1st of May is traditionally a day to celebrate work and labour. I am not sure that this is the same as, in Britain, celebrating Labour. Yet today I am working.
I am at Douglas College in British Columbia keynoting on the future of work and the implications of what we can see for education, learning and skills. I suspect I will scare some in the room and excite others – this is what usually happens when I am around. My presentation is available on Slideshare (see here). My basic message: “business as usual will be unusual”.
Marking all day today – my MBA students are asked to identify a renaissance leader and then interview them and write up their interview. Always fascinating. I have 25 of these to mark today. Looking forward to it.
Meantime, Trumpkin wonders why the US ever had a civil war. Nice to know that he hasn’t a clue about history or current affairs. I love the way Twitter deals with this numpkin. #TrumpTeachesHistory explores how he might use Twitter to share his understanding of history. My personal favourite: “Rome wasn’t built in a day because the Mexican’s wouldn’t pay for it”.
A week in Africa – Durban and Accra.
Accra was not a choice I made but was a forced landing. The aircraft I was traveling home on had a leaky hydraulics system, and so we parked in hotels around the airport for a full day. As a result, all of the connections I had to return home were completely wiped out. Nada. Nothing. I had to negotiate a return at the airport in Pittsburgh. Thanks to some great guys at Air Canada in Pittsburgh, I got home via Houston.
In Durban, I worked with Embury University to help them think about their future – so much potential for private universities in South Africa. Creative, imaginative people willing to take a risk. Some very smart people and others willing to embrace a different future. A rewarding few days.
I am always surprised when so many do not know what others are up to around the world. When Don Simpson and I were writing our book on Renaissance Leadership, we specifically spoke of the need to look and understand global developments so that one can act locally (glocal thinking). Yet so many have so little time to do so. Ironically, if they did they could identify smarter ways of working. It is a catch 22. Don, who is just back from a month in Kenya, reports the same thing – people see collaboration as the key to all of our future but are too busy to collaborate.
Off to Vernon to work with Continuing Education professionals from BC today – helping them think back from the future.
The most difficult part of packing for a vacation is to work out what to take to read. <y copy of The Idler arrived just in time, as did the current London Review of Books. But I will get through these half-way across the ocean en route to London (UK). I have fourteen crime fiction books and will no doubt download a few more while in Wales or France (en route home from South Africa, I read six). As for serious reading, I have a couple of books and am open to suggestions.
Usually, on vacation, I write. I am trying to write my novel – the one that features Daintre Christensen – which is based around the idea of cyber security. Given recent events, this is an interesting novel to write. Lot’s of current stuff to include, as long as I keep an eagle eye on the plot-line. I find fiction more difficult to write than non-fiction, especially if I want to stay true to the characters I am working with.
Vladimir Trumpkin is in the Middle East, though he is unsure. Apparently, he told his Isreali hosts that he had “just left the middle-east”, even though Isreal is in the middle east. Plonker.
Trumpkin’s challenges just go from bad to very bad. His wife knocked his hand away when he tried to hold hers at a public event; his daughter Ivanka’s foundation just accepted $100m from the Saudi’s; Ivanka’s husband is a person of interest for the FBI in their investigation of Russian links; and a big hole just opened in front of his golf course in Florida. The good news is that “nut-job” Comey, the former Director of the FBI, will testify next week. That should make his day. Perhaps, while he is with Pope Francis, he can go to confession and be forgiven.