Future Summit

Over the next couple of days I will be attending Future Summit 2009 a great big think tank in Melbourne run by Australian Davos Connection (ADC), covering the theme  shaping the future. If you don’t know about Future Summit it was founded by some “big business dudes” after returning from the World Economic Forum a few years ago.

Steve Hopkins is working for ADC and pulled together an awesome selection of social media people to attend to provide a unique perspective on the event. Along with myself others include:

If you are on Twitter watch for the #futuresummit tags.

HR Futures and the Mobile Ecosystem

It is only 2 weeks until the Inspecht HR Futures Conference, so if you are planning to attend make sure you register ASAP. $400 for the full day is very reasonable considering many events are up to three times that price per day. While the speakers will be of course great, the break sessions will allow you to network with your peers in a relaxed environment.

End self promotion.

Now time to promote someone else.

Kate Carruthers from Sydney town is organising an event in early March called “Entering the Mobile Ecosystem” as part of the venture Silicon Federation. This is a half day event and looks at how to enter the mobile marketplace.

This seminar is for you if:

  • you are looking for new, inexpensive ways to reach customers
  • you want practical advice from speakers who have done it
  • you want to meet mobile app developers, including the developer whose Australian iPhone app tops the charts
  • you want a clear understanding of the next steps for your business


  • Shane Williamson – Mobile Convergence Evangelist
  • Graham Dawson – creator of the top rating Oz Weather iPhone app
  • Keith Ahern – CEO of MoGeneration one of the leading Australian iPhone development companies with 5 high profile iPhone web apps released in 2008

If you are up in Sydney and interested in mobile applications and their impacts on business head over to Silicon Federation and register.

Workforce development in public and private sector

A couple of weeks ago Kate Carruthers spoke to me about workforce development programs, the results are an article she published on the NSW TAFE eZine web site, under the heading of “Workforce development: Case studies in private and public sector implementation“.

Workforce development is a key issue for both private and public sector businesses.  Previously a fragmented approach to the elements comprising workforce development led to lack of integration and inability to align the workforce to current and future business demands.

We spoke for about an hour on the move to strategic HR assessments, the Kirkpatrick model, that organisations should focus more on head content than on head count, recent Taleo research, the CedarCrestone HR Systems Survey and a global IBM survey all relating to Talent Management. Overall a great discussion and the resulting article is a good read.