Equipping yourself for the digitally-transformed future

At the end of his keynote speech to the Learning Technologies Conference 2016, futurist Ben Hammersley was asked what L&D professionals could do to be prepared for the #technology-disrupted future of learning. This was his answer . . .

What does it mean to be human in the age of technology?

Editor’s note: Really interesting reflections posed – and questions asked – about what out future relationships with machines for our own humanity. In some senses the workplace is really going to feel this keenly as more jobs are automated.

Nigel Paine on making sense of learning in 2016


Read research into business and L&D #trends and it is plain to see that change is all around learning professionals, which is why we are asking industry insiders to make sense of change and frame it in terms of learning. We start with author, speaker and former chief learning officer Nigel Paine. What are the […]

Wipro’s Chief Learning Officer On The Future Of Learning And Career Development

Editor’s note: In this podcast, Abhijit Bhaduri, the Chief Learning Officer of Wipro, looks at changes in how employees learn, shifting to learning being driven by the learner, and new skills for L&D – think curation, curiosity and influence.

The Fourth Industrial Revolution: what it means and how to respond

Editor’s note: There’s some interesting reading coming out of Davos this week. This piece describes the ‘fourth industrial revolution’ and its attendant opportunities and challenges. To quote: ‘We stand on the brink of a technological revolution that will fundamentally alter the way we live, work, and relate to one another. In its scale, scope, and complexity, the transformation will be unlike anything humankind has experienced before. We do not yet know just how it will unfold, but one thing is clear: the response to it must be integrated and comprehensive, involving all stakeholders of the global polity, from the public and private sectors to academia and civil society.’

Workforce Learning Trends 2016

Editor’s note: Surya Prakash Mohapatra, Head of Training and Knowledge Management for India at Hewlett Packard Global Business Services, shares some pragmatic learning trends for the year ahead.

L&D Global Sentiment 2016

Editor’s note: The Learning and Performance Institute’s Donald Taylor has canvassed opinion on what will be hot in L&D in 2016. Here he shares the answers, based on the responses of 728 people. A good list to sense check your activities for the year ahead.

Ex-BBC HR Director Lucy Adams: ‘Stop spoon-feeding L&D’

Editor’s note: A short piece this but another reminder from a former senior HR director that the future of L&D will not be spoon-feeding training to colleagues.

5 Trends That Will Change How Companies Use Social Media In 2016

Editor’s note: The CEO of Hootsuite, a social media management tool, says that in 2016 organisations will use their employees more to amplify their work – the technical term seems to be ’employee social advocacy’. Some interesting and realistic trends here.

Can Human-Centered Design Help Humans Prevail Over Machines In The Workplace?

Editor’s note: This concluding line sums up the thrust of this article: “It is high time to see ingenuity, craftsmanship, and connectivity as the critical differentiators, and move toward a future where we embrace and usher forward human-centered work.”

What’s next for L&D?

Editor’s note: The Learning and Performance Institute’s Donald Taylor looks at the future of L&D and where he thinks the L&D leadership role exists in organisations.

HR technology disruptors – putting employees more in control


Analyst Josh Bersin has published a report on the top HR #technology disruptors for 2016. It is a must read for L&D because it shows a fundamental shift in the relationship between employees and the business. How? Through apps and services that are designed for employees. Take a look at the list that first appeared […]

The Future of Work: Navigating the Whitewater

Editor’s note: John Seely Nbrown says that unlearning is an important part of learning. I like this line ‘While focusing on learning is fine, another real challenge is unlearning. We know that in this age of exponential change, global influences and zigzag careers, the ability to unlearn in order to learn anew, and re-frame in order to see differently is paramount.’

10 Trends for Workplace Learning (from the Top 100 Tools for Learning 2015)

Editor’s note: Jane Hart has elaborated on her recently published top 100 tools list with this set of trends shaping L&D. Some great insights here.

The Netflix Effect on Training

Editor’s note: Good piece on how consumer trends in information consumption are impacting on employees’ expectations of learning content. Thanks to Jane Hart for sharing this.