They recently released a forecast on the future of education called Recombinant Education: Regenerating the Learning Ecosystem, a title that proves they're educators and not marketers or copywriters (just kidding).
What caught my eye was is two of there of their 5 major forecast trends relate to small business and independent workers. The 5 major disruptive trends are:
- Democratized Startups: Transformational investment strategies and open access to startup knowledge, expertise and networks will seed an explosion of disruptive social innovations.
- High Fidelity Living: As big data floods human sensemaking capacities, cognitive assistants and contextual feeback systems will help people target precisely their interactions with the world.
- De-Institutionalized Production: Activity of all sorts will be increasingly independent of institutions as contributions become more ad-hoc, dynamic and networked.
- Customizable Value Webs: Innovative, open business models will leverage complex networks of assets and relationships to create ultra-customer-centric experiences across industries.
- Shareable Cities: Next gen cities will drive social innovation, with urban infrastructure shaped by patterns of human connection and contribution.
Democratized Startups and De-Institutionalized Production - focus on the growing role small businesses and independent workers are playing.
Democratized startups discusses the shifts that are making it easier for anyone to start a small business. Although focused on tech startups, I think it's safe to say the forecast intent was to include the much broader category of small businesses in general.
De-Institutionalized production talks about the decline of full-time employment and the rise of independent workers.
Since these two areas are the focus of our work, I was pleased to see them highlighted in the forecast. I was also pleased to see them linked to education. An example from the report:
"By modifying, building upon, and connecting one another’s innovations, edu-preneurs will stimulate continuous learner-centered recombination across the learning ecosystem."
I have no idea what this means, but I like the term "edu-preneurs".
The forecast is quite interesting, well worth reading and improved my vocabulary.