Future Forecasting • GGC-Learning • Future of Work
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 (TED@MotorCity, TED@Allianz), 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, Inter@ctive 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.
How can businesses do well and do good? By developing a purpose, and by leveraging exponential technologies to increase impact at scale. Bolles is the co-founder of SoCap: SocialCapitalMarkets.com, now the world’s largest conference focused on business and impact, with 3,500 attendees. Though Bolles handed the event off to his co-founders a number of years ago, he remains an active lecturer and writer on the opportunities for business to have a purpose, and to create a positive impact in the world.
Exponential technologies are having a seismic impact on the world of work. What are the key trends that are transforming our traditional model of work? How are industries and jobs becoming “unbundled,” and what are the effects on human work? Why is the traditional model of the organization changing, and what could work look like in next-generation organizations? Will robots and software take every job? And why is a universal basic income the right answer to the wrong question?
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.
The only way that people will be able to continually adapt to a world of exponential change is to be self-driven learners. We need to completely revamp our education system to help adults become lifelong learners, and leverage exponential technologies such as AI to allow us to become just-in-time learners. Bolles was the co-producer of DGREE.org, a 2010 conference focused on the future of higher education, and is the author of “Unbundling Higher Ed” on Medium.com. He has advised a variety of higher education institutions around the world, consulted to organizations on their learning strategies, and created courses for LinkedIn Learning on being an adaptive learner.
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.