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‘Job-Ready Graduates’ and ‘21st Century Skills’ in a COVID-19 Recession: Politics ‘Bounces-Back’!

Authors: Peter Kelly & James Goring RMIT University started its life as the Working Men’s College on 7 June 1887. It adopted the motto “Perita manus, mens exculta” – a skilled hand, a cultivated mind – which continues to be used by the University today. The Present – An Overhaul of Australian Tertiary Education for […]

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Global Grammars Of Enterprise in the COVID-19 Crisis (Part 3)

Authors: Peter Kelly & Diego Carbajo. 100 WAYS TO SUCCEED #23 DESIGN MEANS YOU! Sure, “design” means DHL spending Gazillion$$$$ on … YELLOW. IT’S THE NEW BROWN. But that’s not all. Design means … me obsessing on line breaks and “…”s in the presentation of this Blog. Design means … me … at age 61 and […]

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What is a death worth? A life? The Moral Economy of COVID-19

Gross national product counts air pollution and cigarette advertising and ambulances to clear our highways of carnage…It counts the destruction of the redwood and the loss of our natural wonder in chaotic sprawl. It counts napalm and counts nuclear warheads…Yet gross national product does not allow for the health of our children, the quality of […]

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Disruption and Crisis, Aspiration, and Hope: COVID-19 and Young People’s Education and Employment Pathways.

Authors: Peter Kelly & James Goring Only if you view your situation as critical do you recognise the need to transform it. Dissatisfaction can be a goad to reform. The sanguine, by contrast, are likely to come up with sheerly cosmetic solutions. True hope is needed most when the situation is at its starkest, a state […]

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Global Grammars Of Enterprise in the COVID-19 Crisis (Part 2)

Authors: Peter Kelly & Diego Carbajo. The EU and The Foundation for Young Australians. In this second contribution of the series of blog posts around the notion of Global Grammars of Enterprise, we will address two significant and parallel institutional processes that have taken place both in Australia and Europe. The analysis of these two […]

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Global Grammars Of Enterprise in the COVID-19 Crisis (Part 1)

Authors:  Peter Kelly and Diego Carbajo The COVID-19 Crisis as an “event horizon” The concept of an ‘event horizon’ comes from astrophysics, but has travelled, ‘metaphorically’, into more popular usage. In astrophysics an event horizon describes that time, that point, at which matter enters a black-hole: The event horizon of a black hole is linked […]

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COVID-19, Climate Change and Young People’s Futures: Views from Europe

Authors: Chloe Ward and Bradley Davison, EU Centre of Excellence, RMIT University Like their Australian counterparts, young people in Europe entering the world of work faced a job market characterized by underemployment, casualization, and wage stagnation even before COVID-19 wreaked havoc on the global economy. But, while Australian politicians prevaricate on the future of jobs […]

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COVID-19 and the Problem of Generations

Authors: Peter Kelly, James Goring, Meave Noonan Every afternoon the Australian Government Department of Health issues an updated infographic that provides a snapshot of the state-of-play of the COVID-19 pandemic in Australia. The image above is from May 9. It shows a number of things, including that recorded infections indicate that COVID-19 cases are fairly evenly spread […]

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COVID-19 and Education Inequalities in Regional Victoria: Beyond ‘Business-as-usual’ Education Futures

Education Inequalities: The State of Play In this post I want to outline some emerging conversations about education and schooling inequalities in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic and the climate crisis. The experiences of young people and teachers have been captured in a number of discussions about the impact of COVID-19 on education, learning […]

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‘Business-as-usual’? Why COVID-19 Must be a Game Changer.

Each year the international charity, development and advocacy organisation Oxfam releases a report on global wealth and income inequalities. The reports are timed to be released just prior to the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in January at the Swiss ski resort of Davos (more on this shortly). Oxfam’s 2020 report is […]

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COVID-19 and Young People’s Sustainable Futures: Worst Case Scenarios?

Futures and Scenario Planning Any glance into the future is necessarily tied to imponderables; there is always more than one possible development path – because there is so much that simply cannot be foreseen and because the future will also be shaped by decisions that we still have to be taken. Today, context is changing […]

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Young people, the GFC, the Great Recession and Austerity: Lessons from our Recent Past

In a number of spaces in the last 3 years I have published accounts of the ways in which young people in various parts of the world were made to carry a particularly heavy burden for many of the downstream effects of the Global Financial Crisis (GFC) of 2008-2009.  The program of research that we […]

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COVID-19, Young People and the Convergence of the 4th Industrial Revolution and the 6th Mass Extinction – Part 2

‘…we are currently situated in a posthuman convergence between the Fourth industrial Age and the Sixth Extinction, between an advanced knowledge economy, which perpetuates patterns of discrimination and exclusion, and the threat of climate change devastation for both human and non-human entities…’ Rosi Braidotti (2019) Part 1 of this post on COVID-19, Young People and the […]

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COVID-19, Young People and the Convergence of the 4th Industrial Revolution and the 6th Mass Extinction – Part 1

In a presentation to a ‘packed room’ just a few months ago – though it seems like another world, another lifetime – I was invited to speak about UNEVOC@RMIT’s School of Education agenda for Co-designing sustainable futures for young people in times of crisis and disruption I started that presentation by referencing the United Nations General […]

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COVID-19, Young People’s Health and Well-being, Education, Training and Work Pathways: Co-Designing Scenarios for Young People’s Sustainable Futures

UNESCO-UNEVOC is UNESCO’s specialised network for skills and training for the world of work. UNEVOC@RMIT is a leader in applied research, policy-development, and evidence-based intervention in relation to skills, education and training, and employment pathways in times of digital, climate, and educational disruption. We partner with government, industry, and the not-for-profit sectors to meet the UN Sustainable Development Goals, […]