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 national nonprofit organization advancing a future of learning that ensures each student graduates ready for what’s next. For more than 20 years, we’ve been partnering with states, communities and leaders across the country to imagine, build and sustain vibrant learning communities. Through evidence-based practices and a commitment to equitable outcomes, we’re creating the future of learning, together.