Redesigning the future of education in Knowmad Society: Our next steps

Redesigning the future of education in Knowmad Society: Our next steps

How we’ll get to the meaningful development of workers who can work anytime, anywhere, and with anybody in a knowmadic world requires significant realignment of our educational priorities. At IPON, John Moravec shared three approaches:

  1. Focus on soft skills development.In their book, Invisible LearningCristóbal Cobo and John Moravec explored the important roles of informal and soft skills learning — many of which contribute to elements of success in modern organizations or entrepreneurial activities. These include leadership, responsibility, managing chaos and uncertainty, and maintaining healthy interpersonal relationships. And, these are very hard for formal schools to teach if we keep on focusing on hard skills development and curricula designed to meet the needs of a society where change occurs slowly. In today’s world, change is occurring so rapidly, that the hard skills students develop may be obsolete by the time they graduate. With an appropriate mix of soft skills, they might have a better job at surviving a job interview.
  2. Attend to the creation of new ecologies of learning. This requires taking risk. We are so adverse to risk in education, that we rarely try anything new. As a result, we are at risk of failing universally. It’s time to expand the ecology of learning formats and intended outcomes, allowing learners and communities to find their own way, and develop their own pathways to success.
  3. Reinvent our relationships with technologies. Too often, schools behave as consumers of technologies, buying into ideas and practices developed by others. This is a block to innovation, and, as a result, we tend to use new technologies to do the same old stuff. It’s time for schools to rethink their relationships with technologies, and to consider designing solutions that are meaningful for them as prosumers, if not as outright full producers.

Above all, to make all of this happen, we need vision. To me, it seems we have a global crisis. We don’t know where we want to go. Our vision for the future isn’t as clear as it used to be.

Some people say we need a revolution. Others say we need to innovate. We need both. Or, as Ronald van den Hoff puts it in Knowmad Society: We need an INNOVUTION.

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Emerald opens Knowmad Society special issue of On the Horizon at IPON

Emerald opens Knowmad Society special issue of On the Horizon at IPON


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Knowmadsociety Initiatief

Knowmadsociety Initiatief

Er is wereldwijd een nieuwe wind aan het waaien rond educatie en professionele activiteiten. Dit resulteert soms in mensen die hun krachten bundelen om meer daadkracht in de wereld te manifesteren. Knowmadsociety is zo’n initiatief. Ze publiceerden een boeiend boek.


Stefan van der Weide: My day in Knowmad society (or what it may look like)

Stefan van der Weide: My day in Knowmad society (or what it may look like)

I’ve heard John Moravec talk about Knowmad Society and recently saw the lanuch of the book (online).
The thing that’s always get my mind busy is this question: what would a (work)day look like in Knowmad Society?
Well, this is my version (please note that all names of persons are fictional):

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