Workplace Learning Starts Here
Date Friday, Dec 8 Time –
How can organisations align training, learning and development with business goals? How can higher education and the TVET sector interact more effectively with the workplace? How can workplaces remain human-centered and use new technologies to keep the momentum to implement continuous change? What are the best ways to encourage dynamic cooperation? Join us for talks and a lively discussion on making workplace learning fit for the future.
Broadcast Journalist, UK
In 2016 Nik Gowing co-authored interim findings of the “Thinking the Unthinkable” study. The work is currently scaling up because of global anxieties about the new pressures on leaderships. It is based on hundreds of top level confidential interviews and conversations with corporate and public service leaders, plus hundreds more conversations with the new generation of millennials. Findings so far reveal candidly why so many leaders face new difficulties identifying what looms in the disruptions of the “new normal” that have emerged since 2014. New vulnerabilioties are confirmed. The findings are scary.
Nik Gowing was a main news presenter for the BBC’s international 24-hour news channel BBC World News 1996-2014. He presented The Hub with Nik Gowing, BBC World Debates, Dateline London , plus location coverage of major global stories.
For 18 years he worked at ITN where he was bureau chief in Rome and Warsaw, and Diplomatic Editor for Channel Four News (1988-1996). He has been a member of the councils of Chatham House (1998–2004), the Royal United Services Institute (2005–present), and the Overseas Development Institute (2007-2014), the board of the Westminster Foundation for Democracy including vice chair (1996-2005), and the advisory council at Wilton Park (1998-2012 ). In 1994 he was a fellow at the Joan Shorenstein Barone Center in the J. F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. He is a board member for the Hay Literature Festival.
His peer-reviewed study at Oxford University “Skyful of Lies and Black Swans” predicted and identified the new vulnerability, fragility and brittleness of institutional power in the new all-pervasive public information space. The work builds on his work initiated at Harvard.
In 2014 Nik was appointed a Visiting Professor at Kings College, London in the School of Social Science and Public Policy. Since 2016 he has been a Visiting Professor at Nanyang University (NTU), Singapore focussing on deepening and widening the “Thinking the Unthinkable” research. From 2014 he was a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Geo-Economics.
He was awarded Honorary Doctorates by Exeter University in 2012 and Bristol University in 2015. They recognise his ongoing cutting edge analyses and distinguished career in international journalism.
Internationally Recognized Expert on the Future of Work and the Future of Learning, USA
Heather McGowan works at the intersection of the future of work and the future of learning advising education and business leaders to most effectively prepare for rapid and disruptive changes in learning, work, and society.
Accelerating disruptive cycles in industry, with rising automation and rapid adoption and scaling of technology, are making traditional jobs frameworks obsolete and demanding new and adaptive skill sets of workers.
In higher education, McGowan advises presidents and senior leaders to develop students’ agile learning mindset in order to prepare graduates for jobs that do not yet exist. McGowan also guides corporate executives to re-think and re-frame their business models, and their understanding of team and organizational structures, to be resilient and successful in changing markets.
Her corporate clients range from start-ups like publicly traded, Fortune 500 companies, including Autodesk and BD Medical. She is the co-author of the book Disrupt Together: How Teams Consistently Innovate (Pearson) and is writing a book on the future of work due out in 2018.
McGowan speaks internationally on the future of work and the future of learning. For more information visit www.heathermcgowan.com.
Insights Lead, Learning Solutions at LinkedIn, USA
I have held a wide range of data-oriented roles in tech, media and finance. Most of this work has been focused on building data products for non-technical users (external and internal). Currently, I lead our insights team for Learning Solutions at LinkedIn, working across sales, marketing, engineering, product and analytics to understand how we can use LinkedIn's unique dataset to provide value to our customers in the e-learning space.
I am passionate about coaching and empowering analysts to use data to inform decision-making and measure impact to ensure the right problems are being addressed. In this role and my past, I have used a variety of technical tools including: distributed file systems (Hadoop), Relational Databases (SQL), Python, unix/bash, web development and whatever else was needed to get the job done. I pride myself on being able to not only think "big picture" but also my ability to "get in the weeds".
Technology Enhanced Learning Lead for HEE and National Programme Director for HEE e-LfH, UK
HEE’s Director of National Programmes is responsible for the delivery of a range of national programmes focusing on the education and training of the healthcare workforce in England, including Technology Enhanced Learning and e-Learning for Healthcare.
Alan is a trained nurse who practiced clinically for 18 years. Previous to this current role he has worked in senior management positions for the Department of Health including Project Director for the R-ITI programme, the award-winning e-learning project for radiology and HEE Technology Enhanced Learning Lead & National Programme Director for the e-Learning for Healthcare programme which drives high quality patient care by working in partnership with the NHS and UK professional bodies to develop nationally quality assured, curriculum based e-learning to support healthcare training across the UK. Other national roles include working with Modernising Medical Careers and the National Clinical Governance Support Team. Alan has been instrumental in driving e-learning and technology enhanced learning in the UK health sector.
Alan has a passion for using technology positively and his interest in education extends to Uganda where the Kiddies Support Scheme charity, for which he is a trustee, helps disadvantaged children escape poverty through education.