Move Over Soft Skills — the Future Demands Super Skills


We glimpse the future every day, and sometimes it’s weird. There are now refrigerators that will order groceries before you run out, doors in our homes that we can lock or unlock from cellphones halfway around the world, and semi-trucks that drive themselves. If one thing is for sure, it’s this: It’s only going to get weirder from here.

What does that all mean for the workforce? What skills should workers be developing now to make sure they are still relevant in 10 years? Cornerstone OnDemand and Institute for the Future attempt to answer those questions in “The Skills Economy: Future Skills,” a new joint report.

“Today, the world is in transition from what we might think of as a ‘First Curve’ of institutional production to a ‘Second Curve’ of socialstructed creation,” says Marina Gorbis, executive director at Institute for the Future.

By “socialstructuring,” Gorbis means the act of accomplishing things “by aggregating efforts of large networks of people using online platforms and tools for algorithmically coordinating activities.”

“We believe that we are in the early stages of this transformation [to socialstructuring], but the impacts will be profound over the next decade,” Gorbis says. “And we will feel these impacts nowhere more deeply than in the future of working and learning.”

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