June 2014

A New Lens On Youth Learning: Lead With Empathy

I was recently invited to be a speaker contributor at the Global Child Forum by Their Majesties the King and Queen of Sweden. Convened at the Royal Palace in Stockholm, I directed my verbal remarks to four hundred delegates that included leading business CEOs, and representatives from global humanitarian organizations.

Re-imagining youth learning must begin with an understanding of the world our children and youth are stepping into. This first requires a major reality check. That’s because most of us see a very different world than the one awaiting our young people. We see the world we entered, which is not the one they will inherit. In fact, the two worlds are in many ways polar opposites, each requiring a very different skill set and outlook. I am confident that as we understand the distinction, individuals and society as a whole will make the accommodations necessary to prepare our children accordingly.