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 …

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 …

‘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 …

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 …

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 …

COVID-19, Young People and the Convergence of the 4th Industrial Revolution and the 6th Mass Extinction (Part 1)

In a presentation to a ‘packed room’ just a few months ago – though it seems like another world, another lifetime – I was invited to speak about UNESCO UNEVOC@RMIT’s School of Education agenda for Co-designing sustainable futures for young people in times of crisis and disruption I started that presentation by referencing the United …

COVID-19, Young People’s Health and Well-being, Education, Training and Work Pathways: Scenarios for Young People’s Sustainable Futures

Image credit: (Hannah Norman/KHN Illustration; Getty Images) UNESCO-UNEVOC @ RMIT UNESCO-UNEVOC is UNESCO's specialised network for skills and training for the world of work. UNESCO-UNEVOC@RMIT is a leader in applied research, policy-development, and evidence-based intervention in relation to skills, education and training, and employment pathways in times of digital, climate, and educational disruption. We partner …

The Capitalocene, the Great Dithering, Greta Thunberg’s Plea for Action, and the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

In March 2019 I was part of panel discussion hosted by the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA Australia/New Zealand) on the topic of Social Climate Change. This post presents the text of that presentation, which was prefaced with a discussion of the conference/program that we are developing. Young people’s …