Global Education Futures

Global Education Futures Initiative is an international collaborative platform that brings together shapers and sherpas of global education to discuss and implement the necessary transformations of educational ecosystems for thrivable futures.

Creating global educational
ecosystems for thriving futures,
one step at a time

Global
Education
Futures
Initiative

Global Education Futures Initiative is an international collaborative platform that brings together shapers and sherpas of global education to discuss and implement the necessary transformations of educational ecosystems for thrivable futures.

Creating global educational
ecosystems for thriving futures,
one step at a time

Key results of GEF work

Reports

GEF Vision: Educational Ecosystems for Societal Transformation

Our second report, Educational Ecosystems for Societal Transformation, summarizes two years of GEF journey that involved hundreds of educational leaders on five continents. We identify focal points of systemic transformation that may bring education of the future into reality, and lay out the framework for education as a vehicle for intentional evolution of the humankind.


Authors: Pavel Luksha, Joshua Cubista, Alexander Laszlo, Mila Popovich, Ivan Ninenko

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Future Skills: How to Thrive in a Complex World Report by GEF & WorldSkills Russia

This report prepared jointly with WorldSkills Russia as a part of the ongoing four-year research project on “future skills”, presents the vision of the transformation of professional skills and job markets around the globe.


Authors: Ekaterina Loshkareva, Pavel Luksha, Ivan Ninenko, Ivan Smagin, Dmitry Sudakov

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Global Education Futures: Agenda

Our first report has been largely dedicated to various avenues of the transformation of educational systems that may come about through the extensive use of digital technologies. The vision covers transformation up to 2030s, with focal areas including Global online platforms, Personalization, Collaborative learning, Gamification, and Neurotechnologies. The report remains one of the most comprehensive overviews of the field.


Authors: Pavel Luksha, Dmitry Peskov

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Future Agendas for Global Education: Executive Summary

This is a short version of the Global Education Futures Agenda (2014) report.


Authors: Pavel Luksha, Dmitry Peskov

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Atlas of Emerging Jobs (2015)

First published in early 2014, this Atlas summarizes the results of the “future skills” foresight conducted across 25 sectors of the economy, bringing over 2,500 Russian and international experts. With nearly 190 jobs in these sectors that emerge at the moment or are anticipated in the next decade, this is one of the world’s largest compendium of the “jobs of the future”. It also indicates 12 key meta-skills that are essential for future employability.


Authors: Pavel & Ekaterina Luksha, Dmitry Sudakov, Daria Varlamova, Dmitry Peskov, Denis Korichin

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Transforming Education for Complexity

In partnership with Global Education Futures, Global Education Leaders Partnership (GELP) organized its 14th forum, GELP Moscow, which is considered pivotal in many regards by both organizations. The forum provided opportunities for intensive learning and collaboration between the international community of educational leaders, and the community of Russian / CIS educational leaders. As other events organized by GEF and GELP likewise, this event was largely based on participatory

The forum focused on the rise of the "Complex Person" and the emerging and future competencies required of all our young people to thrive in a complex and constantly changing global society.

GELP is one of the most powerful alliances of global education leaders, thought leaders and consultants committed to transforming learning systems to meet the needs of learners. The Partnership aims to radically transform education for the future, enhance process of collaboration and mutual learning between educational leaders, and to focus on education systems and system conditions. To do so, it has been organizing many conferences, sessions and projects worldwide since 2009.

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Summary presentations

Global Education Futures: Agenda (2014)

Our first report has been largely dedicated to areas including Global online platforms, Personalization, Collaborative learning, Gamefication, and Neurotechnologies. The report remains one of the most comprehensive overviews of the field.


This presentation summarizes the key findings of our first report.


Authors: Pavel Luksha, Dmitry Peskov

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GEF Vision Summary (Summer 2016)

This presentation summarizes the main findings of GEF vision building journey: the why, what, and how of transformation of educational systems.


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Skills of the future and transformation of global educational ecosystem (December 2016, Berlin, Germany)

This presentation given at OECD workshop applies key ideas of GEF to the future of universities and explores the role they will play in the emerging global educational ecosystem.

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Coping with Global (Evolutionary) Crisis in 21st century through Social Innovation & Education (September 2017, Santiago, Chile)

This presentation provides a broader context of societal transformation and forces that shape it. It explain that the ongoing environmental, economic, and political crises are but manifestations of an evolutionary crisis that the humankind faces, as it tries to cope with accelerated growth of complexity within the global society. We can only do so through social innovation at scale, and transformation of education in particular.

