Shift Happens

did-you-knowDid you know that the top 10 in-demand jobs for 2010
did not exist in 2004?
We’re currently preparing students for jobs that don’t yet exist,
using technologies that haven’t been invented,
to solve problems we don’t even know are problems yet.

Sobering perspective, huh? It’s from the 2008 version of the Did You Know? (Shift Happens) video. Over several minutes, the video hits you with statistic after statistic illustrating how quickly our world is changing and leaves you wondering how on earth we can keep up with it all. (It’s also set to music – perhaps so that the head-shaking onslaught of info can sink in a bit easier.)

The video started off as a Power Point presentation created in 2006 by educators Karl Fisch and Scott McLeod; it struck a nerve, went viral, and has gone through several iterations since. Karl Fisch writes about a recent remix version produced by The Economist Magazine on his blog The Fischbowl.

Thanks to Wise Woman Sherrie for passing along the link to this very thought-provoking clip. The video was shown at a meeting for parents at her daughter’s school and served as a jumping-off point about preparing students for a rapidly changing world. What a Wise School!

What does the video stir up for you?


  • Anne Says:
    10-9-2009 22:34:33

    Our CMO also used this in his strategic plan presentation last spring, as did my Wise Hubby Mark in his company presentation. Pretty compelling stuff.

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