26 August 2005

Techno Sapiens: Renaissance Minds

If you haven't thought of making a career--a Life--outside of a cubicle/office or feel that underselling your freedom to a corporate or government overlord in the name of "security" is a good thing, drop by Creative Generalist. Suspend your irrational beliefs for a few minutes and explore a world where security comes from your own mind, its knowledge, imagination, talents and capacity to learn.

A recent post reads:

Renaissance Geeks

The absolutely qualified high school graduate who can compete for a good job in the 21st century will be a “renaissance geek,” the Region V director of the U.S. Small Business Administration, Patrick Rea, said June 14.

That graduate will have a lifelong love of learning, both formal and informal, where the jobs he fills will likely need to be “learned, unlearned and relearned,” Rea said.

Quoting Alvin Toffler, author of Future Shock and a self-described “futurist,” he said, “The illiterates of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read or write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn and relearn.” ...

(Rea's) presentation was based on “21st Century Jobs and Entrepreneurship in the Midwest: A Study Capturing the Future of the Heartland’s Economic Landscape,” which was recently completed by (the S.B.A.)

Okay, maybe you don't believe the government, even when it happens to stumble on the Truth. The breakneck pace of the economy is like a highly-desirable habitat, and on those terms, We can look back for a glimpse into the future:

"It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change." -Charles Darwin

Well, hell, Darwin's dead. How about someone who's alive and making a difference now? Please meet Richard Florida, author of The Rise of the Creative Class, a controversial book that puts a tangible framework on the synergy needed for economic development. However, his basic postulate is short and undeniable: "Human creativity is the ultimate economic resource."

Not "corporations," not "profits," not "pension plans that pay you a fraction of your worth in exchange for decades of your life as an indentured slave." Human creativity.

Now, of course, being an indentured slave is easy: you give up your will and your need to make decisions and simply follow orders. Your biggest effort of thought is trying to figure out how you're going to cheat the system. Imagination in the service of decreased moral and ethical behavior. No wonder The Fools are thriving.

But as a creative worker, as a lifelong student, as a value-adding producer, you have to make the effort to think, to learn, to explore and to act to make a difference. Merely existing is not enough. The indefatigable Tom Peters sums up what We need to do every day to make the most of Our value:

Guiding Tenets/Daily Fare

Renaissance Minds are out to change the world, even if it's only the portion they live in. They are not waiting for government to "listen" or provide enslaving handouts, they are not sitting on their expanding asses behind mass-produced desks waiting for 12 and 5 to roll around and they are not bitching and moaning about "50 cents an hour and my birthday off" stupidities. They are definitely players on the global economic field, not simply spectators.

The Future, for each of Us, belongs to those who choose to be voracious learners, independent thinkers, imaginative solution providers and paragons of self-worth.

The Jenius Has Spoken.

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