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October 12, 2007

Chapter 7: The Right Stuff

Filed under: Uncategorized — yoddha @ 12:32 pm

“What is the right education young people need to prepare for jobs of the new middle and how can they get this right education?” Friedman answers this question in this chapter. The most important ability required in this flat world is to “learn how to learn”.  That is why, today sum of Curiosity and Passion Quotients matters more than Intelligence Quotient

CQ + PQ > IQ

Other abilities that help create this new middle class of untouchables are:

  • People skills
  • As jobs requiring logical and linear talents move to places offering cost advantages, today one needs not only such analytical abilities (brain’s left-hemisphere capabilities) but also the ability to empathize, synthesize and think of bigger context (brain’s right-hemisphere capabilities).
  • A mere computing degree is not sufficient today. It needs to be combined with applications in other fields such as Robotics, Media or Information.
  • The right environment is also important.  Institutions, law and cultural norms that produce a level of trust, innovation and collaboration enables young people to bring new ideas into the market. The society makes sure that the intellectual property is protected, the means to research are available and the risks are minimized.

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