A Drumroll for John Goodwin
We have always been proud to position ourselves at the point of change we wish to see in the world. Our key beliefs—that of access, autonomy, and opportunity—are in what we hope is a constant forward gesture, where the possibility of innovation parts the inertia of legacy and status quo. It is at the helm of that resolve that we welcome John Goodwin as Executive Chairman of The Learning Economy Foundation. He joins us from LEGO Foundation, where his previous position as CEO gave him a unique purview of the challenges we aim to solve together. Before his time as CEO of LEGO Foundation, we has the CFO of LEGO Group and the President of Procter and Gamble.
While the challenges we face are multivalent and complex, the concept and main thrust of our vision is simple.
We believe that the inadequacies and incompatibilities of education and employment can be mended on a global scale by reimagining the processes by which we communicate, share, and store our information.
Moving between education and employment should be seamless and intuitive. Unfortunately, the current systems are fractured and lack interoperability. We believe that a new practice of open standards can lend facility and universality to a better future of work around the globe; and we believe that John’s visionary leadership will propel that mission.
We also believe that by placing agency in the hands of learners, skill gaps can be closed and access to education and digital infrastructures can be increased. We believe that recognizing the inherent value in learning is a next step in global change.
We believe in an Internet of Education.
We are at a point where open standards and emerging web3 protocols allow blockchain technology to reinvigorate progress into the enduring challenges of education and employment. John’s impactful history in the LEGO ecosystem, and his continued commitment to stewarding collaboration between innovators, gives him the keen insight and longanimity we need to make important developments in the current models. He notes:
“We need to transform the way we think about where learning occurs, how skills and achievements are captured and stored, and how learners are connecting with opportunity.”
The existing inadequacies and fractures we see on a global scale desperately need cohesion. Right now, there is real and immediate momentum to change existing models into infrastructures that favor the public good. John’s focused understanding of the connection between learning skills and sharing data makes him an ideal leader to further this momentum toward creating access and opportunity for learners around the world.
There is an incredible opportunity to change how we approach and value the way we learn and work. At this pivotal moment, we are excited to welcome John Goodwin, and we believe his dedication to espousing the voice of equitability among society's most intractable issues will be an invaluable asset as we press into the future of education and employment.