“We strive to help people be the best version of themselves. That’s what inspires us.”
The world is changing faster than ever before, and our children will live vastly different lives than the ones we know today. Based on a research of DELL, “85% of Jobs that will exist In 2030 haven’t been invented yet“. The biggest challenge today is, that Schools are still largely as they were 100 years ago’ and as a result, they are not graduating the doers, makers and cutting-edge thinkers our world needs.
During a change project for a large corporate in the United Arab Emirates 4 years ago, I was asked if I could imagine running a transformation project in a school. I intuitively said yes before I began to think:
Why does a school need a transformation process?
Inspired by the incredible efforts of students, parents, educators, artists, entrepreneurs and community leaders all around the world to re:imagine the schools of tomorrow, I started to read books, attend and talk at different conferences.
Today more than ever I believe that our rapidly changing society requires a new form of School.
Together with my mentor Holger Beckmann* I started to work at the interface of future education and future work to re:think a more soulful, more meaningful and powerful school for the 21st century. Holger was a realist and I a dreamer and exactly this combination of interdisciplinary and interculturality helped me to launch in March 2014 UrbanKnowmad and to make sure that my passion to re:invent education don't go to waste.
* Holger Beckmann, was a passionate educational activist, his journey took him to Munich, Abu Dhabi, Sydney (where he was coordinator of the "International Baccalaureate") or New York (where he was sent to the United Nations School by the Federal Republic of Germany). His last function was as the principal of the Erasmus Frankfurter Stadtschule. Holger Beckmann died on 12 March 2018. He was 59 years old.