Welcome Future Makers! You have been gaining a lot of experience with your engagement in the OTTOPIA Kinderstadt in Magdeburg. The Kinderstadt is a small universe itself, as you might have experienced it. It represents in a playful way many structures and concepts, as we have them in every day life. So now we want to take this thoughts a bit further and want to invite you to focus on the future. Together with our international partners, we are currently running a youth consultation and want to invite you to take part and share with us your thoughts. So now let´s start:
Today, young people - perhaps like you - have a broad view of life. You know the world of work is changing fast. Digital transformations, automation, climate change, remote work and the gig economy are changing the world of work and have an impact on our personal and civic life (explore more megatrends). A lifelong career no longer looks natural and attractive because life is full of choices and opportunities.
You can also choose from a variety of learning paths that stretch beyond school. Your phone connects you with educators and mentors, learning opportunities and communities around the planet. You can join these opportunities for five minutes or five days and start another of your learning adventures or another work project.
How can you take advantage of all this?
How will you build your work and learning path to the skills and income you need to achieve your life goals?
How will your chosen learning, career and civic path prepare you for a future that can offer anything?
Now, young people around the world are developing new, experiential learning, career and civic paths. They are innovators of their future.
The Institute for the Future has interviewed 60 young people in 6 cities worldwide and created 9 future personas that embody these people’s stories.
Meet these people from the future. Discover what skills, strategies and learning resources enable these people to be successful in the future. Get inspiration from their stories and build your personal learning and career path - wide enough for everything you want to do and achieve.
Watch this video and think which purposeful pathway you want to take in the future.
are able to imagine authentic personal futures;
use unique ways to shape their learning, civic and career paths;
strive to achieve their goals.
Lead learners have many common behaviour patterns that unite them regardless of geographical location. These models can inspire us to imagine the future of learning, work and civic engagement.