The EMERGENT WORLDS project is in many ways a prototypical project for this kind of a workshop to discuss. A key feature of the Future Learning Lab is this emphasis on research-based co-production of complex learning narratives. The project began – and was financed – as a collaborative challenge involving the University of Agder in Southern Norway, the world-leading data/documentation center GRID (UNEP-afiliated, located in the city of Arendal in Southern Norway), and several independent media-makers.
Given the collaboration with GRID/UNEP, the central thematic for the project is SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT. Other labels could as easily be “green economies” or “green politics”. Our basic idea is to foster a hands-on High School classroom experience with “the real deal” — the political and societal aspects of pushing forth a COMMON FUTURE.
For those who may remember that far back: The label Our Common Future is the title of a book and a report to the United Nations, from 1987. It was co-authored by the then Norwegian Prime Minister Gro Harlem Brundtland, who headed the UN task force to forge a vision of the related world challenges of fighting POVERTY and fighting ENVIRONMENTAL DEGRADATION.
And the challenge remains fundamentally a political one. From the learners point of view: How does one foster a societal vision of sustainable development that is at one and the same time both idealistic and probable? What technical, social, economic and POLITICAL challenges come to mind?
The short story behind the EMERGENT WORLD PROJECT is that we are planning a multimedia co-production of educational materials aimed for High School usage, in which we not only narrate the primary elements of “sustainable development” but rather tell these stories or the Grand Narrative in a manner inviting game-like collaboration. We will not produce a High-Tech game, but a game-like problem-solving setting, with some DIGITAL ASSISTANTS (videos, small games, quizzes, social media interactions, etc.) to help spur the collaborative group-mode classroom work.
The project idea will be presented for discussion at the workshop, with a presentation uploaded on this website. Hopefully, the approaches and questions that we are dealing with, have generalized value for others in the group – in which case we might share experiences, worries, target-group understandings, and more.
THE EMERGENT WORLDS PROJECT will have a Norwegian stage 1, and hopefully an English language stage 2.