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November agenda: Boundless conversations

The month of November promises to be a remarkable series of boundless conversations on the intersections of creativity, technology and innovation in education.

First and foremost, I owe many thanks to Fons van der Berg for organizing Education Futures NL at the Creative Learning Lab in Amsterdam, November 2. The event will feature talks by me and Cristóbal Cobo, with additional activities facilitated by Fons. The Knowmads will also pay us a visit. Central to our conversations is the question: How shall we create new educational contexts that are relevant to Society 3.0?

I will then travel to the i+i Conference in Lunteren (Netherlands) on November 4. This technology-oriented group is interested in the technological, social and philosophical opportunities afforded by computing “in the clouds.” The focus of my keynote: ICT professionals are among the first to notice how accelerating technological change is driving dramatic transformations in society and how we work -but, what about the classroom? Are schools lagging behind in providing meaningful teaching and learning for the 21st century? Unfortunately, in most places, the answer is “yes.” This talk focuses on the evolving needs of society and the economy, and the failure of education to address them. I will present a roadmap to the changes required of education, and open a discussion on “what’s required next” as technology-enabled innovators reinvent Education 3.0.

Later that evening, I will join up with Fons for TeachMeet NL 09, where they say, “the best technologies for learning are conversations and beer.” I can’t wait!

Tom Elko will report from the premiere meeting of the WISE Forum to be held in Doha on November 16 – 18, 2009. The Forum will draw leaders and decision-makers from governments, businesses, civil society, schools & universities, international institutions, NGOs, grassroots movements, top-tier media, multimedia, art and other creative communities around the globe. The event is bringing in an impressive list of speakers, including Gerhard Schröder and Biz Stone (Twitter). Of particular note to educational innovators, Curriki will accept one of the first WISE Awards for innovation in education.

Finally, I head to Helsinki on November 20 for a visit with a seminar at Haaga-Helia University of Applied Science on Boundless Learning. With both virtual and in-person components, the seminar is developing into a real treat to participate in. For a sample of the ideas we will explore, view the videos posted on the Boundless Learning blog.

More soon… stay tuned!

TEDIndia fellowship deadline approaches

The organizers of TEDIndia asked that I share this reminder that the application deadline for TEDIndia fellowships is June 15, 2009. What makes TEDIndia extra-special is, that the TED Fellows program will include a group of 100 innovators from India and South Asia who have shown unusual accomplishment and exceptional courage. These young world-changers will get the opportunity to become a part of the TED community which will help amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.

TED is looking for an eclectic, heterogeneous group of young thinkers and doers from the fields of technology, entertainment, design, the sciences, engineering, humanities, the arts, economics, business, journalism, entrepreneurship and NGOs. More information is available at http://conferences.ted.com/TEDIndia/

Design the teacher of the future

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What are the roles and qualifications for the Teacher of the Future?

This is the question that Education Futures is asking participants of the Education 2020 unconference in Islay, Scotland on June 12, 2009. (Watch my greetings for the conference.) Whether you’re participating in the event or not, you are invited to share your vision for future educators in the form of a classifieds ad-style job description for the Teacher of the Future, dated June 12, 2020. Submissions will be compiled and published at www.educationfutures.com in July of 2009.

Please download and complete this form [Word .doc] [Rich Text .rtf], and return it to me at john@educationfutures.com. Since all responses will be shared online, you are invited to also share a mini biographical statement and photo of yourself to introduce your contribution. Submissions for Teacher of the Future job descriptions must be received by no later than June 30, 2009, to be included for publication.

Thank you, Europe!

I just returned from my talks at the Creative Company Conference, ITSMF Academy, and the University of Oxford. The themes of each presentation were different, but I was able to work from a common subset of slides that built from ideas shared in the Designing Education 3.0 series at Education Futures:

Special thanks and greetings go to Rudolf van Wezel, Jamila Ross, Linda van der Heijden, Corrine Nederlof (@nederlof), Fons van der Berg (@helikon), Jeroen Bottema (@jeroenbottema), @roscamabbing, Donna Schaap (@SoyDonna), Ralf Beuker (@iterations), Arne van Oosterom (@designthinkers), Sir Ken Robinson (@SirKenRobinson), the Kaos Pilots, Amnon Levav, Michael Krömer, J. Roos, Agnes Hadderingh, Bert van Lamoen, Dan Sutch, Cristóbal Cobo, Ken Mayhew… and the many others I met and worked with over the past week!

