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Understanding the challenge and opportunity of the future

Today's students are living in arguably the most interesting times in the history of the world.  During their lifetimes they will see and experience amazing things.  Driven by the accelerating pace of technological advancements and a growing global economy, they will see virtually after product, service and aspect of life change again and again during their lifetimes, which will impact them in myriad ways.  Are they prepared to live their lives in this innovation economy of the future?  Are they prepared for the challenges and opportunities the future will bring?


These videos give students a glimpse into the future and offers suggestions as to how they might prepare themselves for their future.


These instructional materials were developed by Entrepreneurial Engagement Ohio (EEO) as part of the Believe in Ohio program.  

Believe in Ohio is a program collaboratively developed by EEO and the Ohio Academy of Science (OAS).  

Copyright 2013-2018


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A01 Are you ready for the future? Mr. John Klipfell, Executive Director, Entrepreneurial Engagement Ohio Today's students will see and experience amazing things during their lives. Driven by the pace of technological advancements and a growing global economy, they will see virtually after product, service and aspect of life change again and again during their lifetimes, which will impact them in myriad ways. The video that follows will open students' eyes to the future and how they can and must prepare themselves for their future. (5 min)
A02 The rapidly growing global economy will have a significant impact on the future. Dr. Hans Rosling
Professor, Karolinski Institure, Sweden
Dr. Hans Rosling is a master at converting data into interactive graphics to visualize world development stats. In his video, 200 years, 200 countries, 4 minutes he explains the economic history of the world over the last 200 years. Also included is an excerpt from his video lecture Asia Rising in which he forecast when the standard of living in India and China will approach that of the United States. Mr. John Klipfell explains the meaning for students. (15 min)
A03 Embrace the future, believe in yourself. What you must do to prepare for your future. Dr. Julian Earls
Retired Director, NASA John Glenn Research Center
A nationally recognized inspirational speaker, Dr. Earls calls on students to embrace their future and believe in themselves. The theme of his message is not to allow anyone to tell you that you can't succeed. Think entrepreneurially, work hard, be persistent and determined. You can do this! (12 min)
A04 Will you be a competitor or a benchwarmer? Competing & winning in the flat world. Mr. Johnathan Holifield
Co-Founder, ScaleUp Partners
Given in front of an audience of 600 high school students in Northeast Ohio, this excellent, inspirational talk has equal application to students anywhere in Ohio. Mr. Holifield asks the students, "Will you be a competitor or a benchwarmer?" He further makes an "All Hands on Deck" innovation and competitiveness appeal to all students, urban/rural, male/female, or black/white/Latino, to step forward and create the future. (14 min)
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