About me

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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. My current projects include Sociedad Knowmad: Ecuador and Minnevate! – action research initiatives for the transformation of education in Ecuador and Minnesota, respectively.

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).

Qualifications

Ph.D., comparative and international development education, University of Minnesota

Master of International Management, University of St. Thomas

B.A., international studies, American University

Contact

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tel: +1 612 234 1231
Email: john@educationfutures.com
Skype: johnmoravec
Twitter: @moravec

Projects and friends

Minnevate! – a dialogue process to build an action agenda for Minnesota educational leadership. (Collaboration with MASA.)

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.)

Knowmad Society – a book project which explores the future of learning, work and how we relate with each other in the emerging knowmadic paradigm. (Published in 2013. Available at Amazon.com.)

Knowmads School – an innovative school of entrepreneurship in Amsterdam that gives my knowmads concept a good name.

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.

Recent talks

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.

Moravec, J. W. (2012, December 21). Introducing Knowmad Society (book launch event). Lecture presented at Seats2Meet.com, Utrecht, Netherlands.

Moravec, J. W. (2012, December 19). Knowmad Society for democratic school parents. Invited lecture presented at De Kampanje Sudbury School, Amersfoort, Netherlands.

Moravec, J. W. (2012, December 19). Knowmad Society for Knowmads (WTF lecture series). Invited lecture presented at Knowmads Business School, Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Moravec, J. W. & Ihanainen, P. (2012, November 20). Designing pathways to invisible learning in Knowmad Society. Invited workshop presented at Haaga-Helia School of Vocational Teacher Education, Helsinki, Finland.

Moravec, J. W. & Arina, T. (2012, November 19). The Future of learning and Knowmads: A dialog between John Moravec & Teemu Arina. Invited open forum conversation at Dicole, Helsinki, Finland.

Moravec, J. W. (2012, November 19). Entrepreneurial learning in Knowmad Society. Invited workshop presented at Haaga-Helia Startup School, Helsinki, Finland.

Moravec, J. W. (2012, November 16). Invisible Learning in Knowmad Society. Invited lecture presented at Otavan Opisto, Otava, Finland.

Moravec, J. W. (2012, November 2). The Invisible Learning revolution. Invited virtual lecture presented at EduLab Live – Presente!, Graz, Austria.

Moravec, J. W. (2012, October 8). Converging the frontiers of education, research, and entrepreneurship. Invited keynote lecture presented at EduTech 2012 Showcase & Forum, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN.

Moravec, J. W. (2012, October 1). Building a new paradigm in Brazilian education. Invited virtual lecture presented at InovaEduca 3.0, São Paulo, Brazil.

Moravec, J. W. (2012, May 31). Nuevos paradigmas para pensar la relación entre educación y trabajo: de la Sociedad 1.0 a la Sociedad 3.0 [New paradigms for thinking about the relationship between education and work: From Society 1.0 to Society 3.0.]. Invited keynote lecture presented at VII Encuentro Internacional de Educación, Fundación Telefónica, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Cobo, C. & Moravec, J. W. (2012, May 29). Aprendizaje Invisible: Hacia una nueva ecología de la educación [Invisible Learning: Toward a new ecology of education]. Workshop presented at Universidad Santo Tomás, Talca, Chile.

Moravec, J. W. (2012, May 28). Knowmad Society. Invited convocation address presented at Universidad Santo Tomás, Talca, Chile.

Moravec, J. W. (2012, May 11). Invisible Learning – Unsichtbares Lernen. Invited keynote lecture presented at 7. Berliner Maitreffen für Demokratische Bildung, TING Schule, Berlin, Germany.

Moravec, J. W. (2012, May 9). Invisible Learning – Unsichtbares Lernen. Invited lecture presented at University of Potsdam, Potsdam, Germany.

Moravec, J. W. (2012, May 7). Invisible Learning – Unsichtbares Lernen. Invited lecture presented at Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg, Halle, Germany.

Moravec, J. W. (2012, April 20). Future of the Slovak educational system. Invited panel discussant at Fórum Budúcnosti Vzdelávania [Education Futures Forum], Bratislava, Slovakia.

Moravec, J. W. (2012, April 19). Entrepreneurship and innovation in independent schools (theoretical approach). Invited keynote lecture presented at Annual General Meeting of European Council of National Associations of Independent Schools, Bratislava, Slovakia.

Moravec, J. W. (2012, March 30). Rethinking teaching and learning at the University of Minnesota: A conversation and workshop with the KaosPilots and Knowmads. Opening remarks presented at Design Intersections Follow-up Workshop, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN.

Moravec, J. W. (2012, March 15). Designing the future of work in Knowmad Society. Invited keynote lecture presented at 3rd Space World Conference, Utrecht, Netherlands.

Moravec, J. W. & Sintjago, A. (2012, February 9). Invisible use of technologies and competencies for a globalized education. Invited virtual lecture presented at 1st Symposium on Educational technology and Education, Instituto Tecnológico de Las Américas, Boca Chica, Dominican Republic.

Moravec, J.W. (2012, February 2). Technology and education in post-disciplinary society: Preliminary insights from the Knowmad Society project. Paper presented at III European Conference on Information Technology in Education and Society, Barcelona, Spain.

Moravec, J. W. (2012, January 14). Future of learning and working: Preparing for Knowmad Society. Invited keynote lecture presented at Congres – Onderwijs Vernieuwen [Congress – Educational Renewal], Utrecht, Netherlands.

Moravec, J. W. (2012, January 13). Designing the future of education in “Knowmad Society.” Invited keynote lecture presented at APS Kopstukken Conferentie [APS Thought Leader Conference], Utrecht, Netherlands.

Moravec, J. W. (2012, January 12). Education 3.0: Stad & Esch remix. Invited lecture presented at Stad & Esch Acceleration Session, Meppel, Netherlands.

Selected media citations

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.