Zombies, radical change, Outschool, capitalism, communicators, virtual bridges
From scifi to educating children and building virtual bridges - so much to consider
I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about how we can discover trends and happenings that will impact our future organizations. Both short term and long term. This has led me to dig into some science fiction works that contain clues, or in some cases strong leads.
I’m currently in the middle of World War Z, the zombie war by Max Brooks and astounded to see how some of the sections sound like what I see on TV and the news these days. I am amazed I had not heard of it until recently. With nearly half a million ratings on Goodreads and over 27,000 reviews, it sounds like I’m late to the game! Highly recommend you check it out.
I also turned to some books about outsiders, outliers, gig mindsetters, rebels and heretics. The names are different as are the views of the authors, but there are underlying currents that offer clues to the future.
Radical change with heretics, rebels, originals, gig mindsetters and more....
I spent time this month comparing how different authors see what I call gig mindsetters. I summarized it in a post on my website that attracted a lot of readers.
The books you see below use different vocabulary. They offer complementary lenses on how challenging the status quo brings benefits for individuals and for organizations. They also address the risk angle. Let me know what you think.
My discoveries this month
Outschool - wish it had existed when my kid was young
“Outschool is trying to reinvent education for children. Even in an era of Zoom fatigue, Outschool managed to hook a million kids on its unique classes, more than quadrupled its value, and recruited 10,000 teachers amid rampant teaching shortages. But can it keep up the momentum?….
“There’s still this fundamental underlying challenge, which existed before the pandemic and is worse now, which is, do I believe that my kid is getting what they need in their education to lead a happy and successful life? More and more parents feel that they need something else,” he says. “That’s driven by the challenges in the existing education system, and also challenges in the world driven by globalization.”
Street artists in the wild - no story here - just a photo I found of a wall in a street I used to know when I lived in Paris
A new form of capitalism? Any ideas?
We need a new form of capitalism if we want to keep young people engaged in our organizations.
This is part of my research on future trends and I’ll be writing about it soon. In the meantime, this article from The Guardian is food for thought!
Eat the rich! Why millennials and generation Z have turned their backs on capitalism
Selections from Inside Outsider, my weekly newsletter
Issue 9 Communicators have a battle to fight against lack of trust
This issue was triggered by a conversation I had with members of the Bold New Breed Community about the new role of Communicators and the trust issue. https://boldnewbreed.com/bold-new-breed-community/
Communicators need to evolve significantly and quickly. From spinning messages to building trust, from producing content to managing flows, from working for the CEO to being a service broker for the organization as a whole.
Issue 10 Influence change from the inside
You can influence change from inside an organization or from outside. The perspectives and approaches differ. Three suggestions: start from the edges, use senior management and build virtual bridges.
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