Giving Compass’ Take:
• Tom Vander Ark discusses ten turning points of a new innovation age and offers seven implications this has for leadership, learning, and governance.
• How have these new innovations impacted your goals? How can you apply Ark’s implications to your own leadership?
The following are 10 signs we’re in a new age—a new economy and a new ecology. More than trends, these turning points suggest it’s time for an operating system update—including new mental models and new ways to share the planet.
- AI for good.
- Recognizing global warming.
- From quarterly profits to stakeholder value.
- Half of the world is now connected to the Internet.
- Autonomous delivery and driving services.
And now for a few disconcerting turning points.
- Rise of synthetic content online.
- Increased surveillance.
- Rise of military drones/robots.
- Income inequality.
- Unmanageable complexity.
This new era requires new a new set of assumptions about how things work and new approaches to leadership, learning, and governance. Seven implications include:
- Agility. These complex issues call for agile government—public responses that reduce risks and share the benefits of new capabilities.
- Sustainability. Given the increasing severity of the climate crisis, every person, organization, and community needs a sustainability agenda.
- Support. It’s time for local and regional governments and philanthropies to double down on youth and family services.
- Learning Ecosystems. Every person, organization and region needs to get smart—to skill up, learn more and build new capacities faster than ever.
- Digital Literacy. The rise of ‘sophisbots’ and synthetic content demands that we learn and teach digital literacy and critical consumption starting in fourth and fifth grade.
- High School. High school education should be less about memorizing dates and formulas and more an introduction to pressing issues of our time and an invitation to contribute.
- Facilities. Anyone planning new learning facilities should consider the anywhere, anytime learning opportunities afforded by viewing the city as the classroom and increasingly accessible transportation.
Read the full article about leaning into the opportunity of the innovation age by Tom Vander Ark at Getting Smart.
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