We all know the impact of IT – flat world – has on our lives….it’s huge, it’s fast and never seems to stop. Within these 3 short sentences lays the challenge of the future…the learning decade as it has been called, where knowledge isn’t power (Francis Bacon – you know) anymore…but where knowledge becomes survival!
The speed of the flat world holds great challenges for companies and people for the next decade. Everyday we have thousands of information touch points (on our fingertips) with knowledge to be learned. But learning in this multi channeled information society has become a survival of the fittest….
Companies demand that every employe is up to date with the latest […], but hold back on opening up communication channels for their employees. First mistake: the communication becomes in hand, when an employee brings his smartphone…as an employer you better facilitate your employee to have access to a multichannel information society. On the other hand side, a good training on how to manage and curate this information is mandatory. Divide and curate your information to different people and let them share and collaborate from different perspectives to the same subject. This way innovation and creativity are stimulated!
The employer should be coaching this new way of social working and develop knowledge workers! Instead of being the great inspirational creative guru who holds the ‘one and only’ knowledge! Don’t be afraid to share….social knowledge (is more than 1+1)
Off course this means our knowledge workers have to be trained and skilled in content curation, information management and collaboration! This is the challenge for the learning system of the next decade….we still believe the old education paradigm, where everybody is tought exactly the same way because the have the same age and that a question only has one answer….in the knowledge society, where information is survival, we need to stimulate individual strengths, creativity and collaboration. A new educational paradigm is needed. Sir Ken Robinson has some nice insights on how this new educational learing paradigm can work.
A new educational paradigm that is empowered by society as a whole, can create a new dynamic educational system which feeds our society with social knowledge workers…
And the time to change is now, not tomorrow….since our current workforce never had a proper training nor education on being social, connected and collaborative….This week a study revealed that the younger generations are becoming more stressed due to the fact that the can not manage or curate the connected information society (if compared with the elder generations). So if we train our future employees to be social and capable of surviving the information cascade thanks to good curation and management, I think we might be able the open en bright, creative future!