Status Skills - the new Lexus?

Thanks to Matt Gullet (great new blog BTW) for forwarding this TrendWatching piece on Status Skills.

"In economies that increasingly depend on (and thus value) creative thinking and acting, well-known status symbols tied to owning and consuming goods and services will find worthy competition from 'STATUS SKILLS': those skills that consumers are mastering to make the most of those same goods and services, bringing them status by being good at something, and the story telling that comes with it."

I know I just talked about empowering the user the other day, but this article on recognizing your customer's needs for "status skills" really hits the nail on the head.

Libraries already naturally help facilitate knowledge learning (the foundation for the development of all status skills), but we can always do more. This article makes me ponder the possibilities and wonder ... What new services can libraries develop that will further empower users to create and master their own knowledge domain?

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