I have recently had the privilege to participate in Singularity’s Re(Solve) Learning Summit in Silicon Valley San Francisco, to collaborate with 54 other Global participants and innovators for a deep dive immersion into solving the Global Grand Challenge of Learning and discover our personal contribution to this challenge.

The whole experience was mind-expanding, paradigm shifting and energising and encouraged me to reflect deeply on what my life and legacy might evolve into by 2030 and beyond … and what I need to start focusing on, learning and shifting NOW to be ready for that reality. The possibilities are endless with what can be achieved with exponential technologies, abundant thinking and global collaboration. We can sink into a world of disruption and the fear of losing our jobs and humanity to artificial intelligence or we can imagine a world of abundance, where energy, housing, health, food, water, communication and education is plentiful, affordable and accessible to all and we contribute our unique strengths and value in building a new society of meaning and purpose. Whilst we may end up somewhere in between these two worlds, it is certainly worth taking some time out to consider our purpose, contribution and readiness to engage with what we may create or face.

I have had many insights from my Singularity experience and on-going conversations with participants. I have summarised some of these in a few short blogs which you can find under blogs on our website.

However, the most significant impact has been felt personally, as I have fully recognised how fast the technological innovation and disruption is moving and the absolute necessity for keeping pace with new research, technologies, innovations, options and in particular new mindsets, skills and behaviours required to thrive in this rapidly evolving and dynamic world. As we head towards year end and a time of reflection on the past year and imagining what 2018 might bring, it may be useful to ask the following questions:

  1. Which of my operating programs are becoming obsolete?
  2. How do I DEFRAG, RE-BOOT and UPGRADE my programs and processing capacity for optimal functioning in this exponential world?

 

DEFRAG

Much of our unconscious habits, automatic responses and behavioural programs are hard-wired and ingrained into our neural pathways. Most of these were from formative, social and learning experiences many many years ago and although may have got us to our current level of survival and success – may not be sufficient, future fit or relevant for the complex environment we face today.

What we learnt in tertiary education or management programs 10 years ago is already obsolete with the shelf life of any qualification now believed to be less than 5 years and decreasing.

In the recent report, The Future of Jobs, the World Economic Forum discovered that: “On average, by 2020, more than a third of the desired core skill sets of most occupations will be comprised of skills that are not yet considered crucial to the job today.” Or, as lynda.com author Mark Niemann-Ross states bluntly: “In four years, you’ll have to relearn 30% of your job.

Further reading: https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2017/05/3-key-steps-to-making-sure-your-skills-stay-relevant/

It is time to run a defrag and clear out outdated programs and irrelevant data and reorganise our long-term and short-term memories and information sources and establish new rules for a new era. This includes looking into new possibilities for how and what we want to KNOW, DO and BE.

  • What knowledge is useful to explore? What do we need to retain vs have access to? How much do we need to know about artificial intelligence, virtual reality, bio-enhacement, blockchain, programming, etc?
  • What do we need to be able to do? What skills will be the differentiators and predictors for success in the future? How do we cultivate a growth mindset that learns actively, consicously and continuoulsy?
  • Who do we want to be? What do we need to believe that will drive our behaviour? What is our contribution to the planet in years to come? Are we a consumer, a contributor or a creator?

 

RE-BOOT                                 

When my laptop doesn’t do what it is meant to do, I typically do a little problem solving and then in frustration, hit control, alt, delete or restart .. which often ends up working! The act of re-booting our operating system allows all the unnecessary bits of data or short-term info to find their rightful place and let’s us see the world afresh. What would it take to reboot your brain? For me it means questioning EVERYTHING. What I have been taught in the past, what my rules for success are, who I can learn from and associate with, my underlying values and beliefs, my strengths, my value and my impact on others and society. Question it all, stay open to possibiities, surprises and some humbling realisations. Some tips for re-booting include:

  • Imagine possible future scenarios and your role in them.
  • Experiment with some new approaches to solving problems or innovating e.g. crowdsourcing, collaborating etc
  • Engage in new conversations with diverse generations, unique individuals or people from other countries and industries
  • Research future fit capabilities and do a self-audit against these
  • Do a MOOC (on-line free course) on Artificial Intelligence or Exponential Technologies

Further reading: http://v.fastcdn.co/u/b6f08040/21158526-0-Global-EdTech-Landsc.pdf

 

UPGRADE

The final step is to upgrade your operating programs. Choose wisely what you will spend your time, focus and energy on in 2018 and who you will spend your time with. Make sure you set up one of your core processing capabilities to be a continuous self-driven learner, that stays open to possibilities, questions constructively, collaborates generously and balances contributing with consuming. Set up your learning journeys to build your capability at 4 levels:

  • Self – how do I accelerate the development of critical capabilities in myself>?
  • Others – how to I support the learning of others in my sphere of influence including family, friends, colleagues, team members?
  • Organisation – how do I play a part in building a learning culture where we can all experiment, fail fast, innovate, learn, collaborate, etc?
  • Community – how do I contribute to building a sustainable, informed, empowered community that work together to build a brighter, more abundant future?

I am certainly looking for some time for reflecting, researching and reviewing my approaches for 2018 and beyond.

Enjoy yours!