is a path breaking and paradigm forming initiative that takes on the challenge of exploring, experimenting, emerging, and engaging systemic innovation for lifelong and lifewide learning.

By fostering the emergence of living learning communities, and bringing these communities into connection with each other to form socio-technical learning ecosystems, we are paving the way for a new brand of human to emerge.
What We Do
The way we work is by cooperating with our partners to co-create projects that have positive impact in education and on society as a whole. We create visions for education and share and apply these visions collaboratively.
Co-create visions on the future of education through ground-breaking research projects
Share visions with our partners and learners through learning journeys, educational/acceleration programs, forums etc.

Apply visions through prototyping projects, learning labs and advisory/implementation projects
Our focal areas of interest include skills of the future, learning ecosystems, empowering learners of all ages and creating prototypes for educational change.

Skills of the Future

In order to create a vision of education, it is essential to know which skills workers of the future need to develop. To have an idea about these skills, GEF has conducted extensive research, using our "Skills Technology Foresight" methodology, which we created in cooperation with the International Labour Organization and WorldSkills movement. In this research, over 1,500 experts from over 60 countries contributed their insights.
Featured Insights
Research Report, 2021
Research Report, 2017
Research report, 2015

Learning Ecosystems

We believe that learning in the future will be increasingly taking place in educational or learning ecosystems. Learning ecosystems are interconnected relationships organizing lifelong and lifewide learning. The purpose of learning ecosystems is to offer pathways for learners to actively co-create thrivable futures for people, places, and our planet.

We offer several activities around this theme: research, education, and the development of ecosystem prototypes.

Key Partners: GELP, Metaversity, Weaving Lab, Vivir Agradecidos, Ashoka, the Laszlo Institute.
Featured insights
Research Report, 2020
Research Report, 2018

Empowering Learners

We believe that a key aspect of the future of education is the empowerment of learners. Currently, the voice of children and young learners - the main beneficiaries of future educational systems - is underrepresented in the process of education design.

Global Education Futures has developed a methodology and practice that involves young learners as participants of the design of future learning in schools, families, and cities. Several projects using this methodology have been conducted in Russia, Latvia, the USA (California) and Argentina, and we're growing the practice to more countries.
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