To do well in today’s fast-paced, highly social, ultracompetitive, and globally connected world, one needs twenty-first-century skills. The Assessment and Teaching of 21stCentury Skills (ATC21S™) is an organization that includes more than 250 researchers from sixty different institutions worldwide. Through their research and assessment, the ATC21S determined four essential twenty-first-century skills. These skills plus contribution make up the new 21st century intelligence of Consciousness Quotient- CQ™. Here they are:
Consciousness represents the full and optimal activity of the mind and senses. IQ (intelligence quotient) represents typically “left brain” intellectual ability, and EQ (emotional quotient) typically represents “right brain” emotional intelligence. For success in the twenty-first century, one will need the integrated “whole brain” skills of CQ.
We now know that every type of function, including logic, reason, emotion, language, imagery, and intuition is served not by one hemisphere alone, but by integration. Critical thinking requires seeing the big picture and the separate pieces. Communication requires logistics and the emotion of language. Collaboration requires the ability to be separate and connected. And creativity requires all hemispheric functions—explicit and implicit—to work together. When the hemispheric processes are integrated in this way, we excel in CQ and can constantly adapt. Integrated Consciousness-Quotient- CQ™ is what we truly need in this rapidly changing twenty-first century.
Dr. Kang consults and teaches her Consciousness Quotient-CQ™ course across the globe through her lectures, online webinars, and books.