DIF on AIR Education Fit for the 21st Century with Sir Ken Robinson & Dr. Peter Senge

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  • Sir Ken Robinson, Dr. Peter Senge

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Life in the 21st century is more interconnected than ever before. It is also marked by more access to more information than ever before. As huge challenges like climate change and social inequality loom on the horizon, it is said that our time is characterised by VUCA – vulnerability, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity. The acronym might have seeped into public consciousness, as the unpredictability of the future is increasingly perceived as a threat.

Are children and teenagers in this day and age well prepared for this future?

Sir Ken Robinson famously claims that ‘schools kill creativity’ and the current, reductionist approach to learning turns students into adults that are less rather than more comfortable with uncertainty. Peter Senge has spent much of his later career thinking about the tri-part relationship of self to self, self and others, and self and the planet. He found that the ability to handle these three relationships in their complexity is systematically underdeveloped in young people. There might be a need for learning to become more integrated so that knowledge becomes rational and intuitive, general and personal, conceptual and embodied.

What, then, is the vision for education? Join Ken and Peter in discussing and exploring a vision for education in the 21st century, where five key guiding ideas are outlined for the emerging education system:
• A new era of personalisation - moving away from standardisation

• Strength in peer to peer networks - technical and emotional needs enriched through exchange in groups not as groups

• Promote collaboration not competition - the system rewards collaboration, celebrating the social aspects of learning

• Be the change you want to see - rooted in your local circumstances shape structures that enable the desired behaviour

• Too urgent to rush - the only way we will cope with the future is recognising that we are part of shaping it, one step at a time


Sir Ken Robinson

Sir Ken Robinson

Sir Ken Robinson worked as a professor of education at the University of Warwick for twelve years before taking up his current position as professor emeritus. He has also been awarded with honorary degrees from a number of institutions including the Open University and the Central School of Speech and Drama, the Rhode Island School of Design, Ringling College of Arts and Design and Birmingham City University. Still, despite his distinguished academic accomplishments, he has some rather original and critical views of traditional education. In his keynotes, Sir Ken Robinson stresses the importance of learning and creativity.

Governments in Europe, Asia and the United States, Fortune 500 companies and nonprofit international agencies have all sought Robinson's expertise in education and development.

Dr. Peter Senge

Dr. Peter Senge

Peter M. Senge, Ph.D. is a Senior Lecturer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is also Founding Chair of SoL, the Society for Organizational Learning, a global community of corporations, researchers, and consultants dedicated to the "interdependent development of people and their institutions."

Dr. Senge is the author of the widely acclaimed book, The Fifth Discipline: The Art and Practice of the Learning Organization(1990, revised edition published 2006) and, with colleagues Charlotte Roberts, Rick Ross, Bryan Smith and Art Kleiner, co-author of The Fifth Discipline Fieldbook: Strategies and Tools for Building a Learning Organization (1994) and a field book The Dance of Change: The Challenges to Sustaining Momentum in Learning Organizations (March, 1999), also co-authored by George Roth.

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