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Age of Re-Learning

By: True North Team
May 16, 2019

If you’re reading this, you probably use a laptop and the internet to do at least some part of your job. But it’s possible that your parents at one time never used a computer at work. And it’s likely that your grandparents wouldn’t really understand what you do for a living.

We’ve come to expect – even welcome – a certain amount of creative destruction, as tech replaces dangerous, dirty, repetitive jobs. But these days, it’s not one industry galloping ahead and putting a bunch of farriers out of work. Today, every single industry is being transformed by tech. Machine learning and artificial intelligence, robotics and automation, are challenging our understanding of what seven billion people are going to do for a living.

This is the Age of Re-Learning, a time when career paths lead to jobs that don’t exist yet. When the market for hard skills can go soft fast, and when soft skills might be the only hard currency. It’s an era where we simultaneously have skills shortages and mass underemployment. We have gig-economy jobs that go nowhere, and yet have millions migrating for a chance to get one. Everyone in the ecosystem, from colleges and universities, to employers and HR managers must adapt to this new normal.

Well, you’re in luck. The speakers in the Age of Re-Learning program track at True North have thought long and hard about how we should train, hire, re-skill and reallocate the workforce of the future.

Thomas L. Friedman
Bestselling Author & New York Times Foreign Affairs Columnist
Based on his most recent book, Thomas will examine three macro-trends that are driving the increasing pace of change in our world: climate change, globalization and technology.

Lisa de Wilde
Tech enables us to engage media from a variety of sources, learning and building skills in new ways. Is the education system keeping up in the classroom to help learners keep up in the real world?

Caitlin MacGregor
Founder & CEO, Plum
The work of talent leaders is going to get more interesting. Just as the general workforce will need to shift to a continuous learning approach in their careers, it is imperative that HR and talent leaders remain nimble and take a learn, un-learn, and re-learn approach to hiring and deploying talent in this new world of work.

Hamoon Ekhtiari
Founder & CEO, Audacious Futures
So, if the expanded use of AI threatens to eliminate millions of jobs in the coming decades, could we use AI to help keep people fit for the workplace of the future? Mind. Blown.

Krystyn Harrison
Founder & CEO, Prosper
Let’s get to the heart of the matter: How are you going to find a job AI can’t do, avoid burnout and remain competitive in the labour market of the future?

Roy Gori
President & CEO, Manulife
Insurance companies are changing into tech companies that provide insurance. Roy will explore the forces shaping how and where we work and how we can work together to keep pace with the change that new technology brings with it.

Sarah Prevette
Founder & CEO, Future Design School
Old school is content delivery. The school of the future is about competency development. Sarah will take you on a high-octane dive into the future of education and its impact on the whole world.

William Zhou
CEO, Chalk
To understand where you’re going, you need to know where you’ve been. William will revisit the history of K-12 education to see what we should stop, start and continue to do in the Age of Re-Learning.