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Global Education Futures Forum

Global Education Futures (GEF) is an international collaborative platform that brings pioneers of global education to discuss and implement the necessary transformations of educational ecosystems for the thrivable future.


We will hold 4 GEF Forums at the hearts of learning communities around the globe in 2015–2016

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Why this Forum?

Results of GEF Sessions

 

The Beginning

Book

In 2013 we created Future Agendas for Global Education, a trans-media product that includes Futures Agenda for Global Education book, Global Education Futures Map and a (forthcoming) digital app. This product is now praised to be a pioneer research on education futures internationally, and becomes a strategic tool for planning, operating and decision-making in Russia and several emerging economies. We consider this work a stepping stone to begin international dialogues on the vision of global education ecosystems. We invite you to discuss it, enhance it, challenge it, or bring radically different points of view — everything that will help to build the shared perspective of the future education.

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Diagram

In this diagram you can see how people interact within the framework of the future of education. At the heart of this relationship - man as such, implements own education circuits within global platforms, personalized education, urban and knowledge creation communities.

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Atlas

Our team in collaborated with Moscow School of Management SKOLKOVO and the Agency for Strategic Initiatives have united over 2,500 Russian and global experts in a massive research effort entitled Skills Foresight 2030.The aim of the research has been to identify jobs that are in high demand in 25 industries of the economy. The experts discussed technological changing and socioeconomic process influencing the structure of practical tasks and built the future state maps for industries to identify demand for new competenciesand build the images of new jobs. We have compiled the findings of the research into the Atlas of Emerging Jobs.

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Map

This Roadmap demonstrates the path of global education in the circuit in 2015 - 2035. The map has been prepared based on the data of the global foresight and education shows the main trends and point gap in education sphere

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Preparing for the tide: skills and education of the 21st century is the results of previous Global Education Futures sessions (including the discussions in Sao Paolo, Brazil, August 2015), that were for the first time presented in Russian at the International conference on new technologies in education EdCrunch 2015, Moscow, Russia in September 2015. The focus of discussion was global challenges that define requirements for future skills and for a necessary design of new educational reality. What is more a new media product for the Russian expert community in educational sphere was presented. It is an interactive map of “Global Education Futures” foresights, embracing results of the 5-years work with thousands of Russian educational experts. This material was verified globally and was highly appreciated by world educational leaders. This material became a basis and an impetus for “Global Education Futures” project. The interactive map is available at map.edu2035.org.

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'Towards Learner-Centered Lifelong Learning' is a result of Global Education Futures California (1-3 April). The key statement of the session describes the transition from 'factory system' to learner-cеntered communities and further to the universal Global Education Ecosystem. The main productive strategies implemented by different players that support the above-mentioned transition strategy are indisputably notable results of the session. Another particular detail that deserves attention is the focus on the vision of the future presented at the session by basic trends and factors shaping the future of global education.

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'Future Skills & New Solutions for Education & Training' is a result of Global Education Futures Kazan (22-23 May). This session was held in partnership with WorldSkills Russia, so it focused on the communication of businesses, regulators and educators. Another focal point was new skills and competencies that would be born within Global Education Ecosystem. The question of future skills was the most striking quesion of the event, what is more, the session was incredibly valuable for the reason it revealed the adaptation of education to future skill demand and the design of learning environments.

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Preparing for the tide: skills and education of the 21st century' is the summary of previous GEFF sessions that was presented in Sao Paulo in August 2015. The report focused on the looming global changes and challenged that could only be faced with rebuilt educational ecosystems at different levels and new skills obtained worldwide. The prominent feature of this event was a list of key literacies for every person who would live in the world of self-guided lifelong learning. The message, announced in Sao Paolo, was touched with a sense of urgency, since the forthcoming socioeconomic crises are inevitable and overwhelming with only new network-based adduction being able to resolve them.

