Are we developing the right skills for 21st Century?

Mojo Live After 5

Wed 11 Jan 2012 (at the ‘mojo hub’ at 64 Bridge Street, Manchester M3 3BN) – £20 + VAT to include buffet.

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Over the last 3 months we’ve interviewed some fabulous guests at our Live After 5 evenings, a chat show format delivered in front of a live audience. And we’re tremendously excited with the January line-up (Wed 11 Jan 2012), because it’s a theme that’s close to a lot of people’s hearts:
Employers are complaining that skills like the ability to communicate, innovate, think laterally, build relationships and sell are in short supply. At the same time, many children are disengaged and bored at school.
Is the current education system preparing our children for the challenges they’ll face over the next few decades? Lord Puttnam has raised concerns in a documentary (see trailer) and it’s clearly a relevant issue for us as parents.
But it also raises issues about us and our attitudes to work – are we nurturing our own leadership potential, our communication skills, our creative capacity and our ability to adapt and collaborate? Are we creating the right environment for our teams to develop as leaders and influencers?
Our Guests:
  • Dan Haesler (inspirational teacher based in Sydney, Australia)
  • Ian Nichol (Regional Manager NW for Career Academies UK)

Originally from Manchester, Dan Haesler is a teacher, a writer and a speaker.  He now resides in Sydney, Australia where he teaches Health and Physical Education. Dan is an advocate of the ideas raised in Sir Ken Robinson’s celebrated TED Talk (2006) about nurturing creativity through our schools. Like Sir Ken, he has major concerns about what our education systems are doing to the growth and mental well-being of our children. In his view, our obsession with measurement and examinations can suck the life out of education and does little to develop the creative skills we need to navigate our way through the 21st century.

In 2010 he was awarded the New South Wales Government Scholarship to address and raise awareness of youth depression. His report to Government will be published in 2012.
As well as speaking at conferences around Australia, Dan’s work has been featured in professional journals and the national media including Channel 10 and the ABC. He also writes for the education pages of Australia’s most respected newspaper, the Sydney Morning Herald.
“Dan Haesler is doing wonderful work in incorporating some of the concepts of positive psychology with his vision of a 21st century education.”
Tal Ben-Shahar – New York Times best-selling author & lecturer, Harvard University
“Dan is an inspirational teacher who speaks with skill and passion about the most important issue in education today: the mental health of our children!”
Richard Gerver – Author of Creating Tomorrow’s Schools Today & UK Headteacher of the Year 2005.


Ian Nichol

Ian spent the last two years as the North West Lead Consultant for an education charity, the Personal Finance Education Group, working with teachers to develop childrens’ money management skills. As General Manager of a training company in Keighley in the 1990s, he organised over 140 apprenticeships per year in Engineering and Business for 60 SMEs. Ian has been involved in several innovative Equality and Diversity projects, including recruiting more girls and ethnic minority young people into the Engineering industry and a positive action programme for Bradford Council which addressed the under-representation of black and minority ethnic staff at first line management level.

He is a qualified lecturer and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.
Career Academies UK leads and supports a movement of over 1000 employers and over 120 schools and colleges, working together to raise the aspirations of 16 to 19 year olds.
“I have seen how the Career Academy at Haverstock School motivates young people and helps them achieve. Britain needs people of ingenuity and skills across all disciplines and I hope the network goes from strength to strength.”
(Rt Hon David Miliband)
How to book
Tickets are £20 + VAT. You can pay online by credit card via Eventbrite (click here) to secure your place or on the door by cash or cheque. If using Eventbrite, elect the ‘Show other payment options’ link below the ‘Order now’ button.
N.B Price includes cold buffet & soft drinks.
N.B.Mojo Marketing Club Members attend for free (but need to register here using their membership code to apply the discount). To learn more about the Club and the exceptional value it offers to support your business & career development, click here.
5.30pm – Arrival and registration; food & drink; networking
6.15pm – Take seats, official welcome
6.30pm – Introduce the guests, start the interviews (‘learning themes’)
7.30pm – Q&A, issues raised and addressed
8.00pm – Close
Your ticket includes a buffet and soft drinks.
Who should attend?
Business owners, entrepreneurs, education professionals, leaders, HR managers, sales and marketing professionals, business development managers, coaches, consultants, people undergoing career transition, anyone concerned with the future of education and business.

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Mojo Your Business is an innovative training & consultancy company based in Manchester, UK. We're passionate about helping businesses and individuals perform better through effective communication. We specialise in corporate storytelling and how it applies to internal and external communication (employee relations, employability skills, leadership, relationship building, sales, marketing and public relations). More at
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