Appreciation of all these four elements in a successful person is rare to find and John, in his TED talk, explains the necessity of cultivating the understanding and presence of Technology, Art, Design and Leadership quality in our young generations. It is widely accepted today that the future is vastly different from how it looked to our parent’s generation when they were worrying about our education in schools and universities. The world we live in today is getting ever populated every passing minute. Abundance, penetration and reliance on technology as well as energy resources is evident in almost everything humans do on daily basis.The amount of data which flows through Internet, is created and stored on servers around the world, the crude oil pumped out, the electricity created, the number of planes flying across the globe, the production, consumption and wastage of food… the numbers representing the staggering and jaw-dropping daily statistics will simply blow your mind.
Our children are growing in an ever competitive world and they will have to develop unique qualities, not only to excel in their professional lives but also to become thoughtful, compassionate, empathetic and decent human beings. The work of educators and leaders of today is tough and has to encompass several fields of specialities in order to help prepare the next generation take care of our home we lovingly call ‘Earth’.
John highlights in a charming and humor filled talk how these elements are connected together, their importance and impact on our inward and outwards perspectives. Our schools need to adapt for these changes and start connecting all the key elements required for successful young people tightly connected to their roots and ready for the challenges of the future.