Join us for a special online edition of ‘Fixing the future’ from 29 October-10 December 2020, as the future of education is explained by seven of the world’s most inspiring experts.

After the success of the 2018 and 2019 editions, Fixing the future is back – now online and free – to explore the future of education, with the support of the Generalitat of Catalunya and Abacus Cooperativa.

“How can we learn?” is one of the most critical and urgent questions for our post digital and post-pandemic future: Atlas of the Future wants to offer an inspiring debate about learner-focused, future-fit, justice-centred education for all, with some of the world’s leading educational experts and innovators.

Every Thursday, for seven weeks, an international expert will connect online to present their ideas about the future of education and answer questions from the public. Join us in one or all of the sessions for free. Now, meet the speakers…


⚡ 29 Oct 2020: Stefania Giannini 

The top United Nations official in education

UNESCO Assistant Director-General for Education

In the eye of the storm for public reform; Stefania Giannini is the greatest authority in education within the UN. As the UNESCO Assistant Director-General for Education, she has devoted her career to promoting education as a fundamental human right and more inclusive and equal societies – always stressing the importance of language, lifelong learning, culture, freedom of expression and identity. Stefania was also one of the first and youngest women to hold the position of Rector of the University for Foreigners of Perugia (2004 – 2012) in Italy.

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⚡ 05 Nov 2020: Eduard Vallory

Champion for change and empowerment

A bright future is possible

Eduard Vallory is the president of UNESCOCAT. As founder and director of Escola Nova 21, a programme for education change, the social analyst has worked with 500 Catalan schools. The Catalan Government also commissioned Eduard to lead a university program for the professional development of teachers and he was the first director of the Barcelona Graduate School of Economics (2006-12). Plus, anything you want to know about world scouting, Eduard is your man.

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⚡ 12 Nov 2020: Kiran Bir Sethi

Design guru who started India’s top school

Humane by design

Kiran Bir Sethi is a playful designer-turned-teacher and a director-turned-education reformer. The Ashoka Fellowship-awarded social entrepreneur uses the language of design, so pupils can creatively explore the world. She founded the groundbreaking Riverside School in Ahmedabad, India and launched Design for Change. One of the world’s largest movements for change, it has impacted over 2.2 million children and 65,000 teachers. Plus, nearly 1,700,000 people have watched the TED Talk star break down ways that we can improve all of our schools. It shouldn’t be about grades and a degree, but about play and exploration in a safe community.

Register for free. Moderated by Eduard Vallory.


⚡ 19 Nov 2020: Ann Cook

Exam-buster who liberated 38 schools in New York

Children are not test scores

Ann Cook was co-founder of Urban Academy High School, a public school in NYC regarded as exemplar for a way of teaching that helps kids to develop their own perspective based on evidence. Today she is the executive director and co-founder of the New York Performance Standards Consortium. Ann managed to abolish exams in 38 schools with a coalition of New York State public schools, initiating a nationally-recognised system of performance assessment to evaluate student proficiency in place of standardised tests.

Monster is curious about everything

Rather excitingly, Ann is also the author of three series of children’s books, including the Monster Series, which is illustrated by the legendary Sir Quentin Blake. First introduced in 1973, Ann worked with schoolchildren to write stories they would want to read.

► Register for free.. Moderated by Caterina Calsamiglia, researcher in Education Policy Design, and co-founder and PI of Pentabilities.



⚡ 26 Nov 2020: Mmantsetsa Marope

Global thought leader making learning inclusive

At the nexus of science and tech

Dr Mmantsetsa Marope is the Executive Director of the World Heritage Group and Honorary President of the Indian Ocean Comparative and International Education Society. She holds a Ph.D. in Education from the University of Chicago, a Masters degree in Education from Pennsylvania State University and a BA from the University of Botswana and Swaziland. Her professional career includes 11 years university professorship, ten years at the World Bank and ten years in the United Nations – including her role as Director of UNESCO’s International Bureau of Education (2014 – 2020). She has also been editor in chief of PROSPECTS, as well as founder and editor in chief of IBE INFOCUS. The global thought leader works to transform learning systems towards innovative self-renewal, quality, impact and equity, inclusion, justice and fulfilment for all. She is also an award-winning Setswana novelist.

Register for free. Moderated by David Bueno i Torrens, a doctor in Biology and professor and researcher in Genetics at the University of Barcelona, who works to make science more accessible to citizens.

⚡ 03 Dec 2020: Xavier Prats

Innovator expanding educational opportunity across borders

The future of higher education

Every child is born with enormous potential. But millions of children lack the education, support and opportunity they need to thrive. An anthropologist by training, Xavier Prats‘s main passion is education. Formerly a high-ranking official of the European Commission – responsible for the modernisation of European education, training systems and health – today Xavier is a special advisor at Teach For All, a global nonprofit whose mission is to expand educational opportunity in nearly 50 countries around the world.

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⚡ 10 Dec 2020: David Price OBE

UK’s leading learning futurist solving wicked problems

The power of us

Global thought leader David Price OBE wants us to be curious in today’s digitally connected world. David has worked for decades with governments, educational organisations and businesses, advising them on how to engage students and staff to be part of our citizen-led, social-mission driven futures. His passion for helping young people fulfil their true potential – most notably by tackling the global epidemic of disengagement – has spurred his books. Also co-founder of ‘We Do Things Differently’, a UK culture consultancy, in 2009 David was awarded an OBE for services to education.

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To enjoy the talks of ‘Fixing the future – Education edition’, you need to register for free by filling in a simple form. Please register for each of the events you are planning to attend.

Each event will be live streamed and simultaneously translated in English and Catalan. You will be able to choose the language channel you prefer and you can ask your questions in either language.

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