I have a theory. More than a theory, actually. I believe that the next generation of young people will be focused upon creating solutions to generational problems they have inherited. This will be their focal point and contribution.
If you are reading the tea leaves of culture, you are probably noticing a profound shift in how different generations approach their future. Millennials and their younger counterpart, Gen Z, are collectively disappointed and frustrated with the world they have inherited. And, for good reason. Think about it: it is a world plagued with immense problems. Just consider the issues they face, among others: climate change, domestic terrorism, gun reform, immigration reform, anxiety, depression, wellness, artificial intelligence and the future role of education, the changing church, and rapidly changing demographics. Pick a challenge, any challenge.
But, they are taking these issues by the horns. We are already seeing the rise of fresh faces, from Greta Thunberg (climate) to David Hogg (gun reform), who have decided to take problems into their own hands. I imagine they are the just tip of the iceberg of a new generation of inspired activists that will break down societal issues and complex problems, building solutions that will change their world.
If you are a school or college, a solutions-based curriculum organized around inspiring experiential learning and design thinking is a requirement for the future. It is a non-negotiable. This will be where the focus will be for the decade. The future of successful and transformational education will be grounded in real-world learning and application.