Ideas and resources

On this page you can download or find links to seminar presentations, readings and videos.

Educating for a future we can't imagine — Professor Jane Gilbert
Idealog Magazine
Edge Work Director Professor Jane Gilbert talks about the education system, why it currently fails students and how a fundamental shift is needed to adequately prepare students for the challenges of the future.

Changing education paradigms — Ken Robinson
YouTube video (11 min 40 sec)
An in-depth introduction to why we need to think differently. I doubt whether anyone in schools has NOT seen this — have they had the opportunity to unpack the ideas and really compare them with what they do on a daily basis?

Can schools prepare you for anything? — Guy Claxton
EDtalks video (55 min). This title is a bit of a pun — Claxton is talking about preparing people for "anything" that might happen ie how do we educate young people so they can operate in a complex world.

Interview with Guy Claxton (done after the speech above)
blip.tv video (about 10 min). An interviewer asks Guy about how New Zealand's National Standards fit with his ideas. It's a bit shorter than the 55 min video above and focused on New Zealand context.

How to organise a child's party — Dave Snowden
YouTube video (about 3 mins). A brief introduction to complexity theory.

A Leader's Framework for Decision Making — Dave Snowden
An in-depth look at complexity theory. If you want more after watching the little video above take a look at this free paper from Harvard Business review (2007).

Hare Brain, Tortoise Mind — Guy Claxton
YouTube video (3 min 16 sec). Guy Claxton explains "how fast, decisive action can sometimes hinder creative thinking". A bit like the "Slow Cooking" movement.

Leadership in the Age of Complexity pdf icon (5 pages) — Margaret Wheatley
A magazine article based on her book 2011 book Walk
 Out
 Walk 
On:
 A 
Learning 
Journey
 Into
 Communities 
Daring
 to 
Live 
the 
Future. It shows how a shift from being the "leader as hero" to "leader as host" enables new responses to arise in complex situations (like schools!).

Last updated: 11-May-2015 12.48pm

The information on this page was correct at time of publication. For a comprehensive overview of AUT qualifications, please refer to the Academic Calendar.