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On Purpose |UK| onpurpose.org

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The environmental and social challenges we face require fundamental changes to our economic model. Yet we are only making slow progress towards this. There is no lack of new ideas and approaches, but they are not transforming the mainstream fast enough; our economy is still trapped in a set of out-of-date values, beliefs and stories.
On Purpose develops leaders who will help bring about a new economy that works for all – one that allows everyone to lead a dignified life and our planet to thrive. Our programmes have a profound effect on participants who become agents for a new economy. For the rest of their careers, they infect the organisations from the inside and transmit the know-how, beliefs and stories we need. On Purpose makes transformations happen - for people, organisations and the economy.

How does your current role allow you to make a difference to the education and learning space?

On Purpose has pioneered a new learning model that maximises access and creates deep personal transformations. It is a new model for executive and business school education: Our one year, full time programmes are paid, they prioritise real-life, experiential learning, they build life-long peer support networks and are built on a financially sustainable business model.

Purpose has been at the core of our programme since we started 10 years ago. We have developed a unique and challenging understanding of what purpose means at both the individual and the organisational level. We are reshaping the debate on this now widely (mis-)used concept.

We have replicated On Purpose in Europe's three largest economies and are proud that we have inspired and mentored a series of similar programmes in adjacent spaces.

What are the key trends you believe have the power to transform the way we learn?

Embedding in education values that align with modern science and hence with an economy that actually works.
Democratising access to learning (across mature as well as emerging markets).
 Realising the potential of peer learning and, more generally, the the importance of connection.

Why is it important for all players in the EdTech ecosystem to continuously connect, network and learn from each other?

Frequent and meaningful connections are critical to building and maintaining healthy and well-functioning system of any kind. It also raises participant's sights to think about the influence the whole industry, not just their organisation, is having and how they should best play their part in ensuring the industry has a net-positive impact.

What should the rest of the world learn about EdTech innovation in your country?
EdTech is great - but you can't replace the value of face to face interactions. The two formats need to be set up to be mutually reinforcing.

When you think about joining London EdTech Week and EdTechXEurope Summit this year, what are you looking forward to?

Getting an insight into a world that I don't often experience.

Who would you like to meet at the event?

People who know how to create enriching, exchanging and learning digital communities.

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