National Children’s Summit

Late last year I had to pleasure to attend the National Children’s Summit in Ottawa with our oldest child. As readers know we lost our Teagan to murder on December 10th, 2014. This tragedy inspired us to start Teagan’s Voice non-profit focused on children’s rights. It also inspired Teagan’s brothers to volunteer their time and brains to making the world a better, safer place for kids.

It was an amazing couple of days listening to youth from across Canada talk about their challenges and fears. During one session my personal and work lives began to collide. One of the topics that came up was AI and the Future of Work. The kids talked about how they keep hearing how robots will be doing all the jobs in the future and what will that mean for them? Will there be any jobs? How can they prepare to ensure they will have careers?

These are topics I talk about regularly at contextere as we transform the ‘Future of Work’. It is our belief that augmentation will trump automation for most jobs. Technology in combination with the innate human talents of creativity, empathy and judgement will make the workforce more productive and safer.

As the kids talked about their future it was encouraging to hear them express that there would always be change but through education and innovation, they believe that their place in the workforce would be different but also exciting. With attitudes like that I could not agree more and many of us in the workforce today would be wise to share that optimism.

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