We have created a Star Wars civilization, with Stone Age emotions, medival institutions, and godlike technology.Edward O. Wilson, The Social Concest of Earth
Growing up I had the opportunity to learn in multiple school systems and forms of education. My first years were spent in a Montessori system which offered a fundamentally different experience to the public high school that I joined at the age of 13.
After completing my Swiss Matura, I joined the Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Management. In 2020, I got the chance to join the MBA program in Leadership and Change Management at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.
Throughout the years I always had an interest in the various forms of learning and teaching. Since my first “systems change shock” I was always bothered by the fact that I knew better forms of education existed out there but somehow, they are just not being implemented.
Furthermore, the world has been changing at a perceived increasing speed over the last years. I’m part of the last generation growing up mostly smartphone and social media free. Thinking back to my Sony Ericsson T610, most things you would tell me about the latest flagship phones I would probably outright just not believe.
The quote above by the biologist Edward Wilson for me nicely summarizes this discrepancy of our technological progress compared to us humans and our societies. In my opinion, this is also applicable to the majority of the current educational institutions.
The worldwide pandemic of 2020 had a detrimental impact on most aspects of our lives. Our schools and universities were pressured to change and digitalize in ways that were thought of as impossible. However, I think this is the key point. It was thought of as impossible but in the end, it was possible even though in varying degrees of success and quality. Moments of crisis often demand our creativity and in the best case create positive opportunities for change.
This is what I want to work on in the future and dedicate this blog to. I aim to collect various insights from the field of education, learning, and change management. But also book reviews on various topics and other interesting things that I find along the way.
In one of the probably best movie scenes of all time, Luke Skywalker walks out of his rural home on the distant planet of Tatooine to watch the phenomenal binary sunset. At this moment he doesn’t know yet about the awesome adventures he is going to live through that fundamentally change the whole galaxy he lives in.
Likewise, I have the feeling that the field of education is on the verge of fundamentally changing and I have a new hope that learning will become a valued part in the life of each human on this planet so that we grow together as a species.