All the lonely people, where do they all come from?
All the lonely people, where do they all belong?
The life and death of Eleanor Rigby, in the bleak Beatles song, reminds us that loneliness kills. Recent studies conclude loneliness and social isolation are the next big public health issue, on par with obesity, domestic violence and substance abuse.
At some stage of our lives, loneliness affects almost all of us. For many, it is a core factor in mental and physical health problems, and economic disadvantage. A 2012 study showed that in 2001-09, almost one in three Australians experienced loneliness. The study concluded loneliness is an increasing trend and emerging factors, from social media use to single person dwellings, feed this trend.
The jobs of yesterday no longer exist and the jobs of tomorrow haven’t been invented yet. Over the next 5 to 10 years it is estimated that up to 40% of companies on the S & P will be disrupted by rapidly advancing technologies and the entrepreneurs adapting quickly to this new environment. And according to considerable research more than 50% of current Australian middle class jobs will no longer exist over the next decade due to robots, artificial intelligence and other new technologies. And some jobs will continue to exist but will be performed by those in cheaper labour markets overseas.
Today you either disrupt yourself or someone else will! Retail, the media, airlines, telecommunications, professional services and insurance firms, even governments globally are all in the throes of fundamental change in response to disruption. Is it a threat to your industry or profession, a problem to be managed – or an opportunity to be seized? You and your organisation have a chance to understand disruption, to innovate in response, or take the initiative and be a disruptor. Learn from the who’s who of global thinkers and innovators at the 6th Creative Innovation 2016 Asia Pacific Global event (Ci2016), 7-9 November 2016 at Sofitel Melbourne On Collins. continue reading »
Australia has traditionally been a highly successful and prosperous nation. On almost every important business index, we are accelerating. The stakes – the financial, social, environmental and political consequences – similarly are rising. Being lucky is no longer enough
Research shows singing is the best drug of all: the ultimate cure for mental and physical health
It’s hard to miss her. Not just because her crutches have slipped to the floor, and in truth without them you can’t actually tell that she’s living with her cerebral palsy. She’s not the best, or the loudest member of the choir.
Public speaking is considered the greatest fear a person can have, even greater than the fear of death. Yet we all have unique voices, stories and knowledge to share with others and inspire. continue reading »
While the arts sector faces challenges to secure funding and capture audiences in the digital age, the leading hub for technology and entrepreneurship, Silicon Valley may hold the key to innovation. continue reading »
The only constant in this world is change.
That’s what one of world’s outstanding leaders and executive Chairman of the X PRIZE Foundation, Dr Peter Diamandis and world-leading experts and futurists reminded Creative Innovation 2015 Asia Pacific From Disruption to Sustainable Growth.
Sometimes it feels like the queue of emails, piles of papers and ‘to do’ lists and all the rest of your life is just too overwhelming. Who has time for creativity or innovation? It’ll just mean more work and more pressure. Yet creativity is probably just what you need. A chance for that unique, creative voice to shine, to re-energise, reinvent and re-imagine. To think about and create a new future.
(An edited version of this article was published in The Australian, 8th January 2015)
Once-powerful industries retailing, print and TV media, music publishing, the post, insurance, even governments to name a few, are in a state of upheaval and strategic uncertainty as they grapple with swarms of nimble, low-cost digital disruptors stealing chunks of their business or rendering them increasingly irrelevant. It’s not surprising that many are predicting that 2015 will be the year of disruption.