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The Future of Learning

The Future of Learning

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  • The impact of culture on teaching and early learning.
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A collaboration between THNK, the Amsterdam School of Creative Leadership and the Club of Amsterdam

This event will take inspiration and use elements of the THNK Forum format which is designed to deepen dialogue and elevate discussion by asking questions and re-framing issues to lead to surprising insights.

Beyond the lecture model
The traditional way to impart knowledge has been the lecture and question-and-answer session. The message is usually completely fixed before it is communicated. The question-and-answer session allows the audience to get clarification and to put in critical comments. But it is also often unfocused, because questions are dealt with haphazardly as they are raised.

Going out of our comfort zone
Participants ask the questions and structure the dialogue; they share the responsibility for an interesting outcome. It requires commitment and courage. The experts in creative leadership are encouraged to ask questions of the participants, to make it a true dialogue; this means it’s a two-way street, and participants need to abandon the comfortable position of being the only ones asking questions.


Our “thought starters” are:
Huib Wursten
, Senior Partner, itim International
Can we introduce “best practices” in education across countries?

As a result of globalization debates on education are no longer only about the improvement of the local standards. “Best performing countries now set the tone”.
Politicians understand that performance in education can determine the economic future of a country.
Several systems – like PISA – are used to compare educational quality across countries.
A recent analyses of the Economist Intelligence Unit focused on benchmarking the factors differentiating the highest achievers. They concluded that only a few of these factors could be found. Teaching is still a very local activity and what is happening locally is a black box.
One of the “fashionable” ideas is to make the progress of learners visible by standard tests and to make teachers accountable for the results. The fear of many professionals in the field is that this is leading to “teaching to the test” and that as a result important elements like creativity, critical thinking and problem solving skills will disappear.
Well-researched systematic differences in value preferences across countries are vital for understanding the way teaching/learning processes are handled.
What we can learn from each other internationally?

Emer Beamer, Social Designer and Educator. Founder at Unexpect, co-founder at Butterfly Works and NairoBits
What should we teach the next generation?

Many children born today are likely to live to be 100 years old, making the imperative to rethink what they are being taught at school all the more urgent. As many have noted, our current system of education was developed for the Ford generation while now we are moving to what Zygmunt Bauman calls ‘liquid modernity’.
What qualities will the next generation need in order to prosper in yet to be invented careers while creating meaningful lives? And could teaching the art of design and invention be a key component of future curricula.



Event details
the future of Learning
The impact of culture on teaching and early learning.

Thursday, February 27, 2014
Reception: 18:30-19:00, Conference: 19:00-21:15
Location: THNK, Haarlemmerweg 8a, 1014 BE Amsterdam (Westergasfabriek)

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The conference language is English.
A collaboration between THNK, the Amsterdam School of Creative Leadership and the Club of Amsterdam



Club of Amsterdam
The Club of Amsterdam is an independent, international, future-oriented think tank involved in channelling preferred futures. It involves those who dare to think out of the box and those who don’t just talk about the future but actively participate in shaping outcomes.
We organise events, seminars and summits on relevant issues and publish findings & proceedings through various off-line and online media channels. Our goal is to become a global player and catalyst for innovation in industries, science and society. We currently have more than 4,500 members globally.


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