Sunday, November 28, 2010

Crowd sourcing a future focused list of core competencies

I'm leading a conversation for professional educators (academics) next week focused on the future of work. This is one of a series of Webcasts dealing with preparing the next generation of non-formal educators. My emphasis will be on optimizing workplace environments around ideation, creativity, and complex problem solving-- basically freeranging. I'm going to be focusing on workplace environments that are friendly to creatives, makers, and solvers.

In preparation for my session I watched the first session which happened last week. The presenters described the results of a delphi study (and another study) that had just been conducted (accepted for publication but not yet in print) that discussed the core competencies of non-formal educators needed for the year 2015. Here is the list:
  • Communication Skills
  • Diversity
  • Interpersonal relationships
  • Professionalism
  • Resource management
  • Self direction
  • Teamwork and leadership
  • Thinking and problem solving
  • Teaching
  • Information technology
  • Technology adoption and application
  • Research
  • Program planning, development, and evaluation
  • Subject matter expertise
  • Volunteer management
  • Continuous learning
  • Customer service
  • Flexibility and change
  • Organizational knowledge
  • Understanding stakeholders and communities
  • Management and supervision
  • Marketing
It struck me that this list could have just as easily been generated 10 years ago, and that it's not all that future focused. I know that a delphi is going to bring you a pretty conservative result-- the very nature of the way panelists are selected and the process will eliminate edge perspectives, and the consensus process will result in more conservative and basically safe findings. I think the core elements are probably found in the list above, but they are needing more specificity.

My reaction was to start creating my own list of the core competencies that will be needed in five years for a learning intermediary. What are the needed competencies for a networked economy where social learning is exploding? I had a pretty good start on a list when I realized that this might make an interesting crowd sourcing activity. Let's see if we can put together a list that really has a future focus, and I promise to use it in the seminar next Thursday.

Have at it-- either comment here, or over on Google Buzz where this post will be fed. Thanks!!!!

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