Vice rector for education affairs at BI Norwegian Business School is confirmed for our panel discussions, June 14th and June 15th: Dag Morten Dalen has been at BI since 1998. He has a background from working at the Frisch Center, and also the Parliament – Stortinget. He will add and important dimension – so we´re excited about that. An economist with a PhD from the University of Oslo, Dag Morten will help us shed light on the economic and institutional aspects of education´s digital future. We tend to pay a lot of attention to uses of digital media, classroom studies and didactical issues. But what about the economic? Clearly, the ascent of effective and interactive technologies will also have a huge and building impact on education economies. BI in Oslo is perhaps the one institution in Norway that has had the most systematic focus on organisational change when it comes to integration of new learning technologies — through their efforts at BI Learning Lab. We will hear more during the summit.
Some of you will remember the story of Maria Amelie, from when she made a media splash in 2011. To some she is a new name. Most do not know that since 2011, Maria has made a space for herself as a blogger, a bookwriter, a journalist and a speaker. And we are very, very fortunate to have her join us at the upcoming summit in Kristiansand, June 14th.
Less well known by her real name, Madina Salamova, Maria came to Norway via Finland with her family, in 2002. The family´s application for visa and residence was rejected, as was their appeal. After that last verdict, the family went into hiding. In 2010 Maria published a book about her family´s existence as illegal residents. The book, Illegally Norwegian, became a controversial media issue. Maria was named “Norwegian of the year” in 2010. Her blogposts started to get attention. In 2011 she was arrested after a speaking engagement, and subsequently deported to Russia. A period of intense media mobilisation, protests and support events started.
A long story, and also a media spectacle, ended when she was given residency rights in 2011, after which she took up working with the magazine Teknisk Ukeblad, in Oslo. Maria is now working freelance, among other things on a book centering on technology and entrepreneurship in Norway.
But why here — at the World Learning Summit? The answer is simple: Maria Amelie has a unique insight into the realities of being mobile, young and on the margins of society — her visions and ideas about the future of learning are truly original, for exactly that reason. We hope many more will come to listen to her.
Maria is the bestselling author of three books on immigration and freedom of speech. For the last five years she has been writing about technology and entrepreneurship, following the tech scene in Oslo where she lives, closely. As she says: Her main goal is “to put Norway on the start-up map”. And more: “The challenge of being a refugee and how you tackle it can be a great advantage for life as an entrepreneur, later”.
And you know — the great sociologist Robert Ezra Park said the same about Norwegian immigrants to the United States in the 1930´s.
It´s about time we also take refugees and immigrants seriously as a resource and not only a problem in Norway, so welcome to you — Maria.
Happy to announce Erik Ræstad as speaker on our presentation of Nordic EdTech companies, on June 14th. Erik is the managing director of We Video in Europe, the Middle East and Asia. He has been part of WeVideo since the establishment of the company back in 2011.
He discovered WeVideo as a former strategy consultant in the media sector, working with digitalization of newspapers. Now, Erik spends most of his time supporting educators and journalists with digital storytelling – as a learning platform or a means to communicate news.
We at the Future Learning Lab discovered WeVideo in California in 2012, not too long after the company was launched. WeVideo is a great Norwegian entrepreneur story! We urge everyone to check out their website and approach to learning. And we look forward to hearing more at the summit. By 2016, WeVideo is a cloud-based collaborative video and visualization tool with millions of users, preferred by Google, Disney and many other global companies.
But it all started at Bryn, in Oslo….
Happy to announce Derek Woodgate as our newest Future Learning Lab member and now on the planning team for the 2016 World Learning Summit. Read more about him, and you will see why: Our first Skype conversation discussing future education ideas lasted nearly four hours…and not a minute too short.
Derek is a consulting futurist, author, university lecturer and curator. He is President of The Futures Lab, Inc. an international futures-based consultancy, founded in 1996, which specializes in creating future potential for major corporations and institutions, He is also Vice-President and Director of Learning at the company’s non-profit arm LIFE (Learning Innovations in Future Education and Chief Creative Office at TFL’s “living the future” events company, FEEL (Future Entertainment and Events Lab). Derek is co-creator of the highly successful “living the future” event STEAM3 – The Future of Learning.
Derek is also an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Information and Communications Technologies at the University of Adger in Norway; and Adjunct Professor in the Learning Technologies Division of the College of Education and Human Development at Georgia State University in Atlanta, GA, USA. At both universities he teaches courses on the science of foresight and its application for the future of education and learning. As a leading futurist, Derek’s principal expertise is in the interplay between emerging multimedia technologies, experiential learning and the future, topics on which he is a regular conference speaker and writer. Derek is due to complete his PhD at the University of Adger by the end of 2016. His dissertation is titled: “The impact of emerging multisensory augmented reality technologies on the future of experiential learning”.
His book, Future Frequencies (2004) was considered paradigm shifting in the foresight field, and his various pieces already published from his forthcoming book Future Flow give a fresh look at how experiential manifestations can be designed to be adaptive to personal aesthetics, imagination, moods, and emotions in order to facilitate new approaches to exploration, innovation, and learning.
Derek’s other published works include: The Future of Advertising – a chapter in “PR Rules: The Playbook” (2014) and he co-authored Calling the Toads—A Burroughs Compendium” (1999), with Lee Ranaldo of Sonic Youth, Allen Ginsberg, and Douglas Brinkley.
Derek is a founding member of the Association of Professional Futurists; former President of the Centex Chapter of the World Futures Society and a member of the World Futures Studies Federation.
It gives us great pleasure to announce the headpilot for the EdTech workshop at the June summit. Like in 2013, the workshop will be coached by Eilif Trondsen. Eilif has been with us for our conferences and workshops since 2010. Few in the Nordic region knows Silicon Valley and the international scene for the EdTech industry better than he does. For about 40 years he´s been living and working there, with a particular eye on the “Nordics”. Because of this, Eilif adds a dimension to our workshops that few if anyone else could.
In recent months Eilif has been working with us on a project to map the Nordic EdTech industry, a study based on our pilot project from 2012 and 2013. This time, people have been engaged in the mapping in Sweden, Finland, Norway, Denmark and Iceland. A collaboration with the EdTech community in Oslo, we can look forward to some interesting findings from that study – and hopefully a few of the participans also finding their way to our June summit?