Observations on the Fourth Industrial Revolution
A regular scan of articles and insights with commentary from a parent’s perspective
The beginning of the year is a perfect time to tap into our imagination.
The beginning of the new year is often about planning and goal setting. Very important matters in the context of making things happen in the game of life. I realize, though, that I do not often step back and re-evaluate the aspirations and motivations behind the goals and the plans. As a driven professional and busy mom I often move forward on auto-pilot sticking with the life goals made in the past because I have not taken the time to re-evaluate them in the context of the ever-changing possibilities of the future.
When was the last time you (re) imagined?
If you are anything like me, you may spend most of your days consumed with matters of necessity and practicality. Work requirements, home tasks, taking care of our families. I plan non-stop and am usually doing so based on the immediate needs in front of me and underpinned by the dreams of myself and my family from a year or more ago. However, today’s shifting attitudes, emerging technologies, and resulting opportunities require more frequent thought and conversation about how the here and now impacts our planning and goal setting for the future.
How often do we dare to give ourselves the time to imagine and dream?
For 2023, I ask that you join me in taking more time to imagine and dream. That may mean setting aside time to not only imagine but to also find sources that inspire your imagination. For me, I am very much interested in preparing my 14- and 15-year-old teens for a future that is oriented around an increasingly integrated society, artificial intelligence, robotics, and green energy. Much of this requires a tremendous amount of imagination because many of the implications of these shifts are still unexplored or undefined.
Tapping into our imaginations gives us power to shape our families, local communities, and our world.
I believe the more time that you and I take to imagine and dream the more engaged we become with each other and with our future. I find my inspiration for my imaginings in articles on technology and books on tapping into the power of our brains for creativity and innovation. Where will you find your inspiration to dream? Please share your inspiration with us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will include them as a resource in another post.
My inspiration for today’s post:
The Net and the Butterfly
Workforce of the future: The competing forces shaping 2030
Stephanie Bailes is the President and CEO of the Cade Museum for Creativity and Invention. She has been identified by Blooloop Magazine as a top 50 International Museum Influencer and by Florida Trend Magazine as a Person to Know in the area of Technology. She is also a wife and the mother of two teenagers who finds herself struggling to reconcile the incredible value of cutting-edge technologies associated with the Fourth Industrial Revolution with the implications of those technologies on the society in which she is raising her children to participate. She believes that it is critical for parents and their children to be empowered with knowledge so that they may be active, informed participants in this coming evolution.