The netcohort: knowledge workers that will lead the emerging Netcohort Society.
We can complete the circle. The Netcohort Society, the emerging age that will replace the industrial age. The middle class will be replaced by the netcohort, as the guilds were replaced by the middle class.
If you are training to become a professional you are probably in a good situation. There is a need for your skills, but as industrial age schools around the world create huge numbers of competitors, expect the value of your education to decrease. Of course that may be good for the rest of us as the costs for professional services decrease.
What will have value in the future?
Learn to enjoy learning. The successful members of the netcohort will demonstrate integrity, knowledge, adaptability, and a desire to keep constantly learning.
How do I become a member of the netcohort?
Think small business on steroids. Aggressive and honorable business practices will allow you to network with similar individuals in short term, project oriented teams. Information technology netcohort teams are already producing wonderful results.
How do I prepare?
At any age, start to explore knowledge in areas you enjoy. Use technology to leverage your research. Create based on your insights; and then dig deeper into knowledge that enhances your projects. If you are serving the twelve year sentence in public schools, look beyond their doors for reality. Don't blindly accept a bureaucratic school's view of reality. If possible get yourself home schooled or become unschooled. Find areas where you want to learn and study them, discover the pleasures of self directed learning.
The final piece is to find other creative people that share your passions. Check their reputation and do some small projects with them. Over time you will develop a reputation; if your reputation is one of passion, knowledge, action, and integrity you will have many opportunities to join important projects.
This is also a fun way to live.
As part of the netcohort you will stay mobile, flexible, and open to new ideas. You will build on what others have created, as others will build on your contributions - all will profit.