2020 Forecast: Creating the Future of Learning

Posted by on February 01, 2010

Institutional innovation in an era of change

As part of its 2020 Forecast: Creating the Future of Learning initiative, the KnowledgeWorks foundation has released a series of policy briefs to address the reality now facing traditional education institutions. The most dynamic innovations in education will probably occur outside these institutions, and bottom-up developments will have to fuse with their traditional, top-down hierarchies. The first brief in the series, “Crafting Policy for Emerging Educational Futures,” examines this issue in light of two drivers of change: The first driver is our present context, in which bio-engineering promises cognitive and physical enhancement at the same time that our biological, ecological, and built environments show signs of stress; the second driver is the current economy, where large-scale production is shifting to bottom-up design and manufacturing. The second policy brief, “Amplified Policymaking,” explores skills required to handle the ubiquity of data, along with implications for using those skills to extend individual and organizational capacity. The third brief, “Building Policy Platforms for Resilience,” calls on policymakers to bring new strategies in response to disruptions in our geopolitical, economic, environmental, and social systems. The final brief, “Transforming Urban Education: Implications for State Policymakers,” explains the process for state-level policymakers interested in transforming urban education.

See the briefs: http://www.futureofed.org/taking-action/policy-briefs/index.aspx

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