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The 2020’s: Changing times, emerging trends

Only occasionally in history do massive technological trends combine with rapid demographic shifts and huge social change and ongoing generational transitions so that within the span of a few decades, society altogether alters. Today we are living amid one such transformation. While such change impacts everyone and every organisation, the leaders that will future proof their organisations are those who understand the times, influence the trends and shape the future. 

In this session, we will navigate the megatrends transforming Australia and your sector to deliver a snapshot of the 2020’s. We will also give insights into what defines our communities today, from cultural diversity to changing household structures, from increased geographical mobility to new ways of engaging with the global, social, mobile, digital and visual generation. We will review the key implications of these changes and how, through collaboration, innovation and adaptation, your organisation can thrive in these times of change.

How to innovate and future proof your organisation

Being ready for change means staying ahead of the curve, embracing new technology, conducting regular market research and training staff to ensure they are equipped with the knowledge and skills to manage their changing roles.

From ever increasing debates around social issues that matter to consumers, there’s a new incentive for brands and businesses to stand for something bigger than profit to inspire trust and loyalty. The most successful organisations monitor their competitors and promote a culture that embraces change, allowing employees to be problem-solvers and innovators.

In this session, we will outline what organisations can do to prepare for change and succeed long-term. We will expand on the changes that are happening in your industry, the opportunities and threats, and what your clients are seeking.

Technological innovation

Technology and AI is changing social, political and business norms. Its affects are being felt by all industries. The physical and online world are merging into what is becoming the ‘phygital’ world, as technologies with the ability to ‘sense, reason and act’ are embedded within clothing, appliances, homes, entertainment systems, vehicles and even infrastructure.

Mobile devices connect five billion people. Cloud computing and AI algorithms allow us to monitor, detect and predict environmental and climate threats. Social media has become a political force. Indeed, with the likes of AI, VR, the Internet of Things (IoT), ‘smart cities’ and driverless cars promising to deliver change, organisations need to know how they can keep up with the trends in technology.

In this session, we will provide guidance based on the latest research on how to prepare for the threat or opportunity these changes present, and how to use it as a competitive advantage to propel your organisation or business into the future.

Leading thriving teams in changing times

In a world of flat structures and consultative practices, coaching and mentoring has replaced command and control. Generations Y and Z will soon comprise more than half of the workforce so understanding their preferred way of work is essential for effective management.

This session delivers the latest insights on how to effectively motivate and lead intergenerational teams in these 21st Century individualistic times. It provides an overview of the best management practices for today and how to attract and retain Gen Y and Z talent.

It will also highlight the importance of diversity in the workplace and how it takes careful nurturing and conscious orchestration to create unity from diversity to foster a great workplace culture that involves innovation, creativity, teamwork and highly engaged employees.

Future trends

Top trends transforming the education sector

For universities, TAFEs, private colleges, and independent catholic and public schools, education is undergoing seismic shifts. This session will give an overview of the technological, global, financial, generational, and social shifts in the education sector today.

Never before have the generational changes, social trends, and demographic shifts combined to impact schools in such significant ways. Parents are now like customers with their independent schooling expectations, while social media and digital integration is transforming learning spaces, places, and styles.

Generational shifts and leadership transitions are emerging through educational forecasts, changing life-stages, new expectations, and emergent careers.  Generation X are the emerging leaders and school-parents, Generation Y are the new teachers and Generation Z comprise today’s students, the most global, visual, and technological generation ever. In addition, workforce trends such as teleworking, tenure shifts, multi-career expectations, and emerging attraction, retention, and engagement factors are all affecting and informing the changing face of education in the 21st century.

Australia’s financial and economic outlook: how millennials are shaping the new economy

The financial industry continues to be the most significant contributor to the national economy and is set to remain a key driver of economic growth into the future. To do business in Australia, it’s important to understand the nation’s economic future.

This session will give a snapshot of Australia’s current economic standing and how the emerging generations spending habits, connection to technology and investment preferences are actively shaping the new economy. It will delve into the generation that invented the concept of the ‘bank of mum and dad’, prefer experiences, travel and lifestyle above accumulating ‘stuff’. How ease of access and frugality over ownership has already resulted in massive disruption and changes to the market. For example, the sharing economy has taken off, (Air BnB, ride sharing, renting devices are cars, etc) and boosted huge profits in the service industry, as opposed to the retail and housing markets that were a priority for past generations.

