Episode 40: Envisioning a University for the Future

In this truly inspiring conversation I´m joined by Gaudenz Assenza, chair of the University for the Future Initiative, and Gary Hampson, senior researcher in the field of transformative higher education and transformative leadership. Both deeply care about regenerating higher education by embracing wisdom, deep vocation, dialogue and grand challenges. In the interview they explain why changing higher education is important and how it could be achieved. Higher education exhibits an evolutionary sequence, starting with individual master-disciple relationships. This was followed by ancient academies, monastic schools, the medieval universities all the way to the modern multiversity. The 21st century requires another leap. A new model of higher education needs to be developed and spread. The University for the Future is precisely such a model. The Initiative is searching for people who are interested in partaking in this audacious endeavor.

If you want to learn more about the University for the Future Initiative, please write to:

info @ u4future.net

If you feel inspired or provoked by our conversation feel free to add your comments after the interview. You can also send in a written piece of work and get it published together with this episode. Further details can be found here.

Episode links:
u4future.net
Gaudenz Assenza (bio)
Gary Hampson (bio)

James Alexander Arnfinsen (redaktør)
James Alexander Arnfinsen (32) er utdannet lærer gjennom NTNU og arbeider ved Åsvang Skole i Trondheim. Han har en variert opplæring innenfor dialogbasert prosessledelse, nærværstrening og konflikthåndtering. I fritiden trener og instruerer han aikido. Han er oppvokst i Oslo, men har studert og arbeidet i Trondheim siden 2005. Ta kontakt med James på følgende adresse: james.arnfinsen @ gmail.com
James Alexander Arnfinsen (redaktør)
James Alexander Arnfinsen (32) has a teaching qualification from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), his subjects being geography, religious studies and sports science. He is currently working as a teacher in primary school. In his free time he practices Aikido, a Japanese martial art that in it´s essence is about creating a healing relationship towards oneself and others. James lives in Trondheim, Norway.
  • James Arnfinsen

    Otto Scharmer has shared some preliminary insights from the ULab, a so-called Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) in cooperation with EdX. Here is a snippet:

    The current crisis in higher education has three characteristics: it’s overpriced, out of touch (with society’s real needs), and outdated (in its method and purpose). But the solution, a true 21st-century model of higher education, is already emerging: it’s free(or accessible to everyone), it’s empowering (putting the learner into the driver’s seat of profound personal, professional, and societal renewal), and it’s transformational(providing new learning environments that activate the deepest human capacities to create — both individually and collectively).

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/otto-scharmer/ulab-seven-principles-for_b_6697584.html