Smart new technologies. Longer, healthier lives. Human progress has risen to great heights, but at the same time it has prompted anxiety about where we’re heading. Are our jobs under threat? If we live to 100, will we ever really stop working? And how will this change the way we love, manage and learn from others?
One thing is clear: advances in technology have not been matched by the necessary innovation to our social structures. In our era of unprecedented change, we haven’t yet discovered new ways of living.
Drawing from the fields of economics and psychology, authors Andrew J. Scott and Lynda Gratton offer a simple framework based on three fundamental principles (Narrate, Explore and Relate) to give you the tools to navigate the challenges ahead. Both a personal roadmap and a primer for governments, corporations and colleges, The New Long Life: A Framework for Flourishing in a Changing World, is the essential guide to a longer, smarter, happier life.
This is a story of human ingenuity relentlessly increasing life expectancy and continually developing powerful new technologies. As a consequence of these developments, your life will be longer and the stages within it shorter and more varied.
How you work and what you do, when you learn, love and play and how you view yourself and your future will all change dramatically. These changes will create extraordinary possibilities. But to make the most of them, you need now to re-imagine your life in ways that are fundamentally different from your parents or grandparents.
Gratton and Scott explain how the careers of the future won’t simply involve ascending a corporate ladder with experience and seniority, or perhaps shifting to a different company within an established industry. Instead, workers will likely find themselves alternating periods of employment with time out of the workforce, with some of that hiatus used to acquire skills that will enable them to cope with evolving technologies.
The book is separated into three distinct parts:
What advice do they have for readers? Here are a few takeaways:
All of us are having to redesign life and our society, and we need to ensure that generations can come together to sculpt a more human future.