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13: Mission to Mars – Education for change

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The seminar will explore that most fundamental of our public spheres, the education system. Applying the concept of design thinking, the participants are sent on an imaginary ‘Mission to Mars’. The main goal is to break free of existing educational structures and prototype a new system of learning. The seminar is for change-agents and those who recognise the centrality of education in any discussion about building a better world. Over the course of six days we will reflect on the purpose of education and design our own school, one where the curriculum, pedagogy, environment, staffing and organisation support our vision for what education should be. The design process will build empathy, challenge us and bring actionable insights and a collective vision for all to take home.


Change Expert, ARK Schools - Absolute Return for Kids, London Chair
Principal and Co-Founder, Reach Academy Feltham Chair

Seminar Week

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17:00 - 17:30Opening of the European Forum Alpbach 2018Plenary
17:30 - 18:30Opening speechePlenary
19:00 - 20:30Presentation of the seminarsPlenary


Seminar 01: The EU and its eastern and southern neighbours: resilience as a strategic prioritySeminar
Seminar 02: Digital transformation: Opportunities, risks, sustainability and resilienceSeminar
Seminar 03: Gender dynamics in changing societiesSeminar
Seminar 04: Imminent climate shocks - Resilience and diversity in climate changeSeminar
Seminar 05: Resilience and development policySeminar
Seminar 06: Precision medicine and its impact on societySeminar
Seminar 07: Minority politics in a comparative perspectiveSeminar
Seminar 08: How resilient to disturbances are ecosystem services?Seminar
Seminar 09: Economic shocksSeminar
Seminar 10: What can religions contribute to social justice?Seminar
Seminar 11: European Security - Moving towards resilience?Seminar
Seminar 12: Urban resilience to environmental challengesSeminar
Seminar 13: Mission to Mars - Education for changeSeminar
Seminar 14: Linguistic diversity: A resource for individual and communal resilienceSeminar
Seminar 15: Artificial intelligence and EthicsSeminar
Seminar 16: Microbiome diversity vs. microbiological controlSeminar
Seminar 17: Our work in our futureSeminar
Seminar 18: Reproductive RightsSeminar
Seminar 19: Spoken word poetry: The power of languageSeminar
Seminar 20: Why is it called a play?Seminar
Seminar 21: Warrior of the Heart - DojoSeminar


19:00 - 20:00Global Muckraking: A guest lecture on investigative journalismPlenary