What a week! My team has been enchanted by visions of the future. Here’s why: A fourth revolution is incoming. There are new education models on the horizon, ones that teach us how to be generous. What? A musician wins the Nobel Prize in Literature—really? It’s all too mind-blowing and cool to be true. Here are three articles that cast a spell this week.
The Fourth Industrial Revolution: What It Means, How to Respond – World Economic Forum
Are you ready for the Fourth Industrial Revolution? This visionary piece, written by Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum, shows us how Industry 4.0 “will fundamentally alter the way we live, work, and relate to one another.” This new age is one where time evolves exponentially rather than linearly and digital disruptions are everywhere—and this is just the tippy-tip of the iceberg. Read up, see what’s coming, and how to prepare.
Stanford’s Most Popular Class Isn’t Computer Science–It’s Something Much More Important – Fast Company
Finally, a college class with practical application! Stanford Juniors and Seniors have been flocking to “Designing Your Life” since 2010, a course that has a new-world agenda with great appeal: gratitude; generosity; self-awareness; adaptability. Could this be the start of a new type of learning? (Although Socrates might argue with the “new” bit.)
Bob Dylan, Master of Change – New York Times
“I’m a poet, I know it, hope I don’t blow it.” These lyrics, sung by Bob Dylan over 50 years ago seem almost prophetic, as the songwriter is the first musician to ever win the Nobel Prize in Literature. Never one to stand still, Dylan has stayed relevant for over half a decade while transforming and transmuting. From hippie folkster to electric rabble-rouser; born-again prophet to country songster, Dylan’s ability to metamorphosize and be a cultural icon is mind boggling.