“Real knowledge comes from the diversity of insight, the inclusiveness of different ideas!” – Futurist Jim Carroll
When I was in Dubai earlier this year to speak to the World Government Summit,I was also invited in to speak to senior education administrators at the HQ for the Ministry of Education for the United Arab Emirates. While with them, I spoke about our world of acceleration, and how real innovators are aligning themselves to a world of vast, different levels of knowledge : and how aligning to this would provide an advantage. Of course, I expected that most of the folks in the room would already know this.. In fact, the UAE Education Ministry is one that is relentlessly focused on the key skills of the future and the bold goals necessary to get there : skills involving AI, 3D printing, advanced robotics and more.
While I was there, I also met the CEO of the Dubai Future Foundation – an organization dedicated to bringing this nation state into the accelerated future. His dad grew up as a Bedouin, sleeping in a tent in a desert, and then one day, coming to oversee a multibillion health care budget as the Minister of Health. That, in a span of but 40 years. THAT is an accelerated future. That is a diversity of experience.
As a futurist, I often straddle many different audience groups: those who are close minded in their view of others, and who are fearful of the future; and those who are open to ideas, embracing the future with everything it brings, including both challenges and opportunities. The latter seems to embrace every single idea they can get from anyone who is different from them; the former continues to narrow their thinking, losing the ability to learn about where the future is really taking them next.
With that, the quote works on so many different levels.