April 24th, 2013
In 2010, I made the decision to write a book about the New Health Age. Along with my co-author, Jonathan Fleece, we realized that the discussion about health care in America was being driven by fear, ignorance and manipulated by politicians. Any discussion with these three components is a stupid conversation. We decided to write an intelligent book to bring some intelligence to the discussion about the future of health care in America. In late 2011, “The New Health Age: The Future of Health Care in America” was published.
It was clear to us that certainly the United States and humanity globally, was entering a new age of health care and medicine that we called the New Health Age. This new age would usher in transformational changes in health care and rapidly approaching medical miracles and that the economics of health care would be turned upside down. We were clear that this would be a global phenomenon and that it was important to look around the world to see where the future that would be the New Health Age was first appearing.
Well, our research quickly pointed to a true visionary doctor in India. We realized this was significant due in part to the explosion in medical tourism around the world. To quote directly from “The New Health Age: The Future of Health Care in America”:
“Dr. Devi Shetty, of Bangalore India, for example, now owns and operates an acclaimed heart institute program, charging in average $2,000 for open heart surgery, …
March 28th, 2013
Guest Columnist: Jeff Cobb
Did you know that 65 percent of the U.S. workforce of 2020 – a date to which so much planning about the future tends to be pegged – is already outside the reach of our elementary and secondary education schools?
Did you also know that for the slice of that 65 percent lucky enough to earn a college degree, the shelf life of that degree is only about five years?
There is a lot of passionate debate these days – and rightly so – about improving our K-12 and higher education systems, but even as these debates rage, the vast majority of our workforce now and in the coming decade will be minimally impacted by whatever changes we make.
What then, are the prospects for this group leading the way forward in the fast-paced, complex world in which we now live? Unless we move rapidly to provide the necessary support for lifelong learning, I’d argue they don’t look very good.
Life in the Learning Economy
Readers of EvolutionShift no doubt appreciate that we no longer live in what Peter Drucker presciently called a “knowledge economy.” With the sheer speed, scope, and scale of global change these days, the shelf life of knowledge is decreasing rapidly. We now live in a learning economy, an environment in which we must learn and re-learn on a daily basis to thrive.
The challenges for workers in this context are daunting. Most of us exit the system of formal education in our early-to-mid twenties and enter what I …
January 1st, 2013
Since the beginning of the Transformation Decade in 2010, I have been saying that education at all levels will undergo transformation by 2020. The book I wrote with Jeff Cobb, “Shift Ed: A Call to Action for Transforming K-12”, published in early 2011, called for nothing less than transformation. Reform is an outdated word and is now not enough to make the necessary changes in American education.
Last week I wrote a guest column for CNN.com titled “Predictions for the Next Decade of Education”. It provoked a number of responses to my inbox and many on-line as well. The first thing that struck me about the comments is how emotional many of the responses were. There was a lot of passion and a lot of anger and both strong pro-technology and strong anti-technology comments. People think that they know the answer and everyone else doesn’t. A teacher assumed that since I wasn’t one as well, my ideas should be questioned. Well, to write “Shift Ed” and now a mini-eBook “Education” which is a part of my new book “Entering the Shift Age”, I not only spoke to many teachers, principals and superintendents, I have delivered speeches to and interacted with thousands of them across the country.
In addition to the rants and to some well-presented comments and emails there were surprisingly different responses. One in particular is worth mentioning. A Boston University student named Mike Irving sent me a link to a
December 19th, 2012
Almost three years ago, on 01-01-10 I wrote a column called “The Transformation Decade”. On this digital date I suggested that this decade would be shaped by massive transformation. The dictionary definition of transformation is “a change in nature, shape, form or character”. This means that this ten-year period will be a decade when most of humanity’s institutions will do exactly that.
Since that date, in columns and speeches around the world I have found that not only was this forecast correct, but that this definition helps people to better contextually understand the ever greater amount and accelerating speed of change.
Companies understand that if they are not changing to some degree the nature, shape or character of their businesses that they will not only fall behind marketplace changes, competitive changes and customer changes, they may not be in business in 2020. Many CEOs and others who have heard me speak about this Transformation Decade have requested that I write more in-depth about it. Well, now I have. In my new book “Entering the Shift Age” , Part Three is all about this amazing ten year period. It is available by itself as a mini-eBook .
The Collapse of Legacy Thinking
Humanity has largely powered into the 21st century thinking 20th century thoughts. Similar to McLuhan’s statement that most people drive down the freeway of life looking in the rear-view mirror, most people have been looking back to the way things were or worked in the 20th century. No …
November 14th, 2011
[Note: This column was published in the most recent Shift Age Newsletter. You can sign up for a free subscription here.]
It was one hundred and six years ago that Albert Einstein stated that the speed limit of the cosmos was the speed of light – 186,000 miles per second. The speed of light, the “c” in the equation E=mc2, has, since Einstein’s Theory of Relativity, been accepted as a fundamental axiom of science. It is one of the foundations of quantum physics and much of scientific endeavor ever since.
This is why there has been such an uproar over the findings of a recent research project on neutrinos recently conducted at CERN, the European Center for Nuclear Research.. Neutrinos, sub-atomic particles were measured as traveling a distance of 450 miles (720 kilometers) 60 nanoseconds faster than it would take a light beam. Even this miniscule difference raises the possibility that the speed of light is no longer the upper speed limit of the universe. Einstein himself once said that, if you could send a message faster than the speed of light “You could send a telegram to the past” [It is a commentary on the speed of the last century’s pace of invention that Einstein used the word telegram, but that is something for another column, newsletter or even book]
So the science fiction possibility of actual time travel and longstanding ideas of cause and effect might now have to be reconsidered. The most published quote in reaction to these …