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Today’s Australian Financial Review features an article Ross Dawson on the future of work (and how to prepare for it), drawing on an interview with me. Direct quotes from me in the article include: “Human history is all about the automation of work,” he says. “Right from the plough through to the spinning Jenny through

Continue reading How to prepare for the future of work – human-machine collaboration, humanisation, education

Next week I am doing the keynote at a Vivid Sydney event titled The End of Nine to Five, organized by Gemini3, a job share matching technology company, in collaboration with EY Australia and Hermann International Asia. I will be speaking on Creating the Future of Work, looking at the dramatically shifting landscape for work,

Continue reading Vivid Sydney: Flexibility, diversity, and productivity at the heart of the future of work

Today’s Australian Financial Review featured a section Transformation Agenda, including an article based on an interview with me, Health and education sectors the next to feel online disruption. After opening with a discussion of connected work and marketplaces such as and Upwork, the article goes on: According to business consultant and futurist, Ross Dawson

Continue reading The rise of global remote work will impact health, education, and far more

I was recently interviewed by Mark Pesce for Lenovo’s ThinkFWD CIO Podcast Series on ‘The Evolution of the CIO’. The audio of the podcast can be found on the ThinkFWD website. In the podcast Mark asked me to delve into the details of my Future of the CIO framework, shown below.

Last Friday, after delivering the breakfast keynote at CPA Congress in Brisbane (more on that in another post), I ran a half-day workshop at the partner offsite of a national accounting firm network on the theme of Disruption and Innovation in Professional Services. I spent some time giving the partners current perspectives on both disruption

Continue reading Six characteristics supporting excellence in service delivery innovation

Org charts have long been used to show people the formal reporting lines in organizations, usually as a hierarchy with different levels. However organizations are regularly re-organized, requiring a new org chart to be created. In fact, organizations are completely dynamic, changing in ways small and large every single day. A fantastic video (below) depicts

Continue reading Understanding organizational change: Exceptional visualizations of evolving org charts

This morning I was interviewed on the national breakfast program Sunrise on the future of jobs, discussing a report that suggested 40% of jobs could be replaced by automation in the next 10-15 years. Click on the image to see a video of the segment: In the segment I pointed to some of the broader

Continue reading Jobs of the future: sports referees out, emotional designers in

The Committee for Economic Development for Australia (CEDA) today launched a landmark publication Australia’s Future Workforce? It’s an excellent report, bringing together contributions from leading researchers from Australia and globally, looking at the exceptional challenges of the changing landscape of work, and some of the policy prescriptions that will help nations and their citizens to

Continue reading 40-50% of jobs are at risk of being lost to automation, but where will they disappear fastest?

I recently gave the closing keynote at the Lectora User Conference 2015 in Nashville, Tennessee, which brought together users from around the world of the Lectora e-learning authoring platform. My keynote on Embracing the Future looked at the broad trends shaping our world, and how they were shaping the world of education in particular. Peer

Continue reading In a world of peer learning the opportunities flow to talent and those who share

I attended a very interesting lunch today hosted by EMC launching a study and report on Information Generation, drawing on a survey of 3,600 executives globally looking at what will drive their business in coming years. The primary themes of the report were around spotting opportunities, innovation, transparency and trust, personalization, and 24/7 availability, and

Continue reading The need for innovation across boundaries and the power of big data analytics

One of our companies, Future Exploration Network, recently created a detailed report for a client delving into the most important shifts shaping the next decade and beyond. One of the themes was Cities Reconfigured. The section began: Urbanisation has proved to be a dominant global force, shaping both developed and developing countries. We know cities

Continue reading Cities reconfigured: How changing work, shopping, community, and transport will transform our collective lives

The rise of robots in retail will be swift

Yesterday US retail chain Lowe’s announced that it will be launching a robot assistant named OSHbot in one of its Orchard Supply Hardware outlets. The Wall Street Journal notes:


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Ross Dawson is globally recognized as a leading futurist, entrepreneur, keynote speaker, strategy advisor, and bestselling author. He is Founding Chairman of AHT Group, which consists of 3 companies: consulting, publishing, and ventures firm Advanced Human Technologies, future and strategy firm Future Exploration Network, and events company The Insight Exchange.

Ross is author most recently of Getting Results From Crowds, the prescient Living Networks, which anticipated the social network revolution, the bestseller Developing Knowledge-Based Client Relationships, and Implementing Enterprise 2.0. (click on the links for free chapter downloads). He is primarily based in Sydney with a secondary base in San Francisco.

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