DTN- The Digital Thinking Network

The Future of Learning in Preparation for Life in 2020+

A foresight scenario planning investigation into the future of learning for Europe’s second biggest educational publisher Sanoma Learning and Literature.  This global scenario planning and foresight process brought business leaders from 5 countries together and looked outward to innovation in learning across the globe from China, India, Japan, to the United States and Europe. How has education been organised over the last 200 years, and how would it change in the next 20?  

How will we match the formalisation of learning or education as we have come to call it to a rapidly changing society driven by digitisation, globalisation, resource constraints, climate change, etc in a context of slow institutional renewal.

In facilitated discussions, creative workshops and innovation accelerators the executive team created a shared language and perspective to build a robust strategy and leading initiatives for different futures. Immersive video interviews with 31 remarkable people across the world brought critical insights from diverse sectors:  a sushi oykata (master) in Tokyo, ministers of education in Asia and Europe, hi-tech firms in San Francisco, computer pioneers, innovators in Virtual Reality and others. This combined with desk research totalled just over a 1000 pages of work, which was then reduced to the one page executive briefing, and overview diagram is shared below.

The 3 future scenarios developed for the future of learning in 2020+

The scenarios opened a fresh vista for a new strategy for acquisition and innovation as well as become the template of the seven innovations and the digital transformation strategy of Sanoma Learning and Literature. In the following year the strategy was adopted by parent company Sanoma as its own digital transformation strategy.

A small section of the people we interviewed for the future of learning scenarios