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The Next Generation

Book Description

Today's children will be an unprecedented global force—are they ready?

The Next Generation maps out the world of possibilities ahead for today's young people, and reveals the skills and habits they'll need to take full advantage of their unique futures. Around 35% of the world's population is under 20 years of age; known as Generation Z and Generation Alpha, these children are coming of age in a world that is safer, healthier, wealthier and more productive than ever before. Opportunities fan out in the distance for today's kids—a world of possibility awaits, and they will be the ones to shape the future for us all. Right now, it's the job of parents and educators to prepare these kids for what awaits. They need an instinctual adaptability, quick thinking and comfort with change. They need to be technologically literate, and ready to take on whatever challenges arise.

This book explores the evolution of "coming of age" in a world where teens are already an entrepreneurial force, and shows you how to instill the talent, skills and instincts today's children will need to make the most of their future.

  • Explore the unique opportunities that exist for today's children
  • Discover the three capabilities that will prepare them for their dramatic journey
  • Learn three ways in which kids can help create a worthwhile future for themselves
  • Give them the skills they need to successfully navigate rapid, never-ending change

Continuous technological advancements combined with our children's unprecedented levels of involvement will unleash humanity's next major social and economic evolution—will your child be ready? The Next Generation helps you prepare them for their journey to success.

Table of Contents

  1. ABOUT THE AUTHOR
  2. ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
  3. INTRODUCTION A CALL TO ACTION
  4. PART I WHAT'S UP AHEAD FOR OUR CHILDREN
    1. Chapter 1 A window into possibility: coping with the beautiful mess
      1. A FUTURE FULL OF PROMISE
      2. THE WORLD IS A BEAUTIFUL MESS
      3. CAN WE PREDICT OUR CHILDREN'S FUTURE?
      4. EXPLORING THE EDGE OF POSSIBILITY
      5. THE POTENTIAL OF THE FUTURE
    2. Chapter 2 Hybrid humanity: preparing for the robot–human interface
      1. A DAILY DOSE OF PEPPER THE ROBOT
      2. OUR CHILDREN'S FUTURE RELATIONSHIPS WITH ROBOTS
      3. REFINEMENTS TO THE HUMAN BODY
      4. TECHNOLOGY THAT IMPROVES THE HUMAN CONDITION
      5. AUGMENTING OUR CHILDREN'S INTELLIGENCE
    3. Chapter 3 All in a day's work: redefining future employment
      1. WHAT'S HAPPENING WITH WORK TODAY?
      2. CREATING THE NEW WORLD OF WORK
      3. WORKPLACES THAT CREATE A BETTER SOCIETY
      4. DEALING WITH A WORK-LESS SOCIETY
      5. PREPARING CHILDREN FOR THE NEW WORLD OF WORK
  5. PART II ESSENTIAL CAPABILITIES
    1. Chapter 4 Life in the fast lane: developing their adaptive agility
      1. FILTERING THE OVERLOAD
      2. BECOMING THE ARCHITECT OF THEIR OWN BRAIN
      3. ADAPTIVE AGILITY IN THEIR EVERYDAY LIVES
      4. ENCOURAGING THEIR PERSEVERANCE
      5. SUPPORTING THEIR PEACEFUL SOUL
    2. Chapter 5 Heart-to-heart: enhancing empathy
      1. THE PROMISE OF AN EMPATHIC FUTURE
      2. THE VALUE OF EMPATHY
      3. HELPING CHILDREN TO PRACTISE EMPATHY
      4. EMPATHY SUPPORTED BY HIGH TECH
      5. EMPATHY AND THE ART OF LISTENING
    3. Chapter 6 We live and learn: embedding a love of inquiry
      1. A PASSION FOR LEARNING
      2. HOW CHILDREN CAN BECOME EFFECTIVE LEARNERS UP AHEAD
      3. PERSONALISED LEARNING JUST FOR YOUR CHILD
      4. THE DIGITAL WORLD AT THEIR FINGERTIPS
      5. IMAGINING EDUCATION FOR THE FLEXIBLE FUTURE
  6. PART III ACTIONS FOR CREATING AN EXTRAORDINARY LIFE
    1. Chapter 7 What's the big idea: stimulating their creative enterprise
      1. GENERATING HUMAN ENTERPRISE
      2. YOUNG ENTREPRENEURS IN ACTION
      3. LET THE CHILDREN PLAY
      4. IGNITING THEIR CREATIVE GENIUS
      5. RAISING THE FAMILY ENTREPRENEUR
    2. Chapter 8 A helping hand: supporting future philanthropy
      1. PHILANTHROPY CAN MAKE THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE
      2. DISPELLING THE MYTHS ABOUT PHILANTHROPY
      3. IMPLEMENTING ONLINE PHILANTHROPY
      4. A FUTURE FOR PHILANTHROPY
      5. RAISING A JUNIOR PHILANTHROPIST
    3. Chapter 9 Action stations: fashioning the future right now
      1. THE POWER OF SOLUTION
      2. INCENTIVES FOR GENERATING ACTION
      3. FINDING PURPOSE WITH ACTION PROJECTS
      4. CELEBRATING THEIR ACHIEVEMENTS
      5. THE FUTURE DEFINED BY TODAY'S WORDS
  7. REFERENCES
  8. BIBLIOGRAPHY
  9. INDEX
  10. EULA