The future of jobs?

Melis speaking at The Global Access Partners Growth Summit on the Future of Jobs.

I was in Sydney on Thursday 17th and Friday 18th of September, participating in the Global Access Partners Growth Summit on the Future of Jobs. We were privileged to have many amazing speakers including the Deputy Director-General of OECD, Mr Stefan Kapferer and Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Atlassian, Mr Mike Cannon-Brookes.

I wanted to share with you how hopeful I felt when I left the summit. In the last 4 to 5 years Australian politics hasn’t been particularly inspiring. During this time, as someone who has more recently been doing a lot of international travel, I have been yearning for a courageous and inspiring stance from people in powerful political positions. And with many serious players in the room, I am happy to share that the topics of ‘courage’ and ‘vulnerability’ were embraced with enthusiasm.

The morning’s discussion circled around risk mitigation. There is a reality that connector-jobs like real estate and recruitment, or back office jobs like data entry and analysis are ripe for technology disruption. I was given the opportunity to express my views on the topic and found the discussion was able to be re-framed from being about precautions and protection to courageous decision making. Rather than following a line of thinking about how to protect these jobs from tech disruption we were able to explore what courageous decisions needed to be made to use this opportunity to propel Australia into a leading generator of tech revenue globally.

Re-framing risk to opportunity always opens up possibility areas that have otherwise been unavailable—hidden to the conscious mind. It is a more exciting and generative place to be reimagining reality for Australia.

I had an animated conversation with Senator Conroy on this topic. Sharing my perspective that Australia has everything it needs to be an aspirational nation, we just need to believe it is possible. Following our dreams as a nation is going to take courage, vulnerability, creativity and belief. And I hope that Prime Minister Turnbull has a great vision to share for our nation. Huddle and GAP are currently at work creating one, just in case. 🙂