We recently hosted our own workshop at the TED Summit in Edinburgh, to explore what the future of learning could look like. 

Titled; ‘Living in Beta: Sparking Curiosity', the workshop delved into how we can adapt to an ever-changing learning environment.

Our session began with Andy Hagerman, CEO and co-founder of the Design Gym, and our Chief Growth Officer, Ismail Amla, sharing their personal experiences.

Ismail highlighted three important trends shaping the future of learning:

1. We’re living longer, working longer and we’re going to have many different roles and even careers in our lives.

2. The work we’re doing itself is changing, as we enter an era of hybrid workforces, where humans and machines are increasingly operating as hybrid systems.

3. How we learn will need to change radically. We’ve been stuck in a system that’s hundreds (if not thousands) of years old. Alex Beard, author of ‘Natural Born Learners’ called it out when he said that schooling is not the same as learning. We’re going to need to be able to become adept at learning, unlearning and relearning if we’re going to be able to re-skill and remain relevant for a future that’s coming at us fast. That means new approaches, processes and systems.

We shared insights from our own research, highlighting that massive changes are happening right now within the UK workforce – AI and robots are not futuristic anymore.

Almost three quarters of business leaders in the UK today believe that the transition to a hybrid workforce will be their biggest challenge over the next five years. While a staggering 93% believe they’ll need to start actually managing that shift in the next 12 months.

The workshop was a hive of activity as the participants discussed their own learning journeys and the outcomes, milestones and experiences along the way.

Our curious mindset didn't stop at the end of the workshop though. It also marked the start of a living experiment where we’ll be capturing and codifying people’s most important learning moments and plotting these onto journey maps of lifelong learning. This will help us to understand more about how learning is changing to inspire the development of new approaches and technologies.

Curious about what else happened at the TED Summit?

As you would expect the TED Summit was full of great ideas and people. If you want to spark your own curiosity, just look-up these speakers:

Laura Boykin’s ground-breaking Tree Lab initiative has managed to improve food security in East Africa by deploying a mobile genomics tool-kit to support growth of the all-important cassava crop.

Suzanna Lee’s mind-blowing work in bio-fabrication is looking at how to replace man-made materials such as plastics and bricks with materials grown through biological additive manufacturing processes. 

Margaret Heffernan explores the challenges of change and believes the elephant in the room when dealing with major change programmes is the sacrifice required by employees, and how to manage this.

Bob Langert, formerly of McDonalds, champions the need to embrace and work with critics, to be open and transparent with information and to invite differences of opinion into our organisations, as a way to improve what we do day to day.

Rose Mutiso is passionate about ending energy poverty in Africa, where off-grid solutions are not sufficient to support the needs of the region.

Tshering TobgayTim Flannery and Kelly Wanser are passionate about exploring the challenges and potential solutions to climate change - one of the biggest societal challenges we face.

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