Manifesto 15, conceptualized in 2015, is a forward-thinking document outlining a vision for the future of education. It proposes a shift from traditional, rigid, and standardized educational models to flexible, learner-centered, and experience-driven paradigms that embrace change, encourage lifelong learning, and foster creativity. In an era characterized by rapid technological advancements and societal changes, the document serves as a framework, enabling educators, learners, and policymakers to adapt to and navigate through these transformations, thereby shaping an educational landscape that is inclusive, dynamic, and future-ready. Manifesto 15 was built to help us handle future. Does it hold up today?
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Education Futures is a globally-focused education thought leadership and research network with experience in collaborating with creatives, leaders, innovators, and learning organizations to create new opportunities for human development. We work to create vibrant, visionary, hard-charging, front-running and value-creating impacts that transform how and what we learn. Our goal is to create outcomes for all learners that are meaningful for the 21st century and beyond.
The world approaches 2023 very differently than it did four years ago. We are faced with increasing global challenges: climate catastrophes, pandemics, wars with global repercussions, and the weaponization of false narratives. Our economies and workforces shifted. We no longer feel as global with continued supply chain breakdowns. We work increasingly remotely. We are rethinking the designs of our cities. And we embraced distance learning.
Dec 29, 2022
When we wrote the book, neither Cristóbal nor I had any idea it would be so well-received and have a tremendous impact, particularly in Latin America and Spain. It has been an honor to see it adopted as a text by teacher training universities, used by students throughout the region, and even inspire works by other authors.
Apr 1, 2021
I am pleased to share the revised scope and call for papers for consideration in On the Horizon: The International Journal of Learning Futures. We remain committed to regional, gender, and cultural diversity. We further aim to bring voice to those who are typically marginalized. If you have an idea for a paper you would like to discuss or are interested in joining the editorial board, please get in touch with me!
Mar 2, 2021
On the Horizon explores issues that have been emerging (and have been accelerated by the pandemic), as technology changes the nature of education and learning within and among institutions, and across geo-political boundaries, recognizing learning increasingly takes place outside of the traditional institutional environment.
Jan 21, 2021
The COVID-19 pandemic is a global crisis, and yet it rips the people of the world apart. Social distancing is practiced in communities and borders are closed—in some cases nearly hermetically. International students are finding themselves isolated and stranded, if not sent back to their homes. In a period driven by fear, the human yearning to explore and build connections has never felt so urgent.
Apr 15, 2020
In the recently released book, Emerging education futures: Experiences and visions from the field, Leona Ungerer looks at how artificial intelligence impacts higher education. She further addresses concerns about incorporating it in higher education contexts, especially in emerging countries such as South Africa, where an ecosystem is forming to support applications of AI in education.
Feb 23, 2020
Bob Kartous issues a warning: If we don’t make serious efforts to invest in and modernize education, we are headed for a future with massive socioeconomic inequity, where citizens will be placated through what he calls “sugars and cybersugars,” and where the fabric of our democracies may be destroyed by disengagement and weaponized postmodernism.
Jan 23, 2020
Pekka Ihanainen calls for a new mindset in education that take into consideration complex interactions between affordances of observability, solvability, and partakeability. Affordances for learning, he writes, “are functionalities composed by human subjects in their personal and social contexts and environments in which they make their living. Pedagogical affordances are those present in pedagogical events and situations, and they determine the qualities of learning possible in practices learners localize themselves.”
Jan 8, 2020