Concern over retirement and health care also plays an enormous role on millennial spending habits. Not only have they shaped the way the marketplace and working environment function with their pioneering of technological advancements and preferences, millennials have also forced a complete shift in how companies attract the new consumer.

Top 5 trends impacting the food industry: where Big Food is heading

‘Healthy’, ‘natural’ and ‘better-for-you’ are terms and phrases that have dominated the food industry in recent years and forced Consumer Packaged Goods (CPG) companies to evolve. As consumers have grown increasingly concerned about what they eat, functional foods are no longer niche, and the plant-based food industry has boomed. Think ‘Impossible burger’, cauliflower pizza bases and naturally sugar-free drinks.

In this session, we will discuss how consumers’ healthier eating habits — especially Gen Y and Gen Z — are pushing Big Food to switch up their portfolios and swap legacy brands for newer, healthier ones that project a ‘better-for-you’ image to consumers. Retailers are also having to rethink their packaging to satisfy young consumer’s waste conscious lifestyle.

This session will deliver the latest research on the trends that will dominate in the 2020s and see if millennials are ‘killing the kitchen’ with their demand for both convenience and fresh, seasonal food delivered to their door.

Global trends shaping geopolitics and business: Australia compared

Australia is one of the wealthiest Asia–Pacific nations and has enjoyed more than two decades of economic expansion. With the global economic shift towards Asia, it is important to understand how Australia compares economically, socially, technologically and generationally. Australia’s Foreign Policy White Paper highlights the unprecedented changes in global power dynamics, international trade, technology and the environment, as the tenor of our times.

In this session, we will give an overview of how Australia compares to other countries in the areas of academic performance, liveability, income and wealth, industry, small business/entrepreneurship and labor force participation. We are internationally competitive in financial and insurance services, technologies, and high-value-added manufactured goods. Mining and agriculture are important export sectors. Based on Australia’s geographic proximity, depth of skills, stable institutions and forward-looking policies we will look at how your organisation may benefit.

The Future of Health: Holistic wellbeing meets digital transformation

Health in 2040 will be a world apart from what we have now. With the rise in metabolic disorders, autoimmune disease, cancer, depression, anxiety, autism, and various other conditions, the holistic approach to health and well-being is surging in popularity. The healthcare industry in Australia is the fourth biggest contributor to GDP and ranked as the second best in the developed world. Advancements in health, improved medical technologies, public health infrastructure and public health measures are increasing life expectancy, rather than individual behaviour.

This session will outline the emerging health trends driven by digital transformation and changing generational expectations such as the focus on holistic well-being (rather than responding to illness) and the move towards the consumer being at the centre of the health model.

This will be made possible through more collaboration across industries as is already happening. The new generations are more interested in paying for wellness (preventative) than the cure (sickness) as demonstrated by their interest in ‘extras cover’ and the enormous demand for vitamins and supplements.

Generational change

Understanding and engaging with the ever-changing customer

The Australian consumer kaleidoscope is both challenging and forever changing.  Organisational leaders are increasingly seeing the importance of business intelligence and social analysis in driving growth. 

But to increase sales and develop product innovations to attract younger generations, a deeper understanding of these new customers and their expectations is imperative. How do the younger cohort of consumers, Gen Y and Gen Z, pockets lined with their hefty purchasing power, influence the way companies behave? Do they want convenience or experience? Will they buy ethically/sustainably or go for the more cost effective option?

In this session, Mark will examine who they are and what defines the new generations; what drives and motivates them; how best to communicate with them and where it is all heading. 

Understanding the new world of work and the emerging work force

The future of industry is shaped not just by technological advances but also by sociological changes. What defines our 21st Century is massive technological innovation combined with huge demographic changes, which is reshaping the marketplace.

From this session you will understand how our world is experiencing the biggest generational change since the birth of the Post-war Baby Boomers. For example, Baby Boomers are downshifting, Generation Xers and Ys are the emerging managers, and the Gen Zs are today’s new employees. 

