More Gaps than Coverage in Decision-Relevant Information: We know that the planet is warming, that sea levels are rising, and that we need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to slow climate change. Also, we know from climate science that we cannot stop global warming in its tracks. Even with aggressive mitigation measures, we must adapt to a changing climate. But when? And how much will be enough?
Given the pace of change in the global economy it is no wonder that a traditional four-year BA or BS, or a two-year Associates degree, seems to have a half-life of about a decade in the workplace. LinkedIn’s 2017 disruptive educational start-ups -- along with dozens of other startups and new programs offered by existing community colleges, four-year colleges, and universities – are the leading edge of response to the recent waves of transitions in the economy and the workplace.
During the summer of 2017 The New Advisory Group was engaged by the Thriving Earth Exchange, a program of the American Geophysical Union, to collaborate on an exploration of unmet adaptation decision support needs for citizens, local governments and companies. This project is ongoing the views expressed here are those of the author, Bruce Guile.
The global shift in post-secondary short-form education -- often called continuing or professional education -- is toward preparing individuals for careers as diverse additive manufacturing technicians, digital media professionals, and construction and project managers. Robust 21st Century educational institutions do not simply focus on the new economy but embrace a perpetually refreshed focus on the next economy.
The density of talent, experience, knowledge, and creative approaches that 30 years ago existed primarily within a few hundred institutions in a small number of countries now exists as a dense network of working relationships among globally dispersed individuals and institutions.
The New Advisory Group was retained, by a global architecture and engineering firm working with Kuwait University, to provide insight about how the changing role of computer science on campus and in industry should affect the design of new complex of buildings dedicated to computer science and engineering.
Workplace analytics provide behavioral insights that can be used to improve productivity, workforce effectiveness and employee engagement. While the technology of workplace analytics is maturing rapidly, most applications have been in sales, marketing, and finance. Much less has been done with regard to advanced technology or R&D, research personnel, technology acquisitions, or in-bound and out-bound licensing, etc.. The link below takes you to a presentation we have used for discussion of the potential value of workplace analytics to R&D leaders and manager in global companies.
From late 2014 through 2016 The New Advisory Group was engaged by the leadership of Saudi Aramco to help design and launch a new College of Petroleum Engineering and Geosciences at King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM).
Since 2014, The New Advisory Group has been advising senior Jesuit leaders in the development of a global Jesuit Digital Network. A key milestone of this work was the creation of a fully functional prototype collaboration and sharing platform in July 2015 (see link below), reflecting their ambitious vision to bring high quality academic content in the Jesuit tradition to educators and learners across institutions and regions of the world.
Over the last 20 years the market for highly skilled technical talent as become truly global. Business processes and technologies must support sourcing, evaluation, recruitment, and development of critical human resources on a global scale.
Digital communications and interactive media have exploded beyond their roots in the academic and corporate research arenas to dramatically transform content industries from news and music to television and publishing. And, now, education.
We cannot be certain how global warming will affect the planet and the lives of humans but we do know change is coming and we know we should be acting now to prepare. If even the “low impact” scenarios are manifest, there will be adaptation challenges in fields as diverse as coastal zone management, infectious diseases and public health, civil and environmental engineering, and agricultural technology and food security.
Remarks made at a memorial symposium for Robert M. White at the National Academy of Sciences, 14 June 2016
Intelligently mobilized and deployed, sponsored research can help researchers in countries at the pinnacle of scientific and engineering work productively with counterparts in countries still aspiring to such excellence.
A generation ago a few hundred research universities, government laboratories, and corporate research facilities dominated science, engineering, and related innovation. Not so today as research and innovation are truly global and dispersed.
For professional and occupational knowledge and practice, education and decision support have always been close cousins. They are now identical twins.
The recent West African Ebola crisis brings into sharp relief the challenges of pre-service and real-time workplace education for health workers in areas of greatest need.
Most of us know that MOOC is an acronym for a Massive Open Online Course, an online course format designed for widespread access and consisting of online video lectures, assessments, and discussions. The shift toward modularization of content, highlighted by the report from MIT’s Task Force on the Future of Education, is bringing a new set of concepts, and their descriptors to the fore. Ten of the most important new concepts in online education, and their new or re-purposed descriptors, are described here.
Communities and services built on curated digital collections of tutorial-format information are disrupting several “industries” including higher education, continuing education, and professional and occupational publishing.
Online post-degree education is particularly important in the health fields as professionals are increasingly shifting away from participation in conferences and seminars and toward online programs.
New generation online knowledge sources are searchable and can present immediately usable information, in tutorial format, for both education and decision support.