Global Education Futures

Global Education Futures Initiative is an international collaborative platform that brings together shapers and sherpas of global education to discuss and implement the necessary transformations of educational ecosystems for thrivable futures.

Creating global educational
ecosystems for thriving futures,
one step at a time


Global Education Futures Initiative is an international collaborative platform that brings together shapers and sherpas of global education to discuss and implement the necessary transformations of educational ecosystems for thrivable futures.

Creating global educational
ecosystems for thriving futures,
one step at a time

Key results of GEF work


GEF Vision: Educational Ecosystems for Societal Transformation (2017)

Our second report, Educational Ecosystems for Societal Transformation, summarizes two years of GEF journey that involved hundreds of educational leaders on five continents. We identify focal points of systemic transformation that may bring education of the future into reality, and lay out the framework for education as a vehicle for intentional evolution of the humankind.


Future Skills: How to Thrive in a Complex World Report by GEF & WorldSkills Russia

This report, prepared jointly with WorldSkills Russia as a part of the ongoing four-year research project on “future skills”, presents the vision of transformation of professional skills and job markets around the globe.


Global Education Futures: Agenda

Our first report has been largely dedicated to various avenues of the transformation of educational systems that may come about through the extensive use of digital technologies. The vision covers transformation up to 2030s, with focal areas including Global online platforms, Personalization, Collaborative learning, Gamification, and Neurotechnologies. The report remains one of the most comprehensive overviews of the field.


Future Agendas for Global Education: Executive Summary

This report is a textual description of the various aspects of the ‘Global Education Futures Map’.


Atlas of Emerging Jobs (2015)

First published in early 2014, this Atlas summarizes the results of the “future skills” foresight conducted across 25 sectors of economy. With nearly 190 jobs in these sectors that emerge at the moment or are anticipated in the next decade, this is one of the world’s largest compendums of the “jobs of the future”. It also indicate 12 key meta-skills that are essential for future employability.

Summary presentations

Global Education Futures: Agenda (2014)

Our first report has been largely dedicated to areas including Global online platforms, Personalization, Collaborative learning, Gamefication, and Neurotechnologies. The report remains one of the most comprehensive overviews of the field.

This presentation summarizes the key findings of our first report.


GEF Vision Summary (Summer 2016)

This presentation summarizes the main findings of GEF vision building journey: the why, what, and how of transformation of educational systems.


Skills of the future and transformation of global educational ecosystem (December 2016, Berlin, Germany)

This presentation given at OECD workshop applies key ideas of GEF to the future of universities and explores the role they will play in the emerging global educational ecosystem.


Coping with Global (Evolutionary) Crisis in 21st century through Social Innovation & Education (September 2017, Santiago, Chile)

This presentation provides a broader context of societal transformation and forces that shape it. It explain that the ongoing environmental, economic, and political crises are but manifestations of an evolutionary crisis that the humankind faces, as it tries to cope with accelerated growth of complexity within the global society. We can only do so through social innovation at scale, and transformation of education in particular.

Maps & posters

Future of Global Education Map (2014)

GEF map of global future of education systems indicates main trends that shape transformation of the field, and many emergent formats that are rising or are anticipated to rise in the next two decades. The map may be seen as a visual representation of our Global Education Futures Agenda (2014) report


Poster on Learner-centered education (2014)

This poster represents our 2014 of learner centered technology intense learning environments that we anticipated to emerge during the next decade.


Poster on first GEF Results (2015)

This poster summarizes key findings from three first sessions of GEF journey that have established the core of GEF ideas.


Poster - GEF 2017 Agenda (2017)

This poster is a (simplified) representation of the GEF “theory of change” that may bring about future educational systems. We envisage that the connection between the present “industrial” education and future “ecosystemic” education can only be created through many experiments and prototypes that will be accomplished by many leadership teams searching for alternative pathways into the future.


GEF journey infographics (2016)

This infographics summarizes 2+ years of intellectual journey of Global Education Futures, and some key achievements at the end of 2016.


Protopia Labs journey inforgraphics (2016)

This infographics summarizes the first year of work of Protopia Labs movement.


Our vision: “We catalyze the transformation of global education”

Who are we and why we do this

Global Education Futures originated in 2008 from many discussions with Russian of educational innovators. In next six years, its founders involved many educators, researchers, startupers, entrepreneurs, students, and policy makers into vision building on the future of education & learning, skills, childhood, health, cities, and more. Since 2014, we began growing into a global network of visionaries who see education as a vehicle of societal transformation. Since late 2016, we are an international community of practice-oriented leaders that cultivate experiments and prototypes of learning formats and ecosystems of tomorrow.

