Date posted: October 25, 2016
Live from the ARTN conference in Roma Queensland and just before I jumped on stage to deliver the opening keynote for the Australian Regional Tourism Network's national conference, I caught up with ABC Far North's Kier Shorey to look at the Future of Australia's Regional Tourism and the many changes awaiting them.
Globally travellers will rise from 25 million in 1950, to 1.087 million in 2013 to 1.8 billion international in 2030 accounting for 1 in every 11 years jobs globally, 6% of all world exports and 29% of all service exports.
On the back of this tremendous global growth, regional tourism is also set to rise and I argued is in an incredib
Date posted: February 20, 2016
Airports should evoke a sense of excitement as we dash off to a new destination or start a grand adventure, but for numerous travellers airports are overwhelming and stressful.
For those who cannot escape to the sanctuary of an airport lounge, there can be long lines and pushy passengers.
But soon airports could become a destination themselves: a bright and airy haven of comfort and calm.
Travellers will be able to glide through with limited human interaction armed only with a smart phone and a smile.
And don't worry about your passport because by 2050 they'll be outdated and totally in the cloud, or wherever we choose to store
Date posted: February 13, 2014
There's a lot of conversation going on around the future of careers and jobs, given recent manufacturing and mining redundancy announcements and it has everyone asking what careers and jobs are future proof and which are not.
Firstly many of today's and yesterdays professions will still be around including - teachers, doctors, health professionals, retailers and many others will still be around in 50 years, but how they do their jobs, where and when they do it and how important it may be, will evolve over time.
The foresight issue is that today's Grade 1 student will
Date posted: January 30, 2014
Queensland's Gold Coast makes everything looker brighter and that's even true of chatting about my 2014's major trends with Nicole Dyer at ABC Gold Coast radio.
In our regular catch up Nicole and I chatted about the year ahead, about the growing phenomena of crowdfunding and cr
Date posted: December 20, 2013
To have the TEDx stage for 18 minutes is a privilege and an honor. To use this global platform to tell the story of my family's past, to introduce my ancestors who have not been spoken of or seen in over 70 years to a worldwide audience that they could never have imagined and to combine all of this with my love of the infinite possibilities of the future and what we must each do to allow these opportunities into our lives is a gift that I will cherish forever - thank you!!
I would love you to watch it, like it and leave a comment to let me know what you see ahead and what excess baggage you're leaving behind to make room for the future and an enormous thank you to the 1,000+ people that watched it within the first 24 hours of it being put up on YouTube.
Date posted: December 11, 2013
Ever wanted to know what the best career choices are? Here's a great article, hot off the presses on future career paths and it even has some choice quotes from your favourite business futurist.
reprinted from Careers FAQ
The A-Z of top jobs for 2014 and beyond
09 Dec 2013
By Marni Williams
Where are the shortages?
According to the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Rela
Date posted: December 9, 2013
I was sent this homemade version of last week's TEDx presentation, it reminds me of the counterfeit movies (not that I have ever seen one) where you can see the tops of the audiences heads, occasionally hear their comments and the vision is not quite right, but I though it was worth posting anyway, until the real thing arrives.
Date posted: November 28, 2013
I received the most incredible Christmas gift the other month in the form of an invitation to strut my stuff on the TEDx stage in Melbourne on December 3rd and with only 5 sleeps to go I can't wait to unwrap my present that I've titled - Unlearn the Future and don't worry I haven't forgotten you - after all it is better to give than receive - your invitation and discount promo code is at the end of this post.
This is a new
Date posted: November 18, 2013
With the Christmas season almost upon us and our thoughts moving towards a holiday, it seemed an opportune time for David Dowsett of Radio ABC Brisbane and I to chat about searching and booking your holidays online.
Our fist port of calls were around finding accommodation, there's always the traditional and well used websites with brand name hotels and offerings, but there are also the opportunities to find local hosts and stay
Date posted: August 26, 2013
One of the most often asked questions I get asked is about flying cars and although we're not quite there yet we are a long way down the road towards getting a whole lot of new shiny cars that do some pretty magic stuff.
On the back of a series of keynotes I delivered in the last month around Australia on cars of tomorrow to automotive roof body's and a number of large and well know fuel distributors, David Dowsett of ABC radio and I set off on our discussion this week to explore where cars are headed and what fuels we might use in 5, 10, 20 year from now.
Along the way we chatted about how many cars in Australia we hav