Projects Timeline
Global Education Futures and its associates have realised many projects in over 50 countries around the world. The main projects are presented below.
2020
Fall
2020
Fall
Research
Research project on the future of skills, in cooperation with WorldSkills Russia. With the combined insights of over 700 experts from 45 countries across the globe, this research explores implications for 7 industries, and their Vocational Education & Training needs.
2020

2020

Research
The insights reflected in this report explore the skills, knowledge, and ways of being that support life-long and self-directed learning. Drawn from 40 case studies of learning ecosystems around the world
2019
Nov-Dec
2019
Nov-Dec
Prototyping
Includes 8 lectures and 'labs', online discussions and a number of products created by a community of over 100 experts.
2019
Mar-Dec
2019
Mar-Dec
Professional Education Consulting
11 regions of Russia, which represented regional Universities, technology parks, business communities and regulatory bodies.
2018
Jun-Dec
2018
Jun-Dec
Executive Education
Acceleration program for 25 leaders of ecosystem projects from around the World
2018
Spring
2018
Spring
Research
Multi-modular international program that runs in several key locations around the world to showcase a variety of approaches to shape new models of education that exist in the US, Europe, Russia, and China
2018
2018
Professional Education Prototyping
Methodology that involves young learners as participants of the design of future learning in schools, families, and cities.The projects using this methodology have been conducted in Russia, Latvia, California (US), and Argentina.
2018
2018
Research
Report summarizes three years of GEF journey that involved hundreds of educational leaders on five continents. We identify focal points of systemic transformation that may bring education of the future into reality
2017
Oct-Nov
2017
Oct-Nov
Forum Consulting
The forum focused on the rise of the "Complex Person" and the emerging and future competencies required of all our young people to thrive in a complex and constantly changing global society.
2016
Aug-Sep
2016
Aug-Sep
Prototyping
Protopia Futuriser was a pro-active and living gathering of 150 global changemakers from 12 countries and innovators who experimented with co-creating a new educational ecosystem.
2016
Feb-Mar
2016
Feb-Mar
Prototyping
Meeting in Moscow was GEF pivotal event that brought key partners of Global Education Futures. The purpose of the gathering was to present current results of GEF initiative and discuss practical collaborative activities that can start building bridge(s) from the present into the desirable future
2015

2015

Research
This report based on research executed by GEF, when it used the name Refuture.me. It showed an overview of jobs in the future, to give an idea of where we're heading. The research was conducted in cooperation with SKOLKOVO Moscow School of Management and the Agency for Strategic Initiatives.
2015
May
2015
May
Research Prototyping
Global Education Futures partnered with WorldSkills Russia to conduct the foresight session aimed at creating a vision for the future competencies demanded in the emerging job market
2015
April
2015
April
Executive Education Prototyping
Global Education Futures forum in California was conducted in conjunction with Global Technology Symposium. Keynotes and panel discussions with education innovators and thought leaders set the stage for the Rapid Foresight session
november-December 2019 Moscow
Protopia Labs 2019
A set of lectures on the Protopian challenges and practices of the future.

The goal of these lectures is to describe what wisdom and thrivability society is and to identify the basic models of culture and human development that help us create a model of such a society.

The set includes 8 lectures and laboratories, online discussions and a number of products created by a community of more than 100 participants.
March-December 2019 Moscow
Ecosystem Accelerator 2019
This is an educational program for leadership teams from 11 regions of Russia, which represented regional Universities, technology parks, business communities and regulatory bodies. The aim of the program was to develop regional teams and help them to create the roadmaps for the development of regional educational ecosystems, as well as to launch pilot projects such as forums, competitions and other initiatives that link communities together.
June - December 2018 Russia,Switzerland,Netherlands
Weavers Academy 2018
An educational program was launched following the forum in Lyon.

It took place from June to December 2018 in the Netherlands in Mastricht, in Russia, Moscow and in Switzerland in Bern. The partners of the program were Ashoka Foundation, Moscow School of Management Skolkovo, THNK, Chaos. As part of the program, 25 leaders of ecosystem projects from around the world have developed their ability to weaving - a focused cultivation of purposeful organizations and multistakeholders 'communities and accelerated their own ecosystemic projects.
Spring 2018
Mapping global community of ecosystemic educational innovators
A number of maps for global educational innovator community have been created in recent years worldwide, with the purpose of strengthening collaboration between innovators and users of innovations worldwide. Most of these projects, however, have focused on incremental innovations that improve existing educational institutions, or ¨leapfrogging¨that would allow educators from less developed regions ¨catch up¨ with those from more developed regions.

Our work at GEF indicates the need for disruptive scalable innovations that begin to shape educational systems of the future - lifelong learning ecosystems. In this project, we identify which educational innovations are best at producing "ecosystemic" education. We are producing definitions and criteria for "ecosystemic" innovation, and we create a prototype map of "ecosystemic" innovators for the region of Russia, Ukraine, Eurasian Union, and the Baltic States.

The project is accomplished with the support of Rybakov Foundation, and results will be presented in Spring 2018.

