I’ve actually spent a fair amount of time in the city the past few days. My Bold Thinking Series lecture was held on the last balmy night of Autumn last week. I had to fight my way through the crowds sitting outside the front of the State Library and on the nearby streets to get my noodles before the lecture started and emerged after my event, to find just as many people enjoying the night – including a dance off and some pretty rad moves by a group of guys out the front. Melbourne really has become an international metropolis in many ways – I just hope we can continue to grow in a sustainable way and I’m grateful for the relative peace we live in given all that is currently happening on the world stage.
My lecture itself was fascinating – both futurist Dr Fiona McKenzie and businessman James Fazzino did a great job of flying the flag for La Trobe University while digital transformer David Metcalfe from Linked In and Foundation for Young Australians CEO Jan Owen collectively provided enlightening and insightful perspectives on what the future of work might look like – including the need for soft skills such as cognitive flexibility, emotional intelligence, social awareness, entrepreneurship, leadership, digital and communication skills. The landscape is changing and we need to change with it in order to keep up. You can watch it all on livestream here if you’re interested.
From warmth to freezing cold, I was back in the city on Sunday as my children were booked into an Easter school holiday workshop at ACMI. We also had a prior engagement at Docklands beforehand and it was a nightmare trying to work our way back to the top of town given the inclement weather and the fact that Flinders Street was closed for Run for the Kids. I was impressed with the runners who still competed despite the 11 degree rainy day outdoors – tough stuff indeed. I was happy to escape into the studios at ACMI and grab coffee and lunch from the cafe. Enjoy the rest of the week – I’m counting down to Easter and I’m sure I’m not the only one!