What does renaissance art have to do with mindset?


If Leonardo Da Vinci were living now in this so-called ‘2nd Renaissance’ would he still be a painter?  Or more an experience creator?

Perhaps the Medici Family would use their influence and be early adopters of technology and lead the digital transformation.

Either way, there is no denying the world is living in a season of ‘rebirth’, that has been accelerated, due to COVID- 19.

Global Futurist, Anders Sorman-Nilsson at the height of the pandemic in 2020, coined the term ‘2nd Renaissance’- which we are all currently living- hundreds of years since the first Renaissance in the 14th century.

In his article ‘Beyond the Virus’: 2nd Renaissance and Jobs of the Future Anders wrote that Aussies were eager to up skill and move with the digi-times.  He said as history has shown us through the Black Plague and Spanish Flu, both shifted the way people worked.

“This 2nd Renaissance, as I like to call it, will shape a new future powered by a combination of technology and human ingenuity. The secret to the workforce and leaders of tomorrow will be combining our knowledge of STEM with creativity, entrepreneurship, innovation, emotional intelligence and empathy,” Anders said.

In June 2020, Anders the founder of Thinque, collaborated with global company ING and released the Future Trend Report. The report found that 35% of (1 in 3) Australians will be looking for a new job after COVID-19, while 23% are fearful and anxious about future job opportunities and unsure they have the right skills.

So, is now the perfect time to have our own Renaissance? And if so, how do we transform our mindset to unlock our creativity and emotional intelligence and apply it when looking to future jobs?

Mackay region business Minds Aligned partners Rowena Hardy and Nick Bennett believe that with any change our brain can perceive it as a threat and trigger the flight/fight/freeze response.

“Remaining curious, being open- minded, recognising that change is constant and fast -paced, drawing on our reserves and resilience and applying our emotional intelligence (if we know what that is) all help”, Rowena said.

Nick said on the practical side, looking for opportunities, updating our resume, and highlighting skills and experience relevant to change can help transform our ‘future of work’ mindset.

“Recognising what gaps there may be in our skillset and finding training to fill the gaps and build our capability and adaptability, defining what is important and what we really want and aligning our energy and effort to achieve that. As Rowena has stated being curious about what’s possible is really important” he said.

Next month Transformation Region will continue the conversation with part two of how we need to be open to change and how we often resist rather than accept. 

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