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BRICS Collaboration in Skills Development: Results of Foresight & Russian Proposals' focuses on the results of the BRICS Skills Development Working Group Foresight session that took place in Moscow on July 5-6, 2015. The session determined the main mid-term focal areas of BRICS collaboration in skills development, from consolidating the union to becoming the global problem-solver, as well as worked out a roadmap for 2015-2018 with a number of priorities in skills development cooperation. On Russia's part, a number of initiatives were laid out, such as foresight of skills and educational formats, exchange of best practices, including dual education, hosting the WorldSkills BRICS Competition and providing an educational platform for skills development in advanced industries.

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World of education 2035 is an infographics representing results of GEF California and GEF Kazan in April-May 2015. It gives a schematic overview of the forum intellectual outcomes in the form of a matrix, where education, future skills, future economy and society are carefully examined at local and global levels. Moreover, a brief overview for global challenges, upcoming future values as well as new teachers and new workers skills make the picture complete. In the center of this vision a 21st century learner becomes a driving force and a connector for the whole new educational ecosystem.

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  • GEF Forum — Brazil São Paulo — Brasil
    12—14 August 2015
  • GEF Forum — California Menlo Park, California
    1—3 April 2015
  • GEF Forum — Kazan (Part I) WSRussia, Kazan, Russia
    22—23 May 2015
  • GEF Forum — Berlin ISSS 2015 Conference, Berlin
    2—6 August 2015
  • GEF Forum — Moscow Moscow
    29 February — 2 March 2016
  • World of Education 2035

GEF Forum — California

1—3 April 2015

Towards learner-centered lifelong learning

Rosewood Sand Hills, Menlo Park, California,
in conjunction with Global Technology Symposium

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Global Education Futures partners with Global Technology Symposium in the USA. Please, register through GTS facilities. Contact us at join@edu2035.org for any additional information.

The California forum will explore main changes in education driven by technological innovations, major social & economic transformations, and personal & collective demands for education that meets 21st century needs. Education of the future is the learner-centered, community-based, life-long, 24/7, open & flexible process integrated into our daily routines and enhanced by diverse technologies. This education should cater to many learner needs previously unattended by formal education systems — and it will involve many new solutions for online and face-to-face learning. We invite and welcome the shapers and sherpahs of the emerging global educational ecosystem to join our conversation.

Keynotes and panel discussions with education innovators and thought leaders will set the stage for the Rapid Foresight session that will focus on four big themes (see details in Full Program):
  • Theme 1: How to create global online learning platforms that serve better world’s education?
  • Theme 2: How to organize more productive models of knowledge creation?
  • Theme 3: How will educational ecosystems for emerging social practices be created?
  • Theme 4: How to increase the resilience of our cities and communities through collaborative learning?

The participants of GEF-California will co-design a Future Learning Challenge — the first global open-source contest of education startups and innovation that encourages solutions ‘from the future’.

FORUM PROGRAM

Values we share, Meanings that bring us together

09:00 – 10:00
Registration at Rosewood Hotel
10:00 – 10:30
Welcome notes from organizers. Presentation of Global Education Futures initiative. (Sycamore Room)
10:30 – 11:15
Presentation of Global Education Futures Agenda (Pavel Luksha, Director of Global Education Futures) (Sycamore Room)
11:15 – 11:30
Coffee break
11:30 – 13:00
Plenary Session: Ultimate projects in Education (Sycamore Room)
  • Techno-optimistic future
  • Humanistic future
  • Sustainable future
13:00 – 14:00
Lunch
14:00 – 14:30
Introduction of group work: structure & themes
14:30 – 17:30
Group work session: Values we share (Rooms Sycamore, 2601, 2602, 2603, 2604)
Facilitated participatory discussions of
  • Our experiences as learners & teachers
  • Futures we desire and evade
  • Values we share
17:30 – 18:00
Sharing of the first day group work results (Sycamore Room)
18:00 – 19:30
Opening reception (jointly with Global Technology Symposium) (Ball Room)

