The Future of Learning: Education in the Era of Partners in Code is KnowledgeWorks fourth comprehensive forecast on the future of learning and explores the intersection of three impact layers — people, structures and society — and five drivers of change:
- Optimized Selves – Discovering new human horizons
- Labor Relations 2.0 – Negotiating new machine partnerships
- Alternate Economies – Finding the right niche
- Smart Transactional Models – Creating self-managing institutions
- Shifting Landscapes – Innovating in volatile conditions
Where the drivers of change meet the impact layers, provocations suggest possibilities for what learning could look like in ten years. As you explore them, we invite you to unleash your imagination, examine new possibilities for learning and consider what role you might play in shaping the future of learning.
We are rapidly entering a new era in which our economy, our institutions and our societal structures — indeed, the very bedrock of our lives — are shifting at an accelerating pace. This new era promises to change learning dramatically, affecting the ways education prepares learners and the reasons individuals pursue learning in the first place.
Over the next decade, our lives will become so inextricably linked with our digital companions that we will find ourselves living as partners in code, creating the next generation of human digital co-evolution. Code will become increasingly ingrained in our lives. It will come to function as a sort of white noise in the background: always there and only noticeable when missing.
The key challenge of the era of partners in code will be to define how people foster productive relationships with technology that leverage, elevate and celebrate the unique contributions of our humanity so that we can thrive amid intensifying complexity.
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