Monday, March 13, 2006

High Concept, High Touch

A Whole New Age
Agricultural (Farmers) to Industrial (Factory Workers) to Information (Knowledge Workers)to

Conceptual (Creators & Empathizers)

To survive in the Conceptual Age you need to answer these
questions:
1) Can someone overseas do it cheaper?
2) Can a computer do it faster?
3) Is what I'm offereing in demand in a age of abundance?

The key charateristics needed as we move from the Information Age to the Conceptual Age are:
HIGH CONCEPT
Creativity
Art
Beauty
Patterns & Relationships
Opportunities
Story Telling
Invention

HIGH TOUCH
Empathy
Human Interaction
Joy
Purpose

MFAs are replacing MBAs

IQ & EQ
IQ impacts only the professions open to you
Within a profession IQ has only 4 - 10% impact
EQ accounts for the rest.

Meaning is the new money

Pick one topic from Chapter 3 outlined above and give an example of how you have witnessed or experienced this directly.

5 Comments:

Blogger Donna Kling Knudson said...

The commetn about needing MFA's versus MBA's really struck me. It reminds me of a story another music teacher told me about his daughter's college freshman orientation. The speaker said that the predominant major that medical schools had picked their students from the previous year - not chem, bio, math - but PHILOSOPHY!! They wanted peopel in their programs who knew how to think, I guess, not just how to memorize!

2:45 PM

 
Blogger Sara McCormick said...

Recently someone commented to me that the book was not really relevant to classroom teachers. So I started thinking about the comment and wondering why I am reading the book (not like I don't have enough to do) Then I considered the facts, kids are growing up in a changing world and they naturally are creative, love to build patterns, dream of being inventers and delight in telling stories. And since most of the jobs that kids dream of growing up and doing can be done oversees or by a computer, classroom teachers really have an opportunity to provide an atmosphere and experience where kids can grow and accept the challenge of our changing world. And hopefully what I as an educator am offering is in demand in an age of abundance. So I read on!!

9:07 PM

 
Blogger pam larkin said...

Someone told me recently that the degree most possessed by students entering Medical schools is not in the math and sciences, rather it is Music. Patterns, reading abstract symbols creativity, listening skills, dexterity - sounds pretty relevant.

1:36 PM

 
Blogger Kathy Drouhard said...

Donna Knudson, Jeanie Schneider and I met today to talk about the last 3 chapters of the book. We were struck by the importance of play. We loved the idea of the laughing club and feel that educators need to laugh and be joyful. We are fortunate that since we work with children there is an element of play in all we do.
The last chapter on meaning also speaks to educators. The author on p. 208 says that "the search for meaning is a drive that exists in all of us. A combination of external circumstances and internal will can bring it to the surface." It seems to me that our mission as educators is to help students find meaning in the tasks that we ask them to do as we prepare them for a future that Daniel Pink describes so well.

6:41 PM

 
Blogger Lori said...

I was really struck by the comment in chapter 4 that improving a school's physical environment would increase test scores. When I think of how many of our school buildings look, I wonder how much of an impact that has on our kids. It is more than just a sense of pride in the building and grounds.
I also had to really think about the metaphor connection. The more we understand metaphor, the more we understand ourselves. Could this by why some people love poetry and others don't?
I've finished reading the whole book. Has anyone else?

1:44 PM

 

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