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[ftf] Future Trends Forum

I’m at a small conference — about 40 people — that is considering what would be “an effective education for the 21st Century.” It is the 16th edition of the Future Trends Forum, sponsored by the Fundacion de la Innovacion, sponsored by Bankinter, in Madrid. It promises to be an intense day and a half.

The group’s organizers have agreed to live blogging. I’ll do the best I can, although it’s likely to be difficult.

NOTE: Live-blogging. Getting things wrong. Missing points. Omitting key information. Introducing artificial choppiness. Over-emphasizing small matters. Paraphrasing badly. Not running a spellpchecker. Mangling other people’s ideas and words. You are warned, people.

Chris Meyer begins the morning. He quotes from Chris Dede about moving from industrial era education to preparing people for 21st century “work, citizenship and life.” What kind of new institutions might be created? Chris M. says this is more driven by demand than supply, especially as people live longer. During the conference, we’ll be looking at innovations in parts of the world where the institutions are not as firmly fixed, to try to get a glimpse of what might emerge.

I opened the morning with a ten minute talk reviewing the survey members had completed, and talking about knowledge as a property of the network. If I get a chance, I’ll post it.

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