On World Children’s Day, what could be a more fitting occasion than discussing the importance of collaboration across generations? 

Just this week, the LearningPlanet Alliance co-organised a workshop putting into action the “Uniting Generations and Sharing Power Guide” which includes a checklist for making all events intergenerational.

Output: We applied the guide to a series of events that will form part of an intergenerational track of the LearningPlanet Festival this January. Thanks to all participants aswell as co-organisers at Big Change, Cambridge Partnership for Education, LearningPlanet, Salzburg Global Seminar and YouthxYouth for your collaboration!

Events we explored over the workshop…

  • The Planetizen University Design Challenge: gathering solutions to build thriving, community-drive and sustainable universities!
  • YouthxYouth Learning Festival, inviting education activists and allies of ALL ages to engage in sensemaking, radical reimagination, and collective action around the guiding learning question: What & How do we need to know, live, and weave to create the world of our deepest longing?”
  • Big Education Conversation : A relay of conversations on education across the world!
  • Salzburg Global Seminar learning programs: residency programs on influencing systems transformation efforts by developing new approaches to critical and emerging issues. It was here that the seed for the Uniting Generations Guide was planted, at the Transforming Education Co-Action Summit!
  • We also hosted 2 ‘wildcard’ groups, applying the ideas of the guide to imagine new events for education transformation, including an intergenerational arts x learning festival, and mainstreaming Peace Education!

From Participants…

“It truly embodied intergenerational dynamics; being in a space where individuals of diverse ages and backgrounds exchanged ideas was delightful. I eagerly anticipate the LearningPlanet Festival, anticipating a joyous experience and the chance to share transformative education ideas.” – Tariq 

How can we ensure that different generations work more closely together to build our future?

“I think by listening to one another and making sure we create solutions that will better the world without too many compromises.” – Shonena

“I understood that everyone has a unique perspective to lend, that each of us have unique stories to narrate and that we can learn so much from the bits of life everyone shared and how everything when done collaboratively across different generations helps bring together the smaller puzzle pieces and helps us to progress towards only one way that is-forward.” – Anoushka

Taking this forward to the LearningPlanet Festival 2024! 

The LearningPlanet festival, taking place around International Day of Education on January 24, is a global celebration of learning in all its forms! Would you like to add to the wave of intergenerational events being organised for this year’s edition? 

  • See here how this year’s festival will be more intergenerational than ever!
  • Organise your event as part of the Festival on the brand-new platform.

About the Guide

Whatever your role in shaping change in education, whether you are a teacher, activist, student, caregiver, government or community leader, researcher, innovator, or funder, this guide is for you! It is a starting point for all those committed to sharing power and taking an inclusive approach to transforming education. This guide makes the case for uniting generations and sharing power, explores definitions, provides examples, and offers a co-created checklist for organizations and leaders to consider in their events.