One of the biggest challenges we have to tackle in the Next Economy is upskilling people. Heck, we’ve been living in a digital Economy for some time now and most people still use their computer or mobile phone to send emojis, animated gifs and memes to each other. That’s about as much as they know what to do with computing!
There is debate about what the future of education looks like and how we’ll get there. What isn’t debatable is the number of challenges we face in the Next Economy; primarily reskilling. This means people will have to develop new skills, specifically ones that computing can’t take over, to thrive.
The Next Economy will be driven by 10 key technologies. Underpinning all of them is artificial intelligence. Though people believe that truly intelligent computing already exists, it’s not true. Rather, current techniques such as machine and deep learning give us automation; not intelligence.
We live in a fast moving, complex and uncertain society where industries lines are fading. It’s always been this way, but the accelerating adoption and integration of technology somehow makes it more pronounced and obvious that everything is indeed connected. In this environment, people and companies that survive and thrive are those who know how to learn; fast.
While in college I was the guy that jumped from one topic to another. I wanted to learn what I wanted, when I wanted at my own pace. So, if I wanted to jump into a class from the electronics major, that’s what I did.
Because the way education was and is designed didn’t work for me; it moves too slow, I felt constrained and categorized. If the point of education is to give you facts to memorize by a teacher in front of a blackboard, there has to be a better way and I believed I could learn better and faster on my own. Sure you’d definitely need the help of clep study guides if you were to pass, but you simply cannot depend on one book to guide you.
As we continue discussing The Future for Youth, we’ve come up with some interesting ideas about what that looks like. One of the key ideas that has come up again and again is that parents should raise entrepreneurial children with the aim that everyone is and should be an entrepreneur.
Should we teach young people to be entrepreneurs? …
During our discussion about The Future for Youth, one of the main points we touched on was “risk aversion”. And though we see a trend towards more entrepreneurs, the truth is many of them are not entrepreneurs.
Because most entrepreneurs fail and leave it at that. But real entrepreneurs view failure as a prerequisite for learning; that’s the difference.…