Beyond the obvious: re-defining the meaning of learning in a networked society
Gerd Leonhard, Futurist, Author and CEO, The Futures Agency
Digital technologies and the so-called social-local-mobile society are quickly and radically changing the definition of learning, training and education, whether at work, at home or at traditional learning institutions.
There are many drivers behind this change. One is the global explosion in cheap but powerful tablet devices, another is the rise of the BRIC countries (Brazil, Russia, India and China) as the new leaders of innovation and change. And the networked society has a massive influence: crowdsourcing, collaborative creation and user-generated-content, telepresence and remote working, augmented reality and new human-machine interfaces, real-time and flow-based media environments, automated real-time translation and the rise of online learning hubs such as Khan Academy and Ed.Ted. Things are changing faster than ever before.
The next three to five years are certain to bring rapid and global change to pretty much all segments of society, business and culture. And it is not really about technology, in the end - it is how people's habits and social behaviours are changing because of it, and what challenges and opportunities lie ahead as a result. Gerd will present some key foresights and immediate future scenarios from around the globe, and take the audience beyond the obvious to the deeper -- and sometimes worrying -- implications.