Conference on the Future of Learning

4. – 6. May 2016 Berlin

For a new learning and working culture in schools, civil society, and business. For a sustainable world. For everyone. In all countries.

What are the »Global Goals«?

Last year,
193 world leaders declared
17 global goals.

The following should be achieved by 2030:
End extreme poverty. Fight inequality and injustice and regulate climate change.
More Informations about the Global Goals

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Together, we want to accomplish these global goals.

This is why the conference is looking at new forms of learning and cooperation. The goal is to have a curriculum that enables people to meet global sustainability targets. In schools, civil society, and business.


Wednesday 4th May
1700 Check-In Audimax
1800 Kick-off Keynotes Audimax
2000 Reception Audimax
Thursday 5th May
0800 Check-In ESBZ
0900 Keynotes ESBZ
1130 Workshops ESBZ
1300 Lunch ESBZ
1400 Workshops ESBZ
1600 Playground ESBZ
1730 Wrap Up ESBZ
1830 Movie "Tomorrow" ESBZ
Friday 6th May
0800 Check-In ESBZ
0900 Keynotes ESBZ
1130 Workshops ESBZ
1230 Lunch ESBZ
1330 Workshops ESBZ
1515 Playground ESBZ
1600 Wrap Up ESBZ
1700 Party ESBZ


Keynote speeches from thought leaders, researchers, practitioners and creators of the future from the education, civil society, and business sectors.

Wednesday Evening
Julian Nida-Rümelin

Julian Nida-Rümelin

A Humane World Requires Humane Education

What kind of curriculum do we need in our schools? With a completely humanistic idea of man in mind Julian Nida-Rümelin created a school for the citizens of the future.

About Julian Nida-Rümelin
Julian Nida-Rümelin is one of the most renowned German philosophers alongside Jürgen Habermas and Peter Sloterdijk. He teaches Philosophy and Political Theory at the University of Munich. Nida-Rümelin is the author of numerous books and articles in addition to being a sought after commentator for ethical, political and contemporary topics.

Margret Rasfeld

Margret Rasfeld

Towards a New Teaching and School Culture

New ways of teaching and cooperation are necessary in order to enable future leaders to act and implement the Global Goals.

About Margret Rasfeld
An innovator in education, school principal at the Protestant School Berlin, and founder of the Schools in Transformation Initiative ("Schule im Aufbruch"). For more than 35 years, Margret Rasfeld has been developing the school and teaching culture in European schools, educational projects and organizations. In Germany, she fights for education for sustainable development, and she is the initiator and host of the conference's Global Goals Curriculum.

Matthias Horx

Matthias Horx

Instructions for Optimism

They already exist, the surprising solutions, positive developments and trends. On mindfulness, world knowledge and good news.

About Matthias Horx
Future optimist, provocateur, visionary - Matthias Horx is the founder and owner of the Future Institute in Frankfurt, Munich and Vienna since 1998. He is one of the most prominent speakers on the topic of trends as well as working as a future consultant for well-known companies.

Anna Rosling Rönnlund

Anna Rosling Rönnlund

Don’t Panic – the World is Better than We Think!

Are the Global Goals realistic? Current statistical data verifies a visible advancement, that doesn’t always match our concept of the rest of the world.

About Anna Rosling Rönnlund
Anna Rosling Rönnlund is the co-founder of the Swedish foundation Gapminder that encourages a fact-based view of the world. Using their tool “Trendalyzer” on international, publicly available statistics results in a comprehendible and aesthetically pleasing visualization of the data. Anna’s current project “Dollar Street” documents the living standards of families from all around the world in pictures and film, enabling people to experience and compare different qualities of life on a very personal level.

Ross Hall

Ross Hall

Everyone’s a Change Maker!

Ross reports about successful, international Education Initiatives all around the globe that empower young people to become Change Makers.

About Ross Hall
Ross is the director of Education Strategy, Ashoka Europe as well as a board director of Whole Education – a rapidly growing network of schools committed to providing holistic education. He initiated the Program “Better World”, which currently reaches over 500.000 Children in three Continents. His vast experience in cooperation with Ministries, Economy and Educational Institutions leads to the creation of effective education programs.

Maja Göpel

Maja Göpel

Agenda 2030 of the United Nations

What defines the Sustainable Development Goals 2030? For the first time the United Nations have formulated a set of goals for sustainable development that all 193 Member-States are striving to achieve.

About Dr. Maja Göpel
Maja Göpel is the head of the Berlin Office of the Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy. She is a member of the Leadership Council for Sustainable Development Solutions Network Germany, transformation scientist and international campaigner for sustainability. 2008-2011 she was the director Future Justice of the World Future Council in Brussels.

