought Australia’s income gap was bad now…

Peter: We’re a lucky country by any standard, the second wealthiest country in the world on a per capita basis, reasonable education system, pretty good health system.

But when you look at what’s happened over the last 20-25 years, what you see is that while everyone has improved their incomes in real terms, there is a real skewering to people at the top end of the spectrum in terms of wealth

Then you look forward and you look at this whole issue of globalisation, plus automation, plus artificial intelligence. The likelihood is that at the very least jobs are going to turn over much quicker as current jobs become obsolete and people have to train for new jobs. That’s best case.

Worst case is a lot of jobs, more and more jobs will go offshore, or simply there won’t be new jobs because of artificial intelligence in Australia.

If you look at the trends in inequality, the trends could actually accelerate unless we manage this transition really effectively.

Tania: For example, people who are laid off in manufacturing will have to go into service jobs like caring.

But then you’ve got to ask yourself, are people who’ve done those other jobs before going to want to go into caring jobs?

So…which jobs are the robots gonna take?

Peter: Lawyers and accountants. Any sort of industry where you have a lot of processing taking place.

If you think about the work of a lawyer or an accountant, there’s a lot of processing taking place there, or data analysis. Data analysis is usually a little background, but it can actually be done in most cases far better by artificial intelligence than human beings.

Tania: Obviously more senior lawyers in more advisory roles, their jobs are less at risk than say more junior lawyers and junior accountants.

Peter: For example, due diligence processors.

Historically they used to get young lawyers to do that, they used to charge around $200/hr, and it was an enormous margin.

Now, an awful lot of that work can be done by AI, because with big data you can actually review thousands and thousands of documents for relevance very quickly.

What steps should we be taking? How about that robot tax Bill Gates keeps harping on about?

Peter: Things like robot taxes and basic incomes, they tend to be raised by technologists often out of the states. It’s almost like the technologists can see what’s coming and they realise they’ve actually got to do something or suggest things to actually ameliorate the pain.

A robot tax sounds like a really clever idea, but the problem with a robot tax is that if Australia imposes tax on robots and China doesn’t, then China products become more competitive than Australian products, which means that Australian companies employ fewer people, because they’ve got to become more efficient to make money.

Tania: How do you define a robot anyway?

Peter: That’s exactly right, because a lot of the stuff we use now, if I use Siri on my phone, am I using a robot? Where does it stop? A robot doesn’t have to be something that walks around.

What else should we be doing?

Tania: We need to have these conversations so that we can bring everyone along with us and try not to leave people behind. Lots of people talk about universal basic incomes and things, I’m more in favour of looking at how we empower people community by community to support one another.

So, looking at more volunteering jobs, looking at people potentially being rewarded more for volunteering and empowering people in local communities to set up social franchises and social businesses that start solving their problems at a local level rather than relying on top-down government welfare.

The government is already completely stressed out. We’re not seeing any leadership really. We need to actually empower ordinary citizens to support one another to create programmes. We need to really get entrepreneurship front and centre in the community, so that everyone, not that everyone can be an entrepreneur, but that we really do nurture and support people to be entrepreneurs and to solve social problems.

Peter: The second area is we need a far more pragmatic educational system. At the moment there seems to be a separation between education on the one side and business on the other.

Too often in business the catchcry we hear is that when people come out of the educational system, they are not business ready. We’re not preparing our students to either be entrepreneurs or to readily be able to transition between careers.

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You Will Lose Your Job to a Robot—and Sooner Than You Think

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I want to tell you straight off what this story is about: Sometime in the next 40 years, robots are going to take your job.

I don’t care what your job is. If you dig ditches, a robot will dig them better. If you’re a magazine writer, a robot will write your articles better. If you’re a doctor, IBM’s Watson will no longer “assist” you in finding the right diagnosis from its database of millions of case studies and journal articles. It will just be a better doctor than you.

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Upcoming Events

  • December 5, 2017 (6:00 pm)

    Pot-Pourri 30th Anniversary Concert 

    This special gala concert will celebrate Pot-Pourri’s 30 year journey from 1987 touring over 40 countries and releasing 7 recordings. We will trace the 3 decades of the group with historical photos and footage, anecdotes and, of course, songs and piano solos. We will welcome back some of the incredibly talented performers who have shared the stage with us over the years.

    The performance will include all your favourite highlights and songs from music theatre and opera.

    Doors 6pm // With One Voice Choirs 6:30pm // Supper 7:30pm //Pot-Pourri 8pm // Finish 10pm

    The Program:

    • The Pearl Fishers Duet from The Pearl Fishers – Bizet
    • Toreador Song and Habanera from Carmen – Bizet
    • The Flower Duet from Lakme – Delibes
    • Nessun Dorma from Turandot – Puccini
    • One Fine Day from Madam Butterfly – Puccini
    • La donne e mobile from Rigoletto – Verdi
    • The Drinking Song from La Traviata – Verdi
    • Phantom of the Opera – Llloyd Webber
    • I Dreamed a Dream, Bring Him Home, Do you hear the people sing?, Empty Chairs at Empty Tables from Les Miserables –Schönberg
    • Tonight and America from Westside Story – Sondheim
    • Stars and Moon from Songs for a New World – Brown

    And gorgeous arrangements of global hits:

    • You Raise Me Up – Josh Groban
    • Hallelujah – Leonard Cohen
    • Nella Fantasia from The Mission – Morricone
    • The Prayer – Foster/Bayer Sager
    • Time to say goodbye – Sartori/Quarantotto

    Book your tickets today

    Where: Camberwell Grammar School Auditorium, 55 Mont Albert Rd, Canterbury, Vic 3126

  • December 10, 2017 (3:00 pm)

    Telemann, Handel and Stamitz, with Tania de Jong & Frank Pam

    Special Performance with Tania de Jong AM, soprano and Frank Pam, viola

    Repertoire:
    • Telemann  Viola Concerto in G major
    • Johann Stamitz (1717-1757)  Mannheim Symphony No.1 in G major
    • Telemann   Canary Cantata
    • Handel  Ombra mai fu
    • Stamitz  Symphony No. 3 in B flat major
    • Telemann   Trumpet concerto in D major
    • Stamitz  Symphony No.2 in A  Major.

    For more details and tickets

    Where: St Johns Southgate 20 City Road, Southbank, VIC 3006

  • September 6, 2018 (8:00 am)

    2018 Italy Music Tour with Tania de Jong and Andrew Mournehis

    Join us on an inspiring 15 day Italian journey for all the senses. A true celebration of ‘La Dolce Vita’ with fabulous food, wine, yoga and song!

    You will explore the historic and cultural magnificence of Siena, Florence, Chianti, Milan, Lake Como, Verona and Umbria. We will visit the most iconic opera houses of the world (La Scala in Milan, the Arena in Verona and St Marks Church in Florence) and experience two included concerts. Your troubadour for this journey is world class soprano Tania de Jong AM who will serenade you along the way with special spontaneous songs, performances and opportunities to join in. And to calm our minds, soothe our souls and flex our bodies we will be under the superb guidance of global yoga guru Andrew Mournehis. There will be grand dinners in gorgeous historic locations, cooking classes, wine tastings, gondolas, market visits, voice and yoga workshops, opportunities for private tuition with Tania and Andrew and much more to delight and entertain you! Accommodation will be in outstanding properties throughout Italy. Visiting Milan, Stressa, Verona, Florence, Spoletto. Download a brochure of the 2018 Italy Music Tour!

    For more details & to register your interest

    Where:

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