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Metacognition and reinvention: the 21st century career paradigm


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This is the current version of my metacog pitch. I presented this to Anne Nelson's New Media and Development class at Columbia on 11.30.11.

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Metacognition and reinvention: the 21st century career paradigm

  1. 1. Christopher Bishop Columbia University November 30, 2011 Metacognition and reinvention: The 21 st century career paradigm
  2. 2. AGE YEAR 1970 1980 2009 1990 2000 Graduated from Bennington McKendree Spring NYC session musician Jingle producer Web producer Business Strategist Comms Specialist 20 30 40 50 60 Academia 70 ?
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  9. 9. Technology… is making geography … history
  10. 10. Technology adoption continues to accelerate Internet 0 25 50 100 125 150 75 Years 25 50 100 Electricity Radio Television VCR PC Cellular % Penetration Metaverse YEARS Automobile Telephone
  11. 11. Five historical cycles … Invention Innovation The Industrial Revolution Age of Steam and Railways Age of Steel, Electricity Heavy Engineering Age of Oil, Automobiles and Mass Production Age of Information and Telecommunications Frenzy Synergy Deployment Maturity Panic 1797 Depression 1893 Crash 1929 Collapse <ul><li>Formation of Mfg. industry </li></ul><ul><li>Repeal of Corn Laws opening trade </li></ul><ul><li>Joint stock companies </li></ul><ul><li>Industry exploits economies of scale </li></ul>Current period of Adoption <ul><li>Separation of savings, investment banks </li></ul><ul><li>FDIC, SEC </li></ul><ul><li>Build-out of Interstate highways </li></ul><ul><li>IMF, World Bank, BIS </li></ul>1 2 3 4 5 Source: “Technological Revolutions and Financial Capital”, Carlota Perez, 2002 Panic 1847 1771 1829 1875 1908 1971 1873 1920 1974 1829 Crash
  12. 12. Increasing technology advancements foster decentralization
  13. 13. Increasing decentralization makes motivation, creativity and flexibility more important than ever
  14. 14. Workers are not being rewarded for carrying out orders efficiently, but for figuring out what needs to be done … and then doing it again
  15. 15. <ul><li>Estimates are 85% of the jobs today’s learners will be doing haven’t been invented yet </li></ul><ul><li>they'll be using technologies that don't exist </li></ul><ul><li>to solve problems we don't yet know are problems </li></ul>
  16. 16. U.S Department of Labor estimates that today’s learner will have 10-14 jobs… by the age of 38!
  17. 17. Many  top in-demand jobs  in 2011  did not exist  in 2005! <ul><ul><li>iPhone/iPad app developer </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>wireless marketing director </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>microfinance infrastructure designer </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>3D content developer for movies, TV </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>social network manager </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>deploying technology into the cloud </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>organic solar cell development </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>digital image management </li></ul></ul>
  18. 18. Future jobs we can't imagine <ul><ul><li>Nanopharmacist </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Metaverse event designer </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Lunar tour guide </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Holographic content designer </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Virtual lawyer </li></ul></ul>
  19. 19. Metacognition Thinking about thinking Learning what to learn Reinvention Learning needed skills Applying them to go forward
  20. 20. <ul><ul><li>Creative </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Deal with ambiguity </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Passionate </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Self-directed </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Resilient </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Global perspective </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Work across disciplines </li></ul></ul>To be successful…
  21. 21. secret ingredients 1. antenna - what you want to do+what is happening in the world 2. brand - defining and assessing your own brand 3. network - find people interested in your focus area, ask them to point you to other resources
  22. 22. 1) antenna <ul><ul><li>Chase the maelstrom </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Spidey-sense </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Trust your instincts </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Follow your bliss </li></ul></ul>
  23. 23. 2) brand <ul><ul><li>Essence of who you are </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What makes you unique </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Everything you say & do </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Establishes your expertise </li></ul></ul>
  24. 24. <ul><ul><li>It’s not what you know, it’s who you know </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Lifelong job </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Strangers with expertise </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Share your perspective </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Use the tools! </li></ul></ul>3) network
  25. 25. What’s next? <ul><ul><li>Off to the future… </li></ul></ul>
  26. 26. [email_address] Second Life: Christopher Express THANKS!