FUTURE SKILLS by Perttu Pölönen sold to Albania! Now 8 territories!

We are thrilled to announce that the Albanian rights for FUTURE SKILLS by Perttu Pölönen have been acquired by Publishing House “Jakup Ceraja”! The deal was closed by Elina Ahlbäck at Elina Ahlback Literary Agency.

Publishing house “Jakup Ceraja” was established in 2018 and they publish poetry and novels from both Albanian and international writers. Their international authors include William Carlos Williams, Langston Hughes, Allen Ginsberg, Ezra Pound, Mark Twain, H.P. Lovecraft, Yasmina Khadra, Slavenka Drakulic, Ivana Bodrozic, Knut Hamsun, Mikaela Sundstrom, Leo Freundlich, Jacob Gould Schurman, etc.

With the latest sale to Albania, FUTURE SKILLS has now been sold to 8 territories!
Rights are available in Germany, Poland, Italy, France, Netherlands, Spain, etc.

Download the full English PDF here!

Pölönen’s book on the essential skills that can help you adapt to, live well, and succeed in a future world dominated by machines, robots, and artificial intelligence has received excellent reviews both in Finland and abroad:

Our capacity for problem solving is a vital attribute of humankind – and Perttu Pölönen has captured the very essence of what our future depends on. Future Skills is an insightful and encouraging book about what skills we as a society should cultivate in the coming years and why. Filled with inspiring personal stories and thought-provoking examples, this is a book I would make my students read. Perttu is a visionary young thinker.
– Esther Wojcicki, educator and best-selling author of How to Raise Successful People: Simple Lessons for Radical Results

Each of the twelve skill duos all are treated with warmth and in a multifaceted way, often with a sense of humour. Pölönen’s own experiences are included together with real life stories. What’s most delightful is that all the future abilities can be adopted by anyone. In order to learn these skills, there’s no need for degrees but ultimately require an open heart and mind. The book is appropriate for anyone who’s looking to broaden one’s mind and to become a better human being.“
– Marja Kasanen, Kollega.fi

You can read more about Perttu Pölönen here: Perttu Pölönen | Keynote Speaker, Author, Futurist (perttupolonen.com)

Future Skills

Perttu Pölönen

What are the 12+1 essential skills that will help you defeat the fear of the future?

The next revolution is a human revolution, says Perttu Pölönen, a futurist, inventor and inspirational speaker. We should develop courage, adaptability, compassion, storytelling, patience and curiosity, to name a few, in order to succeed in the era of machines, robots and artificial intelligence such as the ChatGPT. Pölönen explains how.

FUTURE SKILLS challenges assumptions about the future and provides insightful and thought-provoking observations – there’s a lot to digest. With the world developing so fast, we should not focus on what is changing but rather find what is not going to change. What makes us different from machines, makes us happy.

FUTURE SKILLS has become an instant bestseller in Finland where its readers have reported to have changed their career paths and found meaning in their current jobs. It is a book that gives hope. Pölönen is a bright young mind whose personal experiences and stories make the book lively and engaging, and you will find yourself laughing and sobbing. When nothing is certain, everything is possible.

Otava, 2020, 192 pp.

English PDF

FINLAND: Otava (orig.)
ALBANIA: Publishing House “Jakup Ceraja”
HUNGARY: Anna Inkeri Pap
INDONESIA: PT Pustaka Alvabet
PORTUGAL: Bertrand
SOUTH KOREA: BP Publishers
TURKEY: Büyükada
UNITED STATES (audio): Recorded Publishing
UNITED STATES: Start Publishing

About author

Perttu Pölönen

Perttu Pölönen is a futurist, inventor and an inspirational speaker. In the Finnish media, Perttu has been called a gentle highbrow and fearless inventor. Future Skills has been an instant bestseller in Finland – where Perttu has become one of the most sought-after speakers inspiring thousands of people in his lectures.


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