Research Program

Future of Education, Training and Behavioral Change

How do we make sure the next generation is better off than we are?

Education is the most powerful weapon, which you can use to change the world, said Nelson Mandela.  Almost no other area has caught more attention in the public debate during recent years than education. The billion-dollar quest is and always has been “How do we make sure the next generation is better off than we are?”

Maybe, the question has never in modern time been more relevant than now. Over the last 20 years schools – from elementary classes to universities – has faced dramatic challenges. Changing attitudes, Internet transparency, globalization and marketization of the educational systems has dramatically changed the rules of the game.

But this might well only be the beginning. Phenomena and organizations such as Khan Academy, TED and massive open online courses have already started to transform the educational and learning landscape. What will education look like tomorrow? What will be the role of schools and universities, classrooms and teachers in a world where knowledge is free and training is computer aided? And what will happen to vocational training when information and training blocks are distributed in the form of nuggets?

Education is the most powerful weapon, which you can use to change the world. Nelson Mandela

For more than a decade, we’ve been studying the future of teaching and schooling, on the job training and higher education. We’ve interviewed high school and university students, parents, teachers, professors, HR-directors, experts and opinion leaders. We’ve analyzed which of all the activities performed by headmasters that really matter, when the goal is to deliver educational results, and we’ve explored the real benefits of IT in the classroom. And we’ll continue to do so.

The question is: what will “the future” mean to how you should deliver training and education in the future?

'The ability to understand and manage complexity' is the most critical skill HR managers are looking for then they are hiring university educated staff. (Kairos Future/University 2025)