Bob Dylan wrote The Times They Are a-Changing way back in 1964, before smart phones and artificial intelligence, before we had even walked on the moon, before the world as we know it even really started to take shape. But perhaps today, it's even more relevant than when this classic was created. As Yuval Noah Harari says, "If somebody describes the world of the mid-21st century to you and it doesn't sound like science fiction, it is certainly false." We cannot envision what's on tap for the future, nor understand the challenges our children will confront, just as our parents couldn't see the trap being set for in-debt millennials. Yet we must do our best to help the next generation prepare. So teach flexibility, and emotional intelligence, and help your kids interpret the world around them, discerning between the true and the false, the important and the irrelevant. Teach them to know themselves deeply, though that is difficult to do.

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What we're reading
Too many schools focus on cramming information into kids' brains. In a world that's on information overload, is that really what they really need? Yuval Noah Harari, author of the famed book Sapiens, says it's not. This interesting article tries to pin down advice for the upcoming generation, based on the assumption that by 2050, kids will most need mental flexibility, emotional balance, and the ability to  make sense  of information, using what is important to form a picture of the world.  
What we're looking at:
Speaking of educating for the future, it's also really important to look at the costs and trade-offs associated with education. This compelling infographic, though US-centric, offers a really interesting perspective on 'the real reasons millennials are struggling,' starting squarely with student debt. Did you know that the median 25 to 34-year old in the US with an associate degree or higher actually has a negative  net worth? That's a lot to bounce back from!
What we're inspired by:

"Come mothers and fathers
Throughout the land
And don't criticize
What you can't understand
Your sons and your daughters
Are beyond your command
Your old road is
Rapidly agin'."

Bob Dylan
The Centre's Team
UPEACE Centre for Executive Education 
University for Peace, established by the General Assembly of the United Nations

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