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The Future of the Workforce

June 27, 2017

The future of the workforce is frightening for younger generations. Technology advances in artificial intelligence, mobility and analytics demand a new set of organizational capabilities. Although they will empower a more adaptive, responsive and innovative future workforce, the advances will most definitely put a sizable amount of people out of work. That is the frightening part.  




"According to the U.S. Department of Labor, 65% of today’s grade school kids will be in jobs that don’t yet exist. This generation is expected to have 14 jobs between 18 and 44. What are the key skills that students need to cultivate to lead and innovate in a fundamentally turbulent economy? What role should universities play to cultivate these skills?


Michael Lai is the North American Student Outreach Lead for the Minerva Schools at KGI, a new accredited university program designed by a Harvard Dean and Silicon Valley entrepreneur to prepare students to solve complex global problems. Minerva students live in seven of the world’s greatest cities during their four years of college, studying exclusively in small active learning seminars.

Prior to Minerva Michael worked at Google DotOrg and education startup Noodle, focused on using technology to increase access to education. Michael graduated from Harvard College, where he studied government and education and taught civics to 4th, 5th, and 8th graders.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at"

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