Futures of Education, Educations for the Future

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A number of things happened on Wednesday, 24th July.

First of all, one of these was already happening before. Since Monday, actually. We were hosting 20 educators and youth workers, coming from all over Europe, for our Erasmus+ training course “Discover Design Thinking” – an opportunity not just to give them a new tool to create better services for their communities, but also to build trust in their own creative abilities.

Secondly, we were hosting the last Meetup of the season – hurrah! These events are always a huge appointment on our calendar, but this time it was even more important for us, because our Luxembourg Design Thinking group had reached more than 1000 members. (Not a small feat here!)

And finally, we were going to present the first results of our research of education here, in this country. I say “first,” because as you already know from the process, the research stage is never truly finished. But what we had gathered in these months was already pointing in some interesting directions. That’s why we decided it was a good time to start sharing these directions with others, exchange views and further tune our compass for the next stage.

All together, these events conflated in two of the strangest and most exciting hours I’ve seen in a long time – in a World Cafè on “Futures of Education, Educations for the Future.”

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Our event kicked off with a presentation of the work we’ve done so far on this topic. We shared with the participants (our educators from the course, plus around 20 between aficionados of our group and interest newcomers) the work done so far, starting from current changes in education to case studies of design thinking applied in the educational context and ending with our user interviews. As we explained, this was just a first step: more interviews and research would come, but at this point it was interesting to get this out and receive input from the outside. Then, we explained how our research had generated 14 themes to work on, from curriculum development to the identity of schools and teachers, and more than 40 “How Might We” questions. From those, we had already selected 12 which promised the most potential in terms of change, and we used them to start our discussion during the World Cafè.

The World Cafè is a way to have a great number of people exchange ideas and opinions on a variety of topics very quickly, and this is exactly what we saw happening during the event. For our European guests, it was an opportunity to hear the point of view of a local community; for our Meetup members, to discover stories and inspiration from other countries; for us, to see connections and insights thanks to a multidisciplinary group of people who all share the same interest in improving education.

Soon, we’ll start with the second stage and develop our first prototypes. In the meantime, we feel good: there is a community of people who care about the future of young people!

The event was support by the Erasmus+ programme.

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