Finding our pathway into the future of education

9:00 – 10:00
Group discussions. Getting to know each other’s projects. (Rooms 2601, 2602, 2603, 2604, Sycamore)
10:00 – 10:45
Coffee break and transition to Ball Room
10:45 – 11:45
Joint Panel with GTS: What are the pathways for systemic transformation of education, and can education be transformed through entrepreneurship? What big markets can rise in education of the future? (Ball Room)
11:45 – 12:00
Transition to Sycamore Room
12:00 – 13:00
GEF Panel: Outside the box: from systems to eco-systems. How we can recognize multitude of learner needs? What new forms emerge, and where? (Sycamore)
13:00 – 14:00
Lunch
14:00 – 14:15
Introduction of Rapid Foresight method (Pavel Luksha)
14:15 – 17:15
Group work: Rapid Foresight of Key Themes (Rooms 2601, 2602, 2603, Sycamore)
Facilitated participatory discussions and mapping of
  • Trends that shape the future
  • Technologies that influence education
  • Types of people / organizations / communities served through education, and their needs / use cases
  • Opportunities for provides: new content / curriculum, new pedagogy / andragogy models, new organizational formats
  • Vision of the education
Room 2604 will be available for Bar Camp and collaborative art.
17:15 – 18:00
Sharing of group work results (Sycamore Room)
18:00 – 21:00
Transfer and conference dinner (for those who registered)

Projects that will bring us there

9:00 – 10:30
Group work: Rapid Foresight (Rooms 2601, 2602, 2603, Sycamore)
Facilitated participatory discussions and mapping of
  • Projects of systemic innovation that can transform education
  • Our ‘stakes in the future’
  • Stakes acknowledged in our projects & activities
Room 2604 will be available for Bar Camp and collaborative art.
10:30 – 10:45
Coffee break
10:45 – 12:00
Connection game: meeting each other as partners in project effort
12:00 – 13:00
Lunch
13:00 – 15:00
Group discussion of projects that can implement the collectively created vision (Rooms 2601, 2602, 2603, Sycamore)
Room 2604 will be available for Bar Camp and collaborative art.
15:15 – 16:15
Concluding session
16:15 – 17:00
Closing reception (jointly with GTS)

GEF Forum — Kazan
(Rapid Foresight)

22—23 May 2015

Future skills and the transformation of professional education in 21st century

International Information & Conference Centre, Kazan, Russia,
in conjunction with WorldSkills Russia.

Global Education Futures partners with WorldSkills Russia. Please, sign up for the newsletter to get a reminder once registration is open. Contact us at join@edu2035.org for any additional information.

Foresight session as part of the business program for the final of the Third National Championship for WorldSkills Russia for professional accomplishment in Kazan, is aimed at creating a vision for the future expertise for workers and developers for the applied projects of the WorldSkills movement, enabling us to close the gap between demand for specific skills and competencies and the level of personnel training as part of creating a global educational system. The foresight session will take place taking into account identified global, technological trends, characteristics of the next generation of workers, and also the tendencies in forming a global educational environment.

The FutureSkills Foresight session will take place as part of the international sessions for determining the future direction of development and long term “rules of the game” for a global educational system. Participants of the foresight session will be official and technical delegates from the WorldSkills movement, as well as international experts in the fields of economic growth and professional education.

Based on the results of the foresight session cards will be made of the future competencies for workers, highlighting the ten most promising professions of the future, and also developed, project initiatives, necessary to create a global educational environment. The results of the foresight session will be presented in São Paulo in August 2015 as part of the business program for the world championships for working professions at WorldSkills International.

Subject groups have been formed in such a way as to enable participants the greatest opportunity to discuss issues on changing various spheres of the economy and appropriate training systems. The main issues which participants will seek to resolve are (see details in Full Program and Subject groups):

  • What processes for technological and social change will provide the greatest impact for the sphere of activity?
  • How specifically are processes changed in manufacturing and services, what new competencies (knowledge and skills) are required, and what competencies become outdated with the appearance of new technologies?
  • What new processes for training personnel are necessary to introduce in connection with the change in necessary competencies?

