How do you innovate when everything is faster still? The typical consumer scans some 12 feet of shelf space per second. A goldfish has a longer attention span than a human. Snack foods are the new fashion. These are just a few of the trends I covered for this dairy organization at their offsite leadership meeting – the goal was to inspire them on the trends that would define their future, and outline the innovative structure they need to put in place to capitalize on those trends.
Archives for January 2015
It’s the largest potato conference in the world, and they had me in for the closing keynote with a look at “Farming 2045”. My keynote took a look at the forthcoming world of robotics, the acceleration of GIS and precision mapping technology, plant genomics, the next generation farmer and so much more!
Higher ed thought leaders forecast 2015 trends: Presidents and other thought leaders look ahead on cost, technology and learning.”
They called me for my thoughts which I offered up in a concise way:
Trend: When it comes to the future of education, it’s all about “just-in-time knowledge.” Increasingly specialized careers and skills, and accelerating technological change, mean more organizations will need people who can deliver the right skills, at the right time, for the right purpose. Knowledge development and deployment will accelerate to keep up with trend.
The article offers up a good variety of opinions on the future of education; it’s an industry that is ripe for and in the middle of some pretty significant disruption. I’ve done a lot of keynotes in this space, as seen on my Education Trends page.
As I noted in one of the posts there, “In essence, we’re living in a period of time that is witnessing these trends unfold at blinding speed, all related to the evolution of knowledge.
- Rapid knowledge obsolescence
- Rapid knowledge emergence
- Disappearance of existing careers due to 1)
- Rapid emergence of new careers due to 2)
- An ongoing need for continuous knowledge replenishment because of 1-4
- The migration of knowledge generation further away from academia (i.e. community colleges, high end manufacturing skills) because of the need for faster new knowledge deployment
- A massively increased challenge from overseas knowledge generation
- The fast emergence of new micro-careers because of specialized knowledge
- An economy that succeeds through knowledge deployment
- A fundamental transformation in knowledge delivery
I’m thrilled to announce that my efforts to help people understand the massive transformation that is occurring in what is known as “education” continues; I’ve been confirmed as the opening keynote speaker for the 2015 Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities annual conference in Denver in June.
There are more thoughts that can be found in my PDF, “21st Century Skills“, below. Read it here or by clicking on the image.