The global adoption of the internet has led to a widespread democratization of knowledge. People have access to more kinds of information and materials, which are now easier to find, more widely spread, and more freely available than ever before. This knowledge and access to materials has enabled a flourishing online DIY culture, and more people look to “average experts” for support and specialized knowledge that was previously limited and accessible only through traditional institutions or people.
Kids have more access to specialized and advanced knowledge and skills through online platforms, which could lead to more self-directed learning and kids gaining more power and influence in different fields.
Parents and caregivers will rely on online sources and peer networks for support about raising children.
Access to technology and internet will become more important to education and development for children. Unequal access to online platforms may increase disparity in educational and career outcomes for young people.
Kids will be able to explore a vast diversity of interests and passions using online resources, which may create more opportunities for kids in underserved or remote communities.
Identity groups and values may diverge more from kids' nuclear families and communities affecting their many relationships and well-being.
How new is this trend?
This is regularly in the news or seen on social media. If you haven’t already heard about this, you probably will soon.
- Crowdsourcing Citizen Feedback on District Development in Ghana Using Interactive Voice Response Surveys
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- Parenting blogs are influential
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What's driving these trends?
Drivers are forces that create change. These can be things like shifting populations and demographics of an area, or cultural movements and stories that we rely on to shape how we believe. Drivers are often the “causes” behind the trends and signals we observe through our scan.
Integration of Technology
Technology, particularly computing devices and capabilities are becoming more pervasive and embedded in all aspects of our lives and society. This rapid acceptance of technology is forcing many industries, communities and individuals to change in a variety of ways.
Mechanistic to Holistic Thinking
Since the Industrial Revolution, Western society has embraced a mechanistic view of organizations and communities, breaking systems down and defining a system by its specific parts. A shift is occurring towards holistic thinking, which addresses the complexity, ambiguity and connections between elements within a system. This shift is changing the ways we understand and approach the world around us.
Deformalization is the transition from formal structures, processes, and institutions, to informal ones. Deformalization is enabled in many cases by technology and is occurring as people question traditional views and ways of doing things.
Acknowledgement of Interconnectedness
As our world becomes increasingly complex and global, we have become more aware of the ways in which humans are interconnected with each other, plants, animals, and other elements of the natural world. This awareness is driving change in policy, societal values, and behaviours.
Decentralization, or the redistribution of power, responsibilities, and resources, is driving many changes in government, education, healthcare, and business. Decentralization enables wider participation in systems and decision-making and supports greater diversity. Technology is enabling decentralization through tools such as crowdsourcing platforms, social networks, and blockchain technology.