OEB Plus PLU14
Is Your Institution Future Proof? Foresight for Higher Education
Date Thursday, Dec 7 Time – Room Knight
Being ready for uncertainty means being ready to adapt to seemingly low probability events – quickly, fundamentally and often. And it means being aware that solutions that worked in the past cannot solve the problems we increasingly face as Higher Education institutions today or in the future. In this interactive, dynamic session and with a focus on learners’ needs, we will apply foresight methodologies and processes to our ever-changing sector. Based on global trends, radical ideas and lessons learnt we will systematically uncover what uncertainty and foresight can do for providers of education and for consumers of learning. Join this session and leave with a clearer vision on how to prepare for ever-more change - and an exciting future!
Scenario Planning in Higher Ed: Preparing for Contingencies
Ben Nelson is Founder, Chairman, and CEO of Minerva, and a visionary with a passion to reinvent higher education. Prior to Minerva, Nelson spent more than 10 years at Snapfish, where he helped build the company from startup to the world’s largest personal publishing service. With over 42 million transactions across 22 countries, nearly five times greater than its closest competitor, Snapfish is among the top e-commerce services in the world. Serving as CEO from 2005 through 2010, Nelson began his tenure at Snapfish by leading the company’s sale to Hewlett Packard for $300 million.
Prior to joining Snapfish, Nelson was President and CEO of Community Ventures, a network of locally branded portals for American communities.
Nelson’s passion for reforming undergraduate education was first sparked at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, where he received a B.S. in Economics. After creating a blueprint for curricular reform in his first year of school, Nelson went on to become the chair of the Student Committee on Undergraduate Education (SCUE), a pedagogical think tank that is the oldest and only non-elected student government body at the University of Pennsylvania.