KnowledgeWorks Research Named ‘Most Significant Futures Work’ by Association of Professional Futurists

Topics: Future of Learning

KnowledgeWorks research publication, The Future of Learning: Redefining Readiness from the Inside Out, was named the 2018 Most Significant Futures Works by the Association of Professional Futurists at the organization’s annual meeting.

The Association of Professional Futurists uses this annual award selected by a group of professional futurists to publicly recognize and educate about work to “illuminate aspects of the future.” Nominated for its “credibility and effectiveness in forecasting the future of work,” KnowledgeWorks’ research findings have been adopted by K-12 programs, post-secondary institutions, the Ohio Chamber of Commerce and other education stakeholders across the country.

Authored by Katherine Prince and Jason Swanson from KnowledgeWorks with assistance from Andrea Saveri with Saveri Consulting, The Future of Learning: Redefining Readiness from the Inside Out dives deeper into concepts from KnowledgeWorks’ most recent 10 year-forecast published in 2015, The Future of Learning: Education in the Era of Partners in Code.

The research, based on in-depth workplace interviews and strategic foresight research into current trends, shares scenarios for what future work could look like and highlights opportunities for education stakeholders to act today to prepare students for the future.

The Future of Learning: Redefining Readiness from the Inside Out proposes a new foundation for readiness based on three core skills that promote the social and emotional awareness needed to succeed in the future workforce:

  1. Deep self-knowledge: Individuals will need continually to discover their own personal and professional strengths, weaknesses, passions and emotional patterns.
  2. Emotional regulation: Workers will need to be able to recognize their own emotions, understand the triggers that create them, and move to more productive emotional states.
  3. Empathy and perspective taking: People will need to be able to recognize others’ emotions and perspectives to help build inclusive, collaborative work environments.

KnowledgeWorks is preparing to launch its next 10-year forecast on the future of learning this fall. Learn more and sign up to one of the first to read Forecast 5.0 at

About KnowledgeWorks

KnowledgeWorks is a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing personalized learning that empowers all students to take ownership of their success.

With more than 50 professionals working in 11 states, KnowledgeWorks is uniquely positioned to transform cradle to career education because we’re the only organization that simultaneously engages in strategic forecasting, governmental advocacy and working directly with schools. Throughout our 20-year history, we’ve been passionate about collaborating to create a system-wide approach that grows and sustains student-centered practices – all to equip learners for career and life success.

Through customized professional development, in-depth research such as forecasts on the future of learning and federal education policy guidance and state-level ESSA implementation support, KnowledgeWorks has created opportunities for more than 135,000 students in 20 states through competency-based learning and early