Fiftysix Creations Wins Westpac Top 20 Businesses of Tomorrow

The Businesses of Tomorrow were chosen on their potential to shape Australia’s future. Each selected business demonstrated the following qualities to an exceptional degree:

  • A track record of delivery
  • Clarity of purpose and vision
  • Outstanding value to customers
  • Capability to meet tomorrow’s challenges
  • Adaptability and resilience
  • Contribute beyond the business to the community, industry or the economy

David Lindberg, judge and Chief Executive, Westpac Business Bank, said: “Fiftysix Creations has a bold and compelling vision to educate one million students around the globe by 2020. With a focus on doing things differently, the business is changing the education model. FiftySix Creations is a deserving winner of the Businesses of Tomorrow program, exhibiting the characteristics of a business with the ability to form strong community connections.”

The 200 businesses were independently assessed by Deloitte and chosen by a high profile judging panel including: Alison Deans, Director: Westpac, Cochlear, IAG, kikki K; Prof. Chris Styles, Dean, UNSW Business School; David Lindberg, Chief Executive, Westpac Business Bank; Eric Johnston, Editor, Australian Business Review; Lyn Cobley, Chief Executive, Westpac Institutional Bank; Pip Marlow, former Managing Director, Microsoft; and Simon Cant, Co-Founder and Managing Director of Reinventure Group.

MEDIA RELEASE: Fiftysix Creations and Taj Pabari in Aurukun with Advance Queensland

The 2017 Queensland Young Australian of the Year, Taj Pabari and the Fiftysix Creations Facilitation Team will be visiting Aurukun in Far North Queensland alongside Advance Queensland from April 25 – 29.

Taj and the Fiftysix Creations Team will be running workshops teaching school students in the town about the importance of creativity, entrepreneurship and computer science skills.

Innovation Minister Leeanne Enoch said the Fiftysix Creations workshops in Aurukun were an opportunity for young people living in a remote area to gain valuable entrepreneurial skills.

“Technology and entrepreneurial skills can connect young people to job opportunities, regardless of where they live,” Ms Enoch said.

“The Palaszczuk Government is supporting the Fiftysix Creations workshops through an Advance Queensland Young Starters Fund grant for $20,000.

“Taj and his team have visited areas including Cairns, Mackay and Bowen and, furthering their reach, Fiftysix Creations is also planning student workshops in the Winton and Diamantina Shires in central western Queensland.

“As a young entrepreneur himself, Fiftysix Creations Founder and CEO Taj Pabari is an outstanding role model for the young people he so passionately educates.”

Advance Queensland is a $405 million whole-of-government initiative designed to create the knowledge-based jobs of the future.

Taj Pabari, the 17-year-old Founder of Fiftysix Creations, said: “By achieving our goal of educating one million students by 2020 in key rural and remote areas around the world, Fiftysix Creations will continue to inspire students to believe that they too, can create the world we live in, rather than merely consume and use it.”

The initial Fiftysix Opportunity Workshop offering brings together modern day technology and learning techniques to provide young people with an insight into the skills of the future:

• STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths) • Entrepreneurship and Creativity
• Financial Literacy


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Fiftysix Creations is a social enterprise. A build it yourself tablet & creativity kit for kids. As easy as a puzzle, as fun as a computer game. The organisation now runs computer science, creativity and entrepreneurship workshops for kids too. The goal is to educate one million kids by 2020.

How can we prepare our young people for the future?

As the world continues to evolve and technology continues to advance, what sort of skills should young people be learning in the classroom to be prepared for the jobs of the future? 

Well, quite bluntly, we don’t know and instead of preparing our young people for specific jobs that may, or may not exist in the future, we should be equipping our young people with skills that will always be required for success, skills that are timeless and cannot easily be replicated by machines. 

Remember. Any job or task that can be simplified down to a series of logical and sequential steps, will be automated and replaced by technology - much sooner than we all think! 

So, what sort of skills should we be teaching or inspiring in our young people for success in the future? 

1. Creativity

Currently, school as we know it limits a students creative spark as it primarily focused on the students ability to memorise and regurgitate knowledge. In the words of Tony Wagner, Expert in Residence at Harvard University, The world no longer cares about what you know. What the world cares about, is what you do with what you know.” 

[My thoughts on the current education system:]

New technologies will be able to get most technical jobs done far quicker than humans ever will, however, a machine is not as creative as a human and therefore we must encourage students to be creative. 

Creativity is no longer a word exclusively for students going down a field in the arts, but it's a word and skill that is crucial for every student to learn and embrace!

2. Communication

A student who cannot effectively communicate his or her ideas will not be able to compete in the innovation economy. Communication is not something that can be taught from a textbook. It is a skill that must be taught through experimentation. 

Starting from Primary School or Elementary School, we must teach students simple skills, such as how to speak in public, how to maintain eye contact, how to respond to questions and how to interact with different types of people. These skills can be taught in the form of a student only networking event or a ‘business camp’. 

3. Emotional Intelligence (EQ) 

A student who is not able to understand another human being will find it very difficult to succeed in the future. Many of the jobs of future will be based around collaboration and team work. 

A student must be able to read other people's emotions and be able to effectively respond to them in a calm and relaxed manner. 

Taj Pabari is the seventeen-year-old Founder of Fiftysix Creations. A social enterprise with a goal of educating one million kids by 2020. 

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An Education Revolution: OP Results Day!

OP Results Day is always a day of emotion filled with laughter and tears. As someone who has taken a very different and unique educational pathway I thought I'd take this opportunity to remind my fellow high school graduates (and parents) that your grades do not define you. 

Society in this day and age is so focused on the end result, not the process. The fruit, not the tree. As students when we well and truly get trapped into our current (and outdated) education system, we come to understand that it is more important to provide the right answer than to ask a creative and unique question. We begin to believe that we’re at school to merely absorb knowledge rather than to create and to apply it. 

By the end of Primary School, I had three suspensions to my name and was on the verge of being expelled. Why? Well, the goals of school did not align with my personal goals and aspirations. After discussions with many of my classmates, I was not alone. The schooling system is not for everyone and we should not expect all students to conform to it. 

According to the Foundation for Young Australians (FYA) ‘The New Work Order’, 60 percent of students are currently being trained in jobs that will be radically changed by automation. Success in the form of traditional education does not necessarily correlate to success in the real world anymore. The jobs we were being trained for in the classroom, will no longer be the jobs of the future.

Our education system must give students the opportunity to ‘flearn’ (to fail and learn simultaneously). We must help youth embrace the art of flearning and understand that it is always within their power to be whatever it is they want to be.

The people who have attained a wealth of success on this planet have found success despite their poor performance in the classroom. Sir Richard Branson struggled in school and dropped out at the age of sixteen to start Virgin Records. Katy Perry struggled too and dropped out at the age of fifteen to pursue her dream of becoming a musician. In the face of the education system, these individuals were considered incompetent and stupid. In the face of the real world, these people thrived. 

“Break the rules, not the law. It is impossible to be original if you are too well behaved. Think outside the box and break some of the rules.” — Arnold Schwarzenegger

Taj Pabari is the seventeen-year-old Founder of Fiftysix Creations. A social enterprise with a goal of educating one million kids by 2020. 

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