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Envisioning Human-Centered
Learning Systems

November 19, 2020
By: Katherine Prince, Maria Crabtree

What would happen if we reoriented teaching and learning systems, expectations and experiences to put a comprehensive view of human development at the center?

Human-centered learning would represent a systemic shift that would align learning structures, policies, practices and learning experiences around the flourishing and well-being of the people involved in education – including students, teachers, administrators, families and community members.

Envisioning Human-Centered Learning Systems describes a bold vision for education that would enable life-affirming experiences and outcomes for everyone involved in learning systems. It expands on the human-centered learning provocation introduced in Forecast 5.0: Navigating the Future of Learning, detailing the essential elements of human-centered learning: education liberates young people to participate fully in society; schools organize for love and belonging; leadership is intentionally inclusive and co-creative; and learning becomes a lifelong personal practice.

This vision for the future of learning places the healthy development, well-being and creative potential of all people at the center of learning systems. It provides an aspirational, shared focus for meeting the challenges of a rapidly changing and uncertain future. It also provides a frame for examining our existing assumptions about learning and identifying where they might need to shift.

Among the key takeaways from Envisioning Human-Centered Learning Systems are:

  • Learn about the four essential elements of human-centered learning
  • Engage in guided reflection about the elements of this vision
  • Access bold strategic steps, along with related actions, for aligning educational systems, structures, policies, practices and learning experiences with the vision for human-centered learning systems
  • See key insights about shifting society’s collective educational vision toward a human-centered perspective in order to cultivate vibrant and responsive learning communities and learning ecosystems

Join us in imagining what this vision for the future of learning could mean – and how we might get there.


Katherine Prince
Vice President of Foresight and Strategy
Maria Crabtree
Director of Strategic Foresight Projects

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