Top Seven Gaps in Education and Learning that Need to be Addressed over the Next Decade

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Wherever there is change, there is opportunity. This applies also to education and learning. We are going through the largest changes in the way the world learns since this invention of the printing press.

I was Topic Champion for Employment and Skills at the ‘Summer Davos’ World Economic Forum gathering in China last year. I participated in a session called ‘Better, Faster, Smarter’ where we discussed the implications of the change as well as the gaps that need to be addressed.   As Topic Champion I tried to highlight the collective wisdom of the group and noted the following top gaps.

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Men or Machines: Will Technology Take Our Jobs?

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As technology transforms millions of jobs around the world, it has created a “second machine age”, which represents a new inflection point in history. Just as in the industrial age, machines are improving the effectiveness of the workforce – but they are also automating tasks that humans once performed.

How will technology affect jobs in the future and the well-being of the people who carry them out? It is unclear whether our increasing use of machines will create more jobs than it replaces, but there is a growing fear that the coming “robot revolution” could make work less meaningful.

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Better, Faster, Smarter - The Future of Knowledge and Skills

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We are at the dawn of the disruption and disintermediation of traditional forms of education by technology. In September 2014 I attended the World Economic Forum’s Summer Davos in China. I was the Topic Champion for a highly interactive and engaging session on what the future will hold for education. This blog aims to summarize the session.

The disruption coming to the education system can be split into two areas; Early stage to K-12 education, and Lifelong learning. The concept of being ‘‘in education” (i.e., at university pursuing a degree) or “in the workforce” is  eroding. We all are becoming “lifelong learners” and in constant education.  A big driver for this is the ever-increasing requirement of professional knowledge. The half-life of skills is getting shorter and shorter.   Self Directed learning has become far more important and people need be perpetually learning. Technology is the key enabler.

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The War for Talent is Over. Talent Won.

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In 2015, the debate around the issue of talent mismatch and the skills gap has continued. A key part of the debate recently has focused on whether there is a "War for Talent" with such high levels of unemployment. To this, I like to answer "The war for talent is over. Talent won".

In September last year I attended the World Economic Forum "Summer Davos" gathering in China. I was the Topic Champion for Employment and Skills. One of the sessions I participated in was called "Got Talent?". We explored how large enterprises and entrepreneurs are recognizing an increasingly tech-savvy workforce and leveraging that to increase retention rates, productivity and interconnectivity. To attract and leverage productive talent, various tech-centric recruiting mechanisms, training tools and cultural shifts are required.

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10 Tips for Living in a World of Exponential Change

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I had the honor of giving a commencement speech to the graduating class of Hult Business School in London. I tried to reflect on the best lessons learnt and advice I would have for this group of people on such and important day. I thought I would share what I said here:

You are graduating into a world of opportunity. Never before have we seen such exponential change taking place throughout the world. As an entrepreneur I know 'where there is change, there is opportunity'. However, there are also winners and losers around change. You want to make sure you are on the right side of change.

Today, you have the opportunity to be part of the future and create the world you want to see. I honestly believe there is no better time to be an entrepreneur.

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