Yesterday, my sister graduated from the OU top of her class thirty-five years after leaving school. Lord Puttnam made a short and very thought-provoking speech to us. He quoted Tom Freidman's article in last months NYT suggesting average is no longer enough. It is well worth reading and pondering if you want to think about the future of work, education, economics and the world of work our children may have to face.
"In the past, workers with average skills, doing an average job, could earn an average lifestyle. But, today, average is officially over. Being average just won’t earn you what it used to. It can’t when so many more employers have so much more access to so much more above average cheap foreign labor, cheap robotics, cheap software, cheap automation and cheap genius. Therefore, everyone needs to find their extra — their unique value contribution that makes them stand out in whatever is their field of employment. Average is over."