The Shock of the Future

Featuring Pavel Luksha.

Dr. Pavel Luksha is a founder and a director of Global Education Futures initiative, and a Professor of Practice at Moscow School of Management, where he works primarily on the transformation of the higher & professional education sector. Join us as Pavel explores his views on how we are facing a very complex future and how we cannot meet those challenges with simple solutions.

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Episode notes:

  • The Soviet Union in some aspects was very advanced, education one of its strengths.
  • As a kid he participated in inspiring experiments, design thinking in the 80s.
  • There is so much advance in many areas but not in education.
  • How to make education anticipatory.
  • Developing methods that help educators think about the future and be more proactive about it.

Education is something you live through, that implies a direct human connection, unless you are a practitioner you cannot think about the future of education.

  • The future of education is lifelong learning, it is necessary to work with all ages.
  • Vision for the future of education:
    • Model needs to accompany human beings for live.
    • Support different modalities and styles of learning.
    • Much more learner centered.
    • Greater diversity of learning experience.
    • Supporting the whole person, holistic learning.
  • Learning ecosystems can implement that vision.

Life is changing so fast that we should not prepare students for the past but to co-design the future.

  • Games and projects so that we can experience life to the fullest
  • Move from somebody who is a knowledge holder to a mentor, supporter, motivator.
  • Problem is not with teachers, they are able and willing to learn in new ways.
  • Main problem is the system, what organizational sociology calls the iron cage.
  • Schools all tend to look the same.
  • Normative reasons, defined by the law.
  • Expectations from the outside world, who think they know what education is.
  • Teachers themselves also remember how good schools are and they tend to replicate what they know.

Mindset set by the industrial age and enlightenment; everybody needs to have the same knowledge. Until we allow human beings to become different, we will not deviate from standardization.

  • Until we allow human beings to become different, we will not deviate from standardization.
  • COVID showed us that the system is capable of change.
  • Schools are capable of very rapid change if it becomes necessary.
  • Online learning in the traditional practice the whole process collapses. We are not ale to keep students motivated.
  • There is no more monopoly of schools in the online space. Students can shut down the teachers and go to do something more interesting.
  • A wake up call like COVID is not enough.
  • When we deal with individual and collective success stories we ae not statistics.
  • Change can be produced at the range of regions.
  • Ideas spread once somebody creates something inspiring others will follow.
  • Important to create international networks.
  • Create different learning environments.
  • Critical mass needs to be smart, engage influencers and policy makers.

Shock of the future: we are facing a future that is much more complex than anything we have seen before and we are trying to answer our challenges with simple answers, it is not possible. We will be forced into changing but it might be a painful process.

  • Assessment as we know it was measuring capacity in the most simplistic way.
  • Ecosystems of assessment that measure diverse perspectives.
  • We need to create a bridge to get out of the measuring obsession.
  • Digitally enhanced education, 300 factors to measure different aspects of learning.
  • Some neural interfaces are already being used for direct measurement of engagements.

Wish: An educational system that supports lifelong learning and we are empowered to take all opportunities.


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2 thoughts on “The Shock of the Future”

  1. Thanks for sharing. I liked this concept of ”shock” and I also believe we never stop and we should never stop learning.
    Change takes time. In the meantime, we should remain open minded without giving up.
    Oh, and I wish for everyone to have access to education.

  2. ……I am doubting more and more that we can and should heat, temper and pound on the “Iron Cage”…perhaps the solution to a New Paradigm of Learning is more humble in origin. Life Long Learning is maybe an oxymoron? Life and Learning share the same DNA, no? What if Our new Learning System’s Modus Vivendi were directed from an anticpated state of “Future Self” and its Modus Operendi was guided by from experience of “Former Self”…….maybe this would help us evolve from effecting change in our world to affecting our world into a better state…..
    ….what a deep and thoughtful interview!


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