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Equinox Summit: Learning 2030


It has never been more important to invest in the next generation and their capacity to tackle the increasingly complex challenges in the decades to come. Children born in the year 2013, when the Summit took place, will – if all goes well – graduate from high school in the year 2030. But with what kind of skills? Global reports indicate a persistent and complex shortfall in education: high school is the phase of education when students report the least engagement in learning and question the relevance of what they are learning. For this very reason, the second event in the Equinox Summit series presented by Waterloo Global Science Initiative (WGSI) centred on learning, specifically high school.  

From September 29 to October 3, 2013 this event brought together an international, interdisciplinary and intergenerational group of experts to explore best practices and promising initiatives in education aimed at empowering students in their creativity and potential. The end result, the Equinox Blueprint is a document that will provide clear recommendations on building a learning environment that fosters critical thinking, problem solving, and innovation. Thes priorities are "unfrozen" from a static document through the Living Learning 2030 Blueprint – – an interactive, online experience where learners, teachers, and communities from around the world can share and discuss their stories, challenges, and successes with education reform.

Recap Learning 2030

Daily plenary sessions and panel debates engaged students and members of the public – onsite, online, and on TVO – who sought information on novel approaches to learning in the decades ahead. Recap Learning 2030 through photosblog entries and video.


Download Equinox Blueprint: Learning 2030

We are convinced that moving toward this vision of learning, developed by education innovators from 6 continents at Equinox Summit: Learning 2030, will help to shape a world filled with creative, confident, and adaptable young leaders capable of addressing the challenges of a complex and fast-changing society. Exemplar schools already in place testify that this need not cost more than today’s educational system – and society will reap immense benefits. The world could make no smarter investment, and the time to invest is now.

Contribute your experience to the Living Learning 2030 Blueprint at – an interactive, online experience where learners, teachers, and communities from around the world can share their stories and plans for change, and discuss common issues, and support one another in the ongoing process of bringing about change to transforming high school education.


Download Equinox Blueprint: Learning 2030



Michael BrooksMichael Brooks is an author, journalist, and broadcaster with a PhD in quantum physics. He is a consultant at New Scientist and writes a weekly column for New Statesman. He is the author of the bestselling 13 Things That Don’t Make Sense and Free Radicals: The Secret Anarchy of Science. Combining his passion for education with journalistic scrutiny, he lead the team charged with assessing promising learning pathways for the decades ahead and reporting recommendations in the Equinox Blueprint.

Follow Michael on Twitter @DrMichaelBrooks.