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Preparing for the Future of Work: the story of the Senate


Work is changing, and the rate of this change is increasing along with a change in types of work. Think about the gig economy, technological disruption, the move from full-time to part-time work and other examples moreover.

With that in mind, the Australian Senate established a Select Committee to find out what’s going on. How does Australia adapt? How does Australia prepare for these changes?

To that end, the Select Committee on the Future of Work and Workers asked for submissions to their Inquiry.

Of the 151 submissions, three types of responses emerged:

1. There is a need to do more for the people being left behind, perhaps by discussing universal basic income models.

2. A presentation of insights into the changes through Seek’s job data trends into the gig economy (Airbnb and Uber). There are new jobs that didn’t exist before, and people need to adapt to the way things are becoming

3. Gooroo’s submission: looking at what the transition is for individuals. Looking at the big assumptions: that change will put people out of work, and there’s a transition already happening — so what’s the solution to helping people transition with this change?

Gooroo presented evidence that showed it is not access to new opportunities to work, but access to meaningful work and avoidance of the feeling of being left behind, that is strongly related to reducing obesity and preventable chronic disease.

Next month*, we can expect the release of the Australian Senate’s Future of Work and Workers Committee Report. It is likely to identify two conflicting directions that will determine the way our nation makes the most of emerging technologies and reduces the feeling of a majority of the population that they are not able to keep up with the pace of change.

The first direction is the inevitable continuing impact of machine learning, artificial intelligence and the demand for higher skills and greater flexibility, adaptiveness and readiness to handle increasing levels of turbulence.

The competing direction will address the need to reconstruct our education, employment and health systems to facilitate the transition from an economy that relied upon digging things out of the ground to the new world of work that relies upon our capacity to dig out creative capacity from between our ears.

In our follow-up verbal submission to the inquiry, Greg Muller, founder and CEO of thought-leading company Gooroo, provided evidence that the nation has to change the way that it thinks about the future of work and the way that people experience automation, reconstruction and redesign of the meaning of work in the lives of the nation. There are very significant relationships between those who feel left behind and the costs of preventable chronic diseases such as cancer, diabetes and obesity.

Gooroo will soon release some of the initial findings of its Human Thinking Research Unit that identifies sixteen dominant Mindspaces that we all apply to the process of becoming better prepared for life in the fast lane. The How We Make Up Our Minds book authored by Dr Colin Benjamin OAM FAICD, Director General of ‘Life. Be in it.’ and Strategic Science advisor to Gooroo was discussed at a forum of Organisation Development Australia on the 25th July in Carlton, Victoria at Graduate House at Melbourne from 6:00pm to 8:30pm.

*UPDATE August 2018: The Senate has granted the Committee an extension of time for reporting until 12 September 2018

To gain a copy for review of How We Make Up Our Minds, speak with Dr Benjamin about the book or to personally experience the Gooroo ColourGrid® approach and get a brief summary of dominant patterns of thinking, contact [email protected].

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