Riding up the elevator of the brand new building of the Design Faculty at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University sets the stage: …4th floor Collaboratory …8th floor Innovation Think Tank… I haven’t seen the use of “Collaboratory” formally used to designate an entire floor of a building! We must be in the right space! Clearly Cees de Bont from […]
The degree of innovation in technologies that enables the creation, transmission, distribution, deployment, application and use of education is rapidly expanding. In January 2012 one of the largest global textbook publishers announced a partnership that plans to offer more data-driven and individualized courses, utilizing technology to enable personalised learning that reduces the need for a middle-man, […]
A French alliance between schools of Art, Technology and Management contributes to the development of innovative management and to the training of professional managers who can evolve in a complex and dynamic environment. This will encourage and teach the next generation of leaders and creators to pursue new and interdisciplinary knowledge that they can use to build a more responsible and sustainable world. To achieve this goal, the three schools use various pedagogical methods including shared courses, projects, workshops, joint training groups and joint degrees.
An Indian NGO provides services and solutions to problems in rural communities, aiming to make them self-sufficient and sustainable. Its philosophy is deeply rooted in Mahatma Gandhi’s ideas of spirit of service and thoughts on sustainability. Gandhi believed that knowledge, skills and wisdom found in villages should be used for its development, before skills are brought in from outside. This has been applied from the outset: the college itself was designed and built not by urban architects and contractors, but by the locals, who had ample experience of building their own houses.
UNESCO’s World Network of Biosphere Reserves is, in effect, an example of the new style of business school. Its aim is to encourage sustainable development, and to do this it practices action oriented learning. This shared vision of sustainable development practices is creating an ever-evolving global campus for learning about how to develop human social and economic practices in order to increase levels of sustainability. Individually and collectively, biosphere reserves are one of the most powerful emerging business schools for creating a prosperous global future.