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Community Learning Labs

Co-create the education for the desirable future with all your school community

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.

HundrED 2022


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HundrED 2022

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February 2023
One of key missions of the laboratories is empowering of social connectivity and raising collective voluntary intention to make the world a better place.

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.

What does your innovation look like 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:

Impact & scalability

Impact & Scalability

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.

HundrED Academy Reviews

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

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.

- Academy member
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Implementation steps

Short description of method

First of all, you need to form a moderating team and find appropriate space, where several separate groups (one group consisting of no more then 10-12 people) can work comfortably for 2-3 hours.

For offline session you would need flipchart paper, stickers, markers and pens. For online session it would be ok to use google forms to gather thoughts and google tables, where all expressions are collected. In case of online session, you could use zoom with breakout rooms.

If you want to conduct a laboratory in your school or local community, please refer to slide 3 of presentation below and contact founder for details.

If you want to launch students' group projects based on the method, please refer to slides 3 & 4 and contact founder for details.

If you work with individual learning strategies, please refer to slides 3 & 5.

If you are willing to engage your students and teachers or local community members of all ages into reinvention of your school/community with certain initiatives they are able to put to life, please refer to slides 3 & 6.Full manual for host and facilitator is attached (see CLL_session_manual file).

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