What we believe in

We believe that learning is our birthright and education is a fundamental human right. We believe that education should be learner-focused and human-centered. We believe in education that reconnects us with live interconnects with societies, and directs towards our desired and achievable futures. We believe that it is time for us humans to master the art and craft of intentional evolution, and that we - each of us - need to practice the future we see. We are future-and-globally-focused and compassion-and-locally attuned. We foster intellectual and leadership gathering places and experimental, prototyping labs for systemic innovation in which transformational education, cultural diplomacy, transdisciplinary research, ecological literacy, personal growth, and social change practices can be shared for our collective potential.

How we can collaborate

We invite creatives, educators, visionaries, policy makers, and those dedicated to systemic educational change - to join the emerging global community of evolutionary learners and leaders that works to create educational ecosystems of the future. Let us together plant “seeds of tomorrow” as experiments, systems, and organizations that foster regenerative local and global education and learning. Let us unite our efforts as a community of communities - a societal evolutionar learning lab on Earth. Explore and connect with our vision, join our events and educational programs, put yourself on the global map of educational innovators - and bring onto us any unforeseen ideas and projects that can come from our meetings!

Current Projects

Mapping global community of ecosystemic educational innovators

Spring 2018

A number of maps for global educational innovator community have been created in recent years worldwide, with the purpose of strengthening collaboration between innovators and users of innovations worldwide. Most of these projects, however, have focused on incremental innovations that improve existing educational institutions, or ¨leapfrogging¨that would allow educators from less developed regions ¨catch up¨ with those from more developed regions.

Our work at GEF indicates the need for disruptive scalable innovations that begin to shape educational systems of the future - lifelong learning ecosystems. In this project, we identify which educational innovations are best at producing “ecosystemic” education. We are producing definitions and criteria for “ecosystemic” innovation, and we create a prototype map of “ecosystemic” innovators for the region of Russia, Ukraine, Eurasian Union, and the Baltic States.

The project is accomplished with the support of Rybakov Foundation, and results will be presented in Spring 2018.

Global leadership program for future education leaders

Spring 2018

This program, created as a partnership between Global Education Futures, Global Change Leaders Collaborative, Ashoka Foundation, and SKOLKOVO Moscow School of Management, is a multi-modular international program that runs in several key locations around the world to showcase a variety of approaches to shape new models of education that exist in the US, Europe, Russia, and China. It focuses on primarily on new strand of leaders that shape and steer educational ecosystems - known as “weavers” or “ecosystem gardeners”. The role of the program is to prepare these leaders who will lead transformation of educational ecosystems in several regions of the world, as a part of Global Change Leaders effort. The purpose of the program is threefold: it aims to give boost to existing teams of “weavers” to help them work on transforming education in their regions, it allows to incubate projects of systemic change in education during the program, and it helps create new knowledge and practice of “weaving” or “ecosystem gardening”.

The program is currently being designed. We will announce more details in January 2018. Official program launch is Spring 2018.

Please contact us if you are interested in being part of the program or providing opportunities for its implementation.

Simulator for educational ecosystem organizers

Summer 2018

Business simulation software is a highly efficient educational technology of training management teams. It allows to simulate a variety of scenarios for the company or institution, and to train teams in a holistic way, by involving them in collaborative teamwork, problem analysis, solution development, and decision making. Simulations are based on comprehensive and realistic models of a sector or organization (ca. 1000-2000 parameters describe the dynamics of a model).

With the support of SKOLKOVO School of Management and one of the most experienced international teams of simulation software developers, Global Education Futures develops a simulator that will train teams of education system changemakers. The main purpose is to train groups that are able to catalyze and guide the creation of regional educational ecosystems for lifelong learning. The simulation will provide opportunities to experience a variety of roles of education changemakers, including local government, NGOs, and entrepreneurs, as well as players within the system (leaders of educational institutions).

The main partner of this project is Global Change Leaders Collaborative, a movement established in late 2016 to catalyze the emergence of educational ecosystems for the next generation of learners worldwide. The partner provides international expertise and opportunities for testing / calibrating the simulator - and, upon the successful completion of the development, intends to use the simulator to train teams that will create ecosystems around the globe.

First demo of the simulator will become available in early 2018.

See project website -

Voice of Youth: empowering children & youth to reshape education

Currently, the voice of children and young learners, main beneficiaries of the future educational systems, is underrepresented in the process of design. During one of the first meetings of Global Education Futures in Menlo Park, California in April 2015, Valerie Hannon and Marc Prensky suggested that a methodology needs to be created, which brings voice of youth into the system. In late 2015, during the design of the national roadmap of childhood, Ekaterina Luksha has designed such a methodology that involves young learners as participants of the design of future learning in schools, families, and cities. This methodology has been since then applied for the design of policies on regional and national level, and the redesign of schools, orphanages, summer camps, and other educational formats. The projects using this methodology have been conducted in Russia, Latvia, California (US), and Argentina.

