Future Shock or Adaptive Change?

Forty years ago, America was gripped by Future Shock, so claimed Alvin Toffler. Are we seeing the eclipse of Future Shock as a younger, more adaptable workforce comes into its own? 

Future Shock was a book released in 1970, but it was also an idea, that the future was coming faster than we could adapt to. NPR recently interviewed Alvin & Heidi Toffler on the 40th anniversary of their bestseller. See Futurist 40 Years Later: Possibilities, Not Predictions.

Yet Roper Reports in 2013 that Americans maybe becoming more comfortable in keeping up with change, claims Roper. Their latest Living on the Other Side of Change found that for the first time in 40 years, fewer than half of the people felt they “found it difficult to keep up with change.” Are we seeing the eclipse of Future Shock as a younger, more adaptable workforce comes into its own?

Maybe we should ask, how much of today’s workforce is living on the “other side of change”? If so, do we need reverse mentoring to enable those still caught in Future Shock to live in a post-normal world?

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