Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Justin W. Cook
    Pages 1-29 Open Access
  3. Robert Riordan, Stacey Caillier
    Pages 121-160 Open Access
  4. Erkka Laininen
    Pages 161-200 Open Access
  5. Asta Raami
    Pages 201-233 Open Access
  6. Adam Rubin, Ali Brown
    Pages 235-268 Open Access
  7. Charles Fadel, Jennifer S. Groff
    Pages 269-281 Open Access
  8. Linda F. Nathan
    Pages 283-310 Open Access
  9. Anna Lehtonen, Arto O. Salonen, Hannele Cantell
    Pages 339-374 Open Access
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 423-425

About this book


This open access book explores the key dimensions of a future education system designed to enable individuals, schools, and communities to achieve the twin twenty-first century challenges of sustainability and human well-being. For much of the twentieth century, Western education systems prepared students to enter the workforce, contribute to society and succeed in relatively predictable contexts. Today, people are at the controls of the planet—making decisions that are dramatically reshaping social, economic, and environmental systems at a global scale. What is education’s purpose in this new reality? What and how must we learn now?  The volatility and uncertainty caused by digitalization, globalization, and climate change weave a common backdrop through each chapter. Using case studies drawn from Finland and the US, chapter authors explore various aspects of learning and education system design through the lenses of sustainability and human well-being to evaluate how our understanding and practice of education must transform. Using their scholarly research and experience as practitioners, the authors propose new approaches to preparing learners for a new frontier of the human experience fraught with risks but full of opportunity. 


Open Access future studies lifelong learning globalization Equitable Communities of Inquiry Kaospilot

Editors and affiliations

  • Justin W. Cook
    • 1
  1. 1.Sitra, The Finnish Innovation FundHelsinkiFinland

About the editors

Justin W. Cook is Senior Lead for Strategy at the Finnish Innovation Fund (Sitra) in Helsinki, Finland. He supports Sitra’s societal transformation activities through research and projects aimed at catalyzing sustainability and human wellbeing in Finland and beyond. 

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