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October 11, 2022

Salim Ismail on the Future of Learning

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Salim Ismail is Founder & Chairman of ExO Works and OpenExO. OpenExO is helping organizations in both the public and private sectors embrace exponential growth. It has built a global transformation ecosystem with more than 6,700 coaches, investors, consultants and innovation specialists helping institutions and people unlock abundance to change the world.

Salim is also the Founding Executive Director of Singularity University, a global learning and innovation community using exponential technologies to tackle the world’s biggest challenges and build a better future for all.

Watch the video to learn more about:

  • How to build Exponential Organizations
  • How our current education system teaches us linearly where we should be taught to think exponentially
  • How communities such as OpenExO are reinventing the way companies learn

Key Moments

03:58 – On the nature of Salim’s work on exponential organizations and how they came to be

06:37 – What it means for organization’s to have a massive transformative purpose

07:51 – On some of the difficulties associated with being disruptive in legacy businesses

08:56 – What is causing these immune system problems within organizations to the point that they deny disruption

10:37 – How corporations, such as the ones Salim works with, learn best and implement disruptive strategies

13:10 – On the misalignment that often exists within organizations who “say” they want to become innovative

16:57 – On the processes that ExO takes with corporations to integrate exponential thinking

19:47 – What skillsets or characteristics do young people need to have these innovative mindsets

22:16 – On the importance of community in learning experiences and how it comes to play for ExOworks

25:30 – Salim’s strategies for to enable group learning experiences virtually

28:04 – The differences between teaching private sector and public sector organizations

32:26 – On the contrasts between learning and education

33:26 – How the traditional education systems are outdated and what the future of institutions looks like

36:41 – How family occupations have shaped the education path for next generations

37:09 – On education being too supply-side focused

37:45 – Why the future of learning needs to shift to be more demand-focused

40:19 – On Salim and his wife’s upcoming event helping parents navigate the effects of the pandemic

Q&A from Gamechanger/Disco Audience:

42:55 – What preliminary steps can be taken for public education systems to transform their significantly outdated model

44:26 – On why the global shifts we’re seeing in business models could be the most important shift for humanity

46:21 – The most important things our kids should be learning for the future

48:09 – How the concept of Holacracy fits into Salim’s lessons on innovative organization structures

50:40 – On the current paradigm shift from a scarcity-driven environment to an abundance-driven environment