On January 24-26, 2012, one hundred distinguished thought leaders from all over the world were invited to come together in Austin to mark the tenth anniversary of the NMC Horizon Project with a very special convocation and retreat. Over its decade of work, the Horizon Project has grown to the point that it may very well be producing the single most important body of research into emerging technology within the world of education. With more than one million downloads and 27 translations in the past ten years, the NMC Horizon Report series provides the higher education, K-12, and museum communities across the globe a key strategic technology planning tool that is continuously refreshed and updated.
[Download the PDF of the communiqué recapping the retreat and its outcomes.]
Dr. Larry Johnson, CEO of the NMC, and Dr. Lev Gonick, VP and CIO at Case Western Reserve University and Board Chair Emeritus of the NMC, worked together as Horizon Project Retreat Co-Chairs to plan a very special event to mark the milestone, tapping into energy and expertise from all over the world via the 100 experts who served on past NMC Horizon Project Advisory Boards and collectively represented every sector of formal and informal education. Leaders from six companies joined the dialogs as event co-sponsors: Hewlett Packard, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Apollo Research Institute, Enterprise Hive, Cisco, and Quantum Thinking.
The notion was simple: in a world where libraries are completely reinventing themselves, where universities and schools are moving away from labs to BYOD, and where the focus of everything seems to be on mobiles — what will be the role of technology in the next decade? What do leading institutions need to be doing now to prepare? What are the strategies that will provide them the most flexibility? The greatest competitive advantage?
Nine engaging speakers were interspersed between working sessions as David Sibbet, CEO of the Grove and the world’s leading visual facilitator, led the group over the two days through discussions that started very broad, then funneled quickly to focus, and fostered strong consensus by the last day.
...That strong consensus was especially evident on the last day of the retreat, when the 28 metratrends emerged from the discussions. The top ten most significant metatrends are listed in the official "Communiqué from the Horizon Project Retreat." Download the PDF to view the top ten and disseminate the Communiqué to your colleagues and peers.
Videos of the speakers (like the one featured in this story from Lev Gonick, VP and CIO at Case Western Reserve University), a wiki for further discussions, social media events, and a major report are planned outcomes of the event, as is this first communiqué about the gathering and the work that took place at the retreat.
Watch this space for more. The dialog will continue throughout the Horizon Project’s 10th Anniversary, and there is much yet to come. To be part of the discussions, follow #NMChz on Twitter.
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