The future of education that my family has sought since 1972 celebrates educators who are passionate about helping youth create jobs and demand purposeful working lifetimes. What changed our lives in 1972 was an early example of internetworking. We saw 500 undergraduates interacting simultaneously around a digital network in one of the first experiments of what was then called the UK's National development project in Computer Assisted Learning . This connected multiple universities in the North of England which were hubbed around the University of Leeds.
I went to work in Leeds for 3 years while my father, Norman Macrae, started journalising at The Economist how entrepreneurs could change the world if we invested in the abundancy of a post-industrial revolution. Unlike the economics of scarcity caused by over-investment in houses and consuming up things, knowhow can multiply value in use. As the father of modern day computing John Von Neumann said: the future of professions needs to be about transparently designing above zero-sum exchanges. (ref biography)
Today's opportunity is to mobilise worldwide collaborations that mediate a joyful turning point for our human race. Which of history's greatest human dreams cannot become future realities if we make hi-trust investments in our children's children? We believe in the action learning credo: Impossible become possible if right time, action, people, place, converge. (www.convergences2015.org)
If you share our purpose of job-creating education -and helping youth collaborate around humanity's most exciting goals - then the combination of four university hubs that I recommend you look at first in 2012 are:
1 MIT in Boston USA - world's number 1 job-creating alumni network: entrepreneurship as every discipline's innovation laboratory. Relevant searches include : new media lab, student entrepreneur competitions, connections to 360 degree capital, patent pools and network incubators, mobilising extremely affordable apps, open courseware. Also MIT has become the home of the web's inventor Tim Berners Lee, trans-hemisphere entrepreneur fellowships including the passionate action-oriented changemakers at The Legatum Centre and The Poverty Lab.
2 Mandela Free University partners led by Taddy Blecher www.taddyblecher.com out of Johannesburg S. Africa - search peer to peer action learning franchises, collaboration cultures like ubuntu and student telecentres, partnerships supported by Google Africa with every type of new technology practice that student entrepreneurs may need, Mandela elders' new millennium goals and empowerment values, Branson fun and prize networks, egov.
3 Collaboration of over 100 Historically Black Universities currently epicentred in Atlanta Georgia www.ofcvc.org but hoping to build a new agriculture and tech, distant and real university inspired by Muhammad Yunus and located in USA's poorest county that's in the state of Alabama
4 Universities linking into BRAC's total education system in Bangladesh - and also being openly celebrated at such annual educational Oscars as those convened by Qatar. As a former first lady of S Africa used to say : Dhaka is the open university of microcredit. Since that meant it was the capital that innovated investment banking of the 15 million poorest village mothers with the most passionate demand for job creating education for their next generation- and since Bangladesh has the longest experimentation (since 1996) in using mobile tech to turn villages into telecentre hubs for the most life critical needs of mobile technology - today worldwide youth may be encouraged to value Dhaka as interaction learning's open university of micro everything.
Provided all Entrepreneurial Revolution (www.erworld.tv ) networks understand the depth of conflict resolution competences that extreme social and buisness innovation needs to integrate, sustaining the future of job creating youth is the most exciting collaborative challenge in the world as the breakthrough net generation comes of age. Of course, any map of the Future of University will be fast changing and printed versions will quickly look dated. I am always searching- right now for universities led by Chinese and Japanese education entrepreneurial movements. And, I would love to hear what I am missing that your favorite job-creating university can linkin firstname.lastname@example.org
Before our short tour of how and why the above 4 sites are brilliant places for empowering youth's productivities, lets talk about the paradoxes that our 40 years of research have encountered since the first time we experienced 500 students simultaneously digitally networking .The net generation can be the most productive time for youth but only if we help invest in co-creating up to 3 billion jobs. Our main recommendation to educational policy makers from our 40 year elearning curve is the vast majority of these new jobs will not come from students passing examinations and expecting employers to offer them jobs.
Community jobs are those that invest in family and community so that whichever global village a child is born in, she or he has a fair chance to grow up healthy and job-creating. Norman journalised how the quarter century 1940-1965 started to destroy community jobs in the West due to huge growth in top-down government, taxes spent on armed forces and a tv advertising whose accidental impact was a loss of championing real communities. Conversely in the developing world, Norman knew from his father--in-law's quarter of a century work with Mahatma Gandhi that lack of community infrastructure causes so many children being born into poverty's traps. Essential hi-trust professions that every community needs to celebrate to be sustainable are: medics, teachers and bankers. Moreover youth need these people to be there as practice role models and designers of apprenticeships.
Green Jobs- the 20th century's most unsustainable economic bias was caused by not costing for what wasteful industrial processes were stealing from next generation's access to clean water, nutritious food, sustainable climate, and recycling of waste. Moreover the compound risks of the petrochemical age were neither understood in terms of how much they have destroyed nutritios food nor understood in terms of security of nations. Fortunately green economics starts from bottom up diversity- in the third of the world with no electricity grids there no debate - get solar and get biogas now and create community jobs as well as green ones
Million times more collaboration ought to make the net generation the most productive time to be alive but only as the father of computing von neumann's logics about the imperative of developing multi-win models are understood by all professions and place leadership ruling constitutions. So far not one global profession has addressed this in a whole truth systemic way.and bi bankers have been rewarded for sepcialising in most vicious zero-sum games
Norman Macrae's 1984 handbook http://www.erworld.tv/id133.html on the net generation's co-creation of 3 billion jobs played out scenarios whose timing was economically critical. For example, he advised America to develop a beyond-superpower policy for collaboration with the post-USSR period which could have brought a peace dividend around the world. Similarly, the 1990s could have been an investment in photosynthesis as a much safer way forward for the world to invest in energy than nuclear or carbon worlds.
