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The World is Flat Book Club/Discussion Guide--Workforce Innovations


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This presentation was used as a discussion guide for exploring Thomas Friedman's The World is Flat and its implications for the workforce development system.

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The World is Flat Book Club/Discussion Guide--Workforce Innovations

  2. 2. The World is Flat <ul><li>Thomas Friedman via… </li></ul><ul><li>Robin Widing in Philadelphia </li></ul><ul><li>Diane Walton in San Francisco </li></ul><ul><li>Chat box: who’s here? </li></ul>
  3. 3. Pause for Logistics <ul><li>Safety First – Location of Nearest Fire Exit </li></ul><ul><li>Orientation Package </li></ul><ul><li>Online protocols </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Connection status box </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Webinar layout </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Phone line protocol </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. poll <ul><li>I ‘ve read it, </li></ul><ul><li>I saw the video, </li></ul><ul><li>I’ve read summaries about the flatteners and the impact of globalization, </li></ul><ul><li>I’ve heard about it, </li></ul><ul><li>I’m learning about it today for the first time </li></ul>
  5. 5. Challenges to Us <ul><li>How do we make America more competitive? </li></ul><ul><li>How do we respond more effectively to business needs? </li></ul><ul><li>How do we prepare our workers to be more competitive? </li></ul>
  6. 6. Highlights… <ul><li>Globalization </li></ul><ul><li>Massive investments in technology </li></ul><ul><li>Intellectual work delivered any time </li></ul><ul><li>Business goes where the talent is </li></ul><ul><li>Emphasis on knowledge and innovation </li></ul><ul><li>Lifetime employability (not the same as lifetime employment) </li></ul><ul><li>HOW WE ADD/ CREATE VALUE </li></ul>
  7. 7. Friedman’s Flatteners Impact on YOUR business <ul><li>whiteboard </li></ul><ul><li>List flatteners , ask for biggest impact, have people writing, typing in </li></ul>
  8. 8. For the Workforce System <ul><li>Can states and regions and local areas realign resources to meet market demand? How can we help? </li></ul><ul><li>Can states and regions and local areas create an infrastructure that realigns resources in support of a continuum of educational and training services? How can we help? </li></ul>
  9. 9. For you… LEARN What was the most important insight/experience / learning from The World is Flat as you read, listened or participated today ?
  10. 10. Innovate. <ul><li>What does that learning mean </li></ul><ul><li>for what you do </li></ul><ul><li>and </li></ul><ul><li>how you do it? </li></ul>
  11. 11. Thank you for attending. Please send in your evaluation forms Please submit your evaluation forms We look forward to seeing you next at our next event --- (List here) -- the EIU Board of Regents LEAD!