Reinhold Leinfelder

Reinhold Leinfelder

The Era of Mankind

We live in a world created by mankind. Reinhold Leinfelder shows us how we can think about and implement a sustainable future in this new world age.

About Reinhold Leinfelder
Reinhold Leinfelder is the founding director of the House of the Future limited company. His research at the Free University Berlin centers on the definition of the Anthropocene as a geo-biologist and paleontologist. Leinfelder also curates the exhibition “Welcome to the Anthropocene” in the German Museum Munich.

Helmy Abouleish

Helmy Abouleish

Be the change!

How sustainable economic and social growth can succeed through personal creative drive, despite the challenging environment we live in.

About Helmy Abouleish
Helmy Abouleish is the CEO of the SEKEM-Group, social entrepreneur and active future shaper. SEKEM developed a desert region near Cairo for the biologically dynamic agriculture. By now SEKEM has become much more than a successful company in the biodynamic agriculture, the production of natural remedies and textiles: SEKEM is an initiative for sustainable economic, cultural, social and political development. This also includes education in schools and universities. Under Helmy’s leadership SEKEM was rewarded the “Right Livelihood Award 2003”.

Joachim Bauer

Joachim Bauer

The Rediscovery of Free Will...

… and how it’s related to the Global Goals. Joachim Bauer shows us through the lens of a neurologist that we determine our own actions. We can change ourselves and our world.

About Prof. Dr. Joachim Bauer
Joachim Bauer is a neurologist, psychotherapist, head of various research projects and author of numerous respected scientific books. Next to his scientific work he occupies himself by applying the findings from genetic and brain research to everyday life, schools and organizations. One of Bauer’s most recent topics is the transfer of mindfulness methods to daily school life, which he started in 2013 as a subproject in the framework of the German Research Community’s newly founded collaborative research center in the topic of leisure.

Thomas Hohn

Thomas Hohn

Todays Youth Wants to Take Responsibility

The sustainability barometer 2015 shows: schools do not yet teach children and teenagers the competencies they need to shape a sustainable future.

About Thomas Hohn
Thomas Hohn is responsible for the educational sector at Greenpeace and takes part in the “Greenpeace sustainability barometer”, a representative youth study that is ascertained in cooperation with the Leuphana University. His core interests lies in the education for sustainable development: empowering people in understanding complex issues, through which they can find sustainable solutions.

Lara-Luna & Ben

Lara-Luna & Ben

How We Go to School and Change the World

Two Students call for the courage to change our schools: more independence, more responsibility, more life experiences, more collaboration.

About Lara-Luna & Ben
Ben Kleihues is a former student of the Protestant School Berlin. Lara-Luna Ehrenschneider is a student at the Protestant School Berlin and author of a book that was published in 2014. The book “How We Go to School”, written by Alma de Zarate, Jamila Tressel und Lara-Luna Ehrenschneider, is about their experiences in the new school and learning culture of the Protestant School Berlin and how it impacts their life.

Maja Göpel

Maja Göpel

Transformative Literacy – Time for a Paradigm Shift

Why we need a paradigm shift in our economy and society - and which attitude, awareness and skills this requires.

About Dr. Maja Göpel
Maja Göpel is the head of the Berlin Office of the Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy. She is a member of the Leadership Council for Sustainable Development Solutions Network Germany, transformation scientist and international campaigner for sustainability. 2008-2011 she was the director Future Justice of the World Future Council in Brussels.

Wilfried Schley

Wilfried Schley

How to Organize Sustainable Schools

How schools can adjust to our global challenges and effectively develop into future-oriented organizations.

About Wilfried Schley
Wilfried Schley is a professor for educational sciences, organizational development consultant and school developer. He is the foundation president of „Leadership Foundation for Professional Learning and Global Education“.

Achim Beule

Achim Beule

Change Teaching Syllabi for Good

Achim Beule shows us by example of the politics and management of Baden-Württemberg, how education for sustainable development (ESD) can be implemented successfully regionally throughout Germany.

About Achim Beule
Achim Beule is a future shaper at the Ministry for Cultural Affairs, Youth and Sport of the region Baden-Württemberg. The region actively takes part in the UN-Decade “Education for Sustainable Development” (ESD). ESD endows people with the ability to make informed decisions as well as acting responsibly when it comes to protecting the environment, constructing a functioning economy and shaping a fair universal society for current and future generations. Achim Beule has been implementing education for sustainable development in numerous schools throughout Baden-Württemberg since 2005.

Felix Oldenburg

Felix Oldenburg

Alliances for the Global Goals Curriculum

How we can enable the Global Goals Curriculum through the cooperation of Schools, civil society and economy.

