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COVID-19 Recovery Scenarios Project – Final Report

We have finalised our report on the COVID-19 Recovery Scenarios for Young People in Melbourne’s Inner North. The Summary report presents a brief overview of each of the three scenarios that we produced in the project. In earlier posts we presented the full account of each of these: Chaotic Futures: the Future We Want to […]

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COVID-19 and Young People’s Stories from Lockdown

We have recently submitted an article for review in the Journal of Youth Studies that we have titled: COVID-19 and Young People’s ‘Future Presents’ @ the Convergence of the 4th Industrial Revolution and the 6th Mass Extinction: Lockdown Stories from the Anthropocene In that article we tell a version of Rosie, Ash, Marco and Ash’s […]

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Sustainable Futures: The Future We Hope For

Sustainable Futures: The Future We Hope For describes a sustainable future in which we use renewable resources, create new ways of working together that are inclusive, open and transparent and are shaped by shared visions for social and climate justice, and difference and diversity.   In a series of three posts we will outline the three scenarios […]

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Unsustainable Futures: The Future We Are Likely to Get

Unsustainable Futures: The Future We are Likely to Get describes an unsustainable future in which the resources we use cannot be renewed and continuing with a ‘business as usual’ approach to manage the crises the COVID-19 pandemic and fallout will mean that international, national, state and local institutions and systems will be overwhelmed. In a series […]

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Chaotic Futures: The Future We Want to Avoid

Chaotic Futures: The Future We Want to Avoid describes a chaotic future in which the existing crises of a pre-COVID-19 world are amplified and become unmanageable by international, national, state and local institutions and systems that are ill-equipped for responding to or managing this chaos. In a series of three posts we will outline the three […]

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Carmen’s Story

This post provides a link to a video where Carmen, a 15 year old young person who lives, works and studies across both Moreland and Yarra local government areas. Carmen shares their thoughts on schooling, the importance of their connection to the LGBT community and the role of public spaces and social groups across the inner north in her […]

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Connor’s Story

This post provides a link to a video where Connor, a 16 year old young man from Melbourne’s inner norther suburbs, talks about his life in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, and his anxieties, fears, hopes and aspirations about the future. For many of us, Connor comes across as ‘typical’ 16 year old young […]

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Bella’s Story

This post provides a link to a video where Bella, a 15 year old young woman from Melbourne’s inner norther suburbs, talks about her life in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, and her anxieties, fears, hopes and aspirations about the future – for the planet, her community, and herself. Bella is a young woman […]

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COVID-19 and Lessons Learned for Sustainable Development: The COVID-19 Recovery Scenarios for Young People in Melbourne’s Inner North Project

The Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) for Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific (SDSN AusNZPac – see below for further information) member forum on 25 November 2020 discussed what we can learn from the COVID crisis that will help us accelerate progress on the SDGs as we go forward.  The forum panel was headed by Professor Jeffrey Sachs a prominent, award winning economist, […]

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Three Scenarios for Young People’s COVID Futures

We have made a number of posts about our project developing recovery scenarios for young people in Melbourne’s inner north. We recently delivered a presentation to the Inner North Youth Employment Taskforce on the conduct of the project and three draft scenarios that we will continue to edit and finalise between now and March 2021. […]

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COVID-19 Recovery Scenarios for Young People: Community

Authors: Peter Kelly, Seth Brown & James Goring The COVID-19 pandemic is triggering profound crises around the world, and the social, economic and political fallout from these crises is likely to be longer and deeper than any recession for several generations. The impact will be significant, and long-term for young people – in terms of […]

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COVID-19 Recovery Scenarios for Young People: The Economy and Livelihood

Authors: Peter Kelly, Seth Brown & James Goring The COVID-19 pandemic is triggering profound crises around the world, and the social, economic and political fallout from these crises is likely to be longer and deeper than any recession for several generations. The impact will be significant, and long-term for young people – in terms of […]

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COVID-19 Recovery Scenarios for Young People: Education and Training

Authors: Peter Kelly, Seth Brown & James Goring The COVID-19 pandemic is triggering profound crises around the world, and the social, economic and political fallout from these crises is likely to be longer and deeper than any recession for several generations. The impact will be significant, and long-term for young people – in terms of […]

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COVID-19 Recovery Scenarios for Young People: Health and Well-being

Authors: Peter Kelly, Seth Brown & James Goring The COVID-19 pandemic is triggering profound crises around the world, and the social, economic and political fallout from these crises is likely to be longer and deeper than any recession for several generations. The impact will be significant, and long-term for young people – in terms of […]

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COVID-19 and Young People’s Recovery Scenarios: An Exercise in Hope

‘So looking into the future, I would say I am scared, anxious and hopeful all at the same time, I think.’  Rosie, Year 12 student, Northcote ‘Hope is a way of dreaming up possible futures: an anticipatory virtue that permeates our lives and activates them. It is a powerful motivating force grounded not only in […]

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Podcast – Peter Kelly Argues That Bold Plans Needed for Australia’s Young People

CampusReview: Wade Zaglas and Professor Peter Kelly

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COVID-19 Recovery Scenarios For Young People – Part Four: Planning and Preparedness for Critical Uncertainties

Authors: Peter Kelly & James Goring Until the end of last year, we had blindly turned away from doing anything to address many of the challenges that have been laid out by science and respected commentators. Bigots in our media and parliaments have held sway and prevented much from being done. The result has been […]

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COVID-19 Recovery Scenarios For Young People – Part Three: Megatrends

Authors: Peter Kelly & James Goring Following on from Part 1 and Part 2 in this series, this post will look at what EY calls Mega-Trends In EY’s schema Megatrends emerge from the diverse, and often unpredictable, interactions of Primary Forces over the medium term future. They suggest that it is possible to identify/imagine a […]

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COVID-19 Recovery Scenarios For Young People – Part Two: Primary Forces

Authors: Peter Kelly & James Goring Primary Forces Following on from Part 1 in this series, in this post we want to briefly outline what EY calls Primary Forces  Technology The focus of EY’s discussion in relation to technology is the means by which Human Augmentation (Artificial Intelligence, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality) will be powered. […]

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COVID-19 Recovery Scenarios For Young People – Part One: ‘Future-Back’ Thinking

Authors: Peter Kelly & James Goring We have just launched our research project with the Inner Northern Local learning and Employment Network (IN-LLEN). The project is titled COVID-19 Recovery Scenarios for Young People in Melbourne’s Inner North. In a series of posts we want to do a number of things that are important in framing […]

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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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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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‘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 […]