Governments, multilateral organisations and large scale NGO’s thus far have trouble in dealing with the challenges, still get lost (with)in institutions and regulations self-created. Even in the more privileged western economies progress is coming to a hold while 80% of regions worldwide stay behind in terms of wellbeing and (minimal) living standards.
The drive and potential influence of industry (through their CSR, HRM but also core-business) is often channelled through the system put in place, therewith being confronted with long procedures, barricades in action, many ‘layers’ of representing and consulting organisations. Initiatives can strand in that, leading to gatherings and policy-making at a too great distance from society. Initiatives, such as promoting Technology (ICT but certainly Technics), seem to be(come) stand-alone projects and add-on activities for schools (not integrated, delivered through in-between agencies).
The OPEDUCA Project was initiated bottom-up, by the field itself, building on the concept of ‘OPen EDUCational Areas/regions’ (social-demographic communities with a degree of coherence) in which Industry, Science, Education and (in a 2nd phase) regional Governmental authorities join in purpose and strength to address the most important en effective aspect of sustainability: the development of the next generation (all ages, focus 10-20). The aim is to empower and enable youth to open up, enter a mode of AAAA-Learning, Anytime, Any Place, with Anybody, through Any device. Aspects of that learning are: Entrepreneurial, Inquiry-based, Problem-based, Critical, Communicative, Community-based, Real-Life, Practical. Education then based on themes that define the youngsters’ and our common future (Water, Food, Energy, Construction and Health). ‘Soft’ and ‘Hard’ disciplines are integrated, talents not divided. Integration of Philosophy, Humanity, Citizenship and Creative Arts on a daily bases. Education and the world of Work ‘phase-in’; no student left behind, each empowered to be(-come) the entrepreneur of a more sustainable future.