Two weeks of creativity

This past week, I have been in Knoxville, TN, for Destination ImagiNation’s Global Finals. Perhaps one of the best kept secrets in education, “DI is an innovative organization that teaches creativity, teamwork and problem solving to students across the U.S. and in more than 30 countries. Its main program is an unconventional team learning experience where student teams all over the world solve mind-bending Challenges. Teams are tested to think on their feet, work as a team, and devise original solutions that satisfy the requirements of the Challenges. Participants gain more than just basic knowledge and skills—they learn to unleash their imaginations and take unique approaches to problem solving.”

Following DI, I will travel to Amsterdam for the Creative Company Conference and ITSMF Academy. The CCC, in particular, should be interesting as I will join Sir Ken Robinson, Frank Heemskerk (Dutch foreign trade minister) and human capital expert Mirjam van Praag in a discussion on creativity and entrepreneurship in education. This will be fun. Stay tuned!

Upcoming talks

Spring semester at the University of Minnesota will conclude in about a month, and I am already busy assembling my summer schedule. So far, it’s looking great!

I hope to meet up with Education Futures readers at each of these events. Contact me if you’ll be in town for any of the above talks!

Creative Company Conference

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This week, I confirmed that I will give a talk at the Creative Company Conference in Amsterdam on May 26. The CCC has a great list of speakers (including Sir Ken Robinson, Google’s Ji Lee, and TCHO‘s Louis Rossetto and Timothy Childs), and it’s a great honor to join them! More about the CCC:

The Creative Company Conference is the first international conference that brings business and creativity together in one arena, deconstructs the DNA of creative companies to understand their business models, presents the entrepreneurs that play the game of value creation, innovation and creativity in business.

The creative economy has just begun and the transition of your company into a truly creative company is the great task ahead.

The CCC is the place to connect, get inspired and learn lessons from business and creative thought leaders from every corner of the world.

My talk will focus on one of the CCC’s key questions: In education we prepare pupils and students for a future we do not know. What knowledge and skills give the next generation the best change of coping with the unknown? A session in which CCC poses the question: Isn’t it time to introduce two new elements in all levels of education: creative thinking and entrepreneurship.

Watch a video with last year’s speakers.

More at the CCC website…

Thank you!

The e-competencies conference is over –and, by all measures, it seems to be a resounding success! Many, many thanks go to Cristóbal Cobo and Jutta Treviranus for the co-organization of the event.

I am particularly grateful for our amazing participants. A few of their presentations are already online:

  • Martín Parselis (Video) [UCA]
  • Guillermo Lutzky (Video) [ORT]
  • Tom Elko (Video) [Independent Media Producer]
  • Janet Murphy (Video) [UToronto]
  • Miguel Raimilla (Video) [ONE ROOF ]
  • Florencio Ceballos (Video) [IDRC]
  • Suzanne Miric and Patrick Walker (Video) [UMN / METAMORF Tech.]
  • Roberto Balaguer (Video) [U de la R ]
  • Pablo Muñoz (Video 1 and 2 ) [UDD]
  • Germania Rodríguez (Video) [UTPL]
  • Víctor Zárate and Marilú Casas (Video ) [ITESM]
  • Jorge Silva (Video) [U.Toronto]
  • Jayson Richardson (Video) [UMN]
  • Stian Haklev (Video) [U.Toronto
  • Edgardo Lurig (Video) (ICT Policy Advisor of RNTC and UCSF)

Also, we had some great real-time presentations. Cristóbal Cobo posted many of our slide sets at Issuu:

Finally, I wish to express my gratitude to the amazing support team at FLACSO-México that made the conference possible, especially Ana Karla Romeu, Aarón Láscarez, Javier Cruz, Edgar Gutierrez, Déborah Monroy and Marduk Pérez de Lara. Thank you all!

On top of all these thank you’s, additional thanks goes to Cristóbal Cobo for compiling above lists of presentations.

The (almost) final e-competencies program

The FLACSO-México, University of Minnesota, and University of Toronto collaborative conference/seminar on E-competencies for the 21st and 22nd centuries will take place this Friday.  We have a tremendous list of speakers, and if you are not able to participate in person, we hope that you will be able to join us virtually.  The event will be broadcast live via two streams:

Also, updates will be posted via Twitter:  http://twitter.com/ecompetencies

Read on for the event program:

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