The University of Lincoln's 21st Century Lab is designed to open up thinking on what and how the higher education sector should develop.
The 21st Century is creating profound changes across our globe, in our economies, our societies, our nations, and in our cultures. New forms of work and working patterns are evolving. As our nations’ economies are increasingly interdependent, the old certainties of Western power are being challenged and new powerhouses are emerging to challenge old authorities.
The 21st Century Lab is driven by contributions from different voices telling us about the challenges facing us in the future.
This is primarily concerned with three drivers of change: rapid technological transformation, shifting economic geography, and the legitimation crisis facing 21st Century social structures.
Our contributors are not from within higher education, nor are they the usual suspects we often hear from. We have been speaking to social entrepreneurs, investors, technologists, social and cultural thinkers, engineers, journalists, and economists from across the world to gather broad-ranging views.
The task is not about creating consensus; we aim to draw out a diverse range of perspectives that will challenge thinking and current approaches.
"If we are to stay relevant we need to anticipate and prepare for change and work with our communities to shape and drive the 21st Century as it continues to unfold."
"We need to create a revolution that comes from the young people and it needs to be about a much more inclusive, open and collaborative society."
"If you’re a global citizen, China wakes up, then the middle of the world wakes up, then Europe wakes up, then the US wakes up. You could find yourself never going to sleep."
"It is much more common for corporations and startups to have a global reach of contributors from different backgrounds, working from home, with flexible schedules. There are many new opportunities to explore in this collaborative global economy."
"One of the big challenges for leaders in arts and culture today is about being in the public gaze. When everything that you do is on Twitter/social media, it can make you very cautious."
"A big challenge for future graduates is the increasing importance of networks which are creating a rigid social barrier. Universities need to make up for this by using their own networks to make sure their graduates are connected."