Collaborative innovation networks “are the most productive engines of innovation ever” according to Swarm Creativity author Peter Gloor. We guess he is right: Knowledge Building teams operate in this mode and are demonstrating advances that are newsworthy on several fronts: the refocusing of education as a knowledge creating enterprise, the development of professional development networks that show complex educational change can sometimes proceed at a rapid pace, school-university-government partnerships that demonstrate the power of multilevel engagement, and technology that enables self organization around idea improvement both in and out of school. This year's summer institute will bring innovations and innovators together—with demonstrations and research laying a groundwork for the official launch of the Building Cultural Capacity for Innovation initiative in Singapore, Knowledge Building Summer Institute 2016.
To take advantage of the geographical spread of this year’s Knowledge Building Summer Institute, the programs will feature initiatives and innovations arising in the regions of the four meetings—North America, Asia Pacific, Europe, and Latin America. Members from other regions are encouraged to submit presentations in keeping with the “innovations around the world” theme, to be included in one or another of the four programs. At these meetings we will develop plans and arrangements for “Knowledge Building hubs of innovation,” for joint projects in each region, and for the showcasing of work in various media.
Who Should Join Summer Institute Virtual Events and Meetings?
Individuals: Teachers, managers, graduate students, researchers, software designers and developers, education and health care professionals, administrators, and policy makers who want to become better acquainted with knowledge building concepts and approaches and advance their work in light of "21st century competencies" and models of an inclusive knowledge society.
Organizations: Schools, ministries of education, universities, community organizations, businesses, health care organizations, etc. interested in introducing knowledge building into their organizations and establishing state-of-the-art approaches to knowledge creation.
The conference is co-organized by Knowledge Building International (KBI); the Institute for Knowledge Innovation and Technology (IKIT); the Ontario Ministry of Education and the Ontario principals' associations with the Leading Student Achievement initiative: Networks for Learning project; CEFRIO school-university-government partnerships, Quebec; the Faculty of Education at the University of Prince Edward Island; the University of Otago College of Education, Dunedin, New Zealand; Knowledge Building New Zealand; the Faculty of Education, University of Auckland, New Zealand; the Collaborative Knowledge Building Group in Italy; the Dipartimento di Studi Umanistici, Universita degli Studi di Trieste; the Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, Recife, Brazil.
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