However uniting celebrations in a sea-change in education and smart media is the seminal worldwide game changer if economics is to be responsible for going through the eye of the needle from scarcity to abundance. From 1492 sailors like Columbus needed collaboration logs for hi-trust mapping to sail the blue. 500 years later all 7 billion human beings needed new mapmaking to navigate how to make multi-win investments in youth of the net generation -to be the most productive and sustainable time on planet earth. Gordon Dryden chronicles how he has helped New Zealand explore this over the last 30 years in his paper in the first issue of this journal and in his books at www.thelearningweb.net . The surprisingly good news is that his experiences are already part of a parental dialogue between 10 million chinese families
WHERE WILL NET GENERATION JOBS MAINLY COME FROM?
Apprenticeships starting at 15 and even some early-stage apprenticeships starting at 12 in family or safe local cooperatives as knowledge businesses mobilise round wherever communities choose to telecentre
Filling community-owned franchises of what in the 20th century were public service jobs and/or hubbing exchanges of solutions across worldwide communities as well as your own highly developed personal network. In November 2011, the European Union convened a conference on social business and social impact bonds from which it was concluded that this transformation was likely to be Europe's best chance of getting back to full youth employment links
Starts-ups that are entrepreneurially created while still at university - both traditional business start-ups and ones that open source urgent social solutions that will also require the full collaboration between professors, students and local societies as labs for most urgent needs that need a solution
Other structures - incubators, accelerators - that provide the graduated student the time needed either to develop a deeply innovative start-up or to find a cluster of partners. Since my dad's 1976 survey in The Economist, Entrepreneurial Revolution alumni have defined the post-industrial age as one where networks of organisations designed round multi-win business models. not separate zero-sum organisations, will serve the greatest advances in the human lot. With a million times more collaboration technology than when man raced to the moon in the 1960s, if we dare invest in youth co-producing the most exciting of millennium goals there is no logical reason why this shouldn't be the most productive and sustainable time for youth. But as Keynes General Theory warned that does depend on removing old macroeconomists wherever their historical models no longer tune into future change.
FOUR UNIS OF THE FUTURE
MIT is definitely the West's - and probably the world's - best resourced university system designed round the purpose of helping worldwide youth connect with all of the most innovative job creation trends. And it has achieved this by being the most open of universities. The Initiatives led out of s.africa and by historically black universites in usa started with the least resources in their nations but were closest to the most urgent social challenges. Fortunately the collaboration of most and least resourced is needed to get linking into The 3 billion jobs (billion community (where youth/family grow their potential), billion green, billion collaboration technology that my father first mapped in his 1984 book on the net generation. BRAC completes a perfect collaboration quartet not just by bring an eastern perspective but because historically its unique contribution to the world of education is village primary schools but it is now urgently wanting to offer a complete job-creating educational chain. There is a parallel with the way Gandhi's success was configured around offering a transformation of the whole value chain of education, though his greatest practical leaps forward came from his primary schools partnership with Montessori.
If ever Walt Disney Company wanted to update their future science park EPCOT, taking the metro to Boston's Kendall station and walking the square mile around it would be essential prep. There you can find almost every kind of future research but linked in by engineers who want to do ractical experiments now, That is the unique beauty of MIT college system around which these future businesses are blossoming. Most MIT students come as graduates who want to invent their own space in the world. While this tradition has always been there, an entrepreneurial edge came to MIT about 30 years ago when the (Sloan) business school faculty recommended that every practice area developed its own entrepreneurial stream as well as lots of interdisciplinary spaces for youth to network. The timing was great as what had been the architecture lab was encouraged to build a new media lab led by Negropronte's vision of seeing what collaboration computing in the world's poorest schools could do.
Now the media lab has over 100 of the most humanly exciting experiments that mobile or tablet or laptop can connect with just about every practice area that engineers or inventive young minds could possibly want to futurise. Its top floor hosts the favorite place to host a conference of every entrepreneur - the annual Legatum conference being a special favorite of those who want to build on what is now the 17th year that mobile phones have started to end digital divides in the most rural of areas.
MIT has also become the home of tim berners lee founder of the worldwide web. Then 10 years ago MIT is something whose after-shock is only just catching up with universities everywhere. It put every course online. So now you can know what content MIT students study. What's coming next is that clusters of these content can be arranged into locally certified degree curricula. However let me reiterate MIT is a space where mastery of theory isn't separated from what experimental innovations you come up with. And those that involve experiments with sectors of societies often kept at arms length by traditional research get particular celebration at MIT. For example some of MIT's greatest medical advances have come from working with patient groups. Throughout the MIT year, you will find lots of entrepreneurial competitions going on - starting with a youtube pitch an idea competition and progressing to who's got a start-up ready for launch. MIT also prides itself in developing relationships with all sorts of venture funds. Many MIT innovators don't want to be associated with funds that want an exit strategy. They do want to develop as serial inventors advancing their unique abilities and linking in the most extraordinary social networks any inventor could collaboratively sustain. If you identify where jobs originated. MIT is 11th on the world's list - and all of the top 10 are aggregates of an entire nation's resources. This means if you want to be alumni of job creation MIT (and its partnering educational networks) are in a social and business league table of their own