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Co-Designing a Curriculum for the Future Learner

December 10, 2:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Mariam Hashemi | Ryerson University and Nova Spere

Summit Stage Recording

About the Speaker

Mariam Hashemi, MA, CPF
Founding Director @ Nova Spere Consulting; Higher Ed Professional @ Ryerson University

  • Focusing at the intersection of thought, action and imagination.
  • Higher Ed professional, consultant, philosopher, artist, and speaker.
  • Over 15 years experience in higher education, process consulting, art and philosophy.
  • Master’s in Human System Designs, Bachelor’s in Philosophy and French.
  • Accreditations in mindfulness, facilitation and building healthy organizations.
  • Designing innovative cultures with human creativity and ethical AI.

Purpose of Education

How We See

Systems Thinking

How We Think

How We Learn

Change over time: education is in the midst of a shift

Education: intrinsic and extrinsic drivers of motivation

The future learner is changing → what and how we teach needs to adapt

Changing Values and Relationship

Impact of Technology Over Time

“The only thing that interferes with my learning is my education.” ~ Albert Einstein

Rethinking Education

Why Change Now?

Making Sense of Chaos and Structure

Change Process

Natural world process based on nature of reality: physics, math, perception

Finding fractal patterns

Co-Designing Principles

Co-Designing Innovative Cultures with Collective Systems Mapping

Collective systems maps reveal inner structures of design thinking →
Interconnectedness, interdisciplinary, intergenerational, intercultural

Co-Designing Curriculum

Sustainable Relevance

Design principles as drivers of culture

Guiding Values, Design Principles & Impact Analysis

Integrative co-designing

Co-designing a curriculum for the future learner

= rethinking education
= redefining stakeholders
= relearning learning

  • Bottom up processes – peer to peer learning
  • Interdisciplinary communication – holistic approach
  • Cyclic timespan – never ending, lifelong

Closing Thoughts

"The future is ours to imagine."

~ Mariam Hashemi

Please get in touch and let me know what you think!


Open Systems Theory: Social Science that Actually Works (Emery et al.)

Integral Theory (Ken Wilber)

Purpose of Education Chart(Matt Church)

Origin of Lewin’s Change Model (Kurt Lewin)

Pew Centre for Research Infographic (Pew Centre)

Changing Education Paradigms (Sir Ken Robinson)

Chaordic Organizations (Dee Hock)

Fractals and Gestalt Psychology (Various)

Gestalt and Aesthetics (Various)

Biomimcry (Various)

Biophilia (Various)

World Economic Forum Skills for the Future (WEF)

Self-Mastery (Psychology Today)

Collective Imagination (Haley Lynch)

Darwin Matrix (John Rainford)

Design Thinking (HBR)

Change Leadership with Context Consulting (Mary Stacey)

What will you do with what you just learned?

"You can design today for tomorrow, or you can design tomorrow, today."