The Fourth Industrial Revolution: the significance of creative thinking for future international employment


Preparing a workforce for employment opportunities that do not yet exist can seem like an impossible task for educators. This session will explore the challenges imposed by the critical uncertainties of the world’s changing workplace demands. With automation playing an ongoing role in employment prospects, how do we prepare students to be thinkers and leaders?  In the global corporate world, employers are now seeking multiskilled staff with essential soft skills, a trend that will only increase in future years.  Machines will struggle to replace jobs requiring creativity and empathy, giving way to humans in the creative space. The presentation will use the Chinese economy as a case study to predict the need for expansion of the creative workforce.

Learning objectives

In this session, participants will:

*explore future employment predictors of a changing workplace

*understand the importance of preparing students for the era of artificial intelligence

*inspire the inclusion of creative thinking into the education curriculum.

Prof. Clive Barstow, Edith Cowan University

Executive Dean of Arts and Humanities

Edith Cowan University

Professor Clive Barstow is Executive Dean, School of Arts and Humanities, at Edith Cowan University, Honorary Professor of Art at the University of Shanghai Science and Technology in China, and a global faculty member of Fairleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey, US. Before moving to Australia, Clive taught at Middlesex University in London and the Kent Institute of Art and Design. Clive is a practising artist and writer. His exhibition profile includes 30 years of international exhibitions, artist residencies and publications in Europe, America, Asia and Australia. His work is held in several collections, including the Musse National d’Art Modern Pompidou Centre in Paris and the British Council, US. He is Vice-President of the Australian Council of Deans and a Director of Creative Arts, Australia’s peak body for arts education. Clive is also Director of the Open Bite Australia Print Workshop, which encourages the development of printmaking within several Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. His recent publications include ‘Encountering the Third Space: a study of identity and hybridity through transcultural artistic practice in Australia and China’, Oxford University, UK. In 2005, Clive was awarded the Distinguished Teaching Award by the Australian Council for University Art and Design Schools for his contribution to art and design education in Australia.