Empathy is leading skill of the future
By picking colored strings representing eight different skills, we asked our visitors to weave their way through our installation and answer questions about what they thought were the most important skills for building a better future. At the end of SXSW, you had some clear favorites! Our visitors ranked the skills in the following order:
to understand and relate to others
to tackle new and unexpected challenges
to elevate essential human values
to make sound decisions
to reveal new possibilities and solutions
to achieve greater things together
to contribute to social and environmental change
to understand how and why data is collected
They also gave us some valuable insight into why they made these choices. When asked why empathy is so important, one visitor replied: “Because if we were all conscious of everyone else, we would be able to fully connect and understand.” Divergent thinking earned the second spot, with another visitor telling us: “We need new ideas. This means thinking differently and not being afraid to be vulnerable.” Ethical leadership came in third place, with a visitor explaining: “We need ethical leadership to ensure that new tech and ideas are used to advance freedom and to build a better world.”
Connecting skills to a visual and our program
There are two different ways these skills and your feedback will be reflected at the 2019 me Convention. The first is our visual branding. When you watch our videos and animations, look out for our “exploding” graphics. The final eight-sided geometric shape is directly related to how you ranked the eight skills. The irregular sides each represent one of the skills – so the smallest side is data literacy, while the largest is empathy.
Want a closer look at what we mean? Watch this video and keep your eye on the geometric shape in the final frame!