Group 1. Automation and digitalization
Group 2. Human focused services
Group 3. Education
Group 4. Global agenda

FORUM PROGRAM

Skills for Industrial, Economic and Social Development

11.00 – 11.20
Welcoming speech by
  • Rustam Minnikhanov, President of the Republic of Tatarstan, Russian Federation;
  • Natalia Zolotareva, Director of TVET and Complimentary Professional Education Department, Ministry of Education and Science of Russian Federation;
  • Pavel Chernykh, President of WorldSkills Russia;
  • Pavel Luksha, Director of Global Education Futures, Professor of Practice at Skolkovo Moscow School of Management, Co-founder of Re-Engineering Futures, Russia Representative in BRICS Skills Development Working Group
11:20 – 13:00
Plenary Session: Skills for Economic Development
  • Simon Bartley, President of WorldSkills International
  • Dr Ji Oh Song, The Executive Vice President of Samsung
  • Anastasia Fetsi, Head of the Operations Department, European Training Foundation
  • San-Quei Lin, Chairperson, Institute of Labor, Occupational safety and Health, Ministry of Labor, Chinese Taipei
  • Dr Raymond Patel, Chief Executive Officer of Manufacturing Engineering and Related Services SETA (MERSETA), South Africa
  • Tim Lawrence, Executive Director, SkillsUSA
13.00 – 14.00
Lunch
14.00 – 14.30
Introduction to participatory group work: structure and topics
14.30 – 16.30
Part 1. Group work session. Vision of the future. Rapid Foresight of key trends / technologies that shape new skills demand.
Topics for the working groups:
  • Automation and digitalization
  • Human-focused services
  • Education
  • Global Agenda
16.30 – 17.00
Coffee break
17.00 – 18.30
Part 2. Group work session. Future skills demanded due to technological & social transformation.
Topics for the working groups:
  • Automation and digitalization
  • Human-focused services
  • Education
  • Global Agenda
18.30 – 19.30
Sharing the first day group work results

Transforming Education for 21st century Needs

12.00 – 13.00
Plenary Session: New Solutions for Education and Training
  • Skills and Economic Growth: global challenges and solutions. Amit Dar, Director of the World Bank Group’s Education Global Practice
  • Transformation of education & training systems due to accelerated division of labor. Petr Schedrovitsky, president of the G.P. Schedrovitsky Institute for Development, member on the board of directors for the Center of Strategic Research, North-West,
  • Trends shaping the future of global education & training models. Pavel Luksha, Director of Global Education Futures
13.00 – 14.00
Lunch
14.00 – 14.10
Introduction to group work: structure and topics
14.10 – 15.00
Part 3. New Solutions for Education and Training
Topics for the working groups:
  • Automation and digitalization
  • Human-focused services
  • Education
  • Global Agenda
15.00 – 15.30
Coffee
15.30 – 16.30
Part 4. Projects for WorldSkills Movement
  • Automation and digitalization
  • Human-focused services
  • Education
  • Global Agenda
16.30 - 17.30
Concluding session. Sharing the group work results

GEF Forum — Berlin
(Workshop)

2—6 August 2015

Skills For Anthropocene Governance

Pre-conference workshop and SIG working session,
at the ISSS 2015 Conference, Berlin, Germany

Held in partnership between ISSS Curating Emergence for Thrivability SIG and Global Education Futures. Please, sign up for the newsletter to get a reminder once registration is open. Contact us at join@edu2035.org for any additional information.

