Matthew Griffin, award winning Futurist and Founder of the 311 Institute, a global futures think tank working between the dates of 2020 and 2070, is described as "The Adviser behind the Advisers." Regularly featured on AP, CNBC, Discovery and RT, his ability to identify, track, and explain the impacts of hundreds of revolutionary emerging technologies on global culture, industry and society, is unparalleled. Recognised for the past five years as one of the world's foremost futurists, innovation and strategy experts Matthew is an international speaker who helps governments, investors, multi-nationals and regulators around the world envision, build and lead an inclusive future. A rare talent Matthew sits on the Technology and Innovation Committee (TIAC) for Centrica, Europe’s largest utility company, and his recent work includes mentoring XPrize teams, building the first generation of biocomputers and re-inventing global education, and helping the world’s largest manufacturers envision, design and build the next 20 years of devices, smartphones and intelligent machines. Matthew's clients are the who’s who of industry and include Accenture, Bain & Co, BCG, BOA, Blackrock, Bentley, Credit Suisse, Dell EMC, Dentons, Deloitte, Du Pont, E&Y, HPE, Huawei, JPMorgan Chase, KPMG, McKinsey, PWC, Qualcomm, SAP, Samsung, Sopra Steria, UBS, the USAF and many others.
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF
Education and the future are kindred spirits, both are adventures, filled with wonders and awe, but in order to prepare ourselves and our workforce for tomorrow education needs to evolve.
It might sound controversial, but in my opinion education hasn’t always existed. When the first prokaryotes sprang into life in Earth’s primordial soup all those billions of years ago it’s easy to argue that they survived, reproduced and evolved by relying on their primal instincts alone. And nothing more.
Over time though as life evolved and became more complex these simple primal instincts were augmented by the development of more advanced social and communications competencies, giving rise to more purposeful and structured forms of knowledge transfer, and education, as we define and recognise it today, was born.
Education has always played a vital role in the development, evolution and ultimately in the survival of complex species, including our own, and now, as humanity moves into the next industrial revolution, many believe it needs to evolve again. In this report I explore the problems education is trying to solve, the challenges we face in the future, and make a first attempt at designing an education system that will prepare students for the future that lies ahead.