May 5, 2010 § 7 Comments
As the train moved the friends were sleeping and the laptop batteries were out and so I needed something to think. Wondered what would the world be like, after, say 10 years or so? What skills would be prized? Here are a few ideas:
It’s supposed to be ‘here’ in business, but I think a lot remains on the personal level. How many of us have friends from other countries? Do we interact daily? Do we have the same language and references? Also, there is a movement of information across the globe, but are people really moving around so much? I think this should increase a lot in the coming years. In distant future, one would have as many friends from other countries as from one’s home country. Maybe more.
So in a global world, which skills would be in demand? Communication skills will become much more important as individuals manage large personal networks (I already see people on Facebook with 1000+ friends). In an everyday barrage of information, one will need outstanding presentation skills to even get oneself heard. About analysis, computers are already doing enormous number crunching. It would be a valuable skill to work with and interpret the results of sophisticated analytical tools.
Facebook might be in danger if it does not innovate rapidly, while Twitter should remain. While makers of Facebook (and related 3rd parties) have to anticipate user needs and evolve, Twitter’s growth is directly in the users’ hands – they develop the apps they need. Orkut already looks on the way out. LinkedIn has done what seems to be right thing as suggested by strategists – don’t try to be all things to all people. Focus on professional networking means it might be here for some time to come.
I invite you to share your ideas regarding the future. For one, it’s fun to think how things will change, especially the ones which we are used to. Another – by thinking about how the future will look like, we are, to some extent, creating it.