  • Part 1: August 2, 2015 from 14:00 to 18:00
  • Part 2: August 6, 2015 from 16:00 to 18:00

 

Introduction

It has been argued that the era of the Anthropocene calls for entirely new civilizational strategies. We must depart from behavioral strategies that take root in the time even before the emergence of modern civilization and lead to overconsumption of natural resources, destruction of biodiversity, disruption of climatic balance, and increasing chances of self-destruction of our species. The challenge we face requires multi-faceted responses that includes

  • development of entirely new technologies (e.g. sustainable renewable energy, energy-efficient construction, efficient recycling, materials that come from renewable sources, etc.);
  • policies that encourage individual & collective behavior that reduces, not increases, existential risks for our civilization, as well as negative human impact upon Nature – and cultural patterns that do the same;
  • organizations and institutions that work directly with some of the Anthropocene challenges on the local, national, and global scale – e.g. preventing the loss of biodiversity or reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

However, it is also often argued that the crisis we have to overcome in the age of the Anthropocene is caused primarily by the faulty models of thinking and acting that are permeating our society. The key to sustainable and prosperous society lies with education – the skills of children and adults. Some governments (e.g. in Scandinavian countries) have successfully addressed some of the Anthropocene problems by introducing new kindergarten, school & university level programs regarding ‘greener’ behavior of their populations. However, the level of response still does not match the level and the urgency of threats that we as humanity have already created for ourselves and Nature. We need to identify general and professional skills that would help us deal with the challenges of the Anthropocene on a planetary level – and we have to make global effort to have these skills introduced in the standard educational curricula of developed and emerging societies.

Purpose and structure of the workshop

The workshop on “Skills for Anthropocene Governance” is organized as a small Systems Lab where the collective intelligence of participants will be applied to map out and prioritize existing and future civilizational challenges that need to be addressed in the age of the Anthropocene. We will then map out general and specific skills that can be used to govern the Anthropocene. Finally, we will identify changes required in the institutions of conventional and new education (including schools, universities, global online learning platforms, skills-related social movements, etc.) that are required to install and reproduce these skills on the global scale – and possible policies and arrangements that can accelerate the transformation of education in this direction.

The workshop is the result of a partnership between the ISSS Curating Emergence for Thrivability Special Integration Group (the CET SIG) and Global Education Futures. It will be conducted as a series of participatory dialogues using widely and lesser known formats such as World Café and Rapid Foresight. Participants are asked to co-create, discuss, and share – rather than to only listen and ask.

Part 1 of the workshop will be held as a pre-conference event on Sunday, August 2, 2015, from 2pm until 6pm. During this session, the main content for discussion will be co-created by the participant group, including mapping of existing & future challenges, identifying skills for systemic thriving in the Anthropocene, and developing recommendations for education systems and policy makers. We will also establish ‘systemic challenge’ questions that may impede realization of these ideas – and we will address these systemic challenges during Part 2 of our workshop. The workshop will be open and free to all attendees.

Part 2 of the workshop will be held during the ISSS conference on Thursday, August 6, from 4pm until 6pm (and will also be taken up in the running evening workshops). This part will be the Curating Emergence for Thrivability portion of the meeting, and will be open for attendance independently of Part 1 (i.e., participation in Part 2 does not require prior participation in Part 1 of the workshop). During this session, we will re-capitulate the results from the Part 1, and will jointly address the ‘systemic challenges’ that our earlier work identified. We also anticipate generating ideas for actionable initiatives that can be explored and enacted after the end of the workshop.

About the workshop leaders

Alexander Laszlo, Ph.D., is the 57th President and Chair of the Board of Trustees of the International Society for the Systems Sciences (ISSS), Director of the Doctoral Program in Leadership and Systemic Innovation at ITBA, Argentina, President of Syntony Leadership, and former Director of the Doctoral Program in Management at the Graduate School of Business Administration & Leadership (EGADE-ITESM), Mexico. As Professor of Systems Science and Evolutionary Development, he currently teaches on evolutionary leadership, collaboration, and systems thinking at a variety of MBA and Doctoral programs internationally. He has worked for UNESCO, the Italian Electric Power Agency, and the U.S. Department of Education, has held visiting appointments with the London School of Economics and the European University Institute, and has been named a Level I Member of the National Research Academy of Mexico (SNI). He is on the Editorial Boards of five internationally arbitered research journals, recipient of the Gertrude Albert Heller Award, the Sir Geoffrey Vickers Memorial Award, and the Förderpreis Akademischer Klub award, author of over seventy journal, book, and encyclopedia publications, and a 5th Degree Black Belt of traditional Korean Karate.

