Innovation in Education: Pearson and Ashoka lead the debate

Submitted on Fri, September 13, 2013

Informing, shaping and making learning effective for people of all ages is dependent on systemic education reform. 

It begins with the individual; instilling key qualities of a good education at a local, individual level.   To be ‘well educated’, we must have knowledge, an ability to think independently, and leadership skills; all developed under an ethical framework. 


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Pearson have partnered up with Ashoka, the world’s leading organization for social entrepreneurship, to deliver a series of events to profile and deep-dive into the work of some of the world’s leading social innovators in the field of education.


Both Pearson and Ashoka share a strong drive to create systemic change with the education system, and positive outcomes each student.  Pearson strives for ‘citizenship education’, preparing young people for a successful life ahead, in and outside of the workplace. Ashoka’s Changemaker Skills programme seeks to catalyze a shift in mindset across society, helping educators, parents, and others understand more clearly what success looks like in today's rapidly changing world, and why it's essential that children grow up mastering empathy and other skills that will enable them to be effective changemakers throughout their lives.


Over the next 12 months, the partnership will present a global conversation to drive innovation forward. The focus will be on the shift in systems, not the just actors within it, breaking down barriers between individuals, institutions and innovators. The first of these talks kicks off on 17th September and we’d be delighted if you’d join us. Please see details below…


#1 - Conversation with Professor Michael Crow, President Arizona State University

Please join us for an intimate mid-day event in the Office of the Chief Education Advisor where Rachel Brujis will be interviewing President Crow. Michael is President of Arizona State University - one of the world’s first universities recognised by Ashoka as a ‘Changemaker Campus’, demonstrating it is leading the way within the social entrepreneurship higher education sector globally. He is guiding the transformation of ASU into one of the nation’s leading public metropolitan research universities, an institution that combines the highest levels of academic excellence, inclusiveness to a broad demographic, and maximum societal impact—a model he designed known as the “New American University.”

Time: 13:00pm-14:30pm 
Date: September 17th 2013

Location: 9th Floor; 80 Strand, London, UK WC2R 0RL

RSVP: by 16th September by clicking here

A sandwich lunch will be available from 13:00pm, the conversation will begin at 13:30pm.




To find out more about Ashoka, visit, or find them on Twitter or Facebook. To find out more about Pearson, visit, or find them on Twitter