Watchworthy Wednesday: The 5 Most Needed 21st Century Skills

As the third annual Character Day approaches Sept. 22, the nonprofit Let it Ripple Film Studio will be featuring “The Adaptable Mind,” an 11-minute exploration of the five skills we need most to flourish in the 21st century.

Webby Awards creator Tiffany Shlain, who founded Character Day, co-founded the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences and leads Let it Ripple, uses Twitter to pose a question at the beginning of the film: “What’s a great example of a 21st century mind in action?” She receives hundreds of responses and focuses on the one from Los Angeles-based professor and artist, Mary Beth Heffernan, who wondered how isolating and traumatic it must be for Ebola patients in West Africa to interact only with people completely hidden in frightening hazmat suits for weeks on end. “Why don’t they put photos on the suits?” she narrates. “Maybe I’m the one who’s meant to do that.”

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