“How are you feeling
and why are you
here today?”
My corporate zombie breakdown.
Positively transforming business.
My world changed.
To help others to create positive change.
Environmental collapse.
Child exploitation.
Systemic failure.
Technology is changing (us)
Fastest machine in the world (1964-69)
$99 phone. Faster, instantly connected.
“We are living in the network society.”
Manuel Castells
Jack Andraka, 15.
Inventor, scientist, cancer researcher.
(Re)educating ourselves
The de-industrialisation of learning.
Taking education back, making it human.
Learning as massively open and online.
Leadership everywhere.
Management is not leadership.
Participative, situational leadership.
MalalaYousafzai, 16.
Blogger, education campaigner, leader.
Over to you.
“What is your role in
creating the change
that the world needs
from Gen Y, right
You’re a steward for these guys.
Creating the world of Gen Y
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Creating the world of Gen Y


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A talk delivered to Youth to Business, part of AIESEC's International Congress and 65th year celebrations.

What are the challenges and opportunities for Gen Y in creating a better world? How does technological innovation, changing education paradigms and new forms of leadership provide a platform for positive change?

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  • Ask people to do a hi five.Say hello and prime for check-in Let’s get to know each other “Who knows about check-ins?” Explain concept.
  • Check-in question for the day.Then, today is all about you but it would be helpful if you knew about me.To know who I am, I need to tell you a story.
  • Nearly 10 years ago, I worked for a large multinational in London, in a highly stressful job.It made me ill. I got out and went to work for a small business in a smaller city. It was still unsatisfying.http://www.flickr.com/photos/frogmuseum2/309083726/sizes/l/
  • Five years ago I joined NixonMcInnes – a business with purpose, with a culture of freedom. I realised what I’d been missing.This is Clive with the Sword and shield of Win.
  • Two years ago, my world changed again when my son was born. I had a new perspective on life that made me thinking about what kind of world I wanted for him.
  • In the past two years, I’ve gone on a personal journey of transformation and came to a personal purpose and mission: “To help and inspire people to create positive change.”As Director of People and Culture at NM I do this for large organisations, as a consultant and facilitator, and for my team, helping them realise their full potential.My sense of purpose and mission is why I’m here today.And positive change is what we need, from you, because we face some massive challenges.Credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/sidewalk_flying/3534131757/sizes/l/
  • We’re destroying the house that we live in.http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Fires_and_Deforestation_on_the_Amazon_Frontier,_Rondonia,_Brazil_-_August_12,_2007.jpg
  • We’re exploiting children to feed our lifestyles.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Child_Labor_in_Morona_Santiago,_Ecuador_1990.jpg
  • The system on which our world is built is failing much humankind.Credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/jessicamulley/3402508412
  • Hands up if you feel excited about this future?Who wants to change it?OK! Let’s talk about the opportunities – through the lenses of today’s themes: technological innovation, changing education paradigms and 21st Century Leadership
  • This is the CDC6600.40 MHz processing speed, 128 MB memory, a cost of $7m and the fastest machine in the world between 1964 and 1969. Moore’s law states thatcomputing power doubles every two years…
  • Nokia Asha 501, 1GHz processing speed, up to 32 GB memory and at a cost of $99. Aimed at the emerging markets and is part of the journey towards the whole world being online and connected.
  • And ourincreasingconnected-ness is shaping society, and shaping us.We’ve moved from the industrial age to the networked age.The network is creating incredible opportunities for both technological and social innovation.http://www.flickr.com/photos/vaxzine/569820150/sizes/o/
  • This is Jack Andraka.He created a simple test for the identification of pancreatic, lung and ovarian cancer that is:168 times faster and 26,000 times less expensivethan what is currently available Google was how he made the connections he needed.How many other Jack’s are there out there?Credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/intelfreepress/8252212719
  • Education has been reinforcing the same models of command and control from the industrial age.But this is beginning to change, rapidly.Credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/seraph/314155052/sizes/o/
  • New approaches to learning are gaining traction. Self-directed learning vs following the rules, flexibility over rigidity, emphasis on asking questions not being told, mixed age groups.Credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/vox_efx/3008311451/
  • Technology is also driving change in learning and access. Massively Open Online Courses, for example.Coursera 421 courses, 84 partners from Stanford and Harvard to Melbourne and Oxford.4,357,813 registered students.Free, open to all, 24/7 – never more needed and welcome.Credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/seraph/314155052/sizes/o/
  • Show of hands: “Who thinks of themselves as a leader?”
  • For a very long time we have believed that leadership is given. It’s a job role or elected position.Industrial society and traditional corporate structures told us that management have the power.The truth is very different, but not all of us know it yet!Credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/builtbydave/2149638304/sizes/o/
  • We are becoming more aware of our individual power as leaders – reclaiming our autonomy.Leadership is a competency and a behaviour, not a job title!The ability to step up and take action on what matters to you – situational leadership.The ability to create and hold a space for others to shine – participative leadership.http://www.flickr.com/photos/rafallg/6451858833/sizes/l/
  • MalalaYousafzai. Blogger for the BBC at 11, shot at 15, nominated for a Nobel Peace prize the same year. Spoke at the UN on her 16th Birthday about universal access to education.This is true leadership.Credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/87718284@N06/9270356453/
  • So this is some of what’s going on in the world – the challenges, the opportunities. And it’s your world, so the question I’d like you to sit with for a few moments in silence is this…Credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/piermario/3214750903/sizes/o/
  • "What is your next best step towards creating the change that the world needs from Gen Y, right now?"30 seconds of silence.Credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/piermario/3214750903/sizes/o/
  • Because this is about creating the world that you want, but also playing your role as a steward of the planet for the next generation.A quote I try to hold on to is this: “Your work is to discover your world and then with all your heart give yourself to it.”Today, let’s all get a bit closer to discovering our world.
  • Transcript of "Creating the world of Gen Y "

    1. 1. “How are you feeling and why are you here today?”
    2. 2. My corporate zombie breakdown.
    3. 3. Positively transforming business.
    4. 4. My world changed.
    5. 5. To help others to create positive change.
    6. 6. Environmental collapse.
    7. 7. Child exploitation.
    8. 8. Systemic failure.
    9. 9. Technology is changing (us)
    10. 10. Fastest machine in the world (1964-69)
    11. 11. $99 phone. Faster, instantly connected.
    12. 12. “We are living in the network society.” Manuel Castells
    13. 13. Jack Andraka, 15. Inventor, scientist, cancer researcher.
    14. 14. (Re)educating ourselves
    15. 15. The de-industrialisation of learning.
    16. 16. Taking education back, making it human.
    17. 17. Learning as massively open and online.
    18. 18. Leadership everywhere.
    19. 19. Management is not leadership.
    20. 20. Participative, situational leadership.
    21. 21. MalalaYousafzai, 16. Blogger, education campaigner, leader.
    22. 22. Over to you.
    23. 23. “What is your role in creating the change that the world needs from Gen Y, right now?”
    24. 24. You’re a steward for these guys.
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