Almost Entirely in the Dark: The Challenge of Adapting to Climate Change

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?

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Creative Destruction of Work and Careers

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.   

Nine Educational Programs for the Next Economy

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. 

Workplace Analytics for R&D and Innovation Processes

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.

The Jesuit Educational Digital Network

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.

A Global Knowledge Network for Adaptation to Climate Change

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

Ten Important Concepts in Online Education

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.