Australia has traditionally been a highly successful and prosperous nation. On almost every important business index, we are accelerating. But the stakes – the financial, social, environmental and political consequences – are also rising. Being lucky is no longer enough.
We lag well behind many other nations on innovation. We have to nurture our entrepreneurs and innovate faster in order keep up with the pace of growth. To compete globally we must welcome, include and empower the many diverse voices of our citizens, migrants and the refugees who are seeking haven here.
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. continue reading »
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.
Vienna. 1926 and Slawa Duldig was looking forward to a pleasant Sunday walk in the gardens of the Kunst Historisches Museum, a favourite haunt. Except that the prospect on this May morning with its ominous looking clouds was not so inviting – and so to prepare for the likely showers she took a heavy umbrella with her. She captured her frustration in her notebook – ‘Why on earth must I carry this utterly clumsy thing? They should invent a small foldable umbrella that could be easily put in a handbag’. A great idea – but ‘they’ hadn’t yet done it and so Slawa decided to remedy the situation. continue reading »
This convoluted mechanism is simply a poor tool for our elected representatives to use to avoid taking any real accountability.
Subject to a High Court challenge, a national postal ‘vote’ on same-sex marriage is going ahead. An opportunity existed for our government to truly act as leaders, as representatives of their electorates, and to progress Australia’s human rights agenda. Instead, a costly, voluntary, non-binding, postal opinion poll will waste a ridiculous amount of much needed public funds.The problems with the postal ‘vote’ are multifarious.
The problems with the postal ‘vote’ are multifarious.
In this technological revolution, it’s the low-income earners that will be displaced.
Globally, the economic divide is growing. The rich are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer. In Australia, more than a quarter of households have recently experienced a decrease in income. The reasons for the growing economic divide are many and complex. They include factors such as job insecurity, wage cuts and underemployment.
To genuinely achieve success, it has always been necessary for an organisation to embrace teamwork. As today’s economy places greater pressure upon organisations to be highly competitive, agile and innovative, collaboration has become a vital aspect of an organisation’s practice, requiring teamwork across different job roles, business sites and hierarchies, all to achieve a common goal. Teamwork is also important for employees, leading to greater engagement with their work and increased wellbeing, sense of belonging and job satisfaction.
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Human Intelligence 2.0 – Thriving in the Age of Acceleration
“Things are getting better and better and worse and worse, faster and faster, simultaneously.” Tom Atlee
When singing a song together, we become participants rather than observers of others. Singing gives us an opportunity to make ourselves really and truly present. No one has to be a perfect singer, or have the most beautiful voice, to be a part of a music group. As a well-known quotation reads: “The woods would be very silent if only those birds sang who sing the best.”
Everything is accelerating and fear is ruling the planet. We are afraid of terrorists and climate change; deeply uncertain of the economy, our leaders and what the future holds for our work, our relationships and our communities. What we thought we knew is no longer true. Where are we heading?