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Robin Good: The Institute for the Future and the University of Phoenix have teamed up to produce, this past spring, an interesting report entitled Future Work Skills 2020.
By looking at the set of emerging skills that this research identifies as vital for future workers, I can't avoid but recognize the very skillset needed by any professional curator or newsmaster.
It should only come as a limited surprise to realize that in an information economy, the most valuable skills are those that can harness that primary resource, "information", in new, and immediately useful ways.
And being the nature of information like water, which can adapt and flow depending on context, the task of the curator is one of seeing beyond the water,
to the unique rare fish swimming through it.
The curator's key talent being the one of recognizing that depending on who you are fishing for, the kind of fish you and other curators could see within the same water pool, may be very different.
Here the skills that information-fishermen of the future will need the most:
ability to determine the deeper meaning or significance of what is being expressed
2) Social intelligence:
ability to connect to others in a deep and direct way, to sense and stimulate reactions and desired interactions
3) Novel and adaptive thinking:
proficiency at thinking and coming up with solutions and responses beyond that which is rote or rule-based
4) Cross-cultural competency:
ability to operate in different cultural settings
5) Computational thinking:
ability to translate vast amounts of data into abstract concepts and to understand data-based reasoning
6) New media literacy:
ability to critically assess and develop content that uses new media forms, and to leverage these media for persuasive communication
literacy in and ability to understand concepts across multiple disciplines
8) Design mindset:
ability to represent and develop tasks and work processes for desired outcomes
9) Cognitive load management:
ability to discriminate and filter information for importance, and to understand how to maximize cognitive functioning using a variety of tools and techniques
10) Virtual collaboration:
ability to work productively, drive engagement, and demonstrate presence as a member of a virtual team
Critical to understand the future ahead. 9/10
Curated by Robin Good
Download a PDF copy of Future Work Skills 2020: https://docs.google.com/viewer?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapolloresearchinstitute.com%2Fsites%2Fdefault%2Ffiles%2Ffuture-skills-2020-research-report.pdf&nbsp;&nbsp;
Via Robin Good, janlgordon, catspyjamasnz
Robin Good: Krishna Bharat, creator of Google News and now Principle Scientist at Google, spoke at the News World Summit in Bangalore, India.
His focus was on the future of news and on the impotance of curation as well as on what the news will look and "feel" like.
He rightly suggests to news teams to "provide guides to content", not just new content and to deliver information in ways that entice the reader in multiple ways, while providing lots of good and well referenced information.
Excerpted from the original Poynter.org article: "As consumers have access to vast troves of news information from all over the world, Bharat urged news editorial teams to provide a guide to content, not just produce content.
“Creation and curation should be the fundamental activities for your editorial team,” he said.
Bharat said news in the future will become more of an app-like experience, as users adapt the experience to themselves, and as newsrooms provide a more multi-dimensional experience that includes more images and maps.
“The collage tells the story.
This will create a skill set that doesn’t exist yet.”
"The winning experience of the future is fast, tactile, original content, with access to many reputable sources in an appealing narrative form,” Bharat said.
“It is delivered in an appealing, narrative form, encompasses a broader definition of news, and involves audiences with a stake in the story or with expertise."
Full article: http://www.poynter.org/latest-news/top-stories/175859/krishna-bharat-news-industry-futuremust-hire-restless-agents-of-change/ ;
Via Robin Good