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The Great Maladjustment

Posted in Future of Work by Richard

In 1930, Keynes wrote on the Great Depression: 

"We are being afflicted with a new disease of which some readers may not yet have heard the name, but of which they will hear a great deal in the years to come – namely, technological unemployment. This means unemployment due to our discovery of means of economising the use of labour outrunning the pace at which we can find new uses for labour. But this is only a temporary phase of maladjustment. All this means in the long run that mankind is solving its economic problem."

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What's your 4th Industrial Revolution?

Posted in Automation by Greg

There was a load of chatter in 2016 about technology automation sweeping through the skilled, "white collar" workforce and removing millions of jobs. No longer just the worry for unskilled workers in assembly lines and warehouses…now the finance clerks, accountants and even doctors & lawyers were in the headlights of an oncoming Mack Truck moving at high speed (think broadband in Estonia).

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The World needs Ditch Diggers too!

Posted in Future of Work by Greg

I still remember these words of wisdom coming from the mouth of my then mentor & big boss running the AsiaPac unit of a global software company. His son was lacking aptitude in school and only able to focus on rugby & girls. Passing on his fatherly wisdom he said, "Well Greg, the world needs ditch diggers too." At the time I thought, what a great statement of Australian culture…find the right path for your children based on passion and skills…don't force them down your own path. 

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