“You need to deliver knowledge that you aren’t yet aware of, for jobs that don’t yet exist, to a group of people who don’t know that they will need it. And you need to do it yesterday!” – Futurist Jim Carroll
I’m in New Orleans this morning and will deliver the opening keynote for the annual Career Education Colleges & Universities annual conference.
The quote pretty well sums up my keynote and captures the essence of the issues the education industry faces today. Things are now changing so fast that the realities of our world are
- rapid knowledge obsolescence, and the rapid emergence of new knowledge;
- the disappearance of existing careers and the arrival of new ones;
- and the predominance of just-in-time knowledge.
Simply put, people need the ability to get the right knowledge at the right time for the right purpose.
The education industry is one that is most subject to disruption, and yet in many ways, the slowest to change. It’s a complex industry with complex issues – and no one is quite certain as to the path forward.
But I’m a believer that it is the issue of teaching people how to learn what they will need to learn that will be the key to success!