I am a scholar on the future of work and education; a global speaker; editor of the Knowmad Society project; a co-director of the Invisible Learning project; and I am the founder of Education Futures LLC.
I am concerned about human capital development as society approaches an increasingly complex and ambiguous future. Technological change drives social change, and the impact of these changes is accelerating exponentially. Our schools, universities, and other knowledge-based institutions must leap ahead of this curve for all people to compete in highly globalized, knowledge- and innovation-based societies.
My research and action scholarship agendas are focused on exploring the convergence of globalization, innovation society, and accelerating change in human knowledge development; and, building positive futures for knowledge creation systems in an era of exponential uncertainty. My work focuses on exploring the emerging “Knowmad Paradigm,” and the new approaches to leadership and human capital development required. My work is global, and I am most actively engaged in research and collaborations in the United States, Latin America, and Europe. In addition to editing Knowmad Society (2013, Education Futures), I am the co-author of the book Invisible Learning (2011, University of Barcelona Press).
Creator of the knowmads concept, which takes a futures-oriented approach to envisioning human potential development in the next 10 years, and the implications for education today. This work has inspired the creation of three Knowmads schools around the world, and is also the central theme for a 20 episode television series on youth entrepreneurship, produced by the Municipality of Guayaquil, Ecuador.
Co-creator of invisible learning metatheory for reframing human capital development with the actualization of human potential. With major works published in Spanish, and 100,000+ copies of Aprendizaje Invisible (2011) distributed to date, the invisible learning protoparadigm is influencing public policy development and the formation of new teacher profiles in various Latin American nations, including Mexico, Peru, and Uruguay.
Thought leader and facilitator of the Minnevate! dialogue process to build an action agenda for educational leadership in Minnesota. Sponsored by the Minnesota Association of School Administrators, the project is a grassroots opportunity for communities to come together and identify pathways for forming positive futures for children, supported by Minnesota’s public schools.
Global speaker and trainer with 100+ invited engagements across four continents, including three TEDx talks. External training designer for the Inter-American Development Bank.
Ph.D., comparative and international development education, University of Minnesota
Master of International Management, University of St. Thomas
B.A., international studies, American University
Projects and friends
Invisible Learning – a book project and global initiative lead by Dr. Cristóbal Cobo and me to build an online repository of bold ideas for designing cultures of sustainable innovation. (Published in 2011.)
Manifesto 15: Evolving learning – a snapshot of our ideas, visions for the future, and what we have learned to date about learning and education.
Outliers School – designed with the belief that we can learn by having fun, postdigital networking, sharing ideas and new narratives, and prototyping ideas in education.
The Learning Lab – researches and designs learning ecologies for transition and studies the conditions under which this learning occurs both individually and collectively.
Project Dream School – more of a movement than a project, connecting pioneering thinkers, visionaries, and innovators on designing the dream school for today and the future.
Moravec, J. W. (2015, April 24). New futures for work: In a jobless world. Invited keynote lecture presented at Eden Prairie Community Education Partnership Breakfast, Eden Prairie, MN.
Moravec, J. W. (2015, March 24). Knowmads: Personal experiences. Invited panel discussion moderator at Seats2Meet.com Global Conference, Utrecht, Netherlands.
Moravec, J. W. (2015, March 21). Knowmads: The new heart of office. Invited keynote lecture presented at Secretary Plus Direct Team Seminar, Maarssen, Netherlands.
Moravec, J. W. (2015, March 4). Manifesto 15: ¿Y entonces qué? Lecture presented at Sinergia Cowork, Montevideo, Uruguay.
Moravec, J. W. (2015, March 3). Aprendizaje en evolución: ¿Y entonces qué? Invited lecture presented at Plan Ceibal, Montevideo, Uruguay.
Moravec, J. W. (2015, February 27). Aulas creatives: Innovación y cultura digital. Sujeto y comunidad. Invited keynote lecture presented at Aulas Creativas, Ministerio de Education, Provincia del Chubut, Trelew, Argentina.
Moravec, J. W. (2015, January 15). Manifesto 15: Evolving learning. Invited lecture presented at TEDxUFM, Guatemala City, Guatemala.
Moravec, J. W. (2014, December 8). Does entrepreneurship fit into education? A progress report from the EntrepreNerd project. Invited featured lecture presented at TIES 2014 Education Technology Conference, Minneapolis, MN.
Moravec, J. W. (2014, October 15). Solutions for a jobless future. Invited lecture presented at New Babylon Den Haag, The Hague, Netherlands.
