map of future forces affecting education

This via CEOsforCities: it's the 2006-2016 Map of Future Forces Affecting Education by Knowledgeworks Foundation and the Institute for the Future. Thought Willy Priles, TeacherSol and the good folks at the Pinoy Teachers Network would appreciate it.

What are the forces shaping education?

It could be video games. Bioengineering. Or health care. All of these forces and more are explored on the KnowledgeWorks Foundation and Institute for the Future 2006-2016 Map of Future Forces Affecting Education.


The map is a forecast — a credible, internally consistent view of how future forces will affect the components of public education. It is not a prediction; it does not claim to be a certain statement of what will happen. As a result, the map is most helpful if users do not quarrel with the forecast. Since the future as spelled out in the map might plausibly happen, you can make use of it to spark your thinking about education, regardless of whether or not the map turns out to be a perfectly accurate prediction.

One of the values of a map like this is that it allows you to hold in your mind, at once, the complexity of several forces of change. After familiarizing yourself with this high level overview, you'll be able to dig in deeper to specific spots on the map, and play with interconnections across the map. This process can stimulate discussions that allow for new insights about the future of education and new strategic decisions about your organization's plans and actions.

This, under "New Localism"'

Local value grows
Economies of group connectivity—combined with fears of globalism, political gridlock, and concern over dominance of big business—will create a revival of localism.

And this under "Lightweight Infrastructures"

Infrastructures are flexible and localized
In a world of rapid urban growth, constrained urban resources, and increasing mobility, building and maintaining basic infrastructure will be an ongoing challenge. The concept of permanent, large-scale infrastructure will likely give way to more temporary, localized, and ad hoc solutions—in effect creating temporary structures for bounded purposes or lightweight, portable, and personalized infrastructures. This is true for infrastructures like telecommunications and energy, but will be increasingly true for social, economic, and political structures as well like micro-finance and micro-insurance, home-based health care, small schools, and even micro-learning structures. Technologies and structures that were once intended to provide independence for rural areas could well become tomorrow’s urban solutions.

Why is it on this blog? 1) I like maps -they help us understand complexity; and, 2) in a very physical way, schools shape cities (and, of course its citizens -and ultimately, civilizations).

1 comment:

Javier Marti said...

I am Javier, the founder of Trendirama.com, a community of online amateur writers. We write about the future of everything, and I would like to invite you guys to write an article on the Trendirama.com website, perhaps "The future of Education in America" or whatever you are passionate about? It is up to you, you choose the subject.
You would get a link back when you link to your own article, if you wish.
You can even re-use some of what you have here, in the last part of the article, "your view and comments". That would save you time and still be interesting for readers.
And yes, I know you may not have the time. None of us do...;)

Failing that, if you like the project and you can help me to promote it and find writers/readers -even if you don't write- it would be great. Since we are starting, we need all and any help that you can give.
By making this valuable information available online for free, I truly believe we are helping to make the world a better place.
And you could do your bit for the world too.

Your help is appreciated, and if you let me know your contribution, you'll be rewarded appropriately in due time. If you link to us or mention us, we can link you back too.
You can even use our valuable articles on your websites, provided that you link back. Any better offer than that?! :)

Look forward to hearing from you or read your article in Trendirama! Join us writing an article!

Best regards
Javier Marti

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