Gary Bolles

Chair

Future of Work

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Areas of Expertise

Future of Work  •  GGC-Learning  •  Future Forecasting

About Gary

Gary A. Bolles is an internationally-recognized expert on the future of work and the future of learning. His focus is on the strategies for helping individuals, organizations, communities, and countries to thrive in the transition to a digital work economy.

As Chair for the Future of Work for Singularity University, he leads the organization’s efforts to empower a global community with the mindset, skillset, and network to create an abundant future of work and learning. In the seismic transition to what Bolles calls the digital work economy, individuals, organizations, communities, and countries all need to develop a shared understanding of the dynamics of disruptive change, collaborate on the development of effective strategies, and ensure that all people have access to meaningful work and lifelong learning opportunities.

As a partner in the boutique consulting agency Charrette LLC, he helps clients to identify and understand trends affecting their organizations and markets, often through strategic conferences, innovation consulting, strategy design charrettes, and collaborative initiatives. Bolles has served as a strategic consultant and visiting lecturer for clients such as Google, Intel, the New Zealand Government, and the United Nations. He has also co-founded a variety of conferences and strategic initiatives, including:

• Closing The Gap (closingthegap.co), a conference in Palm Beach, Florida, focused on strategies for an inclusive economy, with speakers such as Tony Blair, Tom Friedman, and Robert Reich
• DGREE.org, a conference focused on the future of higher education
• Silicon Valley Meets the UN, bringing hi-tech leaders to the international development community
• SoCap, SocialCapitalMarkets.net, the premier gathering for impact entrepreneurs and investors, and
• US Broadband Coalition, a consortium of 137 organizations that developed a draft broadband strategy for the country.

Bolles has also served as a consulting producer for strategic events for clients such as Google (Zeitgeist, Innovation for the Nation, ThinkCloud), Singularity University (Global Summit, Exponential Manufacturing, Exponential Finance), TED ([email protected], [email protected]), and National Australia Bank and London Business School (Silicon Valley Innovation Days). Formerly, Bolles was the editorial director of technology publications such as Yahoo! Internet Life, [email protected] Week, and Network Computing, as well as the on-screen host of TechTV’s “Working the Web.”

As co-founder of eParachute.com, he helps job-hunters & career changers, from youth to 50+, with online and in-person programs. Trained as a career counselor at the age of 19, he is an expert on world’s most effective methods for helping job-hunters and career changers, from “What Color Is Your Parachute?”, which is the best-selling career book of all time. eParachute has licensed its software to groups ranging from libraries and colleges to membership groups like AARP. Bolles has also authored a series of video courses on the future of work for LinkedIn Learning’s Lynda.com.

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Speaking Topics

  • Adaptive Organizations

    What are the strategies that successful organizations use to continually adapt in a world of exponential change? As the creator of popular online courses such as “Developing Adaptive Managers” and “Developing Adaptive Employees,” Bolles explores effective approaches to become more flexible and adaptive.

  • Business with a Purpose

    How can your organization do well and do good? Bolles has influenced the social capital movement for 20 years, through initiatives such as SoCap, now the world’s largest conference focused on business and impact. He helps leaders understand how they can do well and do good through developing transformative business models and leading through purpose.

  • Creating Inclusive Economies: Strategies for Policymakers

    Leaders in government agencies seek ideas for smart, adaptive policies that can help lay the groundwork for a positive future of work, and economies that are more inclusive for a range of stakeholders. How can governments leverage exponential thinking and breakthrough technologies to encourage new systems of learning, job creation, and entrepreneurship? As adviser to initiatives in countries like Brazil, Ethiopia, and Chile, Bolles helps leaders explore culturally-appropriate strategies for developing more inclusive work and entrepreneurial ecosystems.

  • Exponential Innovation for Industries

    As entire industries are becoming disrupted, understanding where and how disruption can appear – and knowing what strategies to use to counter it – can be challenging. But it turns out that there are consistent models of disruption for different industries, and effective approaches that can help organizations build portfolios of innovation to create the products and services for the customers of tomorrow. Bolles has tailored this talk to industries ranging from finance and real estate to healthcare and manufacturing.

  • Future of Work

    How are industries, organizations and jobs becoming transformed by “exponential technologies”? What are the strategies that can help organizations and individuals to thrive in a rapidly-changing world of work? As Singularity University’s Chair for the Future of Work, Bolles helps organizations understand effective strategies for guiding human talent to solve the problems of tomorrow.

  • Inclusive Economies & Blockchain

    The growing gap between “have-lots and have-nots” is due to a fundamental set of principles baked into our economies. We can remedy these challenges at scale by making different choices, empowered by exponential technologies like blockchain that can level the playing field. Bolles was the co-producer of “Closing the Gap: Toward an Inclusive Economy,” a 2015 conference held in Palm Beach, Florida, and he is the author of “Unbundling the Middle Class” on Medium.com.

  • Leadership in the Exponential Era

    A new model of management and leadership is needed to steer organizations in times of disruption. Former hierarchies are giving way to new approaches that will revamp the ways in which companies are managed. Bolles shows how leaders in your organization move from the traditional role of “the sage on the stage” to “the guide on the side.”

  • The Future of HR

    Leaders of HR departments are often seeking a seat at the table to influence the organization’s strategic direction. Bolles says: Create a new table. Strategies ranging from talent clouds to “unbossing” can give HR executives an entirely new toolkit. And Talent leaders can redefine what it is for organizations to channel human energies to meet the needs of customers and other stakeholders.

  • The Future of Learning & AI

    How can you help your workers to become lifelong learners? How can you leverage technology to become a learning organization? And how can leaders themselves learn how to learn?

  • The Future of Work: Vision & Strategies for Abundance

    Exponential technologies have ripple effects that are dramatically changing the world of work. Yet too much of the popular focus on the future of work has been on the disruption of human work by robots and AI. There are effective strategies we can follow today to ensure that individuals, organizations, communities and countries can all thrive during this transition. And those same exponential technologies can also be used to transform us as workers, helping us to solve the problems of tomorrow.

    In this session, you’ll learn:
    – How exponential technologies are unbundling the world of work.
    – What work really is, and the roles of people and technology in work.
    – A vision for a future of abundance in work.
    – Adaptive strategies for individuals, organizations, communities, and countries.

  • Transforming Culture

    Your organization’s culture may have helped the company to gain its current level of success. But in times of dramatic change, the culture of organizations must transform. This kind of transition doesn’t happen overnight. But with the right inclusive strategies that leverage exponential thinking, cultures can become more nimble, creative, inclusive – and successful.

  • What Your Board of Directors Needs to Know About Exponential Competition

    Your board is constantly asking for input that can help them understand how your organization will continually be able to execute in the face of increased competition. There are five core issues that directors must be aware of, and eight key strategies that must be part of a board’s toolkit to effectively advise company leaders on prioritizing challenges and opportunities.

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