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Work is Changing – Youth Profit, a probe to explore new opportunities

September 6th, 2014

Silo BreakingI’m working with two colleagues on a new project dealing with youth unemployment. Our perspective is that work opportunities and the skills needed to fill jobs have radically changed.

In the new work landscape, traditional jobs that used to be lifelong and provide wages that could support home and families are no longer present.

Our project is called Youth Profit. In this early stage of development, I envision Youth Profit’s as a probe that will explore the new work landscape and stimulate dialogue about youth unemployment in the 21st Century workplace.

Rising youth unemployment is a complex and worldwide concern. There are successful models and projects that we can learn from. Youth Profit will encourage discussion, interview thought leaders from around the globe and stimulate new ideas for preparing youth for 21st Century workplace.

Youth Profit is creating and supporting an online space for stakeholders to connect, share design tools and exchange ideas for new youth employment training initiatives. To facilitate solutions to long term systemic barriers, Youth Profit’s advocates for closer collaboration between the education, government, non profit and the private sectors.

To give readers a background on why we are developing this project and how work is changing, I’ve included a post from the American Press Association and Harold Jarche website – shining a light on workplace transformation. Harold is a Canadian and is viewed internationally as a leading writer and “sense maker” on the changes happening to the workplace.

These two posts underscore the importance of developing solutions to complex social concerns through collaboration between the Education, Private, Non-Profit and Government sectors.

An article written by Bernard Condon and Paul Wiseman in the Associated Press, Jan. 23 2013 clearly describes the changes to the workplace brought about by technology and the 2009 recession.

NEW YORK (AP) — Five years after the start of the Great Recession, the toll is terrifyingly clear: Millions of middle-class jobs have been lost in developed countries the world over.

And the situation is even worse than it appears.

Most of the jobs will never return, and millions more are likely to vanish as well, say experts who study the labor market. What’s more, these jobs aren’t just being lost to China and other developing countries, and they aren’t just factory work. Increasingly, jobs are disappearing in the service sector, home to two-thirds of all workers.

They’re being obliterated by technology.

Read more…

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A New Direction – A New Website

February 10th, 2014

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I am changing my website to reflect a new direction in my learning, sharing and professional development interests.

Over the past six months, I’ve being immersed in a long period of reflection about what I want to accomplish in business and as a learner. On another level I realize that I’ve being immersed in a process of re-discovering myself. Through this transition (aka dormant 🙂 ) period, I haven’t  published many posts or shared to any great extent what I’m interested in or how I am applying what I’m learning through my online networks..

Now I’m at a point where I feel ready to put into practice my new vision for my business and my personal and professional development. So, that said, I’m bursting with energy and drive to blog about my journey as a network learner and worker.

The main focus of my work interests this past year is learning about the Personal Knowledge Management (PKM) Framework or Seek – Sense – Share framework that Harold Jarche has so eloquently created. My new website will include the use of that framework as applied in my work and learning activities

I’m involved in several projects that are attempting to address wicked problems related to high levels of youth unemployment and the growing problems of youth mental illness. I have come to recognize how the PKM framework can be an empowering learning process for youth (or any individual) that could help them become stronger and healthier worker-learners.

What can be more empowering and positive  than improving ones ability to find useful and needed information, connect with others, share your knowledge and insights and essentially take control of your own professional development and healthy workspace.

You can get an overview of Harold’s PKM or Seek – Sense – Share Framework in a recent article published in the Inside Learning Technologies magazine

A few books that are giving me inspiration, motivation and energy as I develop my website are:

The Icarus Deception – How High Will You Fly —– Seth Godin

Social – Why Our Brains Are Wired to Connect —- Matthew D. Lieberman

Social Learning Handbook 2014 — Jane Hart

So stay tuned – I am working hard on completing my new site by the end of March.

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