Self-organization and emergence surround us, all the time and at multiple levels, whether we are aware or not; emergent phenomena are inherently unpredictable. Knowledge building requires collaborative bootstrapping, with participants at all levels of the education system part of a collective effort to go beyond information exchange to innovation-producing networks. The challenge is to take advantage of emergence to self-organize around solutions and to invent new means; organizational theory and research increasingly focus on multilevel perspectives for creating actionable knowledge.  By “innovation networks” we mean networks that go beyond sharing and discussion to the actual creation of new knowledge and innovations. “Multi-level” envisions inclusion of students, teachers, administrators, researchers, engineers, and policy makers. Through work in Singapore and a series of virtual events we will advance conceptual frameworks and designs for new and more powerful environments and analytic tools to support a multi-level knowledge innovation network.

The Knowledge Building invited ICLS symposium Beyond Tried and True: The Challenge of Education for Innovation focuses on significant advances made possible by international multi-level partnerships.  Join us to celebrate our 20th KBSI anniversary and the official launch of Building Cultural Capacity for Innovation—an international collaboratory devoted to design, research, and invention to advance education for innovation.

Knowledge Building Summer Institute (KBSI 2016) was held in conjunction with the 12th International Conference of the Society of the Learning Sciences (ICLS2016), June 20-24, 2016, National Institute of Education (NIE), Singapore.


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