Moravec, J. W. (2014, October 15). What would education 3.0 look like? Invited keynote lecture presented at Seats2Meet Sharing Week, Utrecht, Netherlands.
Moravec, J. W. (2014, October 2). Nuevos paradigmas para pensar la relación entre educación y trabajo: de la Sociedad 1.0 a la Sociedad 3.0. Invited virtual keynote lecture presented at Semana Internacional e-Learning v5.0, Bogota, Colombia.
Moravec, J. W. (2014, September 24). EntrepreNerds in Knowmad Society. Invited keynote lecture presented at III Encuentro Nacional de Jóvenes Innovadores, Lima, Peru.
Moravec, J. W. & Cobo, C. (2014, September 22-23). Hacia educación 3.0:
un taller sobre innovación. Invited workshop presented at Ministry of Education, Lima, Peru.
Moravec, J. W. (2014, August 7). Reactions to keynote presentation by Dr. Pasi Sahlberg. Invited panel respondent at Cradle to career: Education for a 21st century world conference, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN.
Moravec, J. W. (2014, June 19). Design thinking for educational transformation. Invited lecture presented at University of Minnesota Communicators Forum, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN.
Moravec, J. W. (2014, May 27-30). Invited summit participant at Cumbre del Buen Conocer: Hacia una Sociedad del Conocimiento Común y Abierto, FLOK Society, Quito, Ecuador.
Moravec, J. W. & Cobo, C. (2014, April 14-17). Proyecto Ecuador: Desarrollando una Sociedad Knowmad 3.0, apuntalando la educación. Invited workshop presented at Second International Seminar of the Occasional Education Commission of the Council of Higher Education, Ministry of Education, Guayaquil, Ecuador.
Moravec, J. W. (2014, April 2). Featured comments. Invited panel discussion moderator at EduTech 2014 Showcase and Forum, St. Paul, MN.
Moravec, J. W. (2014, March 27). Knowmads and adaptability in education and the workplace. Invited lecture presented at Society of Women Engineers, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN.
Moravec, J. W. (2014, March 24). Educational transformation in Knowmad Society. Invited keynote lecture presented at East Grand Forks Public Schools Innovation Day, East Grand Forks, MN.
Werner, A. & Moravec, J. W. (2014, March 13). Flipping and beyond: Changing the paradigm for professional development. Round table discussion presented at Minnesota Association of School Administrators 2014 Spring Conference, Minneapolis, MN.
Moravec, J. W. (2014, February 26). Los modelos educativos y pedagógicos: el protagonismo del sujeto en los aprendizajes situacionales, conectados, colaborativos y en red. Invited lecture presented at First International Seminar of the Occasional Education Commission of the Council of Higher Education, Ministry of Education, Quito, Ecuador.
Moravec, J. W. (2014, January 30). Innovation and emerging trends in professional development. Invited panel discussion moderator at Educelerate Twin Cities, St. Paul, MN.
Moravec, J. W. (2013, December 17). Educational transformation in Knowmad Society. Invited featured lecture presented at TIES 2013 Education Technology Conference, Minneapolis, MN.
Moravec, J. W. (2013, November 22). Knowmad Society. Invited keynote lecture presented at ExpoEnlaces 2013, Ministry of Education, Santiago, Chile.
Thanos, K., Hine, S., Ropers-Huilman, R., & Moravec, J. W. (2013, October 14). Innovation and emerging trends in professional development. Invited panel discussant at GAPSA Forum on Higher Education Sustainability, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN.
Moravec, J. W. (2013, August 2). Knowmad Society. Invited lecture presented at European Democratic Education Community 2013 Conference, Soest, Netherlands.
Blom, E., van den Berg, F., Kuyt, S., Granqvist, J., & Moravec, J. (2013, May 17). Live: International Google hangout. Virtual panel discussion presented at Nationaal Congres Onderwijs & Sociale Media [National Congress & Education and Social Media], Amsterdam, Netherlands.
Moravec, J. W. (2013, April 24). “Innovutive” learning in Knowmad Society. Invited workshop presented at Estonian Information Technology Foundation, Tallinn, Estonia.
Moravec, J. W. (2013, April 20). Rise of knowmads: Individuals whose skill sets allow them to quickly adapt to changing work environments and challenges. Invited lecture presented at TEDxUMN, Minneapolis, MN.
Moravec, J. W. (2013, April 11). Redesigning the future of education in Knowmad Society: Our next steps. Invited keynote lecture presented at IPON 2013: ICT Platform Onderwijs Nederland, Utrecht, Netherlands.
