Global learning futures

Climate disruption, loss of biodiversity, overuse of earth’s resources, and ecological collapse threaten all life on earth. But there is much we can do to turn it around and address the root causes of the climate crisis.

Education is an important part of the solution, but education itself must undergo a radical transformation to ensure more sustainable and ecologically just futures. Explore the work of MLFTC faculty and students in this area, including webinars, research and projects

"Turn it Around!" is a youth-led initiative aimed at reimagining education futures in response to the climate crisis. Explore “Turn it Around! Flashcards for Education Futures” - a learning tool for adults, made by youth, to reimagine our approach to education, and our relationship with nature and the living world. And read "Turn it Around! An Education Guide to Climate Futures"—an unconventional policy report that mobilizes the power of socially engaged art to address the root causes of the climate crisis through education.

Learning Futures Collaboratives are intended to meet the goals of developing future-focused, ideas-driven, high-impact research agendas among MLFTC faculty and graduate students. Listen to a roundtable discussion of the UNESCO report “Reimagining our futures together: A new social contract for education” with panelists Inés Dussel (Dept of Ed Research, Mexico), David Edwards (Secretary-General of Education International), Noah Sobe (Senior Project Officer, UNESCO’s Future of Learning), and Peter Desouza (Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, India) - moderated by Iveta Silova. In addition, read commentaries and reactions to the UNESCO report written by faculty, researchers, and students from the MLFTC community.

Future Tense Fiction: Learning Futures is a series of science fiction short stories, published as part of a collaboration between ASU, Slate and New America, exploring how learning experiences of all kinds will be shaped by nature, technology and other forces in the future—and the moral, ethical, and social challenges this will entail.

Learning to become with the world: Education for future survival is a background paper written for the UNESCO’s Futures of Education Initiative by the Common Worlds Research Collective, including Affrica Taylor, Mindy Blaise and Veronica Pacini-Ketchabaw, and Iveta Silova. The report is a challenging declaration. It calls for a shift in how we view education that is so vast that the authors could only express it by projecting themselves three decades into the future, then looking back on what it will take us to get there.

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