If you think back even 5 years ago – are you holding the same phone as you are today? Or the fact that you may even be reading this on your smart phone. So imagine what will change in the next 5 years.
At school, I learnt to touch type on a typewriter. In my first job, we used computers. I have never used a type writer since.
Do you feel that what most children are taught and experience right now, in terms of technology, may not be relevant when they grow up?
So why would it be important for our children to have exposure to new technology? Isn’t it enough that they are playing on their iPads etc?
Well, in my view, that’s the difference between using or being used by technology. To be a creator as opposed to a consumer. To be an Innovator.
We must at least become aware of how technology can alter our behaviour on a day to day basis, otherwise we are just passively being used by technology.
But if they understand that, and furthermore, they understand how to use technology to create solutions and solve problems, they could actively be part of shaping the future. How so?
If there’s something children are good at, it’s using their imagination. They have very simple, quick and easy solutions. We adults tend to complicate things because “that’s how the world works”.
Innovation is sparked by imagination and the ability to see simple solutions to what appears to be complex issues.
So if they have an imaginative mindset, and they get to be exposed to what solutions are already out there – but perhaps not in the mainstream -then what could potentially happen?
Managing Director, Systemic Growth
Mum to Oskar, 6 years old