Moravec, J. W., Besselink, T., & van Rijt, K. (2013, April 11). Quest-based approaches to “knowmadic” learning. Workshop presented at IPON 2013: ICT Platform Onderwijs Nederland, Utrecht, Netherlands.
Moravec, J. W. (2013, March 15). Reinventing educational leadership in Knowmad Society. Invited keynote lecture presented at Minnesota Association of School Administrators/Minnesota Administrators for Special Education Spring Conference, Minneapolis, MN.
Moravec, J. W. (2013, March 11). Building a new paradigm in Brazilian education. Invited virtual lecture presented at InovaEduca 3.0 Conference, Recife, Brazil.
Moravec, J. W. (2013, February 21). The future of education and working. Invited lecture presented at Hogeschool HAS Den Bosch, ’s-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands.
Moravec, J. W. (2013, February 19). Knowmadic learning in “Education 3.0”. Invited lecture presented at Educatie 3.0: Inspirerend Onderwijs Conference, Ghent, Belgium.
Moravec, J. W. (2013, February 14). New frontiers for education in Knowmad Society. Invited keynote lecture presented at TIES Technical Leadership Conference, St. Cloud, MN.
Moravec, J. W. (2013, January 30). Knowmad Society and the future of work. Invited lecture presented at Husin Group Talent Market Workshop, Jakarta, Indonesia.
Selected media citations
M. I. Municipalidad de Guayaquil. (2015, January 31 – April 5). Emprendimiento digital. In Aprendamos. Guayaquil, Ecuador. [Television program, episodes 1-16]
Trzcionka, E. (2015, Spring). Manifesto 15. Design Alive, 15, 12-15.
Nationale OnderwijsKrant. (2015, April). Het leren evoluren. Nationale OnderwijsKrant, 19, 8.
Pagola, F. & Cavello, N. (2015, March 27). Hacerlo visible. La Diaria special section “Dia del Futuro,” p. 4.
Mijland, E. (2015, March 13). Dr. John Moravec: ‘Een school 1.0 kan een kind 3.0 niks leren.’ The Post Online.
Canvas. (2015, January 13). Voeden we onze kinderen op to idioten?. Interview in Het Voordeel van de Twijfel. Brussels: Canvas.
Vizcara, M. (Producer). (2014, October 30). Knowmad: El nómade del conocimiento Featured interview in Umbrales. Lima, Peru: TV Perú.
Guzman, I. (2014, September 29). “Esta generación está codiseñando el mundo en el que quiere vivir.” .edu, 10(323), 16.
Roca, R. (2014). ABC working: Los nuevos términos de trabajo. Cosmopolitan (Spain), March 2014, pp. 62-66.
Schaffhauser, D. (2013). Fighting plagiarism with technology. Campus Technology, 26(7), pp. 12-17.
Bloom, E. & Stekelenburg, R. (2013). Ouders houden het huidige onderwijssysteem in stand [Parents keep the current education system]. Fast Moving Targets Top Names.
TA3. (2012). Ako zlepšit’ školstvo? [How can education be improved?]. TA3 (Slovak television interview).
Mijland, E. (2012). Hyper-individualisme in een sociale wereld [Hyper-individualism in a social world]. Villa Onderwijs, 2012, pp. 4-7.
Raths, D. (2012). 2012: What’s hot, what’s not. Campus Technology, 25(5).
Blom, R. (2011). Knowmads challenge all structures. Leadership and Entrepreneurship, 12/2011, pp. 20-21.
Turney, J. (2010). The rough guide to the future. London: Rough Guides, p. 306.
Benito-Ruiz, E. (2010, May 24). Tweetterview. El Mundo, Innovadores de el Mundo special section, p. 7.
Moravec, J. W. (2010, April). “Invisible Learning,” Knowmad-yhteisö ja oppimisverkostoiden esiinnousu. [“Invisible Learning,” Knowmad Society, and the emergence of alternative learning networks. SeOppi (Magazine of the Association of Finnish eLearning Centre), 01/2010, pp. 10-11.
van der Drift, A. (2010, February). Blik op de toekomst: Educatie 3.0. [Looking to the future: Education 3.0]. Vives, 102-2010, pp. 12-14.
VPRO International. (2009, March 23). Hoogvliegen in laagland. Tegenlicht/Backlight.
Youso, K. (2009, Feburary 21). Approaching Singularity. StarTribune.