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GROWING UP EMPOWERED! 

A powerful keynote based on Marc’s latest book

This inspiring talk—aimed at parents, employers, educators, and politicians—is about seeing the NEW AGE OF EMPOWERMENT THAT IS COMING FOR OUR YOUNG PEOPLE.   Empowerment  says Prensky, comes from a combination of: NEW BELIEFS, REAL-WORLD ACCOMPLISHMENT, APPLIED UNIQUENESS and SYMBIOSIS WITH TECHNOLOGY.

Today,  young people are finally gaining the means to control their world. Becoming  empowered allows them not just to take control of their world, but to improve it.

Prensky shows us both why it’s important to empower our young people, and how to do it more quickly. Takeaways include -Why empowering young people is necessary and important, and – How we can empower our young people today. 

 

CHANGING BELIEFS 

Marc’s First Generational Change Keynote
Why the BELIEFS DIVIDE is more important than the DIGITAL DIVIDE

Beliefs about the world are changing, radically and rapidly between generations. It is about to have a huge impact. Our beliefs – embedded deep within our minds – determing all our actions. 

 Young people today often have very different beliefs from their parents regarding education, technology, privacy, property, personal relationships, sexuality, race, security, power, kids, work and jobs, empathy, violence, religion, justice and injustice, money, love, government, and even time and space. 

It is now time, says Prensky, for all of us to re-examine and go beyond our own 20th c. beliefs because such beliefs hold our kids back on their journey to the world of the future. Marc shows both why this is key and how to do it. Takeaways include “What are 20th c. vs. 21st c. beliefs?,” and “Why this understanding is key to teaching and raising young people.”

BEYOND EDUCATION to EMPOWERMENT

Marc’s Education Keynote

As world moves quickly into a new Age, tech-filled, AI world, we need to see beyond 20th century education – so successful for us– to a process that empowers our young people and permits them to accomplish in the real world.

We need to improve not just individuals, but their world, and, to do this, a new, beyond-education-to-empowerment paradigm is appearing. Prensky shows both why this is so important for tomorrow’s kids and world, and how to go there.

Takeaways include – Why 20th c. education can’t be fixed, and – How to build something better for the 21st c.

FROM “JOBS”  TO ADDING UNIQUE VALUE

Marc’s Future of Work Keynote

As the world quickly moves into a tech-filled, AI future, the nature of work is changing dramatically.  We will need to see work not as “jobs” that people get and hold as they do today, but as projects that people help accomplish. “We don’t do job descriptions anymore, we do project descriptions,” says an HR executive at IBM. Now more and more firms and—entire fields—are moving to this project—rather than job—organization. This means one now requires a specialty that can enhance many teams, and to be continually increasing one’s skill at that specialty, so one can move fluidly between projects at different organizations rather than climbing a hierarchical ladder of job promotions in any single one.  Everyone who now works in—or is considering— a so-called “permanent” job needs to understand this, and prepare for this new version of “work.”

Takeaways include “Why and how work will be changing (and is already)” and “What the future model of work means for your kids and for you.”

FROM “TOOL-USERS” TO “SYMBIOTIC EMPOWERED HYBRIDS”

Marc’s Technology Keynote

Many believe that as technology develops, we remain “the same people”—just with more powerful tools. Prensky goes beyond this thinking to seeing our kids becoming “symbiotic” and “hybrids” with all the powerful new technologies we have created. He believes technologies have essentially given humans new, helpful body parts—and we must learn to use them wisely and well. It is this “new symbiosis”—and NOT “addiction”— that makes our kids so reluctant to up their phones, argues Prensky. He sees us in the very earliest stages of figuring out how to do this well, but doing it is probably our most pressing task as humans—and educators.

Takeaways include: “Why we require a better way to look at ourselves and technology” and “What being a “symbiotic human hybrid” means that is positive for our kids—and for us all.”

FROM THE FINAL PRE-INTERNET GEN TO THE CONNECTED HUMANS OF THE FUTURE 

Marc’s other Generational Change Keynote:

Changing beliefs and attitudes in a Tech-filled, AI world

We have gone beyond the terms “digital natives” and “digital immigrants” that Prensky coined two decades ago to massive generational change in attitudes and beliefs. Attitudes and beliefs are changing radically between the generations with regard to education technology, privacy, property, personal relationships, security, sexuality, power, kids, violence, god, justice, money, love, government, and even time and space. Today we are in the midst of a major transition from the beliefs and attitudes of the world’s “Last Pre-Internet Generation,” raised entirely in the 20th century, and the “First Internet Generation,” raised entirely in the 21st.  The consequences are profound.

Takeaways include: “How beliefs differ between the generations,” “What this specifically means for adults and for kids” and “What are the best actions for us to take?”

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