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Disruptive Innovation and its Impact on Economy, Society, and Education

Saturday, September 21, 2019
Upper School Adliswil

An opportunity to share your thoughts with experts from around the world, we will be discussing disruptive innovation and its impact on economy, society and education. We will explore subjects as diverse as “Why your early teens can define your life chances,” “How to fail successfully” and “Why finding a job in the tech gold rush is harder than you think.”


Lisa Lyle

Director, Zurich International School

David McIntosh

Founder, Creative Business Breakthroughs - ZIS VOICES Live Facilitator

Tom Leung

Google Product Management Director

Masood Razaq

Managing Director, Verdacore

Ceyda Avunduk Keyman

Founder of littlehipstar

Daniel Gutenberg

Early-Stage Angel Investor

David Wood

Middle School Principal, Zurich International School

Manu Kapur

Professor at ETH Zürich

Alexandre Kleis

Engagement Manager at McKinsey & Company

Kaisa Schreck Danielsson

Director of Content & Copy at EF Education First

Dora Donaldson

Freelance Graphic Designer, HippCreative (Donaldson Creative); singer-songwriter

Martin Samuelsson

IB Core/Theory of Knowledge Coordinator and Grade 12 Leader

Program Overview


Disruptive Innovation and its Impact on Economy, Society, and Education


The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.
- Alvin Toffler

09:00 Welcome and overview
09:30 Session 1:  Skilled: designing education for the twenty-first century

American writer, futurist, and businessman Alvin Toffler famously wrote that in the twenty-first century, illiteracy would not be about being unable to read and write but about being unable to, in his words, ‘learn, unlearn and relearn’. And that makes sense – because when all human knowledge is available at the push of a button, what really matters is skill: the skill to access, analyse, collate that information – and the imagination to create it.

In this discussion we examine what it means to be skilled in the twenty-first century – and what skills future generations will need.

10:45 Session 2:  The Middle Pinch

Think middle school is just a warmup for the serious education of your late teens? Think again. Because what happens between the ages of 12 and 16 can determine the course of your life as students make huge developmental leaps in cognition, social awareness and physicality. In this session we talk to experts about what happens to learners in the middle school years, why this stage is so crucial and what the future holds for students when our current pre-schoolers graduate in 2030.

12:00 Lunch
12:45 Session 3. The one factor that matters

When McKinsey assessed the world’s most successful school systems they examined everything from how schools were funded to parental support. Which factor made the biggest difference to student outcomes? Teachers. More than funding. More than government support. More, even, than student aptitude. So what do teachers need to enable them to give of their best?

14:00 Session 4.  Tomorrow’s classroom.

Designing a twenty-first century classroom is complex. In 2019, learning can – and does – take place anywhere and everywhere. But where and how does optimum learning take place? What is the role of the real and the virtual classroom? What is needed to create learning environments where students, at various ages, feel safe, challenged and open? What is the role of technology in these spaces?

15:05 - 15:15 Conclusion



Zurich International School Upper School
Eichenweg 2
8134 Adliswil