From 2020 I have been mentoring the Polish-Iranian educational program Design Across Borders / Design Bez Granic.
The future of education_
The change that we need
Knowledge can change the world. The trick is to make sure that this knowledge is used responsibly and with the purpose of moving the world in the right direction. Science is a tool which can be used both for creation and for destruction – just like any tool in human hands. It’s humans who decide how to use such a tool.
I wish that one day wellbeing and sense of security were a commonplace and a global norm. How to make this happen? By introducing smart, systematic changes on the material level (which is what I advocate for in my designing career) and intellectual level (which is what I advocate for as an educator and advisor and through business consulting).
Just as designing offices of the future takes me to the question about types of professions which will exist in years to come, working on educational spaces has to be done with the following questions in mind: what role will the school play in the future? Which behaviours and competences should it model and advocate for? Which needs should it meet?
In his book ”21 Lessons for the 21st Century”, Yuval Noah Harari names four key skills of the future: creativity, communication, collaboration and critical thinking. I would add a fifth one: mindfulness.
We live in a world where by using our smartphone – whose working memory is bigger than Saturn 5 which went to the Moon in 1969 – you can access any library in the world, read the latest scientific research results without leaving your house or learn any language of the world straight from a native speaker. Meanwhile most of us prefers TikTok, YouTube or any other social media.
Mindfulness is a fundamental factor deciding about the quality of our life, in its many shades. Mindfulness is the perspective from which I select different aspects in order to participate in the world. It’s also an ability to stop and be here and now – a skill worth practicing.