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.


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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.


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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.


About author

Matthew Griffin

Matthew Griffin, described as “The Adviser behind the Advisers” and a “Young Kurzweil,” is the founder and CEO of the World Futures Forum and the 311 Institute, a global Futures and Deep Futures consultancy working between the dates of 2020 to 2070, and is an award winning futurist, and author of “Codex of the Future” series. Regularly featured in the global media, including AP, BBC, Bloomberg, CNBC, Discovery, RT, Viacom, and WIRED, Matthew’s 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 six 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, sustainable future. A rare talent Matthew’s recent work includes mentoring Lunar XPrize teams, re-envisioning global education and training with the G20, and helping the world’s largest organisations envision and ideate the future of their products and services, industries, and countries. Matthew's clients include three Prime Ministers and several governments, including the G7, Accenture, Aon, Bain & Co, BCG, Credit Suisse, Dell EMC, Dentons, Deloitte, E&Y, GEMS, Huawei, JPMorgan Chase, KPMG, Lego, McKinsey, PWC, Qualcomm, SAP, Samsung, Sopra Steria, T-Mobile, and many more.

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