Special issue call for papers from On The Horizon:
“Borderless society: The ‘new’ work and education”
Guest editor: Dr. John Moravec
In a world driven by exponential accelerating technological and social change, globalization, and a push for more creative and context-driven innovations, how can we ensure the success of ourselves as individuals, communities, and the planet? This special issue of On the Horizon explores the converging future of learning, work and how we relate with each other in this emerging paradigm.
Of particular importance are the emerging class of borderless “new workers,” “neo-nomads” (or knowmads):
[...] a nomadic knowledge worker -that is, a creative, imaginative, and innovative person who can work with almost anybody, anytime, and anywhere. Industrial society is giving way to knowledge and innovation work. Whereas industrialization required people to settle in one place to perform a very specific role or function, the jobs associated with knowledge and information workers have become much less specific in regard to task and place.
This issue aims to explore the role of education in developing and supporting such a “knowmad society.” While a traditional lens of organizational thought is used to describe the rise of knowmads in this call for papers, other creative approaches to exploring the changing workforce and human potential development needs are invited.
Suggested topics include (but are not limited to)
- Roles of technology in human potential development for hyper-individualized creative and innovation workers
- The role of learning organizations in the creation of personal identity in post-cultural society
- Key skills and competencies development areas for knowmadic, new workers
- The economics of education for knowmadic workers
- Maximizing human potential development in a society embroiled in accelerating change
- Managing chaos and uncertainty in post-industrial careers
- Redesigning and reformatting conceptualizations of space and “place” to attend to needs of knowmadic learners and workers
- New economics and comparative dimensions of knowmadic workers globally
- Do knowmads have to roam the earth physically or can they roam virtually and live locally?
- What new worker parallels are emerging in other working classes (i.e., blue collar workers)?
Submissions of title and 250-word proposal due: July 1, 2012
Submissions to this special issue of On the Horizon should be sent to the guest editor at firstname.lastname@example.org.