Stretching the Workforce Mindset

for Tomorrow’s Opportunities
April 3, 2013

Man’s mind once stretched by a new idea, never regains it’s original dimensions. ~Oliver Wendell Holmes

Our Stretch Challenge for Today

Explore the Future Imagine a Talent Economy Think 21st Workforce Ecosystem Create a Sustainable Blueprint

……How’s that for a stretch goal?

Explore the Future

Stretch

Imagine Talent

Nebraska’s Edge

Think Ecosystem

Daring to Explore the Future

Biotechnology & Sustainability – Nebraska’s edge
By 2025 Vertical Farms are Common

Source: http://www.futuretimeline.net/21stcentury/2025.htm

Cloud Computing

Source: New Innovations Guide

The Internet of Everything

The Internet of Everything “born” between 2008 and 2009

Smart Cities/Communities go Rural

Daring to Look at Future Education
Learning unleashed

In 1 year or less….
• • •
Flipped Classrooms MOOC’s (Massive Open Online Courses) expand Mobile Apps get noticed
o

University Maryland concluded apps enhance learning

Tablets are becoming ideal tools

Source: Forecasting Higher Ed – OnlineDegrees.org

In 2 to 3 years…..
• •
Augmented Reality increases learning potential Game-Based Learning
o

Gaming mechanics applied to 21st Century skills

The Internet of Things pushes the knowledge economy
o

It’s not what you know but can you find and synthesize knowledge

Learning Analytics – emerges as a powerful tool for educators

Source: Forecasting Higher Ed – OnlineDegrees.org

In 4 to 5 years…..
• •
3D Printing revolutionizes learning
o

Bringing student ideas to life

Flexible displays emerge
o

Going beyond smartphones and tablets as tools for learning

Next Generation Batteries
o

Truly use devices wherever and whenever learning inspiration strikes

Wearable Technology
o

Gloves as controllers, Clothing that charges batteries, Shoes that aid exercise regimens

Source: Forecasting Higher Ed – OnlineDegrees.org

Dynamic, Flexible, Interconnected….

The future looks bright
So what’s there to worry about?

“There is a new economic epoch emerging called the talent economy.”

~ Jim Russell, Economic Geographer

Source: http://texasceomagazine.com/tag/graham-weston/

Looking Ahead
“If you run out of extra workers, you can’t create new jobs to grow the economy. The day that happens you will be out of the economic development business –trapped without a way to grow.” – Mark Lautman, When the Boomers Bail

Explore the Future

Stretch

Imagine Talent

Nebraska’s Edge

Think Ecosystem

Nebraska 2025 – Projected Talent Shortage

Source: Lumina Foundation Nebraska 2025 - http://www.luminafoundation.org/state/nebraska/

Workforce Regional Survey revealed
• • •
Attracting and Retaining Workforce rated a 4.53 out of 5 Youth Involvement rated a 4.33 Developing Strategies to Reverse declining population rated 4.25

Step into the Northeast Nebraska Timeship

Stretch….now CLAP!

Northeast Nebraska did some R&D ….and found opportunities


• •

Attract new talent
Return migration Homegrown, proud and engaged

Northeast Nebraska hit ReBoot
…And helped newcomers “Find Home”!

Gallup: Nebraska 4th best state for living in the future!

Nebraska has a compelling story!

“…..of food and agriculture.”

Source: Dr. Ronnie Green , Vice Pres. & IANR Harlan Vice Chancellor UNL http://www.knopnews2.com/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=7358:ne-positioned-to-be-2025global-epicenter&Itemid=105

And Northeast Nebraska grew

Welcoming 5,000 new families to good life

Northeast Nebraska did some R&D ….and found opportunities

Attract new talent


Return migration
Homegrown, proud and engaged

NENEDD capitalized on Return Migration

SA2020.org San Antonio’s Talent Economy Bubble and Barriers Study

NENEDD took the trend “Return Migration” to heart
Ideas close by in Holk County

Nicole Sedlacek Holk County Economic Development

Personalized mailbox to each graduate.

By reaching out, alumni came home.

NENEDD also inspired with a story from home

Mike Flood

In rural communities, if only 10 to 15 percent of high school graduates were recruited back home, outmigration challenges could be stopped and turned around.

NENEDD realized a key advantage…. We have one advantage no one else has. Northeast Nebraska “IS” hometown for all who were born and raised here!
~ Craig Schroeder, Senior Fellow Rupri Center for Rural Entrepeneurship Founder “Grow Nebraska”

And Northeast Nebraska grew even more

With 10,000 of our own returning home.

Northeast Nebraska did some R&D ….and found opportunities
• •
Attract new talent Return migration

Homegrown, proud and engaged

Homegrown, Proud and Engaged

In the future…Nebraska’s youth are proud!

2025 HomeTown Competitiveness Survey

50%

See Coming Home

70%

Step out of the Northeast Nebraska Timeship

Stretch….now CLAP!

Explore the Future

Stretch

Imagine Talent

Nebraska’s Edge

Think Ecosystem

An integrated and parallel process of economic and workforce development

Industrial Economy

Knowledge Economy

Creative Molecular & Talent Economy

…for three economies in churn

“To take advantage of the emerging Creative Molecular Economy requires developing a local workforce able to adapt to any of the three economies.”

– Rick Smyre & Jim Damicis , Searching for a New Dynamic

A Future Forward Workforce that has the CAPACITY to
• • • • •
Constantly innovate Think connectively and systemically Utilize technology for creativity Engage in collaborative networks Design Interlocking networks for commerce

Ignite the local economy

Thinking systemically

Source: A. J. Oconnor & Associates - Leadership 2020: 10 Workforce Trends + 10 Critical Leadership Competencies

Inspired Ideas

Perhaps a Nebraska Hothouse or Geekdom?

Inspired Ideas

E-Learning is now Everywhere Learning!

Inspired Ideas

Talent Epicenters or Next Generation Guilds

Inspired Ideas

Hello, I’m Sarah Hello, I’m Skoolaborator

Work, Learning and Up-skill Guides and Connectors!

Influencers, Connectors, Hubs

Think “Talent Integration Ecosystem”
Creative, Supportive, Dynamic

Our Stretch Challenge for Today

Explore the Future Imagine a Talent Economy Think 21st Workforce Ecosystem Create a Sustainable Blueprint

……How will you choose to stretch beyond today?

"The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark." ~ Michelangelo

Thank You!

Norma Owen President of the Avadon Group Morrisville, North Carolina www.avadongroup.com

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