The methodology of Voice of Youth offers to transform the relationship between teachers and students, between children and adults, into the one that is more sincere, more equal, more open, and more empowering. Sessions where learners open up and present their authentic thoughts and feelings about their desired future are followed by sessions where they are endorsed and empowered, to make this future real. That way, children and adults become cocreators of new ways of learning and living. The most important transition that may happen is the transformation of a teacher mindset, from autocratic and patriarchal, to a more democratic and more holistic way of acting and interacting.

We are currently launching an international platform that will share voices of young learners of the planet and will allow to spread this approach internationally. We are welcoming partners who want to cooperate with us in applying and developing the Voice of Youth methods further.

Past Events

GELP Moscow 2017

31 October - 3 November

In partnership with Global Education Futures, Global Education Leaders Partnership (GELP) organized its 14th forum, GELP Moscow, which is considered pivotal in many regards by both organizations. The forum provided opportunities for intensive learning and collaboration between the international community of educational leaders, and the community of Russian / CIS educational leaders. As other events organized by GEF and GELP likewise, this event was largely based on participatory

The forum focused on the rise of the "Complex Person" and the emerging and future competencies required of all our young people to thrive in a complex and constantly changing global society.

See conference website:

Venue: Marriott Courtyard City Center, Moscow

GELP is one of the most powerful alliances of global education leaders, thought leaders and consultants committed to transforming learning systems to meet the needs of learners. The Partnership aims to radically transform education for the future, enhance process of collaboration and mutual learning between educational leaders, and to focus on education systems and system conditions. To do so, it has been organizing many conferences, sessions and projects worldwide since 2009.

GEF Global Collaborators

Experts that consistently contribute to GEF vision and project development

Pavel Luksha

founder, Global Education Futures

Alexander Laszlo

Director of the Doctoral Program in Leadership and Systemic Innovation at ITBA, Argentina

Dmitry Peskov

Director of “Young Professionals” of the Agency for Strategic Initiatives

Joshua Cubista

founder, Evolution Lab

Mila Popovich

founder, EVOLvED Leadership

Georgette Yakman

founder, STEAM Education

Yiannis Laouris

CEO, Future Worlds Center

Kennan Kellaris Salinero

founder, ReImagine Science

Cees Donkers

founder, QASE

Noemi Paymal

founder, Pedagooogía 3000
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GEF Advisory Board

Experts that advise GEF on its strategic directions and verify its results

Valery Hannon

co-founder, Innovation Unit (UK), co-chair, Global Education Leaders Partnership

Simon Bartley

President of World Skills International

Dirk Van Damme

Head of the Innovation and Measuring Progress Division (IMEP) in the Directorate for Education at the OECD

Claudio Naranjo

Gestalt-psychotherapist, founder of SAT Institute

Anneloes Smitsman

CEO & Founder, EarthWISE Center

Ross Hall

Director for Education, Ashoka

Jamil Salmi

Global Tertiary Education Expert

Howard Rheingold

Professor at Stanford University, and Founder of Rheingold University

Charles Fadel

Founder and chairman, Center for Curriculum Redesign

Tom Vander Ark

Founder at Getting Smart and Partner at Learn Capital

Olivier Brechard

CEO WebForce3

Isaak Froumin

Head of Institute for Education, Higher School of Economics

Toru Iiyoshi

Professor at Center for the Promotion of Excellence in Higher Education, Kyoto University

Henry Etzkowitz

President of the Triple Helix Association

Alexei Sitnikov

Vice-President at Skolkovo Technology Institute

Eduard Galazhinsky

Rector at Tomsk State University

Leah Rosovsky

Vice-President Strategy at Harvard University

Manuel Heitor

Director of IN+ Center for Innovation, Technology and Policy Research

Yin Cheong Cheng

Research Chair Professor of Leadership and Change of the Hong Kong Institute of Education

Kim Dong Il

Director of the Institute of Future Education Design at Brain Korea 21 Academic Leadership Institute

Tim Unwin

Secretary General of the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organization

Andrea Saveri

Head of Saveri Consulting

Lev Gordon

Co-founder, Living Cities and Gordon Foundation
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Our Partners

Our strategic partners are networks dedicated to bringing change to global education

We also closely work with following organizations

Other partners of GEF