Education for Work

In the context of a global recession with acute concerns around rising unemployment, especially among the young, Innovation Unit has been commissioned to write the 2012 World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE) publication. 'Learning a Living’ focuses on radical innovation at the education/work interface, and highlights fresh thinking and inspiring practice from around the globe.

WISE was launched by the Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development in 2009. This annual event is an international, multi-sectoral platform for creative thinking, debate and purposeful action. We are writing a book that will be launched at the event.

Learning a Living is a timely and original contribution to the debate over the relationship between education, innovation, work and the workforce. The acute concerns around rising unemployment, especially amongst the young, will benefit from this authoritative contribution, which highlights fresh thinking, inspiring practice, and ways of encouraging the spread of such practice. The book explores the major trends shaping education for good work and 'good growth', includes  success stories from around the globe, and features interviews and portraits of key figures, pioneering thinkers and learners.

Together they paint a compelling and colourful picture of the resilience, creativity, teamwork and entrepreneurialism that learners and innovators around the world – from rural Nicaragua to the busy metropolises of Japan – are learning to put to use in the face of a challenging and rapidly changing world. In setting out a new model for learning which closes the academic/ vocational divide, the book looks at why narrow skills strategies are insufficient, and seeks to raise awareness of the importance of supporting people to develop the wide range of values and capabilities that they need to thrive in work and life, and ways in which this can be achieved.

Learning a Living was launched at the WISE annual event on the 13-15 November 2012, and is available now. Check out our WISE blog series to read engaging excerpts from the book.