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Maps & posters

Future of Global Education Map (2014)

GEF map of global future of education systems indicates main trends that shape transformation of the field, and many emergent formats that are rising or are anticipated to rise in the next two decades. The map may be seen as a visual representation of our Global Education Futures Agenda (2014) report.


Authors: Pavel Luksha, Dmitry Peskov

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Poster on Learner-centered education (2014)

This poster represents our 2014 of learner centered technology intense learning environments that we anticipated to emerge during the next decade.


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Poster - World of Education 2035

This poster summarizes key findings from three first sessions of GEF journey (in 2015) that have established the core of GEF ideas.


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Poster - New Education Maker Toolbox (2017)

Even though the future model of education is still emerging, many innovative practices that may constitute educational ecosystems of tomorrow already exist. This poster presents seven dimensions (or seven musical tones) of the emerging educational paradigm, and many specific practices that are developed across these dimensions.


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Other

GEF journey infographics (2016)

This infographics summarizes 2+ years of intellectual journey of Global Education Futures, and some key achievements at the end of 2016.


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Protopia Labs journey inforgraphics (2016)

This infographics summarizes the first year of work of Protopia Labs movement.


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Our vision: “We catalyze the transformation of global education”

Global Education Futures originated in 2008 as a grassroot Russian educational innovators community. Since then GEF has conducted many global forums with educators, researchers, startupers, entrepreneurs, students, and policy makers which resulted in visions of the future of education, policies and more.
Since 2014, we began growing as a global network of visionaries and practitioners who develop education as a vehicle of societal transformation. Presently we are an internationally distributed group of practice oriented leaders in 15+ countries conducting experiments and creating prototypes of learning ecosystems for the future. Our main offices are located in Holland and Russia.

Global Education Futures is a Think-Link-Do-Be Tank committed to both strategic action and emerging education futures. We co-create research projects and future learning prototypes for educational and societal transformation.
Our focus centers on system-level change in education:

  • Thinking on systemic change in education & beyond, through collective visioning, mapping and modelling;
  • Linking network of networks» of thought leaders, pioneers and top organizations transforming education;
  • Doing new frameworks, methods, learning programs and whole system prototypes to help everyone thrive in a complex world;
  • Being model community of leaders and seeing ourselves as prototype for change we want to see in the world.

We are focused on co-created partnerships, where we share fundamental values, co-design shared vision and collaboratively work towards its implementation.
We work as advisors, co-creators and research partners in:

  • Creating learning journeys for transformational leaders in education;
  • Working with policy makers, system players, and international agencies to change region / country education models across Russia, EU, Asia, Africa, South and North America;
  • Prototyping educational programs & learning labs with thousands of educational innovators from 50+ countries;
  • Catalyzing bottom- and middle-ground change across actively growing network from 15+ regions of the world.

Current Projects

Raising Learning Ecosystems

New leadership for systemic change.
Accelerating rise of regional and national learning ecosystems by developing capacity of “learning ecosystem organizers” (people creating systemic innovations & connecting providers). GEF leads:
- educational programs for “ecosystem organizers”, AKA “ecosystem accelerators;
- creating learning resources for leadership teams creating ecosystems: guidebook, online course, board game, and learning ecosystem simulator software to train teams of changemakers.

Collaborators: Metaversity, Agency for Strategic Initiatives, Vivir Agredecidos, Ashoka Foundation, Global Education Leaders Partnership, Skolkovo School of Management

EdTech Accelerator. Educational innovations for thrivability

ED2 EdTech Accelerator is an international acceleration program for projects in the field of digital education, designed specially for the educational market and for creating business products in the field of education. The goal of the program is to develop modern educational products, technologies, methodologies, help in entering the market and in scaling educational projects.

GEF helps to develop educational innovations helping to move forward thrivable future for our society and cultivate edtech startups in the field.

Future of learning MOOC

Sharing vision with global educators' community.
Since 2017, GEF Director Pavel Luksha runs a successful MOOC on “future of learning” in Russian, already attended by over 7,000 educational leaders & practitioners.

Two pilot launches of the course were made in 2018, and the course received high evaluation from its students, who also highlighted its practical relevance. The majority of course attendees are representatives of universities, schools, and education technology startups. Over 40% of attendees are management or founders.

In 2019, GEF is creating a new “blockbuster” MOOC in English, based on GEF research & federated with many of the world-leading experts in education.

