Interesting :) Thomas Friedman’s crystal ball says:

Interesting 🙂 Thomas Friedman’s crystal ball says:
1. The future will be shaped by the three Ms:
* Markets or economic globalisation;
* Mother Nature, including climate change, biodiversity loss and population pressure; and
* Moore’s Law, that is the impact of technology
2. Soft skills will be more important than hard skills.
3. Five mindsets will be needed this century:
* Think like an immigrant, because we are all immigrants to the age of acceleration.
* Think like an artisan. Don’t settle for being a cog in the machine, like Adam Smith’s division of labour in the pin factory. Instead take such pride in the outcome that you want to carve your initials into it.
* Think like an innovator. If you think of yourself as a “finished product”, you’re finished. Consider yourself in “permanent beta”, like a software release. Be a lifelong learner and always be ready to reinvent, re-engineer or reimagine your job before someone does it to you.
* Think like an entrepreneur – even if you’re waiting tables.
* Be passionate and curious … PQ + CQ = >IQ. Passion quotient plus curiosity quotient beats intelligence quotient.
I think he’s on the money with the forces shaping the world of the future and the jobs of the future …
On the soft skills thing, I think some of the key skills of the future will be leadership, presentation, negotiation, creativity / innovation, and entrepreneurship / commercialising ideas and initiatives.
What else do you think will be important for the jobs of the future in 5, 10, 20, and 50 years time? I’d love to hear your thoughts …
FWIW I think there’s a fourth M shaping the world of the future … Meaning. The shift to meaning in work will be a huge shift. It’s already showing up for Millenials and Gen Y at one end of the working spectrum and ‘generativity’ and social entrepreneurship at the other, as well as in movements like conscious capitalism …

9 thoughts on “Interesting :) Thomas Friedman’s crystal ball says:

  1. I would add the ability to navigate change…personal, professional, regional, national, global…whether expected or unexpected.

  2. Everytime i read about ths i have a nagging worry about the ones who won’t/can’t make the transition. Personally I made the leap years ago & feel like a surfer who’s caught the greatest wave of his life. I’ve so many friends, though, who are working for minimum or a bit above, or who are trying to find a job & haven’t a clue about the economic tsunami headed their way. Many friends also in the socialist camp who get hostile as hell when I ask them what are you going to do when the working class disappears, create a dictatorship of the proletarian robots? Was just reading Diamandis talking about universal basic income as one option. However it falls out education needs to change massively, societal expectations are gonna need to be modified quickly & populism & regression to hate & fear are going to need to be confronted directly. Other than that, sounds great 🙂

    1. Good points Kirk Olson! 🙂

      I don’t think it will happen overnight. I like the maxim that science progresses generation by generation. A new cohort comes in that thinks differently, and they replace the old cohort.

      Change won’t happen overnight. But I think you’re right that some people in some industries being displaced – like coal mining or some forms of manufacturing – might need to switch on to the changes in their areas pretty quickly …

  3. Lauchlan Mackinnon, 3d printing is already a fact, “factory” in san francisco already printing 200 plus different products with a totally robotic workforce. The chinese have alrady printed an apartment house, etc etc etc. Means that manufacturing – as we know it – will be significantly disrupted over the next 5 to 10 years. It all goes back to the Moore’s law piece. It doesn’t say technology will change, it says computing capacity will double every 24 months or so. When computing capacity was rather small the doubling didn’t amount to as much. Now that we’ve had nearly 60 years of biannual doubling the rate of change increases with ever greater force every two years. Means the rate of change that’s “normal” will be blown all to hell.

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