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Our truest life is when we are in dreams awake. ~ Henry David Thoreau

Modern Day Literacy

The “Basic Literacy Indicator” describe the minimum literacy skill's level of individuals that completed the assessment battery which contain the following test/assessment modules…

  • English Proficiency
  • Short-term Memory
  • Numerical Ability
  • Long-term Memory
  • Verbal Reasoning

Sourcing from the 3R'sReading, wRiting & aRithmetic. , basic literacy is the minimum standards or requirement any person at the very least should obtain to survive, function, learn, work and operate in our modern day and technological driven society. The different skills assessed can briefly be indicated as follows…

  • A basic familiarity with and understanding of the English language (English Proficiency).
  • A skill to collect, retain and recall learning material, immediately (Short-term Memory) and after some time has elapsed (Long-term Memory).
  • Understanding the use of basic calculation operators (+; -; ×; ÷) and the ability to maintain a logic line of thought (Numerical Ability).
  • Skills to make deductions, identify a pattern of reasoning, grouping ideas, identify sets of data, identify similarities and recognize differences (Verbal Reasoning).

The basic literacy indicator's reportApplying the principles of the normal distribution curve. use the following levels to reflect an individual's current basic literacy level as…

  • Level A: EXCEPTIONAL
  • Level B: Excellent
  • Level C: Above Average
  • Level D: Average =====⇒ The minimum required literacy standard for our modern society.
  • Level E: Below Average
  • Level F: Poor
  • Level G: INSUBSTANTIAL

Apart from the above and some essential technological skillsAble to operate computer basic such as emails, word processing and spreadsheets. the following is imperative - unfortunately less easier to assess - to function productively, regardless the area of operationsRegardless what kind of job you do or for which company you work.

  1. CRITICAL THINKING, TROUBLE SHOOTING AND PROBLEM SOLVING: The idea that parents, teachers, leaders, managers & policy makers have all the answers and can solve problems all by themselves, has gone completely by the wayside and is an old, outdated idea, concept and belief. Individuals who’s are closest to the work, problem, issue or obstacle, has to have strong analytic skills, have to be rigorous (i.e. continuously test hypothesis), don’t take things at face value and don’t go in (troubleshooting and problem solving) with preconceived ideas that they are trying to prove. The ability and basic literacy to operate productively in self-organizing networks.
  2. COLLABORATION ACROSS NETWORKS AND LEADING BY INFLUENCE: The biggest problem that is currently experienced in various companies, societies and communities as a whole, is finding capable individuals that - responsibly - can exerting leadership and teach by example across the board. People who's mantra is that they lead by influence, rather than authority, brutality and force (thus, being an independent-team player & generalist-specialist with specialized knowledge).
  3. AGILITY AND ADAPTABILITY: Due to frequent shifts occurring - in society, the economy, business and developments - we can be guaranteed that the job we are hired to do will either transform or evolve significantly or may not even exist in the near future. Thus, adaptability and learning skills are far more important than only the mastering of technical skills. Managing change and dealing efficiently with future shock are in much higher demand.
  4. INITIATIVE AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP: For people in the workplace trenches (i.e. delivering services, manufacturing products or both) self-directed individuals are needed… individuals who can improvise and find creative solutions to some very tough, challenging everyday problems by sustaining a hacker mindset, attitude and habit often surfacing as aha-erlebnis moments.
  5. EFFECTIVE ORAL AND WRITTEN COMMUNICATION: The major ability that most people are lacking today, is the ability to communicate, both in written and oral presentations. It’s a huge problem, because it often results in numerous interaction hurdles, plenty of misunderstandings and almost daily conflicts.
  6. ACCESSING AND DIGESTING INFORMATION: Presently there is so much information available that it is almost too much and definitely overwhelming (I rest my case with… just Google something!) and when we aren’t prepared (i.e. mentally “fit”) to process the information in a productive manner, it will either freeze us in our tracks or derails us completely by confusing us and/or result in cognitive dissonance.
  7. CURIOSITY AND IMAGINATION: The old, outdated idea is that work or problem solutions are defined by managers (or politicians or bureaucratic policy makers), and that employees (or citizens) have to do whatever the manager/policy maker/politician wants - as a matter of fact - has changed completely, and nowadays people are required to come up with an interpretation and execution of their own. Thus, adding something personal… a creative element and unique contribution.

The above literacy requirements depends on maintaining a balance in life, are fueled by self-determination and sourcing from a sound self-empowerment and psyche management foundation, which will allow us to develop, establish and sustain the competencies that will allow us to survive and prosper in modern times.

It's not our power, not our strengths, nor our intellect that will allow us to survive and prosper in modern times as a human species. It would be our skill to adapt, share, cooperate, co-create and responding to change in an empowering manner.

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