About Felix Oldenburg
Felix Oldenburg is a pioneer and visionary on the topics of social entrepreneurship, social innovation and public welfare orientated entrepreneurship. He is taking over the function of the general secretary for the Federal Association of German Foundations in April. From 2009 he served as Director Germany and in 2011 Europe Leader of ASHOKA. In the global network of social entrepreneurs he founded the Financing Agency (FASE) as well as Country Organizations in Austria, Turkey and the Netherlands.

Günter Faltin

Günter Faltin

Be Entrepreneurial!

It is possible to support and help shape the creation of a sustainable world as an entrepreneur. Günter Faltin is an example of this with his start up of the Tea Campaign (Teekampagne).

About Prof. Günter Faltin
Günter Faltin is a professor for Entrepreneurship at the Free University Berlin. 1985 he founded the award winning company Tea Campaign (Teekampagne), which, through the implementation of a very simple idea, became the biggest sustainable importer of Darjeeling Tea in Germany. He is continually promoting a new culture of entrepreneurship through his Entrepreneurship Foundation as well as his best- selling book “Brain versus Capital”.

Otto Herz

Otto Herz

From Think-Alliances to Implementation-Alliances

Why we can start acting and fundamentally change schools here and now. Otto Herz stands for; a school that includes everyone, civil courage and children’s rights.

About Otto Herz
Otto Herz is a progressive educator, school consultant and author. He teaches at the Bielefeld University and the Free University of Berlin. Herz was also involved in the set up of numerous experimental schools in the region of North Rhine-Westphalia including the Laborschule Bielefeld.

Stephan Breidenbach

Stephan Breidenbach

Civil Society in Transformation

This is why we need a Global Goals Curriculum in all social spheres. An incitement for civic action.

About Prof. Dr. Stephan Breidenbach
University Professor, Mediator, Entrepreneur, Author and Founder of the non-profit Initiative Schools in Transformation. Stephan Breidenbach holds a professorship for civil law, civil procedure law and international commercial law at the European University Viadrina Frankfurt as well as being Professor for Mediation at the University of Vienna. He is also the Co-founder of



Workshops for developing ideas and approaches for implementing the Global Goals Curriculum. And to get to know and apply Change Maker Tools.


Become a Global Goals ambassador!

Evangelical School of Berlin Center & Schoolkids

Young people are the creators of tomorrow's future. The workshop teaches school children how to be ambassadors for the Global Goals. Using visualization material, speaking and presentation skills, and knowledge about global connectivity, they are able to bring the Global Goals into their classrooms and school community.


Perspective: Effective Solutions Need Facts!


With the background of the rhetoric on global crises, knowledge based on facts is becoming ever more vital. In order to create effective solutions, we need intelligent systems that enable people to “see beyond" and productively cope with complexity. The workshop works through methods for making this fact-based knowledge available and for how best to use it.


Innovation Methods for Creators of the Future


Innovation methods belong in the toolkit of every person who wants to shape the future. Implementing the Global Goals means truly understanding complex connections and problems, and then coming up with and implementing creative, innovative solutions. The participants in this workshop will learn how effective these methods can be and how they will change the working and learning cultures in organizations.


The Global Goals Change Maker Jam

Education Innovation Lab and House of the Future

Students from all around the world collaborate to create a plan for a better future. They research, analyse and develop ideas to combat the economic, environmental and social challenges of our time to shape a shared vision for the Future until 2030 and beyond.


Sharing Best Practices For A Global Goals Curriculum

Ross Hall and Sarah Fasbender, Ashoka

School children and teachers from the Ashoka Changemaker Schools Community in Brasil, India, South Africa, Uganda, and Haiti exchange ideas with German schools about their teaching and school concepts. They come up with concrete suggestions and implementation recommendations for a common Global Goals Curriculum.



Space and the possibility to meet and talk with shapers of the future, for information and inspiration on all topics to do with the Global Goals, to be creative and actively think outside the box.


Introducing and discussing the results of the Workshops, testing the communally developed prototypes, and exchanging the key findings in an open BarCamp format.


Time window and sessions for all the senses: art and music, body and mindfulness, play and fun – everything that people of all ages need in order to experiences themselves and the world.


Free space and time for an informal meet-and-greet, for intra- and interdisciplinary exchange about the content and experiences of the day, to initiate joint projects.

Event Location Berlin

The conference will take place at two locations in Berlin-Mitte. Lectures are in the AudiMax at the Humboldt University Berlin, framework programs and workshops are in the Evangelischen Schule Berlin Zentrum ("Evangelical School of Berlin Center").

Audimax Humboldt-Universität

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Unter den Linden 6, 10099 Berlin

Karte, Humboldt-Universität


Evangelische Schule Berlin Zentrum
Wallstr. 32, 10179 Berlin

Karte, Humboldt-Universität