Education Systems Innovation
It is becoming increasingly clear to the global community that there is a deep need for humanity to learn new ways of thinking and organizing if we are to respond to the complex challenges of the 21st century, such as multiculturalism, environmental changes, technological disruption, financial instability etc. As information and knowledge become ever more accessible and emerging economies grow this rise of education around the world is presenting huge opportunities to changing societies. It was Nelson Mandela who said education is the most powerful weapon with which we can use to change the world and we can now see that education on such an unprecedented scale offers extraordinary potential for the kind of transformation required to respond to the fast-changing world of the 21st century. This paper is designed to provide an analysis of the current state of our global education system, new ways of conceptualizing education based upon systems thinking and new approaches to building distributed education systems based upon distributed web technologies; to rethink education from the ground up and enable much needed systems-level change.