Petal’s Weekly Picks for Top Parenting for the Future Stories: Companies Changing the World, 11 Amazing Examples of Disruptive Technology, 9 Disruptive Technology Trends for 2019, How to Stay Relevant in an Automated World, Are Universities Preparing Students for the Future of Work?, What a Couple of IPOs Means for the Future of Business, Parental Guilt is a Cultural Epidemic, One Indonesian Lawmaker Says “End Child Marriage Hell,” and Girls Not Brides — a White Paper.

by | Sep 3, 2019 | Inspiration, Picks of the Week, Uncategorized | 0 comments

With summer officially over and kids back to school this week, my thoughts turn to the promise of a new academic year and all that the future holds. With so much tech news filling my feed, I have spent much of my time this week reading about companies that are changing the world through innovation, as well as extraordinary examples of disruptive technologies emerging on the scene such as advanced robotics and AI, and so many more. So, what does this all mean for the future and the world our children will inherit? With what many call the Fourth Industrial Revolution upon us, one writer says  our children will need to develop skills (namely, soft skills) to make themselves relevant in an increasingly automated world. Another writer questions whether our universities will be able to adequately prepare our children for careers that may not even exist yet. And one article I read this week explores whether recent successful IPOs such as those of Slack and Zoom are predictors of where our world is headed.

While technology, one of the phenomena shaping our world, is prominently featured, age old scourges that threaten the futures of all our children still persist. And it is equally  important to highlight the organizations and changemakers fighting to end them. One such changemaker is an Indonesian lawmaker fighting to end child marriage in her country by urging her fellow politicians to raise the minimum marriage age to 18.  And while we are on this topic, I have also included this week, a white paper from Girls not Brides, an organization fighting tirelessly to end this practice that violates human rights and serves as a barrier to social and economic development.

Here are my picks for the top Parenting for the Future stories this week:

The Companies Changing the World: The Broadsheet

Read Fortune‘s Change the World list highlighting 52 companies that are changing the world through their profit-making activity.

11 Amazing Examples of Disruptive Technology

From advanced robotics to artificial intelligence, these are the leading examples of the most disruptive technologies in the world shaping our future.

9 Disruptive Technology Trends For 2019

Digital magazine D/SRUPTION highlights the technology trends every organization should be following.

Here’s How To Stay Relevant In An Automated World

Make sure to sharpen your soft skills so you can set yourself apart from a robot that may threaten to take your job in the future.

Are universities preparing graduates for the future of work?

With the Fourth Industrial Revolution upon us, much talk is focused on how many jobs will be lost to automation and AI in the future, which begs the question, are universities doing enough to prepare students for jobs that may not even exist yet?

What A Couple Recent IPOs Mean For The Future Of Enterprise Business And Technology

Two surprise blockbuster IPOs of last season — Zoom and Slack — say a lot about the future of how we will work in this country, with the option to work remotely already a major priority for millenials.

Parental guilt is a cultural epidemic. It’s time to let go of who we ‘should’ be.

As parents, we need to stop holding ourselves to a litany of “shoulds” and prevent ourselves from falling prey to an idea of “parental perfection” projected on social media.

End Child Marriage ‘Hell’ for Indonesian Girls, Lawmaker Urges

An Indonesian lawmaker from the ruling party is pressuring her fellow lawmakers to finally raise the minimum marriage age for girls to 18 to end what  she calls “the hell’ of child marriage.

Girls Not Brides — White Paper

Read about how the organization,  Girls Not Brides, fights to end child marriage around the world.