This program, created as a partnership between Global Education Futures, Global Change Leaders Collaborative, Ashoka Foundation, and SKOLKOVO Moscow School of Management, is a multi-modular international program that runs in several key locations around the world to showcase a variety of approaches to shape new models of education that exist in the US, Europe, Russia, and China. It focuses on primarily on new strand of leaders that shape and steer educational ecosystems - known as "weavers" or "ecosystem gardeners". The role of the program is to prepare these leaders who will lead transformation of educational ecosystems in several regions of the world, as a part of Global Change Leaders effort. The purpose of the program is threefold: it aims to give boost to existing teams of "weavers" to help them work on transforming education in their regions, it allows to incubate projects of systemic change in education during the program, and it helps create new knowledge and practice of "weaving" or "ecosystem gardening".
2018
Voice of Youth
Currently, the voice of children and young learners, main beneficiaries of the future educational systems, is underrepresented in the process of design. During one of the first meetings of Global Education Futures in Menlo Park, California in April 2015, Valerie Hannon and Marc Prensky suggested that a methodology needs to be created, which brings voice of youth into the system. In late 2015, during the design of the national roadmap of childhood, Ekaterina Luksha has designed such a methodology that involves young learners as participants of the design of future learning in schools, families, and cities. This methodology has been since then applied for the design of policies on regional and national level, and the redesign of schools, orphanages, summer camps, and other educational formats. The projects using this methodology have been conducted in Russia, Latvia, California (US), and Argentina.

The methodology of Voice of Youth offers to transform the relationship between teachers and students, between children and adults, into one that is more sincere, more equal, more open, and more empowering. Sessions, where learners open up and present their authentic thoughts and feelings about their desired future, are followed by sessions where they are endorsed and empowered, to make this future real. That way, children and adults become cocreators of new ways of learning and living. The most important transition that may happen is the transformation of a teacher mindset, from autocratic and patriarchal, to a more democratic and more holistic way of acting and interacting.

We are currently launching an international platform that will share voices of young learners of the planet and will allow to spread this approach internationally. We are welcoming partners who want to cooperate with us in applying and developing the Voice of Youth methods further.
31 october - 3 november 2017 moscow, russia
GELP 2017
In partnership with Global Education Futures, Global Education Leaders Partnership (GELP) organized its 14th forum, GELP Moscow, which is considered pivotal in many regards by both organizations. The forum provided opportunities for intensive learning and collaboration between the international community of educational leaders, and the community of Russian / CIS educational leaders. As other events organized by GEF and GELP likewise, this event was largely based on participatory

The forum focused on the rise of the "Complex Person" and the emerging and future competencies required of all our young people to thrive in a complex and constantly changing global society.

GELP is one of the most powerful alliances of global education leaders, thought leaders and consultants committed to transforming learning systems to meet the needs of learners. The Partnership aims to radically transform education for the future, enhance process of collaboration and mutual learning between educational leaders, and to focus on education systems and system conditions. To do so, it has been organizing many conferences, sessions and projects worldwide since 2009.
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31 august - 5 September 2016 Pyla, Cyprus
Protopia Futuriser
Protopia Futuriser was a pro-active and living gathering of global changemakers and innovators who experimented with co-creating a new educational ecosystem through the exchange of practices, collective playing, and establishing a network of international transformative teams. 150 educational innovators from 12 countries attended the first meeting.

Futuriser aimed to create international student/teacher teams that establishing "points of attracting the Future" – transformative projects that can help bring new education & new society into being. It was particularly focused on projects that addressing, or combining, three types of educational "venues":

  • University/school as a heart of educational "ecosystem" that transforms its environment (re-shapes its city/region, creates new industry, etc.)
  • Cultural/educational hub for life-long urban learners that attracts city activists and acts as a center of city transformation
  • Educational online / offline platform for regional / country / global activism
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29 february -3 march 2016 moscow, Russia
GEF Global Meeting
Meeting in Moscow was GEF pivotal event that brought key partners of Global Education Futures into the discussion on how to make GEF vision a reality.

The purpose of the gathering was to present current results of GEF initiative and reflect on its journey, to discuss practical collaborative activities that can start building bridge(s) from the present into the desirable future, and to connect with initiatives that exist in Russia and can become part of the global movement for education redesign. The meeting brought together partners from Ashoka, GELP, ASI, WorldSkills, and other partners of GEF. The idea of Protopia Labs movement was created, and a number of experiments on whole educational systems were initiated.

Key results of GEF Moscow meeting included the summary of GEF contributions to the international dialogue on the future of education and the first design of the movement of educational changemakers.
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22-23 may 2015 Kazan, Russia
Future Skills Foresight
Global Education Futures partnered with WorldSkills Russia to conduct the foresight session aimed at creating a vision for the future competencies demanded in the emerging job markets. The Future Skills Foresight session took place as part of the international sessions for determining the future direction of development and long term "rules of the game" for a global educational system. Participants of the foresight session were official and technical delegates from the WorldSkills movement, as well as international experts in the fields of economic growth and professional education.

Subject groups have been formed in such a way as to enable participants the greatest opportunity to discuss issues on changing various spheres of the economy and appropriate training systems. Focal discussion topics were:

  • What processes for technological and social change will provide the greatest impact for the sphere of activity?
  • How specifically are processes changed in manufacturing and services, what new competencies (knowledge and skills) are required, and what competencies become outdated with the appearance of new technologies?
  • What new processes for training personnel are necessary to introduce in connection with the change in necessary competencies?

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1-3 April 2015 California,USA
Global Education Futures Forum
Global Education Futures forum in California was conducted in conjunction with Global Technology Symposyum. It explored main changes in education driven by technological innovations, major social & economic transformations, and personal & collective demands for an education that meets 21st century needs.

Keynotes and panel discussions with education innovators and thought leaders set the stage for the Rapid Foresight session that focused on four big themes:

  • How to create global online learning platforms that serve better the world's education?
  • How to organize more productive models of knowledge creation?
  • How will educational ecosystems for emerging social practices be created?
  • How to increase the resilience of our cities and communities through collaborative learning?
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