Spotlight Stage SPL226
Thinking the Unthinkable – with Nik Gowing
Date Friday, Nov 29 Time –
Why leaders in education and technology must adapt faster than they realise to new unthinkable realities and disruption.
On multiple fronts the stability, certainty and assumption of personal self-improvement which we have all taken for granted for years and decades is at risk. The next generation of learners have never known adversity or the scale of disruption that today’s leaders are facing and wrestling with.
The ‘New Normal’ is not a blip. It is a new and irreversible direction of travel. There are even more testing and probably sinister new realities coming down the track. This is not pessimism. It is realism.
Nik Gowing shares latest concerning findings from the “Thinking the Unthinkable” project. Why do leaders struggle with unthinkables, or more accurately the unpalatables?
He argues that instability is what the next generation and those educating them must be trained and prepared for. This is even if it includes new levels of adversity. Most make easy assumptions about – on balance – how great life is and will be filled with new opportunities. But in this new era off unthinkables that is a dangerously flawed assumption. All involved must be prepared for the opposite.
We need to focus and prepare education for this new reality at all levels. The evidence for what is coming is not unthinkable. It is unpalatable.
Author, former BBC World News presenter and visiting professor at Kings College and Nanyang University, UK
In 2018 Nik Gowing co-authored (with Chris Langdon) “Thinking the Unthinkable”. In this era of a new disruption leaders reveal that they are ‘scared’, ‘confused’ and ‘overwhelmed’ especially by the new short termism. Nik founded the ongoing, dynamic project in 2014.
Nik was a main news presenter for BBC World News 1996-2014. He presented The Hub with Nik Gowing, BBC World Debates, Dateline London.
For 18 years he worked at ITN. He was bureau chief in Rome and Warsaw, and Diplomatic Editor for Channel Four News (1988-1996). He has been on the councils of Chatham House (1998–2004), the Royal United Services Institute (2005–present), the Overseas Development Institute (2007-2014), the Westminster Foundation for Democracy (1996-2005).
Nik was been a Visiting Professor at Kings College, London and Nanyang University (NTU), Singapore. In 2018 advised the President of the UN General Assembly on leadership challenges.