In its most recent “Future of Jobs” report, the World Economic Forum, a nonprofit committed to improving the state of the world, presents the trends that are transforming the workplace from 2018 to 2022 – the skills that students must learn today in order to become successful employees. The in-depth study suggests a blending of technology and human skills: “Sharply increasing importance of skills such as technology design and programming highlights the growing demand for various forms of technology competency identified by employers surveyed for this report. Proficiency in new technologies is only one part of the 2022 skills equation, however, as ‘human’ skills such as creativity, originality and initiative, critical thinking, persuasion and negotiation will retain or increase their value.”
Storytelling, a form of communication that often colorfully weaves personal experience together with facts and persuasion, is a skill that combines many of those important human traits. It has become a valuable tool in the business world, so much so that companies like Disney, Time Warner and Radisson Hotels have hired storytelling consultants to help them learn the narrative approach.
Wharton’s McNulty Leadership Program, which runs “The Leader as Storyteller” workshop, says, “Business leaders understand the power of a great story. A story can motivate, inspire, change our thinking and, most importantly, rally others to action.”
Watch "The Danger of a Single Story" a presentation by Chimamanda Adichie and later you will use the information you learned here to complete the Kami: "The Danger of a Single Story" assignment in Google Classroom