Another dot in the blogosphere?

An underrated 21st century skillset

Posted on: May 3, 2016

I was at a conference last month when I tweeted this.

I was referring to a quote that caught the imagination of many a presenter. The person on stage was no exception.

This was the quote in question. It has been rendered in various forms to make the idea even more appealing.

Uber, the world’s largest taxi company, owns no vehicles. Facebook, the world’s most popular media owner, creates no content. Alibaba, the most valuable retailer, has no inventory. And Airbnb, the world’s largest accommodation provider, owns no real estate. Something interesting is happening.

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Note: Images above link to sources. Original article with quote is here.

What I took issue with was a lack of attribution. The quote was bracketed up and down with the speaker’s company logo, name, and slogan. That made it seem as if he came up with the quote.

If the presentation was shared online, a link to the original quote could have allowed viewers to verify the source and authenticity of the quote.

I recalled reading the quote a while ago, so I Googled it. It was the opening paragraph of a TechCrunch article by Tom Goodwin.

I found it ironic that a speaker talking about 21st century competencies was not modelling a critical set of 21st century competencies (21CCs). It is easy to find anything on the Internet. It is harder to make sense of it, verify it, represent it, and give credit where credit is due.

You can talk 21CCs all you want, but can you walk them? Do you believe that 21CCs can only be taught or that they are also caught?

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