What does 'Creativity' need to look like in a post-work era?
Future-U.org is a not-for-profit founded to help everyone thrive through the age of massive transition that new technologies are initiating. As AI, bots, digital assistants and automation replace more and more tasks that humans have performed, it is our position that relying only on unplanned luck to ensure people have the skills they will need to thrive in a post-work world is really not going to cut it.
Mindhive Challenge part 1-
A community response to what ‘creativity’ in a post-work world needs to look like
The challenge as Future-U sees it:
While some would say that humans have always coped with new automation technologies and adapted and adjusted, Future-U has been founded because such a business-as-usual approach is too risky now when even conservative predictions are that 40% of us will be ‘jobless’ in 15 years time. Its true that humans are great adapters of course - but now that automation has moved from primarily replacing human effort in the physical realm to also doing it in the cognitive realm, the idea of what makes humans unique and even needed requires addressing. In the 1700's and 1800's there were many who had to deal psychologically with being replaced by a steam engine when formally their strength or endurance were highly prized. The worry today is that learners who are still being told they must be cognitively 'strong' will also soon get a very rude shock. In response, Future-U has been created as a non-profit to uncover the kinds of new mindsets or expectations that mean such a shock is only a stepping stone not an end point.
The first mindset Future-U is working to spread is 'to thrive tomorrow, today's learners need to know how to dream up their own job, roles and vocations'. If this could become the new agreed upon direction that education was pointing towards, curriculum, assessment and the whole bag could be unified with the common goal of giving learners the meta-skills they need to do this dreaming, whether as entre or intra-preneurs, and a post-work future would see people empowered to contribute rather than go the way that idle populations historically do.
To this end, the Future Literacies framework posits 5 domains of meta-skills which can allow learners to thrive, either by mastering them all, or by knowing how to combine their skills with those of others. This framework has so far been peer-reviewed by over 50 educators and leaders and has been designed to continue to evolve with a modular structure so it can be both big-picture enough to point the way forward but also be customisable for each organisation or classroom that comes across it.
For this opening Mindhive challenge, the first Future Literacy of ‘Creativity’ will be our focus. According to the framework, this domain includes elements from both the artistic (born an artist) and corporate (a process anyone can learn) understandings of what the creative process looks like: a sense of play, curiosity, deferring judgement, maker mindset, being iterative, growth mindset, being ok with failure, showing resilience and critically reflecting.
It’s no secret that divergent thinking studies show a massive drop in the abilities of learners from the start to the end of formal schooling - so this discussion challenge seeks the help of the growing Future-U community to map out what this crucial first Future Literacy really needs to look like.
What does ‘creativity’ in a post-work world need to look like? Go…!
Contributions in this phase will be credited as part of ongoing development of Future-U resources towards a mini-book on the topic of this challenge, which will also be used for helping to spread the word on why skills in this area will be so vital for today’s learners. If you would like to join our community, please find us at twitter.com/jnxyz, facebook.com/futureuorg or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
FUTURE LITERACIES FRAMEWORK: (more at future-u.org/flit)
Challenge Opened: 09:06 PM, Thursday 24 August 2017
Challenge Closes: 09:30 AM, Thursday 09 November 2017
Time to go: Closed