We had a great session this evening with Chris Luebkeman at up, who I hadn’t seen for many years. We ranged from the future of cities through to the growing need for “reverse mentoring,” where older employees are schooled in the new mindsets, technologies and business models by younger employees. Older people need to “stop stopping” younger people from trying new things.
Young people today, he says, are “coming into a world which is a bit bonkers – in fact, it’s terrifying!” We are “up a creek without a paddle and without a boat – and the water is full of crocs and plastic debris.” Interestingly, while the focus is increasingly on the world’s mega-cities, his sense is that the real progress will come (and needs to come) in mid-tier cities, many of which are “struggling”.
We walked away with armloads of books and reports to read – and can’t wait to do so.