In this post Tatiana Ignatchenko discusses a dramatic shift that will change everything about education as we know it. Leading up to the Degree Show she shares her perspective of the Phoenix as Innovation Manager.
Do you start your CV by listing all your academic achievements? Are you thinking of getting MBA? Have you already checked TOP-5 Universities that got the best reputation in your field of knowledge? Great! Let me destroy your nice and perfect plans.
At the moment when you attempt to craft your perfect future, there is already something taking place on the other side of the world – either real or virtual – that leads to a radical change; the change that will ruin all forecasts and turn the potential scenarios upside down. How may that relate to education? One possible answer to this is in a direct and dramatic way.
The global marketplace is no longer looking for people who have learned how to be great students; they demand results (Frey, 2011). Moreover, the marketplace prompts you to “burn” all your beliefs in the power of knowledge once gained, and “rise from the ashes” of your past experience. Let the Phoenix be your role model when it comes to starting a new cycle. Keep challenging your career and business goals by renewing your skills set. “Think for yourself. Question authorities”- this is the new-wave mantra and the core concept of lifelong learning, which is essential for successful future.
If this perspective puzzles you, don’t rush to sprinkle ashes upon your head, as it may not be as scary as it sounds. The Institute for the Future (IFTF) has already reconsidered the meaning of education and mapped key components of emerging learning ecology, which is about to shift from educational institutions to learning flows. In fact, this implies seven shifts in one:
1. From episodic to continuous learning;
2. From assigning to enticing the content;
3. From content conveyors to content curators;
4. From working on one scale to working up and down the scale;
5. From degrees to reputation metrics;
6. From grades to continuous feedback mechanisms;
7. From lecturing halls to collaborative spaces. (IFT, 2013)
The upcoming scenarios give to determined and self-directed individual a variety of options to satisfy their desire to learn. The ‘One-to-many’ approach, which is the current system of education, is now challenged by the ‘many-to-one’ opportunities, that we can set for ourselves by creating self learning streams ,being assessed by real accomplishments rather than academic grades
Isn’t it what you have always dreamed about? Don’t you agree with Thomas Frey, Google’s top-rated futurist speaker claiming that “writing a paper on the life and times of William Shakespeare is meaningless unless someone is willing to pay for it”? (Frey, 2011).
It is time to switch your Phoenix mode on and view it from a different perspective. Even the most creative network would never succeed if its’ members do not possess ‘generalist’ skills, including self-discipline and ability to conform in relevant contexts. Lets refer to the world of art to illustrate that conservative statement. Academic drawing is a must for all professional abstract artists. Before The Black Square marked the turning point of Russian avant-garde, Kazimir Malevich spent years mastering his technique in different genres. Are you ready for the same breakthrough in your field? Get yourself a solid ground first. Then break it. And do it again. Again and again….
To learn more about the Phoenix and Tatiana’s research, stay tuned for the upcoming MAIM 2015 Degree Show, taking place at Central Saint Martins in the week starting on the 24th of June.
*Frey, T. A Study of Future Trends and Predictions. Available from http://www.futuristspeaker.com/
*Institute for the Future Trends (2013) The Future of Learning. Available from http://www.rense.com/general81/techh.htm