"A great hockey player plays where the puck is going to be" - Wayne Gretzky. We need to see where the puck will be on two fronts:
1. What skill is or will be in demand in the future
2. Where the work is or or will be in the future
What do youth need? they have the education, but have no experience, and no connections. So that is what we need to give to them...Toastmasters is a great place develop communication and leadership skills/experience, as well as real connections.
I understand...thanks for the input...there are a few ways to approach this, TM is a great vehicle but it needs to be modified for today, they other approach is that you take the best out of TM, TED etc, and come up with something new and fresh all together...totally online...that could be more agile...but all the course material would have to be developed from scratch using crowd-sourcing techniques...its much easier to just use the TM infrastructure, add incrementally on top of that...the real benefit I feel that TM has is the network and the existing infrastructure, thats hard to beat...one thing that could be possible is to start the first online only Toastmaster Club with a focus on Youth, that would be powerful...