Thoughts from Fusion 2018 in Houston, Texas
When I got to Houston for Fusion 2018, I found out their famous Metrorail LRT rolls right past my window once every five minutes or so. If you’re a fan of public transit, that’s pretty cool. It’s one added benefit to being back at Fusion –where I get to connect with our amazing customers.
Houston uses a “proof of payment” system for riders – a system that started in Germany in the 1960s, when there were not enough available workers to hire as ticket agents. That’s an early example of the kind of disruption we’re seeing all over the place in the workforce today.
That’s one of the really big, pressing issues I’ll be addressing in my keynote speech this morning — the future of work.
We are in the midst of a breathtaking change in technology that is completely rewriting the workplace of the 21st century.
According to a recent study by the McKinsey Global Institute —by the time my 2 year-old daughter starts high school 12 years from now– 375 million workers will be displaced because of automation in the global workforce. Those workers will need to be re-skilled at an unprecedented rate if we’re going to continue growing a strong global economy — and that means all of us in the education sector have a lot of work ahead of us.
Now — I don’t want to give away the rest of the speech — so you’ll have to watch it live or online tomorrow. There’s a lot of great energy in the air here at Fusion, and I’m hoping to be inspired by that energy when I walk into the room tomorrow morning.
That’s actually the theme of this year’s conference: “Inspired by you.” It refers to the whole philosophy behind D2L. Our intense customer focus — and how that leads to constant improvements in our products — is what I believe sets us apart from other companies. But more importantly, it’s what helps us to help you do an even more effective job of reaching every learner.
If you’re here in Houston, and you see me — say hello! I can’t wait to see you.