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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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Strengthening technical and vocational education and training (TVET) in Pacific Small Island Developing Countries (SIDCs) post COVID-19

Dr Scott K Phillips, Honorary Associate Professor, UNEVOC@RMIT University Introduction Writing on the future of young people in the Pacific, Catherine Wilson notes how Pacific leaders and their citizens appreciate the critical role education plays in improving human and economic development performance. Wilson observes: ‘Young people will be a boon to Pacific Island nations if […]

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Re-thinking Global Grammars Of Enterprise in the COVID-19 Crisis (Part 4)

Authors: Diego Carbajo and Peter Kelly Event Horizons and Re-thinking In our first post in this series we used the analogy of COVID-19 as an ‘event-horizon’. To briefly recap, the concept of an ‘event horizon’ comes from astrophysics, but has travelled, ‘metaphorically’, into more popular usage. In astrophysics an event horizon describes that point at […]

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Creating a Climate of Viable Hope

This is a post by Rosalyn Black and Lucas Walsh. Losing the dualism A recent post to this blog by Peter Kelly suggests that young people’s relationship to the future should not be thought of in terms of dualistic notions of optimism or pessimism. It argues that young people’s scenario planning is an exercise in […]

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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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COVID-19 and the Problem of Young People’s Futures

Authors: James Goring & Peter Kelly In this post – which will be the first in a series of three – we want to provide some context to the problems that we hope to confront in our research initiative, COVID-19 Recovery Scenarios for Young People in Melbourne’s Inner North with the Northern Local learning and […]

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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 […]