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Lika Chekalova
Ribbon HUNDRED 2022
Co-create the education for the desirable future with all your school community

Community Learning Labs

location_on Russia
Community Learning Labs is a simple open source technology for collective thinking sessions aimed to launch the intergenerational dialogue to collectively construct education for desirable future. Laboratories on "Education for desirable future" involve all participants of education process into search of best solutions to empower people become constructors of common greater good.
Lika Chekalova, author,
One of key missions of the laboratories is empowering of social connectivity and raising collective voluntary intention to make the world a better place.

Lika Chekalova, author,


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Innovation Overview

Target Group
3 000
Updated on July 27th, 2022
about the innovation

Why did you create this innovation?

There's no equal intergenerational dialogue between educational process participants, so parents, teachers and students have no no coherent future vision, which could allow them to collectively develop their schools together. I created a collective thinking technology starting with desired future co-imagining and ending up in cooperatively deisgned school strategy, where all can act as co-authors.

How does your innovation work in practice?

1. We start from the desirable future, than think of what people are doing to create this future, than of what skills they need to act in such ways, and finally - how we can learn these skills and prototype this future by our own way of living. This tip has a great empowering effect.
2. We end up with certain initiatives and groups of responsible people behind them. This helps to start real changes in schools.
3. Labs method, based on "every point of view has equal value" principle, allows parents to enter schools and to start participating in schools' life, to increase their influence and agency in schools conflict-free. This also allows students to be heard by grown-ups.
4. As working groups for labs are divided according to "social role", and then they share their ideas, elders and youngsters receive a solid ground for co-creation based on common ideas. We use "search for likeness, not for difference" principle, which allows the participants to stop arguing and start cooperating.

How has it been spreading?

Laboratories have been conducted since 2016. In January-March 2019, the Wave of laboratories swept through about 30 cities in Russia, Belarus, Latvia, Uzbekistan, totally organized by independent teams of volunteers consisting of people who need to make education a platform for co-creation and cooperation of all stakeholders. The laboratories became a meeting point of active citizens - parents, students, entrepreneurs, administratives, and a place of horizontal value-based dialogue about the desirable future and the future of education.
In 2020, we've got support from the fund "Education for society" and RANEPA, and started a second wave among state schools, aiming to unite school communities and to engage parents and students in co-creation of their schools' development strategies.

If I want to try it, what should I do?

A manual for host and facilitators on how to conduct a CLL session is here:


HundrED Academy Review

Community Learning Labs has already been implemented internationally and the model can easily be scaled up and adapted to various educational settings.

- HundrED Academy Member

By giving students the opportunity to be active in their communities and develop a vision of the future, this innovation can revolutionize today's education. Integrating teachers and parents is very impactful too.

- HundrED Academy Member
Community Learning Labs is a platform for intergenerational dialogue that offers collective thinking sessions engaging participants in conversations aimed to search the best solutions for the future of education.
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Образование для будущего
Until the end of 2018, our open labs for local changemakers, teachers, parents and kids were maily held by a small team, as lab technology was undergoing the experimental stage. By the end of 2018, the technology was quite clear, so we decided to open it. In December 2018, I wrote a post on my Facebook page, with short description of lab's objectives and values and invitation to adopt the technology and organize a lab. The post went viral and gave a birth to a community of educators interested both in developing futures literacy in their places and involving all stakeholders into horizantal dialogue on desirable education needed for collective sustainable development and thrivability.We went through preparation in January, 2019, with three webinars explaining the method and clearing possible difficulties and several posts supporting organizers throughout Russia, got Minsk (Belurus), Taskent (Uzbekistan) and Riga (Latvia) among the community, and in February - April, 2019 the wave of labs "Education for the future" fled into several cities, starting from Belgorod and Omsk, followed by St-Petersburg (for the 5th time already), Moscow, Kazan, Ekaterinburg, Novosibirsk, Kemerovo, Vladivostok, Izhevsk.The labs not only made it possible to meet up different local communities and generations, representatives of formal and informal education, of schools and universities, and inspired them to seek for common ground in their vision of desrable future and for education able to empower people to make this future come true, but also inspired local educators to start implementing futures literacy to their curricula.Here you can have a look into the wave:


Achievements & Awards

June 2022
Research paper "Re-imagining Education for Desired Futures: Lessons from a Field Study" based on data collected through CLL sessions
November 2021
HundrED 2022
October 2021
CLL conducted for a number of cultural institututions' teams aiming to reinvent their communication strategies and working strategies, which brought CLL beyond education field
June 2021
CLL method presented at Learning Futures - Future of Learning Conference
December 2020
2nd International Wave of Laboratories
November 2019
Innovation page created on
January 2019
1st International Wave of Laboratories

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Short description of method
The method given is a simple way to unite your school or local community through intergenerational collective thinking of desired future and to lead your community to form groups doing real projects or changing the school or community development strategies for common greater good.
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