WLS is pleased to announce Truls Berg as new member of our programming team. Truls is the Director and founder of Open Innovation Lab of Norway, which is a Oslo-based network of high-level professionals sharing an interest in innovation processes and cultures. Open Innovation Lab joined Future Learning Lab and World Learning Summit as partner in 2018, and we will continue to extend that partnership in 2019 by building work and work-related innovation challenges into our plenary program and workshop program. A later post will feature more background information on Open Innovation Lab of Norway and what they do.
Eilif Trondsen is Director at Strategic Business Insights (SBI)—a spin-out from SRI International (formerly Stanford Research Institute)—in Menlo Park, California (located at the heart of Silicon Valley). He received his PhD in economics from University of California, Santa Barbara and was hired as an economist at SRI International in 1979. His focus area has been issues of innovation, entrepreneurship, learning and technology. In his many years at SRI and SBI he has lead or contributed to a variety of projects for U.S. and foreign clients in the private and public sectors.
Eilif has held the position of Research Director of the Business Intelligence Program, the director of the Learning on Demand program, and has also led SBI’s research initiative around 3D immersive technologies. In his tenure at SRI and SBI, he has given numerous presentations and authored many publications on various eCommerce, eLearning, innovation and virtual-worlds topics. Eilif is the Chair of Silicon Vikings Special Interest Group (SIG) on Entrepreneurship and Learning, and for a number of years was the Co-Chair of SVForum’s SIG on Digital Media. Much of his current work focuses on building innovation bridges between the Nordic region and Silicon Valley, working with entrepreneurial ecosystems and guiding entrepreneurs, companies and policy makers.
On June 12th 2018, Future Learning Lab will be collaborating on stage with the Future Insights 20134 conference. This is a really big step for us, and we are happy that we could deliver the kind of workshop in January in Silicon Valley that convinced the organizers we are worth taking on board.
On stage will be Keith Devlin from Stanford University, Karl Mehta from EdCast and Oddgeir Tveiten, chair of the Future learning Lab.
A few pointers as to who Oddgeir Tveiten is:
As co-host to the Oslo Roundtable, Oddgeir Tveiten brings with him the backgrounds and experiences from annual conferences and workshops at the Future Learning Lab since 2010. Future Learning Lab is both a research center at the University of Agder and the international network behind the World Learning Summit – WLS. A conference drawing between 200-300 attendees annually, WLS has hosted speakers like Google´s chief scientist Peter Norvig, Sir John Daniel from The Commonwealth of Learning and Cathy Casserly – the former head of Creative Commons. Check out our website for the wide range of speakers to have been on our stages.
This year, WLS is split in two events, one being the main summit in Kristiansand September 19th. – 21st. and the other being the Oslo Roundtable. Both are creations of the Future Learning Lab, co-developed by a dedicated, international team over many years on professor Tveiten´s initiative.
Tveiten is a professor of media studies at the University of Agder and a professor of journalism studies at the NLA university college with head offices in Bergen. As co-chair and host of both WLS events, his engagement reflects a long-term interest in the ways and means by which media technologies transform societal processes, for instance learning. Having taught extensively in Norway, Uganda and Ethiopia over the last few years, his engagement also reflect a North-South development perspective and a critique of global media empires, including giant conglomerates like Apple, Amazon, Google and others who fundamentally impacts on learning and education.
Tveiten has hosted a number of workshops for nordic scholars and innovators in Silicon Valley, in part through the Future Learning Lab and in part on invitations form organizations like Open Innovation ab of Norway. Together with Cathy Casserly, he was also the main architect behind the 2015 Future Learning 2020 conference, at Stanford University, where about 35 high recognized education technology speakers were on stage during one full day. He has been visiting scholar at Stanford twice, the Future Learning Lab activities in many ways reflecting that engagement. He is currently starting up a project on uses of interactive video-making in higher education coursework’s on social science subjects.
All participants of the World Learning Summit 2017 are kindly invited to share the experiences and tweet about the conference!
Please use the hashtag #wlslinq for all your Twitter tweets that they are easy to discover and follow.
The World Learning Summit 2017 is the merger of the annual WLS series and the international “Learning Innovations and Quality” (LINQ) Conference, thus the hashtag reads #wlslinq.
We are looking forward to your tweets and social media comments!
Open Innovation Lab of Norway is signing up to partner with us for WLS 2017 and hopefully beyond. OIL is a unique collaboration program where Norway´s leading corporations have joined forces with high-level international universities and leading edge innovators. Hands-on workshops and executive meet-ups are merged with monthly tends information concerning the future and what it may look like. Among their partners are Fleksibel Utdanning Norge and Center for Creative Leadership — both also represented at the 2017 World Learning Summit. We look forward to this collaboration.