Weather the storm

first_img Comments are closed. When new ideas break in the US, you can be sure that they will hit ourshores soon after. David Falkus looks into the future as forecast by the recentTechLearn conference in FloridaTechLearn delegates flying from London to Washington DC and on down toOrlando, Florida, with British Airways and United Airlines were treated to adouble helping of the disaster movie The Perfect Storm. This in-flightentertainment is in turn the perfect metaphor for the business world as itenters 2001 under the impact of the Internet, itself less than 2,000 days old,and became a theme to permeate the whole conference proceedings.Addressing his audience of some 3,250 delegates, mainly trainers from 42countries, representing over 100 million workers, TechLearn 2000 speaker TomPeters warned, “We’re in the midst of a hurricane, a white-collarrevolution in which over the next few years 95 per cent of white-collar jobswill go or be transformed. And no-one knows where we’re going.”Said Peters, business thinker and lifelong trainer, (quoting management guruPeter Drucker), “The period 2000 to 2002 will bring the single greatestchange in worldwide economic and business conditions since we came down fromthe trees. Forgetting the past is essential. As one US delegate put it, “Theproblem is not how to get new thoughts into your head, but how to get the oldones out”.TechLearn 2000 – organised by Elliott Masie, business entrepreneur andskills adviser to the US government – developed a number of themes. Theseincluded the need to “focus on people, performance and business models.E-learning is more than a smarter way of training. It is about changing ourlives and the way we do business”.So the task is not merely to train staff, but to train customers and totrain suppliers; to train in a interactive peer-to-peer way (known as P2P), inwhich trainees train each other, with content created by users (so it needs tobe as easy as Powerpoint). What began as simple e-mails between students andtrainers, and between students in chatrooms, is being replaced by two-waybroadband versions.Participants were advised that trainers presenting proposals to topmanagement should avoid referring to “e-learning” and “gettinginvolved in technology”. Instead they should focus on the business model,on “ROI” – return on investment – on shorter time to market of newproducts, and on shorter time before newly-recruited staff are up to speed andproductive.The vision, in the words of Wayne Hodgins, strategic futurist for AutodeskInc, is “to have the right stuff”, with just the right content, tojust the right person, at just the right time, on just the right device, and –because the scene is so fast-changing – to have great “course correction”capabilities in order to stay “on target.”Advice for those entering this e-learning new world included:Start with a small project, rather than putting the most popular classroom programme on the Web, only to find that attendances dropTalk to in-house IT professionals, getting them on-side, and “borrowing” existing delivery mechanisms where possibleOutsource web-hosting and learning management systems (LMS)Don’t dismiss classrooms as dead, see them as part of “blended learning”Buying in modules is more realistic, although standards like Scorm (shareable courseware object reference mode) with metadata attached to course modules describing contents and ownership. The just-launched version 1.2 allows course modules to run under different Learning Management Systems, reducing development times and costs of new courses. Students who have taken a particular module previously need not take it twice.Among the delegates was Donald Clark, CEO of UK e-learning contentproduction company the Epic Group. He compared the development of e-learning inthe UK to the US and predicts that in the UK, “The current phase is one of‘laying track’, in that intranets and learning management systems are beingbought. In the second phase, content will be king.”As he points out, we ignore the Internet at our peril. “The Internet isalready the largest learning resource on the planet, with content and deliveryclimbing to new levels, as we re-conceptualise learning by focussing on gooddesign, simulations and learning by doing.”Of course the US approach gives us an insight into a frantic world. What canwe make of a conference where delegates enjoy an evening out at Disney’s TheMagic Kingdom, and on the final morning welcome Mickey Mouse on to theconference stage? But in many respects we have similar tastes. Recent research by Epic, inconjunction with the Department for Education and Employment, predicted thatthe UK take-up of on-line learning will be over 22 per cent within five yearsfrom its current usage by 5 per cent of UK organisations. The current standingin the US is that 25 per cent of that continent’s companies use on-linelearning. So are we really so far behind?Five forecasts for 2001From the UK perspective, information technologies will continue to definehow business is done here and impact on workers in a new global marketplace,according to British business coach John Middleton, the founder of the BristolManagement Research Centre. Here are his top five predictions:1 The Internet is experiencing growing pains, not death throesMiddleton quotes the president of Intel Andy Grove, “Companies notusing the Internet to improve just about every facet of their businessoperation will be destroyed by competitors who do.”2 The new economy is a work-in-progress”Globalisation has made such spectacular progress that today youcouldn’t talk of an international division of labour as we did before the1970s,” says Middleton, quoting historian Eric Hobsbawm.3 The new economy supplements the traditional economy.It does not supplant it.4 Size really doesn’t matterThere is no longer irony in the phrase “a one-person globalbusiness”5 Blue-collars have felt the pinch – white-collars will be nextMiddleton points out Tom Peters’ prediction that 90 per cent of white-collarjobs in the US will be destroyed or altered beyond recognition within the next15 years(Taken from Writing the New Economy by John Middleton, published by Capstoneand distributed by Wiley. 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World Economic Forum postpones event in Brazil as coronavirus cases rise

