The New World

“Organizations of all types will probably not find many comfort zones in the years ahead. A confluence of disruptive forces will transform work and working in the next 10 years. Today, formal education can become obsolete before it is even completed. We may find that traditional educational goals such as mastering a major subject or earning a degree that provides a narrow entryway to a particular profession or job will be de-emphasized, while broader preparation that is more attuned to a globalized economy may predominate. The workplace will increasingly need to function as a classroom, and the classroom as a passageway to the working world.” -Transitioning to Workforce 2020 CISCO White Paper
“One of education’s chief roles is to prepare future workers and citizens to deal with the challenges of their times. Knowledge work – the kind of work that most people will need in the coming decades – can be done anywhere by anyone who has the expertise, a cell phone, a laptop, and an Internet connection. What is certain is that two essential skill sets will remain at the top of the list of job requirements for 21st century work: The ability to quickly acquire and apply new knowledge The know-how to apply essential 21st century skills (problem solving, communication, teamwork, technology use, innovation, and the rest) to each and every project, the primary unit of 21st century work.” -21st Century Skills, Learning for Life in Our Times Bernie Trilling and Charles Fadel
“We have empowered our soldiers to be effective in this new kind of battle. We have given them the capability and authority and responsibility to function in distributed operations, semi autonomously. But we have not changed the way we trained them to accept this responsibility. What we should be consumed by is developing leaders who can adapt to whatever future they will find and innovate.” -General Martin Dempsey Chairman of the Joint Chief of Staff