Everywhere we turn these days, changes are happening at a far greater rate than ever before. Whole industries are disappearing, technology is everywhere, and political systems are being shaken up and turned on their head. So, what does it all mean? Are we doomed or are we on the cusp of some exciting fundamental changes?
In April this year, Soren Trampedach, Work Club founder and CEO, launched the first event in the 2017 Florence Guild speaker series narrative, ‘The Antidisciplinary Future’. Soren founded Florence Guild with the aim of fostering connections across industries and providing a platform through which people with diverse backgrounds and experiences can come together and explore ideas. The events are run between Work Club sites in Melbourne and Sydney.
The theme for this series narrative may sound like a vision of the future where chaos reigns. However, it simply means looking outside of traditional systems, disciplines, and industries to a world where we embrace change and discover new ways to live and work.
No matter where you are in your business or career right now, these changes will shape how your future will look. Your service, product or job may become obsolete due to automation, you could use your soft skills to become a self-employed consultant in a new industry or maybe the exciting job you’ll have in 5 years’ time might not even exist yet. The only certainty is that those who resist change will struggle while those who learn to adapt quickly and continue to learn will be more likely to be successful.
That’s not as easy as it sounds, though. Humans have always feared the unknown. Electricity and the telephone were viewed with trepidation and, even now, many people are frightened of using a computer. While it’s understandable to fear the future a little, it’s not healthy to let that fear prevent you from stepping forward with the skills to help you cope with the changes it brings.
One of the best ways to conquer the fear of the unknown it to arm ourselves with information. Even if we don’t have a crystal ball to tell us exactly what’s around the corner, we can immerse ourselves in conversations about current trends and what the future might look like. That way, we can be ready and willing to deal with whatever comes our way.
To hear Soren’s introductory talk about ‘The Antidisciplinary Future’ and how it is evolving around us now, listen to episode 1 of our podcast series. You can also keep up to date with conversations with other thought leaders by subscribing to our podcast on iTunes and Stitcher Radio.