EDUCATION

Education is always learning. Technology, now spliced into every facet of our lives, is disrupting our education systems and renewing how we view our existence. Together with unprecedented access to information, advanced learning tools and advancements in cognitive science, the story of technology and education is more lively than ever.

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How can we characterize our realities in a foundationless, limitless universe?

Seeing unimaginable futures

Visions and beliefs define the world in which we live, our paths to the future, even our realities. Co-founder and chairman of The World Innovation Network (TWIN), Robert Wolcott, explores what this means in our current era.

Extending the borders of talent development

Learning, beyond e-learning

A learning organization, much like a startup, values human capabilities as drivers of mindful growth and continuous experimentation. But what should we train for, and how?

Thomas More's 1516 utopia could bring us back to the present

We need More

More wasn't the first and he certainly wasn't the last to to examine what an ideal society might look like.

Intellectual and artistic manifestations of utopia

Different states of mind

Peter Waldo, Ernst Bloch, Milan Šimečka, and Jerry Dammers (illustrated above, left to right) in the realm of utopia.

Hauling education into the digital twenty-first century

Reimagining learning

Covid-19 has created an opportunity for students from elementary-age to graduate school to benefit from crowdsourcing and online classes. What does that mean for the future?

Chico Tillmon works with Chicago youth to break patterns of degradation

Curing a different type of epidemic

Former Chicago gang member, Chico Tillmon, is fighting what seems to be an incurable epidemic in his city: violence. He is on a quest to change the future for thousands of youth who are living in a scenario without hope, because of what he sees as a system that has taken away their possibilities to improve.

Afterwords

Remote teaching and emotional engagement

PROXIMITY // Simona Malpezzi is an Italian senator and a school teacher. She shares lessons learned from the experience of distant learning and the importance of technology during this pandemic. She also reflects upon the changes schools will have to adopt as the importance of personal connection becomes ever more significant. She advocates for a new classroom modality that values transversality among disciplines and emotional education.

Afterwords

Strength and Vulnerability - Being Me

VULNERABILITY // Jane Andrews is Head of the Primary Years Program at H-International School Treviso and an experienced international educator. She discusses the need for leaders to be themselves — strong as well as vulnerable — to provide the human support and connection required by members of a school community during uncertain times.

Afterwords

Education cannot be suspended

EDUCATION // Emiliana Murgia is a teacher and digital animator from Milan. She is at the forefront of education, among those who are struggling to maintain a school routine for children who are at home during lockdown. In her enthusiastic approach, she shares her belief about the importance of digital solutions, with a conscious awareness that they can't replace physical school and human encounters.

A theoretical physicist's take on one of life's most ethereal questions

The mystery of time

The mystery of time is not yet understood in physics, cosmology, and the neurosciences. According to Carlo Rovelli, time is definitely not “necessary.” The theoretical physicist actually claims that, in the basic equations that he uses in his work, there is no “time” at all.

Our investment in the future

Harvesting an educational utopia

H-FARM is creating a new campus, an innovation hub in the countryside, to meet the educational needs of the future. By giving students the right environment to grow in, including virtual classrooms, they will be well prepared to become innovation leaders.

The man who has dedicated his life to time traveling

How to bend time

Time travel is more than a fantasy for Ronald Mallett, it's a mathematical model that proves that bending time is possible.

The Conversation

Innovation in Education

Stephan Vincent-Lancrin, senior analyst at the OECD Centre for Educational Research and Innovation (CERI), discusses the jobs of the future and the soft-skills — like creativity and critical thinking — that students need to be taught, to prepare for those roles.

future-centered educational approach

The best teaching starts with those who teach

Since it was founded in 1968, the International Baccalaureate World Schools’ mission has been built on a cornerstone of creating a better world through education. Adrian Kearney, director of IB talks about how to keep it relevant in a world that’s changing rapidly.

Communicating science for the masses

Science is an ivory tower

How are innovation and AI changing how educators approach science topics? Do the jobs of the future mean that we need to rethink making science more accessible?

Is analog writing dead?

The end of handwriting

As we have moved into the digital age, we have also moved away from everything analog, including handwriting. Could the death of handwriting catapult future generations into another Middle Ages?

The conversation

Knowledge is a virus

Paolo Balboni, professor of applied linguistics at the University of Ca' Foscari Venice, discusses how different countries understand knowledge and learning. How do models and non-verbal codes transform information into corporate knowledge?

RELIVE MAIZE.LIVE

9 TAKEAWAYS FROM WonderLEARN

WonderLEARN is the third episode in our maize.LIVE series aimed at rediscovering the magic in corporate learning and mapping out the ever-so-strange landscape of education.

The Conversation

Skilled for complexity

Nasos Papadopoulos, founder of web destination for learning about learning MetaLearn, sits down and explains what are the skills we need to be future proof, and how to learn and succeed in an environment of constant change.

Learning for the Innovation Age

School Rules

The way we live and work today is completely different than the way we did in the past. Why, then, do we keep on educating young generations the exact, same way as we did back then? And how can we change this? (Short answer: tossing an iPad in the classroom won’t help).

Landscape of Education

A Brief History of Corporate Learning

Upskilling and reskilling are more than a crucial priority for organizations: they're a requirement. But what is learning, and how does it differ from education? If we want to shape the future of corporate learning, we have to know where it comes from first.

On Digital Pedagogy

Why Technology and Literature Should Go Hand-in-Hand

In Western societies today, the perceived dichotomy between the humanistic disciplines and STEM subjects is often seen as a natural thing: in school, we study them as though they reside in separate realms, and when the time comes to choose which career to pursue, we are given the choice of either path A or path B.

Why corporations are teaching their employees to be kids again

The educational chasm

What does it mean when the skills we seek today in our preparation for tomorrow are the same as the ones we all held yesterday? Put succinctly – this is what we call the educational chasm.

The Long Read

Getting on the Same Wavelength

The German philosopher Immanuel Kant believed that education differs from training in that the former involves thinking whilst the latter, in his view, does not. A staunch advocate of public education, was Kant correct to make the difference? Are education and training not one two sides of the same learning coin? Further still, how does one learn? Thanks to neuroscience, the ways in which we are educated and are trained have become much easier to understand.

Innovation in Education

Exploring the Learnscape

As mysterious as it is important, developments in how we teach and learn are often blind sighted by bad data and lack of foresight – no matter how good our intentions.

Understanding Neurodiversity

New Ways of Thinking, Learning, and Driving Change

Research shows that one of the most important sources of competitive advantage is a company’s overall corporate learning strategy. A robust corporate learning strategy focuses on deep expertise development, collaboration, knowledge sharing, and the continuous reinforcement of expertise as a central to success.

The Mediator Between the Head and the Hands Must be the Heart

Bringing the Soul into the Future

Benjamin Butler, the founder of the Emerging Future Institute, writes his thoughts on which ideas we should keep close to our hearts in the years ahead.

The Playlist

Nicklas Bergman / Navigating the TechStorm

A smart list of startups, links, books, technologies, and ideas.

The Conversation

Being in the Present in Order to Protect the Future

Dr. Tia Kansara talks us through the potential paths humanity may take moving forward, and how a strong education will lead to informed consent in deciding which we should journey down.

Luminous Beings Are We, Not This Crude Matter.

THE FUTURE IS HUMAN

When working with corporates and discussing innovation, two distinct attitudes emerge when addressing potential future scenarios. Although different, what these two approaches lead to is the overarching understanding that putting the human factor first – will definitely become a differentiator in capitalizing on new forms of innovation for the future.