Networked Leadership

Learning Ecosystems as a network for change

Learning ecosystems are complex, dynamic and are made of interdependent connections that are constantly changing. The focus is on transformation and the development of a thriving learning community, where all have equitable access to learning. This is what we are growing in Ōtautahi, Christchurch.

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Reflections on a Learning City

From 12-18 October Ako Ōtautahi Learning City Christchurch convened a series of learning events with a focus on equity, access and innovation. Originally planned to take place in May, the Learning Days events were reformatted for the times and the seeds of ideas for 2021 were planted.

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Learning Futures: Ōtautahi in Action

My passion for futures thinking began when I was 19. I was a student, working on weekends and holidays to fund my teacher training. One Saturday an American visitor started a conversation with me, a conversation about aspirations for the future. During my lunch hour he presented me with a book that has continued to impact me throughout the decades. That book was of course, Future Shock.

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Digital Learning 2025

The following Reflection from the Future is a provocation for equity of access to digital technologies for our rangatahi, our young people. It is intended as a thought piece to create a conversation, not as a blueprint for the future. It’s important to be thinking about this now though, as schools step forward to onsite learning once more. There is an opportunity right now to think differently. It requires us all to work together. What happens in 2025 depends on what we do now. 

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Reflections on The Future is Now

Like many, I have been wondering what the future might hold. I am inundated with ideas, resources and online meetings and with this comes the need to sensemake. I like to sit back and draw on some of the credible sources of information and then synthesise by writing and connecting ideas. This post is my synthesis of a recent discussion paper, The Future is Now: Implications of COVID-19 for New Zealand released in April 2020 by Koi Tū. In this article, written by Sir Peter Gluckman and Dr Anne Bardsley, there were some key themes that stood out for me.

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Levers of Change

In these times of unprecedented change we oscillate between making sense of the here and now and considering new possibilities for change. For those of us in Christchurch, Ōtautahi we have experienced nearly a decade of these oscillations, with earthquakes, fires, the mosque terror attack and now a pandemic. We have moved from crises that are localised to those that impact us on the global stage. There is no ‘new normal’.

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