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It’s About People – Brad

Brad studied and graduated in Aerodynamics and then went on to work in Florida, before moving to Virginia as an Aeronautical Engineer.

And then he ‘had the rug pulled out from under him’. I assumed that he was the casualty of some corporate down-sizing or reorganization, but no…

I met a girl, and then she said ‘Hi’.

… and at a stroke, he started his life again, moving to the other side of the continent and then training as an actor and getting work over a period of many years.

He naturally progressed to Director with his last production being mounted just two years ago – after he had started his novel which was published in 2015.

His engineering background directed the backdrop for his SciFi novel where he explored a number of themes based on what Brad called ‘bleeding edge and real science’.

Longevity was one of those themes.

The book is set 400 years into the future, both Moon and Mars are colonized and people now routinely live to 200 years old and during that lifetime they may have three or four careers. In Brad’s world, it is routine to qualify and work in one discipline and then start all over again in another, and another throughout life.

I can’t help feeling that as an aeronautical engineer-come-actor-come-director-come-writer – not to mention quite a few other ‘careers’ as part of his life’s journey that the book was perhaps semi-autobiographical.

There are things known and there are things unknown, and in between are the doors of perception.

–Aldous Huxley

John Philpin
John Philpinhttps://www.people-first.net/
JOHN'S career spans 30 years, 2 continents, and organizations as diverse as Oracle, Citibank and GE. A Mathematics graduate, John moved to California in 1990. He helps technology companies create, develop and deliver their story for fund raising, market development and influencer programs. He also works with businesses to ensure they understand, and are ready, for the ever accelerating changes that technology is bringing to their industry. John is a co-founder of Expert Alumni and gleXnet and long before futurists and industry watchers were writing about the impending challenges that industries were going to be facing, they predicted a perfect storm of issues like skills gap, declining work forces, the gig economy, people trained to do work no longer needed, demographic shifts, economic and social change, market upheaval and rapidly changing ways of doing work. From the beginning they have promoted the idea that massive change was coming to how organizations should think about their workforce, with a singular focus on simplifying the interface between people and their work. Understanding the challenges ahead of the curve, the solution was built to arrive at a better understanding of the greatest restraint to business operations - competence, not capital. gleXnet provides unparalleled insights into an organizations people and operations by flipping the problem from the perspective of people, not the business.

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