Chapter 1 - The Future

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services. The rest, predicts Handy,will work in three separate clusters:
  Cluster one will involve project groups: people coming together for specific projects, often for short periods. This will probably be the dominant high-paying work method of the coming decade. And its requirements will provide some of education's biggest challenges.
  It is impossible to overstate the importance of the growing project-group nature of work, each person an open-minded self-acting specialist collaborating with an open-minded team to produce new solutions.
  Says Handy: "The upside-down school would make study more like work, based on real problems to be solved or real tasks to be done, in groups of mixed ages and different types of ability, all of them useful. Not only would people learn more in such a school, because they would see the point and purpose of what they were doing, but it would give them a better idea of the world they would be entering."
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  The second cluster will be part-time and seasonal workers: those who work two or three days a week in supermarkets, or weekends or summers in the tourist industry. It will be one of the few outlets for the unskilled or semiskilled. Those filling these positions are already the new-poor of the working population: the low-paid checkout cashiers, the peak-time, part-time fast-food servers.
  The third cluster will be those who work individually or as a family group - often doing things they love to do. Effectively, the new world-wide information web enables competent people in any country to sell goods and services to anyone else - and to use databases to identify those services. Families will be able to use such services to swap everything from holiday-houses to ideas. And we will have the choice of the world's best educators in nearly every home.

9. Women in leadership

   Of the 22 million new jobs created in America in the eighties, two thirds were taken by women. Naisbitt says that the increase of women in leadership positions in America is now reaching critical mass. "Forty percent of all managers are now women. Thirty-five percent of the computer scientists are women. Half the accountants are women, as are an increasing number of lawyers and doctors. If you go to medical schools or business schools, half of the freshman class are women. And women are creating new companies at twice the rate of men."35

 

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