Episode 15

Commoning our futures (ft. Noah Sobe, Ph.D.)

In this episode, I speak with Noah Sobe, Senior Project Officer in the Education Research and Foresight program at UNESCO. Noah is a key part of UNESCO's new flagship initiative on the Futures of Education, which brings together researchers of different backgrounds around the predicted, probable, and possible futures for the planet. He is a former president of the Comparative and International Education Society (CIES) and holds a faculty position as Professor of Cultural and Educational Studies at Loyola University Chicago. In this episode, we discuss:

  • Commoning—as a verb—to bring together all those who have an interest in the healthfulness of the planet,


  • The role of school as a place for new experiences, ones that often cannot exist outside of school,


  • The need to democratize education and open up to an ecosystem that drives purpose.


This episode marks the first of a series that goes beyond the education industry towards thinkers, writers, and activists who seek to open a conversation on a possible post-humanist future, one that starts to move away from anthropocentric worldviews. As always, we look forward to your thoughts.

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Coconut Thinking
The Coconut Thinking podcast brings together educational provocateurs who are re-thinking school as a concept and a space.