Richard Collin – The young people of the world are in charge to invent the world of today

It’s clear that today you have a cognitive transformation as well as behavioral transformation as well as speed in the new concepts: science, approach, models… I think that you need to tackle with all this: cognitive evolution, behavioral evolution and the speed of knowledge. I don’t know. It’s clear that, probably as of today, it’s severely critical to have solid abilities in term of conceptual abilities. There’s an interesting paper, from… I guess from IBM, revealing skills for the next century. It’s a nice report regarding capabilities to be… to have this kind of understanding before […] social being capability, also capability to be audacious, to be creative.

This is the challenge of today, because probably the key skill to have is to be creative, to be entrepreneur, to be different, to be out-of-the-box, which is not really how we train people. And also in the meantime not everybody is able to be creative, but then we need to avoid let’s say social divide, and we need to be creative in that. We need to be sure that we do have some solutions to embark and to make people comfortable to this type of situation, in creating new model of solidarity, new model of collective invention, collective innovation. It’s something which is going to be also a role of the politicians, and also of the educators in training.

It’s going to be also role of the politicians in the town okay because 70% of people are going to live in cities. Then we need to reinvent the cities. We need to have… the city was a city with a “marché” [market] with a trade, the initial cities, now it is digital cities where people are… we need to reinvent citizenship altogether. This is a new form of reengineering. It means that we’re entering a new age, and we are all of us responsible to invent, we are, let’s say the architects of this new world. Like the German, English and French engineers were in charge to invent the industrial age. And the young people of the world are in charge to invent the world of today.

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