The Future of Work and Learning

The Future of Work and Learning

Ignite, 2017




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The Ignite conference offers thought leaders a stage on which to outline their ideas in just five minutes. That’s fitting, since Gary Bolles addresses how to deal with a rapid change: the shift to a digital society. While this format gives Bolles, a disruption consultant, just enough time to sketch the impending changes and ways employees can adapt, it prevents him from tackling these issues in any detail. Bolles’s presentation is nevertheless useful, and getAbstract recommends it to anyone who requires tips on how to secure employment when technology eliminates jobs.


Society typically views life as having three phases: a period of education, a period of work, and a period of leisure or retirement. This model emerged when the agrarian economy shifted to an industrial economy. The move to a digital society is causing a similarly radical – albeit much more rapid – transformation. Technology and globalization are changing the face of many industries, which are becoming “unbundled.” Consider the media industry: Formerly, a magazine, for example, performed “advertising, distribution, editing, writing” and “production” in-house. Now independent entities execute many of those functions...

About the Speaker

Gary Bolles is a partner in Charrette, a consultancy that helps clients to identify and respond to disruptive trends.

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