Future Voices in the Brave New World

As population explodes in Asia, India, & Africa how are we preparing for the UnScaled Economy?

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Students & Faculty at Daffodil University, Dhaka, Bangladesh

Nothing in my career prepared me for the city of Dhaka. I work in New York city. I have lived in Dar Es Salaam. I have travelled widely from the inner belly of the ghettos in Nairobi to the infamous Pruitt Igoe. What rocked me to my core is the choking of the great cities of the world. More and more tribes of rural refugees are escaping to the city only to find a dream deferred.  In spite of the massive road congestion, in spite of the visibility of poverty on every corner, in spite of the life challenges — the spirit of the Bangladesh people  in Dhaka rises. 

I was attending the 4th International Conference on Globalization,
Entrepreneurship & Emerging Economies. I came to present on the topic of ” The Future of Teaching & Learning in the UnScaled economy.”


Above is a three minute sample of the speech I presented and a link to the full 20 minute version.

 As I met students, faculty, and village folk,  I was amazed and humbled by the human spirit. There were almost 100 students of the Tourism & Entrepreneurship departments at Daffodil University that volunteered to support the conference. The faculty exhibited a real caring and understanding of their students. I was in awe of the spirit and genuine desire to learn.

I –the teacher was becoming– the student.
The students asked about Racism in America because they say no such thing exists in their country.  The students wanted to know about American technology, movies, and colleges.  They also told me about their aspirations to become leaders in their country and desires to study abroad.   What these students taught me is that the hopes and dreams for self-sufficiency and sustainability are the same in the city of Dhaka, as New York as Nairobi…. And those voices are the future of work in the Unscaled economy.

During the keynote speech presentation topics discussed included:

1.     Trends in Leadership needs of the Future

2.     Education in 2020

3.     Preparing for the Unscaled Economy

4.     Transforming the Economy in a World of Uncertainty

5.     The Future Choices of Leisure & Work

6.     Developing Ecosystems of Lifetime Learning and Global Collaborations

JoAnn Rolle, Ph.D., Dean of Business at Medgar Evers College, City University of New York  (CUNY) has been featured by The Network Journal as one of the top 25 African American women in Business.  Dean Rolle is a Honorary Fellow Center for Business & Economic Research and has posted nearly 100 business and entrepreneurship related articles on Linkedin.  Dean Rolle is also listed as a media source at WMC SHESOURCE  Her most recent articles and keynotes are on The Future of Work & Entrepreneurship for the underserved. She collaborates with an international group of practitioners and academics, Dr. Jacquki Kisato, Dr. Micah Crump, Dr. Alicia Reid, Dr. Roberto Acevedo, and Ms.Nia Rock.

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