I am a scholar on the future of work and education; a global speaker; the founder of Education Futures LLC; and, Editor-in-Chief of On the Horizon, an academic journal focused on new futures for education. My work is focused on meeting Sustainable Development Goal 4: Ensuring inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all—with an eye toward the future.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, I am working with international organizations on the global response to the crisis, developing innovative pathways of support for the world's most impacted teachers and students through technologies.
I am concerned about human capital development as society approaches an increasingly complex and ambiguous future. Technological change drives social change, and the impact of these changes is accelerating exponentially. Our schools, universities, and other knowledge-based institutions must leap ahead of this curve for all people to compete in highly globalized, knowledge- and innovation-based societies.
My research and action scholarship agendas are focused on exploring the convergence of globalization, innovation society, and accelerating change in human knowledge development; and, building positive futures for knowledge creation systems in an era of exponential uncertainty. My work focuses on exploring the emerging “Knowmad Paradigm,” and the new approaches to leadership and human capital development required. My work is global, and I am most actively engaged in research and collaborations in the United States, Latin America, and Europe. In addition to editing Emerging Education Futures (2019) and Knowmad Society (2013, Education Futures), I am the co-author of the book Invisible Learning (2011, University of Barcelona Press).
I have been fortunate to have been invited to connect with and collaborate with many institutions around the world, including:
World Bank Group (USA/international), Inter-American Development Bank (USA/international), Santillana (Mexico), Girls in Tech (Ecuador), Simon Fraser University (Canada), Universidad de Guadalajara (Mexico), National Society for Experiential Education (USA), Universidad de Cundinamarca (Colombia), European Democratic Education Community (Netherlands, Germany, Poland, Finland), National Research Tomsk State University (Russia), Plain Ceibal (Uruguay), Universidad Nacional de la Plata (Argentina), Turkish Private Schools Association (Turkey), World Confederation of Private Education (Portugal), J.W. Fulbright Commission (Czech Republic), Ministry of Education, Chubut Province (Argentina), Universidad Francisco Marroquín (Guatemala), Ministry of Education (Peru), University of Minnesota (USA), Ministry of Education (Ecuador), Ministry of Education (Chile), Estonian Information Technology Foundation (Estonia), Hogeschool HAS Den Bosch (Netherlands), Husin Group (Indonesia), Knowmads Business School (Netherlands), Haaga-Helia School of Vocational Teacher Education (Finland), Fundación Telefónica (Argentina), Universidad Santo Tomás (Chile), Instituto Normal de Enseñanza Técnica (Uruguay), University of Potsdam (Germany), Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg (Germany), European Council of National Associations of Independent Schools (Slovakia), NHL Hogeschool (Netherlands), Ministry of Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation & Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport (Netherlands), Hogeschool van Amsterdam (Netherlands), Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (European Commission Joint Research Centre, Spain), International University of Andalucia (Spain), De Baak (Netherlands), Charles University (Czech Republic), Universidad Técnica Particular de Loja (Ecuador), University of Oxford (UK), Masaryk University (Czech Republic), Anqing Teachers College (China), Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana (Mexico), Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (Mexico), Northeast Normal University (China), FLACSO (Mexico and Ecuador), University of Debrecen (Hungary), University of Hawaii (USA) …
… and with many more schools and organizations across the planet. For a full list of engagements or to book me as your next speaker, please write to me!
Founder of Education Futures, a think tank and advisory firm with a service mission, serving governments, schools, and universities in the Americas and Europe.
Creator of the knowmads concept, which takes a futures-oriented approach to envisioning human potential development in the next 10 years, and the implications for education today. This work has inspired the creation of various knowmads schools and business initiatives around the world.
Author of Manifesto 15, a vision for evolving learning.
Co-creator of invisible learning metatheory for reframing human capital development in an era of exponentially accelerating technological and social change. With major works published in Spanish, and 100,000+ copies of Aprendizaje Invisible (2011) distributed to date, the invisible learning protoparadigm is influencing public policy development and the formation of new teacher profiles in various Latin American nations, including Mexico, Peru, and Uruguay.
Thought leader and facilitator of the Minnevate! dialogue process to build an action agenda for educational leadership in Minnesota. Sponsored by the Minnesota Association of School Administrators, the project is a grassroots opportunity for communities to come together and identify pathways for forming positive futures for children, supported by Minnesota’s public schools.
Global speaker and trainer with 100+ invited engagements across four continents, including four TEDx talks. External consultant and trainer for the Inter-American Development Bank.
Ph.D., comparative and international development education, University of Minnesota
Master of International Management, University of St. Thomas
B.A., international studies, American University