Eric Berridge: Why tech needs the humanities
Eric Berridge - Entrepreneur
Eric Berridge is an entrepreneurial humanist who believes our society is overly obsessed with STEM. Full bio
about 10 years ago.
that was killing us.
a very specific programming skill
a cutting-edge cloud system.
with our bartender friend Jeff,
what all good bartenders do:
making us feel better,
are overblowing it.
we're hanging out in our team meeting,
we're about to be fired."
Jeff, the bartender?"
some quizzical looks.
"That is a great idea."
as a philosophy major.
their fixation on the programming skill.
about what we were going to build and why.
how to program the solution,
one of our best references.
of computer science majors or engineers,
left us wondering:
we recruited and trained.
engineers and computer science majors,
musicians, writers ...
itself throughout our company.
is an English major,
in computer science or engineering.
a computer consulting firm.
in annual sales.
education in this country --
engineering, mathematics --
in the United States
towards STEM education
of Department of Education funding
about an engineering-starved workforce.
of the tech economy --
companies in the world by market cap
will be dominated by STEM.
chases the ball into the corner,
any more than we value the humanities.
are incredibly intuitive.
to recruit from all disciplines
can be manipulated without writing code.
easy to learn, even easy to program,
that are available for learning.
needs specialized skill,
rigorous and formalized education
that are imperative and differentiated
to work together as humans,
is envisioning the end product
and judgment and historical context.
was focused on the wrong thing.
with the business and the end user,
to articulate their needs.
to communicate and invent together,
how to build things,
what to build and why to build them.
treat the humanities as a lesser path,
the context of our world.
are purposely structured.
they give us our language,
to thought and action.
on equal footing with the sciences.
to tell you that STEM's bad.
to tell you that girls shouldn't code.
there's an engineer behind it.
will be dominated by STEM,
or relatives or grandchildren
whatever they want to be.
of their open job opportunities
project managers, program managers,
buyers, on and on.
that our future workforce needs --
with gender or race.
is getting easier and more accessible
About the speaker:Eric Berridge - Entrepreneur
Eric Berridge is an entrepreneurial humanist who believes our society is overly obsessed with STEM.
Why you should listen
As the co-founder of global consulting agency and Salesforce strategic partner Bluewolf, an IBM Company, Eric Berridge has applied his passion for the humanities over the past 17 years to pioneer a cloud consulting practice with less than 10 percent of employees holding engineering or computer science degrees. The way he sees it, as technology becomes easier to use and build, the humanities offer skills that are becoming increasingly valuable to the success of business everywhere. And today’s AI-driven discussion holds the key to freeing the human condition to be balanced, healthy, creative and productive.
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