Strategizing for the future is critical for companies to stay ahead of the competition and win the race for the market in the next decade. This outlook to the future is ingrained into OSM’s DNA and so, partnering up with TEDxArendal for their “Shape Tomorrow” presented us with an excellent opportunity to drive discussion around and share our insights on “the future employee”.
“Shape Tomorrow” will be spread throughout two days featuring 25 amazing speakers and a variety of mini workshops/seminars that are centered around the theme. OSM has partnered up with the University of Agder to host a workshop with the aim of engaging people in the discussion on relevant technological trends and their impact on the desired skill set of the future employee.
It has been said that by 2025, millennials will represent 75% of the workforce, and by 2020, retiring Baby Boomers are expected to leave 31 million positions open. The result? Business leaders will need to cultivate a new type of employee - the worker of the future - with habits, incentives and skills that are inherently different from those in play today.
TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to the mission: Ideas worth spreading. What started out as a simple conference in California in 1984, has grown to a globally recognized platform for supporting world-changing ideas usually in the form of short, powerful talks.
At a TED conference, the world’s leading thinkers and doers are asked to give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes or less. Speakers have included Roger Ebert, Sheryl Sandberg, Bill Gates, Elizabeth Gilbert, Benoit Mandelbrot, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Brian Greene, Isabel Allende, and Gordon Brown.
On TED.com, talks from the conferences are shared with the world for free as TED Talk videos. A new talk is posted every weekday.
In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group.
These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. Subject to certain rules and regulations. TEDxArendal is simply put a local version of a TED-conference.