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Urban Learning Commons
Educational and learning resources are treated as critical common-pool resources much like clean water, health oceans and fertile land, necessary for sustainability in an innovation-driven economy.

Explore how this evolves in the 2020 Forecast in Eco-Schools and Learning Commons.

The market values learning Learning becomes a key customer filter that shapes decisions in the market across income categories, expanding markets adjacent to public education. Leveraging networking tools, open knowledge repositories, and peer-to-peer production methods (rather than hierarchical production systems), learners and educators will increasingly experiment with sharing and exchanging learning resources across market boundaries growing a more integrated learning economy. Models for organizing learning experiences over time will diversify and extend beyond those found today in private, parochial, home schooling, and charter schools. Communities create common-pool resources Common-pool resources (e.g. grazing land and fisheries), are non-excludable and subtractable—that means everyone has access to them and individual users can deplete or damage the resources if it they are not managed properly. Elinor Ostrom’s pioneering work shows there are principles for creating institutions for collective action that maintain and nurture successful commons. Innovative communities, like the eLearning city in Espoo, Finland, treat their educational resources as a commons—a resource maintained by the community that sustains the community’s innovative drive. How would public educational and learning resources (teachers, facilities, students, funding) change if they were treated as common-pool resources?


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Drivers   Drivers
The vertical side of the left column of the map. These are six categories driving all trends, hotspots and dilemmas. Click on the purple bar for a definition of that driver.
Impact areas   Impact Areas
The horizontal axis of the map. These are five key areas of activity where major trends are revealed from different perspectives. Click on the purple bar for a definition of that impact area.
Hotspots   Hotspots
These are key trends that we think have broad impact on education and often make good starting points for exploring the map.
Dilemmas   Dilemmas
These are issues that can't be solved with either/or thinking but require new strategies that go beyond simple problem solving.

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