Hey, remember when I told you this?
I’m still not kidding. And the big brains at Inc. agree with me.
Check this out. Inc. staff writer Graham Winfrey has a great article, complete with sexy infographic, on the skills that employers will need from employees in 2020 — and all ten of ’em have connections to that storytelling impulse nestled deep and cozy in the human brain.
No, really. Sense making? That’s understanding and assembling information into narratives. Social intelligence? Analyzing other folks’ narratives. Novel and adaptive thinking? That’s just understanding the tropes and rules of storytelling well enough to know when to break them.
Y’all, one of the skills is straight up called “new media literacy.” It’s right there on the label.
Look. Homer started spinning yarns in the 800s BCE, and we’re still telling stories now. Seems foolish to bet on that changing, doesn’t it?