first_imgEarlier on Friday, Brazil’s Health Ministry confirmed 13 coronavirus cases in the country, up from 8 on Thursday.Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said in a televised address that the country will reinforce efforts to counter the virus at hospitals and ports of entry, while urging people to follow the advice of medical professionals.”Although the situation could get worse, there is no reason for panic,” he said in brief pre-recorded remarks.Financial services company Mastercard said on Friday it would close its office in Sao Paulo after one of its employees was diagnosed with coronavirus. The firm said it would continue to operate normally and asked staff to work from home.Cases are still mostly concentrated in the country’s financial capital of Sao Paulo, but vacation hotspot Rio de Janeiro and the coastal state of Espirito Santo have also recorded single cases.Friday also marked the first confirmed case in northeast Brazil, in Bahia state, according to the ministry.  The World Economic Forum (WEF) has postponed a Latin America conference set to be held in Brazil at the end of April as a precautionary measure, with the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the country rising on Friday to 13.Public events are being called off around the world as the coronavirus spreads and people seek to avoid gatherings that could provide a venue to spread the disease.”Given the dynamic situation surrounding the coronavirus globally and after careful consideration of what it means for our stakeholders, the World Economic Forum and its partners in Brazil have agreed to reschedule this meeting to a later date,” a WEF spokeswoman said in a statement. Topics :last_img read more

Governor Wolf Joins Providers, Advocates, Patients in Support of Women’s Reproductive Health Rights

first_imgGovernor Wolf Joins Providers, Advocates, Patients in Support of Women’s Reproductive Health Rights Press Release,  Public Health,  Women’s Rights Philadelphia, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today was joined by medical providers, advocates, patients, legislators, and members of the Pennsylvania Commission for Women in support of women’s reproductive health rights at an event at Eakins Lounge at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital.“Let me be clear, there is no role for government to step between a woman and her doctor,” Gov. Wolf said. “President Trump’s plan to implement a Title X gag rule will cut women off from critical health care services like birth control and preventive care, including cancer screenings, and will censor doctors and strip federal funding from certain health care providers for discussing legal health care procedures with their patients.”Joining Gov. Wolf and offering remarks were representatives of AccessMatters, one of four family planning councils in Pennsylvania that receives Title X funding from the federal government; Planned Parenthood; Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP); New Voices; and patients who have benefited from both Title X and Planned Parenthood funding to receive vital screenings and treatment.“I am deeply concerned that proposed changes to Title X will negatively impact our ability to meet the needs of children, adolescents and families we serve at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia,” said Dr. Aletha Akers, director of Adolescent Gynecology and faculty member at PolicyLab at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. “Title X allows us to provide preventative health services, ranging from cancer screenings to family planning, to more than 2,000 young people in our community – services they need to grow into healthy, productive adults.”“Patient-centered, respectful, comprehensive, and confidential care have been cornerstones of the Title X Family Planning Program for over 45 years,” said Melissa Weiler Gerber, President & CEO of AccessMatters. “These proposed rules are a ‘solution’ to a problem that does not exist and in reality, they will undermine access and jeopardize the health and well-being of our country.”“The proposed regulation would fundamentally change the Title X program, denying millions of patients access to trusted healthcare providers like Planned Parenthood,” Dayle Steinberg, CEO of Planned Parenthood for Southeastern Pennsylvania said. “It defies logic for an Administration that opposes abortion to decrease access to birth control – the front-line defense and most effective means to prevent the need for abortion.”“As a cancer survivor, I can tell you that early detection of disease is critical to survival,” said Jeanette Herrington, of Springfield, and the mother of two girls. “As a result of the proposed rule, it is indisputable that more cancers will go undetected, more abnormal Pap smears will not be treated, and life-saving care will be inaccessible for the low-income women and men who need it most.”“The Title X gag rule not only intrudes on the patient-provider relationship, but it also takes away a woman’s autonomy and her right to have transparent access to information so that she can make informed health care decisions,” said Randi Teplitz, chair of the Pennsylvania Commission for Women. “Title X was enacted to provide care to some of our most vulnerable citizens, including young women, low income women, and women of color. The White House’s gag rule reverses 50 years of progress and burdens a woman with unnecessary obstacles during a time when she needs support and clarity.” July 25, 2018center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

BCCI vs WSG: Tribunal rules in favour of Indian cricket board

first_imgNEW DELHI: In what comes as a major boost for the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), in a majority decision, an Arbitral Tribunal consisting of Supreme Court Justices (Retd) Sujatha Manohar, Mukunthakam Sharma and S.S. Nijjar have upheld the termination of the media rights agreement for overseas territories with World Sports Group (WSG) by the BCCI on June 28, 2010.Speaking to IANS, a former BCCI official said that the verdict vindicates the stand of the BCCI. “It is relevant that the Award has accepted the case of BCCI that Lalit Modi was guilty of concealing the agreements that had been entered into and also the defaults committed by WSG Mauritius, from the then office bearers,” he said. The BCCI had accused the then chairman of its IPL Governing Council Lalit Modi of committing fraud on BCCI in collusion with WSG officials to the tune of Rs 425 crore. In a complete vindication of the hard stand taken by the BCCI office bearers including N. Srinivasan then Secretary, the Arbitral award has allowed the BCCI to appropriate the amounts lying in escrow pending the arbitration. This sum is to the tune of over Rs800 crore. P. Raghu Raman Senior Counsel who represented the BCCI said: “Now that a binding arbitration award has clearly pointed out the fraudulent conduct of Lalit Modi and others from WSG group, the police complaint given by BCCI to prosecute these persons at least at this stage should be acted upon.” IANS Also Watch: High Court Rejects BPF Plea Against Governor’s Ruled In BTADlast_img read more