Opening Plenary OEB23
Date Thursday, Nov 23 Time – Room Potsdam I
In OEB 2023's theme "The Learning Futures We Choose," we confront a pressing question: Will our digital evolution enhance human potential or eclipse it? Dive into our opening plenary where three luminaries offer insights into the heart of this technological transformation.
Eric Sheninger advocates for a 'Disruptive Thinking' pedagogy, urging educators to foster resilient learners capable of navigating an unpredictable digital landscape. Helen Lee Bouygues emphasizes 'Critical Thinking in the Data Revolution,' shedding light on the imperative of discerning truth in a data-saturated world. Finally, Prof Luciano Floridi delves into 'Living in the Infosphere,' exploring the profound implications of a hyper-connected reality on education, ethics, and human equity.
Join us in sculpting a future where technology amplifies, not undermines, human agency, integrity, and connection. Your role in choosing the direction of our digital destiny starts here.
Helen Lee Bouygues
Founder & President, Reboot Foundation, United Kingdom
Helen Lee Bouygues is the founder of the Reboot Foundation, an organisation that aims to better integrate critical thinking into the daily lives of people around the world. She is also an experienced corporate director and senior executive with expertise in digital transformation, innovation, and turnarounds. She has intervened in over 25 companies as interim CEO, CFO, or as advisor.
Helen is a former investment banker, private equity investor, and Partner at McKinsey & Company. She is known for her deep business transformation expertise and was named by leading French journals including Le Point, Express, La Tribune, and Les Echos as one of the top five leading turnaround experts in France. She has given courses at INSEAD Business School, is a contributor to Forbes, and has been featured in books and podcasts by the Harvard Business Review.
CEO, Aspire Change EDU, United States of America
Eric works with schools throughout the world, helping educators meet and exceed their potential to improve outcomes for learners. Prior to this, he was a teacher and an award-winning principal. Under his leadership, his school became a globally recognized model for innovative practices. Eric oversaw the successful implementation of several sustainable change initiatives that radically transformed the learning culture at his school while increasing achievement. Through his work with thousands of schools, Eric has emerged as an innovative leader, best-selling author, and sought-after speaker. His focus is on using research and evidence-based practices to empower learners and educators.
Professor of Cognitive Science and Founding Director of the Digital Ethics Centre, Yale University, United States of America
Luciano Floridi is Professor of Cognitive Science and Founding Director of the Digital Ethics Centre at Yale University and Professor of Sociology of Culture and Communication at the Alma Mater Studiorum University of Bologna, where he directs the Centre for Digital Ethics.
He is a world-renowned expert on digital ethics, the ethics of AI, the philosophy of information, and the philosophy of technology. He has published more than 300 works, translated into many languages. He is deeply engaged with policy initiatives on the socio-ethical value and implications of digital technologies and their applications and collaborates closely on these topics with many governments and companies worldwide.
Well-renowned for being one of the most authoritative voices of contemporary philosophy, he is considered the founding father of the philosophy of information and one of the major international interpreters of the digital revolution. His works have been translated into many languages, including Arabic, Chinese, Dutch, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Lithuanian, Persian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish. The research project of his life is a tetralogy (not his term) on the foundation of the philosophy of information, called Principia Philosophiae Informationis.
Raffaello Cortina Editore has published several of his books: Ethics of Artificial Intelligence (2022); Green and Blue - Naive ideas to improve politics (2020); Thinking the Infosphere - Philosophy as Conceptual Design (2019); and The Fourth Revolution - How the infosphere is transforming the world (2017). Floridi is the creator and curator of the Onlife Manifesto, freely available Open Access on the Springer website: www.springer.com/gp/book/9783319040929
In 2022, Floridi was awarded the title 'Cavaliere di Gran Croce dell'Ordine al Merito' of the Italian Republic.
Donald H Taylor
Chair, Learning Technologies, United Kingdom
Donald H Taylor has worked in learning and technology since the mid-1980s.
He has chaired the Learning Technologies Conference in London since 2000 and writes and speaks world-wide. His annual L&D Global Sentiment Survey, started in 2014, provides a unique perspective on L&D trends from over 100 countries. From 2010 to 2021, he chaired the Learning and Performance Institute.
He chairs the Workforce Development board for VC firm Emerge Education, and advises several EdTech start-ups.
The author of Learning Technologies in the Workplace, Donald is a graduate of Oxford University and the recipience of an honorary doctorate from London’s Middlesex University.