Education Futurist Jack Uldrich Delivers Disruptive Innovation to the Classroom

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Acclaimed global futurist and iconoclastic “chief unlearning officer” Jack Uldrich has been selected to deliver a series of seminars on future trends and “disruptive innovation” to the education industry. Uldrich will review major educational industry trends, including advances in mobile web communication, interactive and customizable e-books, gaming dynamics, augmented-reality, artificial intelligence, crowdsourcing and much more.

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The potential to educate millions of students at a fraction of today's cost is real ... provided educators can 'think outside the box' and embrace disruptive technologies.

Popular keynote speaker, education futurist, technology forecaster, change management expert, and best-selling author, Jack Uldrich has been selected to deliver a four-part leadership development series to the Minneapolis Public Schools’ Office of Resource Development and Innovation throughout the spring of 2012. On March 15, Uldrich will also deliver a keynote presentation at the University of Virginia to the Association of Collegiate Computing Services (ACCS) to discuss “Why the Future Will Require Unlearning.” Beyond addressing a number of educational trends, including mobile web communications, interactive and customizable e-books, gaming dynamics, augmented-reality, artificial intelligence, and crowdsourcing; Uldrich will tackle how these trends are transforming the student and teacher relationship and review what educational leaders must do today in order to get of tomorrow’s coming changes.

The material presented in the lecture series are based on a combination of Uldrich's best-selling book, “Jump the Curve; 50 Essential Strategies to Help Your Company Stay Ahead of Emerging Technologies” and his latest book, "Higher Unlearning: 39 Post Requisite Lessons for Achieving a Successful Future." The interactive lectures and workshops are designed to provide education innovators a solid and thought-provoking foundation upon which to conduct future strategic planning. An overview of his talk can be found in this article: 8 Questions for Innovative Educators.

Uldrich will also discuss why these future trends will require unlearning as well as provide an overview of how these technological changes are upending long-standing educational and funding mechanisms. Uldrich, who has been hailed as "America's Chief Unlearning Officer," will conclude his talk by reviewing the negative consequences of not embracing the concept of “unlearning.” Throughout his talk, he will use vivid analogies and memorable stories, drawn from a wide spectrum of industries outside the educational establishment, to ensure his message of unlearning "sticks" with his audience. A sample of some his ideas on the future of education can be found in this chapter, The Future of Higher Education: A Cloudy Forecast, from his forthcoming book, “Foresight 2020: A Futurist Looks Ahead to Ten Trends That Will Shape the Coming Decade.”

In the past year, Uldrich has addressed dozens of educational groups and associations, including delivering customized keynote presentations to Indiana University, The University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Business, Educational Services of America, Belmont University, The Chief Learning Officers Summit, The Teaching and Technology Conference, The League of Innovation, The California League of Middle Schools, and The American Technical Education Association. Uldrich has also addressed a number of major, non education-related corporations and institutions on the topics of future trends, change management and unlearning, including Cisco, IBM, PepsiCo, WiPro, and General Electric.

Parties interested in learning more about Jack Uldrich, his books, his daily blog or his speaking availability are encouraged to visit his website at: Media wishing to know more about the event or interviewing Jack Uldrich can contact him directly at 612-267-1212 or jack(at)schoolofunlearning(dot)com.

Uldrich is a renowned global education futurist, best-selling author, editor of the monthly newsletter, The Exponential Executive, and host of the award-winning website, He is currently represented by a number of professional speakers' bureaus, including Leading Authorities and Executive Speakers Bureau.


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