What will you teach your kids to prepare them for the next 20, 30 or 40 years?

The context behind this question is that as our world is changing faster and faster due to new technologies (genetics, artificial intelligence, robotics, nanotechnology and biotechnology etc.), our interconnectedness etc. not many people will know how the world will be like in the next 20, 30 or 40 years. One thing that many people seem to agree with is that the world in 2050 will be radically different from what we are experiencing now. For a past couple of years, there has been a lot of talks/debate/discussion about the fourth industrial revolution and what it means for the human race.

Also the world is becoming more and more interdependent. You don’t need to venture far to see examples like how a sudden drop in China financial market impact the rest of the world, how global supply chain is getting more and more complex, how burning forest in one country can impact the whole region.

The increasingly rapid rate of change, the interconnected, interdependent nature of the world create some changes/challenges (climate change, technological disruption) that will impact the whole world rather than at a community or national level.

So I have been going around and asking my friends, my colleagues what they will want to teach their kids to prepare them for the next 20, 30 or 40 years and HOW? Different people have different answers and I love to hear yours so I create this poll below that you can either vote for an answer that you agree with or create your own answers.

Why is it beneficial for you to do this? Well my hope is that by thinking about this question, we can pause for a moment and start (or continue) thinking more long term, beyond the day to day noises from the media.

What will you teach your kids? How will you teach them?

I don’t have answers to the above questions yet and I am still in the process of exploration. So stay tuned and I will come back to this topic at some point.


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