Monday, 15 March 2010

The Dropout Revolutionaries

Times are a changin', as the lyric goes, but this is not the sort of change to believe in or even one that many politicians would even desire. A type of antipolitics is emerging along the lines of John Robbs resilient communities. Around us we see the formation of new underground banking systems regulated only by those that run them, bringing a new dimension to commerce. States around the world have been slow to adapt to the challenges facing us and it is those that are embracing new green technologies and cutting traditional ties with these sinking ships are the ones that might be set to thrive.

New communities are emerging, darknets on one level, but around us new types of jobs will have to emerge to meet the challenges of a this brave new world before us. A new individualism in the form of "freeganism" and "cage-free families" can be seen, while more youth see a college education as little more as a status symbol, the next cultural revolution might just be around the corner.

Peace
clipped from www.time.com

But what if the millions of so-called dropouts are onto something? As conventional high schools and colleges prepare the next generation for jobs that won't exist, we're on the cusp of a dropout revolution, one that will spark an era of experimentation in new ways to learn and new ways to live.

People who feel obsolete in today's information economy will be joined by millions more in the emerging post-information economy, in which routine professional work and even some high-end services will be more cheaply performed overseas or by machines.
Imagine a future in which millions of families live off the grid, powering their homes and vehicles with dirt-cheap portable fuel cells. As industrial agriculture sputters under the strain of the spiraling costs of water, gasoline and fertilizer, networks of farmers using sophisticated techniques that combine cutting-edge green technologies with ancient Mayan know-how build an alternative food-distribution system
building their own little utopias
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