My month of international travel starts…now. Fifteen more hours on a plane with the wife and kids and we’ll be in Melbourne, then Lorne for the Expanding Learning Horizons conference, then to the reef and rainforest via Cairns with a stop for me in Mackay, then Sydney, then home, about 12 days total. Not enough to be sure and I’m thinking blogging will be light, but Flickring will be heavy assuming I can connect. And, to be honest, I’d be surprised if the Tweets were frequent. I’m sure there will be much to catch up with…
This week’s Business Week magazine has a cover story on the “The Future of Work” which has some fodder to add to the discussion. The thesis is:
The rapid growth of broader, richer channels of communication–including virtual worlds–is transforming what it means to be “at work.”
Here are a couple more outtakes:
“What’s more, the modern workplace no longer resembles the factory assembly line but rather the design studio, where the core values are collaboration and innovation, not mindless repetition.”
The percentage of 25- 29-year-olds with at least a bachelor’s degree has actually fallen during this decade. This raises the real possibility that this generation of young Americans may actually be less educated than the previous one, creating a growing gap between the kinds of people companies need and the workers who are actually available.
Complicating matters is the fact that the very idea of a company is shifting away from a single outfit with full-time employees and a recognizable hierarchy. It is something much more fluid, with a classic corporation at the center of an ever-shifting network of suppliers and outsourcers, some of whom only join the team for the duration of a single project.
And collabortive capability is becoming more and more important:
The hard part for multinationals is getting people to work well together, especially given that day-and-night collaboration across the globe is growing…Nokia is careful to select people who have a collaborative mindset…Accenture, which spent $700 million on education last year, says its 38,000 consultants and most of its service workers take course on collaborating with offshore colleagues.
That makes me think (again) of the quote by Tom Carroll about good teaching being a collective/collaborative effort. I wonder how many teachers are getting ready for the new school year by developing a deeply collaborative curriculum, one in which they model for their students not just connections with other teacher/learners but co-creation of knowledge, in whatever forms that takes. I wonder how many of them are being supported in that effort. We have the capability to create these types of environments; what we need is to provide more and more opportunities for teachers to connect and learn with other educators and professionals from around the globe.
- Quote: The research suggests that kids who live online understand the process
by which knowledge is produced and shared in an online environment,
whereas those kids who come in within 10 minutes, they’re trying to get
the answer and get off. So they’re not as critical of a corporate Web
site, for example. That’s just one example of some fundamental
inequalities in access to social skills and culture competencies
between the information-haves and have-nots.
Note: Interesting interview with Henry Jenkins, who I personally think articulates the moment very clearly. I find that access gap as it relates to literacy to be really interesting.
– post by willrich
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