ITC Annual Series Diploma

ITC Annual Series Diploma 2015


The new realities of the world require individuals, organizations, communities and nations to expand their knowledge of the global system and improve their understanding of the new dynamics of globalization that now impact education, business, government and civil society at all levels. The proliferation of new technologies, the explosion of new knowledge, and the re-invention of governments and governed around the world are key driving forces shaping the New Economy and the emerging global socio-political system.

This Non-Degree course is designed to enrich and expand the participant’s understanding of this new globalized reality by presenting each calendar year a series of videoconferences, under a broad theme, addressing various selected topics essential for productivity and global competitiveness, and is directed towards managers and executives, technical and professional personnel, educators, students and public servants at all levels.

Upon completion of this program, the student will be a professional with a broader global knowledge and skills, capable of leading and managing his or her productive activities and organizations more effectively and with a global vision. 

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6 Continuing Education Units (CEU's), 4 Modules and Active Forum

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  • Theme/Reading for 2015 ITC Annual Series

    Theme: Global Competencies and Tools for Productive Success in a Discontinuous World

    We are evolving into a discontinuous world where acquiring global knowledge is not only a competitive advantage for individuals, organizations, communities and nations, but also a requirement for survival and sustainability. Competency with global knowledge, or, "global competency", represents the new generation set of skills we all need to synchronize or align our organizations to the continuously changing landscape of the industries or sectors of business within which we operate.

    The ITC Organization is proud to celebrate in 2015 thirty one years of continuous efforts of sharing knowledge globally while promoting these global competencies. Our unbreakable pursuit for excellence in this journey up to now without doubt will give us a strong foundation for long-term continuity and a renewed sense of future service for a better and more peaceful world.

    The three C's of Capacity, Competency, and Commitment are the 3 pillars of an action model I proposed in 2010 as a roadmap and tools for achievement and excellence. We must strive to develop them with a global flair to maximize their multiplier effect and impact to our organizations and their communities of service.

    The exciting 2015 Annual Series will include crucial topics for achievement and success. Leadership in a discontinuous environment, collective strategies for organizational change, languages and multi-cultural communication in the New Economy, and innovation and happiness in a networked world were selected as themes to be discussed by distinguished invited speaker in the context of our ever-changing globalized society. I invite you to celebrate 31 years of ITC programs with your enthusiastic participation.

  • Leadership in a Discontinuous Environment: Functional Intelligence with a Global Focus
    • We are experiencing a world of surprises and discontinuity at all levels. The greatest challenges for individuals, organizations, communities and nations is now survival, adaptation and achieving results.

      Our most immediate environment and markets have now become global as social and productive human networks expand evermore in influence and outreach, particularly among the younger generations. Understanding the global dynamics most relevant and linked to our endeavors is now essential for successfully navigating the forces of change that engulf us all.

      This timely videoconference will review the warning signs of discontinuity and global disruption, and the strategic role of "functional intelligence" to propel our organizations towards the new market opportunities brought about by the forces of globalization worldwide. The well-recognized invited speaker will address some of the key demographic and workplace trends shaping leadership strategy and practice and their effect on performance excellence and long-term productive success.

  • Collective Strategies for Organizational Change: Sustainable Networks and Critical Mass
    • A world of continuous change and discontinuity with intense global dynamics mandates that organization and communities adopt collective strategies that accelerate the transition to a new global mindset and sustainable networks of collaboration. Various studies and research have confirmed that new ideas and technologies can only propagate with their own inertia and merit in human-organizational systems when a “critical mass” of individuals adopts them. This “tipping point” or active energy generated by such critical mass is similar to organic systems, which provide a good analogy with organizations that operate in sustainable networked environments.

      This exciting videoconference will present these and other related concepts crucial to human-capital development and change strategies in education, business, government and civil society. The distinguished invited speaker will review the challenges of transforming traditional organizations to sustainable networked and value chain environments, the design of critical mass in workforce development programs and the need for global competencies at all levels.

  • Languages and Multi-cultural Communication in the New Economy: Trends and Implications for Productive Success
    • It is estimates that by the year 2030 more than one third of the 6,000 or so languages spoken in the world will have disappeared, and roughly half or 3,000 endangered languages will no longer be spoken by children then. Many new business, technical, social and artistic "languages" or knowledge system will be taught  from birth. A world dominated by English and Chinese will continue to evolve, although multilingualism will prevent the languages falling into disuse from becoming irrelevant. Multicultural communication will become a global competency crucial for productive success.

      This exciting videoconference will review the crucial role and value of mastering a leading global language like English or Chinese, the development of automatic language translation systems, and the evolution of multicultural communication in lieu of the technology-based networked environments that we all face today. The exceptional invited speaker, one of the most prolific contributors to the communication literature in recent years, will present views and recommendations on the topic based on his ample research and practical experience around the world. He will review trends of language usage around the world, and their implications for individuals and organizations in business, education, government and civil society.

  • Innovation and Happiness in a Networked World: The Renaissance of Individuality and Communication
    • Various studies have confirmed that in many countries people's trust in major businesses, government, organized religion and other traditional institutions have declined significantly since the 1960's, and that this is a long-term trend. This is not an ideological issue, but rather the result of people trusting their own views more as social and collaborative networks and the electronic global village increasingly have generated a horizontal dialogue that now connects suppliers, producers and consumers directly.

      This exciting videoconference will review the characteristics and impact of this so-called "Renaissance" of individuality and growth in directs influence of people through network rather than organizational structures. The invited speaker will present views and recommendations on this important topic based on his ample research and practical professional experiences. He will analyze the impact of the growing individuality, innovation and ever more complex social environment on our concept of happiness within the new networked world, and the issues and benefits of effective communication across cultures and generations.

  • Action Plan Development
    • Develop and report an action plan based on the given terms of reference.