Pavel Luksha, Ph.D., is a Professor of Practice at Moscow School of Management SKOLKOVO, member of Expert Council of the Russian Agency of Strategic Initiatives, Founder and Director of Global Education Futures, and a Co-Founder of NeuroWeb imitative. As a Professor of Practice, he has taught change leaders of business, government, and education, in the areas of strategy, long-term thinking, system thinking, technological innovation management, and project management. He also worked in the areas of the development of education & training systems in Russia and emerging economies, curating dozens of innovative and change-making projects. He has developed Rapid Foresight, an innovative methodology of collective future thinking applied in hundreds of regional, industrial, and civil projects in Russia and across the world, and has launched one of the largest global events on future thinking education, the Foresight Fleet. NeuroWeb initiative, which has become a part of Russian National Technological Initiative, addresses systemic challenges of building next generation of collaborative online environments enhanced by brain-computer interfaces. Pavel has authored Global Education Futures Agenda and Atlas of Emerging Jobs which give comprehensive view of the necessary changes in skills & education, and published in international research journals on economics, system sciences, and strategic entrepreneurship. Before starting the work on the future of education, Pavel has worked within leading Russian & international companies in business consulting, manufacturing, investment banking, as well as launched his own startups.




GEF Forum — Moscow

29 February – 2 March 2016

Contact us at join@edu2035.org for any additional information.

World of Education 2035


World of education 2035 is an infographics representing results of GEF California and GEF Kazan in April-May 2015. It gives a schematic overview of the forum intellectual outcomes in the form of a matrix, where education, future skills, future economy and society are carefully examined at local and global levels. Moreover, a brief overview for global challenges, upcoming future values as well as new teachers and new workers skills make the picture complete. In the center of this vision a 21st century learner becomes a driving force and a connector for the whole new educational ecosystem.

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GEF Forum — Brazil
(Presentation)

12—14 August 2015

Future skills and the transformation of professional education in 21st century

Anhembi Parque, São Paulo, Brazil,
in conjunction with WorldSkills San-Paolo 2015

Global Education Futures partners with WorldSkills San-Paolo 2015 and SENAI in Brazil. Please, sign up for the newsletter to get a reminder once registration is open. Contact us at join@edu2035.org for any additional information.

The new version of Global Education Future Agendas will be produced as an outcome of collaborative dialogues during three GEF Forums in 2015. The special presentation session is planned during the World Economic Forum meeting in 2016.




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How GEFF Works

Rapid Foresight is a participatory methodology that helps organizations and communities to sense and articulate challenges and opportunities of the emerging future as well as develop capacities needed to effectively address them and eventually unleash synergies through collective action. Group work may last from several hours to several days and involves trend mapping, analysis of opportunities & challenges, and design of actionable initiatives.

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Background

Background

Since 2007

Our journey have started in 2007 when we have launched several innovative participatory formats in Russia in an attempt to envision the futures of education in our country and abroad. We have worked with several thousands experts in education, new technologies, human resource and R&D management, urban development and more from Russia & CIS, BRICS, Europe and the USA, challenging them to partake the responsibility for the desired outcomes in the next generations of educational ecosystems.

As a result, a prodigal and foreword-looking community was born, and together we have launched over 100 projects on different scales that changed the landscape of Russian & CIS education. In 2014 we started active collaboration within BRICS countries.
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