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A link from Trista

Some time back, one of our group members posted an email about her participation in s previous EU Framework program – of high relevance to our plans now. In order to bring this into our current conversations, I am posting a link to that program here. Perhaps Trista (Patterson) can say a little bit about it during our meeting?

Here is the link: EU FP 7 Global Systems and Dynamics Policy:

Also, a link to one of Trista´s former projects, one she founded and might be able to talk a little about: Oxford

Here is a link to Summit Schools

Summit Schools Info:

Here is the main Summit Schools page, for information and preparation for the upcoming tour on Thursday this week. Please check it out during the week, so you will be prepared It will be a short, 1-hour tour.


A visit to NASA?

700780main_698811main_aerial-4x3-ACD12-0026-004_946-710A little bit of news for our Thursday program: We have been trying to get this one particular appointment in the box and now it is here: So, after our visit at the Denali Middle School in Sunnyvale, we will be heading to NASAs research HQ in Silicon Valley to meet with one of their national science directors Yvonne Pendleton.

This is not exactly easy to do, so we are very happy that we — courtesy of Kent Vickery — was able to arrange for this. One theme will be how NASA organizes virtual research teams within complex fields of science. Other themes and discussions will be a bit up to you all — I am sure Yvonne will be a delightful talking partner, and she extends her greetings to everyone. This will be our before-noon session on Thursday. So there will be a program change there.



I´m not sure how good these slides are and how much we will use them, but it is what I managed to prepare for the workshop, so please download them. We will not be bringing print copies. It may be easier to follow some of the introductions if you have these slides in mind.

You will find them on this link.FLL – Sv Workshop ´14; 3 5MB

Or you can download them directly from the blog here: FLL – Sv Workshop ´14; 3 5MB

A note on Education Technology

And more to come.

What is design thinking?

And how relevant?

More on this post.

About Horizon 2020



Here is a new post on EU Horizon 2020 issues. It will be expanded. Based on this link, we´ll proceed to identify where in the project call architecture we want to focus.

About EdSurge

Screen_Shot_2014-05-23_at_2.31.19_PMI recently got acquainted with Matt Bowman, who is one of the founders of EdSurge. I am also pleased to to tell you all that Matt will be joining us for much of the workshop. You will all get a chance to meet and exchange ideas with one of the foremost and best informed people around on matters relating to Education, Technology, Schools, Teachers and the future of education.  As we go through the workshop days, there will be more links to edSurge.

Nordic Innovation House

This blog post is a brief introduction to the Nordic Innovation House, in Palo Alto. We will be going there on Thursday October 2nd, for a meeting. Meanwhile, here is the link.

And I will fill this post out once I have time for it. The Nordic Innovation House is actually launched today, in about 25 minutes. It now takes on the ambition of being a joint Nordic space in Silicon Valley. More later.

About the Next project at Stanford

Great post, Eilif. Here is the link, everyone — if you want to go there. Email banner_TOP

Stanford´s DSchool

d.School – Link: Check out the d.School here – the comments below are taken directly from their website. There will be more on the D.School at some other time. 

The is a hub for innovators at Stanford. Students and faculty in engineering, medicine, business, law, the humanities, sciences, and education find their way here to take on the world’s messy problems together. Human values are at the heart of our collaborative approach. We focus on creating spectacularly transformative learning experiences. Along the way, our students develop a process for producing creative solutions to even the most complex challenges they tackle. This is the core of what we do.


In a time when there is hunger for innovation everywhere, we think our primary responsibility is to help prepare a generation of students to rise with the challenges of our times. We define what it means to be a student broadly, and we support “students” of design thinking who range from kindergarteners to senior executives. Our deliberate mash-up of industry, academia and the big world beyond campus is a key to our continuing evolution.



// FYI: We will be getting an introduction to the d.School by my associate Mike Shanks who teaches and collaborates with David Kelly — the d.School founder.

FabLab a Stanford – and other interesting places

Stanford University´s Fab Lab

FabLabAtSchool-1Check out the Fab Lab at Stanford University, and keep coming back to review other websites and places of note. As we get this blog going, it will be a place for posting and sharing insights but also websites, forums, projects, and places of potential interest for visits.

From their website:

FabLab@School is a world wide growing network of educational digital fabrication labs that put cutting-edge technology for design and construction – such as 3D printers and laser cutters and robotics – into the hands of middle and high school students.

It’s a place for invention, creation, discovery and sharing, a space of inquiry where everyone learns and knowledge gets integrated into personal interests and daily life.

FabLab@School, which is embedded in technology, permits the acknowledgement and embracing of different learning styles and epistemologies, engendering a convivial environment in which students can concretize their ideas and projects with intense personal engagement.

Getting ready for the coming workshop



In just about a week we will meet at these stairs in front of the Stanford University Campus, as a beginning of our workshop. Here, we will begin to develop a week-long story not only about Stanford but — actually much more — about the roles of universities and knowledge hubs in processes of social change and innovation. Our specific target with the workshop will of course be our own institutions — where they are — as well as those themes and concerns that we understand we share.

Be that as it may, please make sure to go through the various instructions tat you find on this website. It is a very simple website, and we will only be using if for this workshop. On the other hand, it is also nice to have such a website to look back to after we are done, as a means of documentation but also as a means of sharing an agreement as to what we achieved and what to make of it in the next steps ahead.

There will be a series of posts on this blog from myself and from Vidar — both practical and more discussion oriented. But right now it is a Sunday night, and there is good reason for doing other things than programming up a website.

More on this later. Just know that the site is there and that it can be used.

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