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The world has never been changing more rapidly, dislocating the ways we work, learn and live. On The Learning Future Podcast we discuss the knowledge, skills and dispositions we all need for our learning future, exploring insights through interviews with world-class educators, researchers, policy makers, and leaders from across industries and across the world.

The Learning Future Podcast with Louka Parr‪y‬ The Learning Future

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The world has never been changing more rapidly, dislocating the ways we work, learn and live. On The Learning Future Podcast we discuss the knowledge, skills and dispositions we all need for our learning future, exploring insights through interviews with world-class educators, researchers, policy makers, and leaders from across industries and across the world.

    Toward a Human Paradigm with Michael Fullan

    Toward a Human Paradigm with Michael Fullan

    How does success ensue from a purposeful life? How do we move beyond the academic obsession, the primacy of the cognitive, to holistic social, emotional, physical and spiritual transformation?

    This week Louka speaks with Michael Fullan, Global Leadership Director, New Pedagogies for Deep Learning, about his latest paper, The Right Drivers for Success, published by the Centre for Strategic Education. They discuss moving education systems from the bloodless paradigm to the human paradigm. How leveraging the drivers of Wellbeing and Learning, Social Intelligence, Equality Investments, and Systemness can enable true system transformation.

    Michael Fullan, O.C., is the Global Leadership Director, New Pedagogies for Deep Learning and a worldwide authority on educational reform with a mandate of helping to achieve the moral purpose of all children learning. A former Dean of the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) of the University of Toronto, Michael advises policymakers and local leaders around the world to provide leadership in education. Michael received the Order of Canada in December 2012 and holds honorary doctorates from several universities in North America and abroad.

    • 46 min
    The Values-Driven Organisation with Manjula Dissanayake

    The Values-Driven Organisation with Manjula Dissanayake

    How do we provide universal opportunity for all?

    In today's episode, we speak with Manjula Dissanayake about how we can reshape education that allows people to discover themselves, about learning for life. That through a holistic education we can discover what we value and how we articulate and enact our purpose.

    Manjula is the founder of Educate Lanka Foundation, a globally recognized social entrepreneur, and an international development professional with a background in banking and finance. Prior to founding Educate Lanka, he worked in investment banking and consulted the International Finance Corporation of the World Bank. Manjula speaks and advises globally on inclusive and equitable education and workforce solutions for youth and was named an under-33 global leader and a top 10 social innovator in the U.S. He holds a bachelor's in finance and a master's in international development and social innovation. He completed his executive education in social entrepreneurship at Stanford University. Manjula is based in Washington DC and splits his time between the U.S. and Sri Lanka.

    • 43 min
    Self-Determined Education with Hayley McQuire

    Self-Determined Education with Hayley McQuire

    What is the role of community and local connection in creating powerful authentic change? And how might a First Nations-led education system enable self-determination that more fully supports all aspects of us in communities?
    In this episode, we speak Hayley McQuire, a proud Darumbal and South Sea Islander woman from Rockhampton, Central Queensland, Australia, and a passionate advocate for Indigenous social justice and First Nations lead education. Hayley has worked with young people worldwide to advocate for education rights through the UN Secretary General’s Global Education First Initiative. She is the co-founder and National Coordinator of the National Indigenous Youth Education Coalition, Co-Chair of Learning Creates Australia and an Obama Foundation Leader in the Asia Pacific.

    • 30 min
    Imagination by Design with David Staley

    Imagination by Design with David Staley

    What happens when embrace imagination as our most critical faculty in an automated future? And how do we design for the whole spectrum of human creativity to shape future-fit universities that leverage true human potential?

    On this episode of The Learning Future Podcast, we speak with David Staley, Ph.D., an historian, futurist, and Associate Professor in the departments of History, Design and Educational Studies at the Ohio State University. He has published widely on the intersection of technology and scholarship and is the author of Alternative Universities: Speculative Design for Innovation in Higher Education. 

    From 2011-2012 he served as National Dean for General Education at Harrison College, and from 2003-2008, he was Executive Director of the American Association for History and Computing (AAHC). In addition to his written works, he has designed and curated both online and physical exhibitions, publishing numerous visual compositions in digital media. He serves as President of Columbus Futurists (http://columbusfuturists.org), host of CreativeMornings Columbus (http://creativemornings.com/cities/clb) and host of the podcast "Voices of Excellence" (Voices of Excellence from Arts and Sciences). His research interests include digital history, the philosophy of history, historical methodology, and the history and future of higher education.

    • 37 min
    A New Learning Paradigm with Stephen Harris

    A New Learning Paradigm with Stephen Harris

    How might we collectively envision a new narrative for education?

    On today's episode, we speak with Dr. Stephen Harris about creating a new learning paradigm. Stephen is Co-Founder and Director of Learning at Learnlife Barcelona, and a former award-winning principal in Sydney, Australia. Through Learnlife he now works to accelerate change in existing education models through personal purpose-based learning. He shares his reflections on principalship, creating a community of care, and finding ways to practically rethink the ways schools function for all learners.

    Stephen was the Principal of Northern Beaches Christian School (NBCS) from 1999 - 2017. Under his leadership, the school gained international recognition as an organisation. In 2005, Stephen founded the Sydney Centre for Innovation in Learning. His vision was to embed innovation into everyday school practice and Stephen has received wide-spread recognition for his leadership as one of Australia's most innovative principals.

    • 40 min
    Understanding Suffering, Grief and Death with Zenith Virago

    Understanding Suffering, Grief and Death with Zenith Virago

    In a Covid world, all of us have experienced loss. So how might we understand grief and powerfully acknowledge the fact that all things come to an end, including our lives and those of others around us?

    In today's powerful episode we speak with Zenith Virago about the rites of passage in our lives and how we can powerfully experience loss and death. Zenith is a maverick and respected pioneer, teaching both nationally and Internationally, with her work best described as assisting people to die well, and for families and friends to have a healthier bereavement, especially involving sudden death or trauma, assisting people to know and reclaim their legal rights, and co-create their own social rites of passage.

    Zenith is the Executive Officer and founding member of the Natural Death Care Centre Charity for over 25 years. She is committed to cultural change, informing, educating and empowering individuals and communities and co-author of The Intimacy of Death and Dying, and subject of Zen & the Art of Dying, and patron of the Good Funeral Guide, UK.

    • 29 min

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