This week, Wikistrat started a new simulation to study how education will evolve globally over the next several decades.
Globalization has reshaped the work landscape, as both low-skilled labor and high-skilled jobs are now exportable or “networkable.” Most jobs leverage the human capacity for precise repetition (whether manual or mental) and even the most intimate of services (medical, for example) can be outsourced — if the customer (patient) is willing to travel based on price points.
Wikistrat itself is based on a similar principle: Why limit your talent pool to outside expertise (e.g., the Western expert on Japan) when local talent (a Japanese expert on Japan) can be “logged in”?
Thomas Friedman famously dubbed this reality a “flat world,” and while that’s true in a macro sense, education is still the great divider of income levels and, by extension, life-paths that are often perpetuated across family generations (doctors beget more doctors, etc.).
One thing is for certain: With labor becoming so mobile and/or remotely accessible, there is little excuse for not finding the right person for the right job. And that means educational and vocational credentials rule all. If, as a leader, you don’t educate your population effectively, you essentially create a permanent underclass that will drag you down economically, stress you out socially and put your nation’s political stability at risk.
In this crowdsourced simulation, Wikistrat’s analysts are asked to propose how education can be “optimized” to face these challenges.
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