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CARLOS BALLESTEROS
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CARLOS BALLESTEROS

Madrid, Spain

I am a >50 y.o university professor responsible for providing Service Learning experiences to undergraduate students in the social business field. Director of the Social Impact Chair

Father of two teenagers and adoption father of a terrific dog (also in teenager mode). Deeply in love with my life partner. My kids attend an innovative, emotional-driven school where academic results (in terms of grades and acquisition of knowledge) are as important as providing emotional and inclusive education, sustainability habits and critical thinking skills 
Spaniard, says my passport but I better consider myself a Citizen of the World. Living in a little town in the mountains surrounding the Madrid area.
Always thinking about reinventing myself
Committed to bringing in social economy and collective knowledge to consumption and finance.
Director of the Social Impact Chair. Passionate about teaching (social business, social entrepreneurship) and always finding innovative and creative ways to guide and permit students to discover their vocation to the service of others from their careers. Divulgative rather than a researcher.
Love writing (books, articles), keynote speaking, and radio broadcasting! Traveling and knowing other cultures and people is another of my passions. Kenya as the place where I´ll retire.
Member of Catalyst 2030, a network for accelerating SDG´s  achievement by 2030

Why do you want to be a part of the HundrED Community?

When I know that there was a community passionate to bring innovation to teaching I dare to participate in it! Sharing knowledge and good practices, as well as networking around the world is something that I was always looking for. Also, tightening links between school and University levels

How can education support students to flourish?

I see the teacher´s role as a guide, as a companion. Never as somebody who owns the knowledge and, thus, can give to or not to students. Education, even at a university level, is a matter of helping students to discover values. Technical competence is as important as educating consciousness, critical thinking, and compassion. Education is a two-head arrow, a bidirectional relationship.

What role does innovation play in education change?

The world is very different from the world I was born. Now is fragile, rapidly changing, and continuously asking as to be adaptative. We cannot teach with the 30, 20, 10 even 5 years ago models. We, as educators, are responsible to be permanently thinking about how to help students to adapt and to live in VUCA times. Innovation is key for helping youngsters to become good citizens

Three HundrED innovations you love. (and Why?)

Teachers for a Changing World.- Because I want to become one of them ( a professor who changes the world) PadHer.- Because Africa is my second home and gender equality is one of my priorities Savvy Fellowship Program for Entrepreneurs because I find it suggestive

Three innovations you would love for HundrED to know about. (and Why?)

Community of Learning at a Postgraduate level, where students, teachers, and community partners engage at a horizontal level to solve a societal challenge. It breakout traditional roles Service Learning Course (mandatory, capstone) because make students concerned and critics with previous learning