United Nations Association of Australia
Wednesday 2 October 2018
Keynote Presentation 3
Earths Education Approach ,What Would Martians Think?
The world is facing times of unprecedented changes globally . Effecting the lives of everyone and making everyone on Earth a stakeholder in them, aware or not . Issues of global sustainability are engaging people ,communities, industries and governments in conversations, conflicts and positive actions to adapt to the challenges captured in initiatives like the 17 Sustainability goals . David argues that Goal 4 (education) is perhaps the most fundamental of them. He says that whilst it feels almost overwhelming to try and grasp, we all are effected and maybe we all can and ought to do something to help? As if this wasn’t enough disruption, we are even considering establishing a civilization on Mars. David asks us to imagine if we were the colonists of large cities on Mars. What is at stake and who are the stake holders , when it comes to education on the red planet. Then take a Martian’s point of view back with us to Earth to compare.
David is father of 4 kids and is a self-confessed technology and education tragic (his wife of 22 years wrote his valentine’s day card in binary) . He is passionate about the opportunity to play a part in transforming people, communities ,countries and our planet for the better. Particularly the roles of education and technological innovations to build foundations and solve key challenges in the world. David is presently Vice President of the United Nations Association of Australia (WA) , is on the advisory group to Australian Curriculum through ACARA for Digital Technologies & Design and Technologies curriculums , member of the Board of Directors for the Foundation of Education Digital Development, steering committee member for the Australian Federal Governments PTECH initiative among other things. His career and passion for technology spans 20 years, and he presently working for HP as National education lead