Learning communities – gezamenlijke Topsectoren


A lifelong learning and development. For some, it’s music to their ears.
For others, it’s an impossible task. In an ever-faster and changing world,
where technology develops rapidly, people need to improve
their skills constantly. And social challenges, such as
climate change and an ageing population, require new knowledge
and creative solutions from people of all layers of society
and all age groups. To keep up to date and find solutions
to these social challenges, a lifelong learning and development becomes increasingly important for everyone. Currently, however,
it is expensive to keep up to date. Funding is different for everybody. This deprives people of the chance
to manage their personal development. So the big question is: how do we design a lifelong learning and development in our society, and how do we actually fit it into society? In recent years,
there have been several initiatives, such as living-lab environments,
innovation labs, study groups, field labs and vocational education
centres, each with their own focus. These public-private initiatives
have produced much knowledge and provide the opportunity
to develop learning communities. Such a community combines
innovation with working and learning. It is a way to stimulate innovation and, at the same time,
bring skills of people of all ages in alignment with
technological and social changes. Companies can expand
their knowledge and earning power. People can increase their job opportunities. Several pilots have proven, in real time, that learning communities
are a promising tool to stimulate innovation, as well as offer
learning opportunities for all. By customising projects,
allowing for experimentation and aiming for a broad personal development, people can apply their new knowledge
and skills while they work. Unfortunately, these public-private
initiatives are restricted in how they can combine
learning, work and innovation. And yet, this aspect is crucial
for an effective learning community. Fortunately, there are many ways
of improving these initiatives. They can develop
into learning communities. This results in a positive learning culture,
highly developed workers and economically strong business positions. We need to gain more knowledge about how learning communities
can fit into our society. More research is needed with regards to the application
of innovative learning technologies and future-oriented vocational education. And, as co-investors, it is possible
for entrepreneurs, teachers, researchers and governments to make the first move in developing further their initiatives
in learning communities, and offer everyone the possibility
of a lifelong learning and development. This is how we are preparing
our society for the future and how we remain leaders
in the field of knowledge and innovation. Learning communities:
for a lifelong learning and development. “LEARNING COMMUNITIES”
ARE THE RESULT OF RESEARCH INTO “A LIFELONG LEARNING AND DEVELOPMENT” COMMISSIONED
BY THE TOP SECTORS OF THE NETHERLANDS AS PART OF THE HUMAN CAPITAL ROADMAP IN COLLABORATION WITH PBT, 20 PILOTS
AND VARIOUS RESEARCHERS AND EXPERTS

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