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Weekend Insights: Watch #AskJackD On The Future Of Education

As part of an ongoing series, we’re going to share the books, podcasts, talks, videos, people (and more) that inspire, prompt expansion of thought, and have the potential to affect change within us. They are the works that, when we find ourselves on the cusp of something, help us move past the threshold.

Scoring a place on the BRW Rich List at just 27 years old means you’d have to have some killer knowledge on how to make it in the biz. But being successful also means being on a first-name basis with failure.

Jack Delosa knows this very well. At just 29 years old, he’s the founder and CEO of Australia’s largest community and education institution for entrepreneurs The Entourage, and just this week, launched a video advice channel; the #AskJackD podcast. It reached #1 in Business on iTunes within 24 hours of launching.

Basically, if you know what’s good for you, the man at the helm of Australia’s largest and most disruptive education institution for entrepreneurs is a man worth listening to. He uses his sharp business acumen to help other people with theirs – for a living! And his TEDx Talk on the future of higher education will have you questioning the status quo (i.e whether tertiary education will actually benefit you and your career).

Delosa explains that while the workplace, the economy and knowledge have all shifted, higher education hasn’t shifted with it. Academia used to spearhead thought leadership, but when it’s unable to keep up with a world so fast-paced and dynamic, this is no longer the case. “Research has shown that traditional education institutions – by virtue of their size and by virtue of their bureaucracy – are set up and are educating people perfectly for a world that no longer exists.”

Delosa also outlines three important pieces of advice for using higher education to your advantage: question what you’re being taught, learn from experience and embrace failure rather than punish yourself for it.

Watch the talk for yourself below:


Josephine is a writer from Sydney. She has written for AWOL, Kaleido Press and is a commissioned poet for the Disappearing 2.0. She tweets nonsense here @josieannparsons.