Collaborators: Skolkovo School of Management, Tomsk State University, NTI STEM Clubs Association – and many leading institutions providing expertise

Empowering new generation of learners

Bringing new players into the systems.
Educational programs and pedagogical practices focused on empowering children and youth as change leaders in education and beyond. Projects include “Voice of Youth” (methods for empowering communication between adults and youth), young entrepreneur training  (e.g. TeenStart), and support for “rising stars” in systemic innovation.


Collaborators: emAne network, Global Change Leaders, Support for Childhood Foundation, The Bertalanffy Center for the Study of Systems Science.

Pilot experiments:

- Media for teens mel.teens, created by teens for teens on the leading education media mel.ru;

- Pink Elephant Forum, held within the largest educational conference Moscow International Education Fair;

- 3 launches of Teens start program in partnership with Global Venture Alliance.  The goal of the program is to cultivate in children from 12 years old a real entrepreneurial spirit with the opportunity to create their own business projects;

- Voice of Youth project, February 2019, in partnership with Whittle schools;

- Prototyping the schools of the future, Washington.

Past Events

Protopia Labs Series 2019

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GELP Moscow 2017 Report

Summary of the three-day long conference provides overview of why, in what directions, through which learning methodologies, and by which policies and investments, educational systems worldwide need to evolve.

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Invitation to Futuriser

Brief description of Futuriser model and approach

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Results of Protopia Labs experiment

Summary of the first year of experimenting with educational ecosystem launch.

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Key results of GEF Moscow

Key results of GEF Moscow meeting included the summary of GEF contributions to the international dialogue on the future of education and the first design of the movement of educational changemakers.

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GEF Global Collaborators

Experts that consistently contribute to GEF vision and project development

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Pavel Luksha

Founder, Global Education Futures
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Alexander Laszlo

Director, Ecosistemas de Aprendizaje, Vivir Agredecidos, and Co-founder, GEF
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Dmitry Peskov

Director of “Young Professionals” of the Agency for Strategic Initiatives
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Joshua Cubista

Founder, Evolution Lab, and Co-founder, GEF
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Mila Popovich

Founder, EVOLvED Leadership
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Georgette Yakman

Founder, STEAM Education
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Yiannis Laouris

CEO, Future Worlds Center
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Kennan Kellaris Salinero

Founder, ReImagine Science
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Cees Donkers

Founder, QASE
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Noemi Paymal

Founder, Pedagooogía 3000
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Lev Gordon

Co-founder, Living Cities and Gordon Foundation
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Pim van Geest

Operating Board member, GEF Foundation and Director, Bontemantel
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Julene Siddique

Professor / Core Faculty at The Laszlo Institute of New Paradigm Research
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Yuri Lobyntsev

CEO Cindicator, Expert in neurotech-enhanced human development
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GEF Advisory Board

Experts that advise GEF on its strategic directions and verify its results

Valery Hannon

Co-founder, Innovation Unit (UK), co-chair, Global Education Leaders Partnership

Simon Bartley

President of World Skills International

Dirk Van Damme

Head of the Innovation and Measuring Progress Division (IMEP) in the Directorate for Education at the OECD

Claudio Naranjo

Gestalt-psychotherapist, founder of SAT Institute

Anneloes Smitsman

CEO & Founder, EarthWISE Center

Ross Hall

Director for Education, Ashoka

Jamil Salmi

Global Tertiary Education Expert

Howard Rheingold

Professor at Stanford University, and Founder of Rheingold University

Charles Fadel

Founder and chairman, Center for Curriculum Redesign

Tom Vander Ark

Founder at Getting Smart and Partner at Learn Capital

Olivier Brechard

CEO WebForce3

Isaak Froumin

Head of Institute for Education, Higher School of Economics

Toru Iiyoshi

Professor at Center for the Promotion of Excellence in Higher Education, Kyoto University

Henry Etzkowitz

President of the Triple Helix Association

Alexei Sitnikov

Vice-President at Skolkovo Technology Institute

Eduard Galazhinsky

Rector at Tomsk State University

Leah Rosovsky

Vice-President Strategy at Harvard University

Manuel Heitor

Director of IN+ Center for Innovation, Technology and Policy Research

Yin Cheong Cheng

Research Chair Professor of Leadership and Change of the Hong Kong Institute of Education

Kim Dong Il

Director of the Institute of Future Education Design at Brain Korea 21 Academic Leadership Institute

Tim Unwin

Secretary General of the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organization

Andrea Saveri

Head of Saveri Consulting
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