I'm the founder of FutureWork IQ where I spend my time assisting businesses to design digital workplaces or “offices in the cloud.” These environments enable companies to allow flexible and remote working for their teams. I also teach the digital literacy, fluency, communication and collaboration skills needed to work in these modern technology-rich workplaces.

Earlier this week over on Instagram Stories I shared some insights on digital literacy (which is becoming an essential job skill) This created some discussion.

Digital literacy is not to be confused with computer literacy (which is also essential)
Here is a great description of a digitally literate person:

  • Possesses the variety of skills – technical and cognitive – required to find, understand, evaluate, create, and communicate digital information in a wide variety of formats;
  • Is able to use diverse technologies appropriately and effectively to retrieve information, interpret results, and judge the quality of that information;
  • Understands the relationship between technology, life-long learning, personal privacy, and stewardship of information;
  • Uses these skills and the appropriate technology to communicate and collaborate with peers, colleagues, family, and on occasion, the general public; and
  • Uses these skills to actively participate in civic society and contribute to a vibrant, informed, and engaged community.

Currently in South Africa most businesses lack approx 49% of the core skills required to function in a modern digital society.

If you own a business what is your strategy to acquire the necessary digital literacy skills?

If you are an individual what is your strategy to ensure you are digitally literate if you are not already?