By the year 2025, 75% of the global workforce will be made up of millennials – which means this group will occupy the majority of leadership roles over the coming decade. They will be responsible for making key decisions that affect everything from the workplace, how we communicate to our consumption habits. Therefore, it is critical to understand the attitudes, values and expectations of the diverse generations comprising today’s workforce.

Future proofing careers: equipping the next generation to thrive

Today’s generation of students are the first generation to be wholly shaped in the 21st Century and so are our first truly digitally integrated, wirelessly connected, global generation.

In this session Mark will provide an overview of the key megatrends transforming the workplace and careers of the future. Workforce trends such as teleworking, tenure shifts, multi-career expectations, and emerging attraction, retention, and engagement factors are all affecting teachers, trainers and employers. This research-based session will help you not only engage this post-literate, multimodal and tech-savvy generation, but equip them to thrive in the new world of work.

We will outline the growing employment sectors, the shrinking job areas, and key employer recruitment trends, helping young people future-proof their careers. We will deliver a snapshot of Australia now and by 2030, giving a forecast of the transformative changes and insights into how to develop and lead the new generations.

Purpose and Profit: Why sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility is vital for success

Financial performance should no longer be the sole pursuit of the corporation. Companies are being pushed to consider the interests of all their stakeholders—including employees, customers, and the community—not just those of their shareholders.

Of course, some leaders have long embraced the idea of doing well by doing good. But making that idea a reality has proved challenging. With around 75% of Gen Y are altering their buying habits with the environment in mind, there’s no time to waste.

In this session you will understand how the new generation (customers and employees) are looking to support companies and brands that stand for more than profit. They want to align themselves to companies with purpose, a healthy culture, and one they can trust. Our research shows that businesses that stand for something larger than profitability will maximise their chance of standing out in a fiercely competitive marketplace.

Discover why giving back is now a vital part of operating a successful organisation and why prioritising sustainability and CSR is just good business.

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Demographic insights

How big data analytics can transform your business

The emergence of the technological age has seen our society create and collate data like never before. There are more than 2.5 trillion bytes of information generated everyday through our electronic devices. 90% of the data available in the world today has been created in the last two years. The average company stores approximately 23.1 billion files of which 14.3 billion are unused dark files, meaning between 50% – 80% of files fall into the category of ‘dark data’. What can be done with all this information? This is where big data analytics comes into the picture.

In this session you will discover how big data analytics can be harnessed to uncover information, hidden patterns, unknown correlations, market trends and customer preferences. This will help organizations make informed business decisions, identify opportunities to improve processes and enhance efficiency. You will also learn how reducing dark data can reduce storage costs, increase revenue.

Join us as we delve into the four types of data analytics – descriptive, diagnostic, predictive, prescriptive – and guide you through the five ways your organization can benefit:

  1. New revenue opportunities
  2. More effective marketing
  3. Better customer service
  4. Improved operational efficiency
  5. Competitive advantage

A demographic snapshot of Australia: now and towards 2030

Analysis of the Census data shows an ever-changing Australia. To engage with people and connect with communities, we need to understand the data and the demographics. Population analysis tells a fascinating story of Australia today and reveals clear trend lines.

In this session, we use the latest demographic data to give a snapshot of the changes, the trends, the challenges and the opportunities for your brand, organisation and sector. He will look at the emerging trends redefining Australia, from population forecasts, through to the new baby boom which is breaking all previous records, to the rise of the regions.

As well as the unprecedented growth of our major cities and downageing; people are living longer, remaining younger and spending later in life than ever before. This session will deliver analysis of the changes and future forecasts on what the rest of the decade will hold as we approach 2030.

Bringing data to life

The emerging generations of business leaders are digital, visual, and global in outlook, and they expect information to be presented in compelling ways. While the last few years have introduced big data to business, the challenge is interpreting the data and communicating the trends and insights effectively so that leaders can make strategic decisions. Just as “a picture tells a thousand words”, an infographic presents a large number of data points in an easily accessible visual format.

As pioneers in this emerging data visualisation area, and as Australia’s leading research visualisation experts, Mark and his team are able to interpret the key data and present the summarised insights in innovative and visually accessible ways.

Key takeaways:

  • How to get cut-through in message saturated times
  • Tactics to engage with the multi-screening “Generation Glass”
  • Data-based story-telling- how to effectively tell the story
  • Moving from reports to visuals- formats & platforms that succinctly communicate