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The Global Risks Report 2017


World Economic Forum logoThe World Economic Forum has released its interim Global Risks Report for this year. Now in its 12th edition, The Global Risks Report 2017 highlights the most significant long-term risks worldwide.

 


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International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development


International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development 2017 logo2017 is the United Nations International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development. It supports a change in policies, business practices and consumer behaviour towards a more sustainable tourism sector.


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Spaces of Australian innovation - report released


Spaces of Australian innovationOur annual Summit focused on ‘Spaces of Australian Innovation’ – whether physical, virtual or metaphorical – and the conditions required for the Australian innovation ecosystem to flourish. The final report and infographic from the Summit have now been released.


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Australian post-school education in the age of Trump


posted by Don Perlgut, Jan 19, 2017

There are very few guideposts for what the Trump Administration will do in higher education. Don Perlgut, CEO of Community Colleges Australia, looks at the Australian VET sector.

With the upcoming inauguration of Donald J. Trump as US President on January 20th, what “spill-over” impact will his presidency have on Australian vocational education and training (VET)?


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Productive Ageing


In 1970, only 8% of Australians were older than 64. In 2050, it'll be almost a quarter. Pension age is increasing, but this still lags behind growing life expectancy.

According to the GAP report on Productive Ageing, two million older people are willing and able to work - in fact, their underemployment currently costs Australia $10.8 billion a year in lost GDP. An increase of 3% of workplace participation in people over the age of 55 would increase GDP by $33 billion, while 5% growth would see 750,000 benefit recipients become tax payers and give the economy a $48 billion boost.

So why aren't we employing Australia's mature citizens? Ageist prejudices persist, as a fixed retirement age labels people who reach it as unemployable. Besides affecting job prospects, ageism can have a profound impact on someone's confidence, financial situation and quality of life.

That we are living longer, healthy lives shouldn't be a threat - it is an opportunity to be seized. For the next two months, we will be exploring the many facets of productive ageing. Please contact Svetlana at sstankovic@openforum.com.au to share your story, opinion or blog idea.


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