You see, I think the way people are going to make a living in the future is changing and it is changing in a very permanent fashion. Gone are the factory jobs that the US and other places have thrived on for decades. They are gone to the lower cost places and they will always be moving to the lower cost places. It might be Asia now, but it will be Africa later. Those kinds of jobs are not coming back to the developed countries.
It seems to me that developed economies are shifting permanently towards services and permanently towards craftsmen who have some developed niche or skill that they market. These craftsmen can use the scale of the internet to sell their product or craft or they can work locally to meet local needs. Look at Baltz which I recently found on Kickstarter as an example.
All this circles back to the book above which chases the same ideas and develops a lot of thinking around why and how to prepare for the change. In the book Pink makes the following point:
To survie in this age, individuals and organizations must examine what they're doing to earn a living and ask themselves three questions: 1. Can someone overseas do it cheaper? 2. Can a computer do it faster? 3. Is what I'm offering in demand in an age of abundance? If your answer to question 1 or 2 is yes or if your answer to question 3 is no, you're in deep trouble.There was a great post by Seth Godin a few weeks back called Back to the (wrong) School which talks to the fact that our schools are not preparing our kids for this future. And he recently posted another article about the forever recession and the coming revolution which goes further with these same points.
Whether you are raising your children who are in school or you are restless on your current job, I urge you to read the book above and stop by Seth's posts. There is serious, permanent change underway and it is important to be preparing for it.
I don't have my thinking on these ideas fully cooked yet. I welcome your comments.