Why is global learning so hard to reform if everyone agrees?

From concept to coalitions (in the report ‘From Ferment to Fusion’)

  • There is a general consensus about the urgent need for a revolution in learning.
  • At its core, this is a challenge of politics, not education.
  • What are the obstacles to change?
  • What lessons can we learn from how similar coalitions for change were built?

To build coalitions and ensure that talismanic education pioneers are heard, Sarah Brown, Jeremy Heimans and Henry Timms help us understand how to create the right environment for innovation and disruption, state the case for change, and enlist allies to help. The key is to show that education is actually the key to unlocking all the other – more attention grabbing – challenges, from health to climate change. Campaigns are more likely to succeed when they are led from behind, empower citizens, and are patient.

You can also download our report, ‘From Ferment to Fusion’  where we look further at the challenges we set out in ‘Kindling the Flame’. We reflect on innovation and change, and we identify for each challenge a practical, coalition building, action.

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