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Learnlife: The Elements of Learning Innovation

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'Elements of Learning Innovation ' is an agile roadmap supporting transformation to a new paradigm. The Elements are a culmination of the latest aggregated research, constantly updated, edited and debated. They offer evidence-based solutions for individuals, communities and organisations who want to embark on a journey of change. Learnlife implements all the Elements in their hub communities.
Ulrike Suwwan, Founder of Guide & Lead, Leader, Coach & Guide
When I discovered The Elements at Learnlife, I saw within it my transformational work of 20+ years in education put into words. I felt like I had finally arrived home.

Ulrike Suwwan, Founder of Guide & Lead, Leader, Coach & Guide


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2 500
Updated on August 25th, 2022
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Why did you create this innovation?

Traditional learning models with their standardised approaches still focus on a schooling paradigm well past its use-by date. The Elements recognise the critical role that learning within a positive community has and aims to develop lifelong autonomous learning capability. By authentically activating learner agency, any learner is better prepared for an ever-changing world.

How does your innovation work in practice?

The 21 elements are divided into three clusters. Each element offers strategies and inspiration for individuals and communities to reimagine themselves. The clusters consist of seven elements which provide the framework for preparing, implementing and sustaining change in any community.

‘Preparing the Community’ communicates how to deliberately shape a positive learning culture by establishing vision, values, purpose, positive relationships and mindsets. ‘Implementing the Model’, creates exceptional learning opportunities relevant to the 21st century. ‘Supporting and Sustaining the Community’ provides blueprints to challenge communities to reimagine, reinvent and reconstruct themselves to remain relevant in an increasingly agile world.

The Elements empower learning teams to make decisions unbound by the burden of standardised assessment. They enable learners to go deep into learning which aligns with their unique passions and inspires their own personal lifelong learning journey.

How has it been spreading?

The Elements have been created to be freely used by all. Our Learnlife Alliance, a global tribe of learning innovators & leaders, provides access to the Elements to share, learn, discuss & shape a new learning paradigm. The Alliance’s mission is to connect & inspire the momentum to drive learning innovation by providing access to future-focused lifelong learning for all.

Our Learnhubs are lighthouses that empower communities by making a new paradigm experienceable. Learnhubs provide inspiration to re-think education & catalyse change. We operate two physical Learnhubs in Barcelona & an online Home Hub that connects learners from around the world. The Elements have inspired change in Spain, Switzerland, Germany, Hungary, Brazil and Australia and continue to spread across the globe.

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

There are many ways to join our community of learning innovation:

- Visit to learn about the Elements of Learning Innovation
- Join the Alliance to be part of a global tribe of learning innovators and leaders activating a new learning paradigm:
- Visit our Barcelona Urban Hub:


Achievements & Awards

August 2022
Professional development options launched for communities seeking training and support
November 2021
Learnlife launched the Eco Hub, a nature-based lighthouse hub for primary aged learners
March 2021
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November 2020
[RE]LEARN Festival - Global online conference to share innovation

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Access and implement The Elements of Learning Innovation
The Elements of Learning Innovation have been developed so communities can readily draw from the latest research, discover inspiring case studies and consider some key focus questions. This will enable any community to create their own journey of learning innovation relevant to their own context.
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