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New Event Advocates Learning to Transform NZ Communities

New Event Advocates Learning to Transform NZ Communities

Thrive: Building sustainable futures through lifelong learning

Thought leaders in education, health and social services will gather to galvanise action on sustainable learning communities at a new two-day forum called Thrive. Created and facilitated by CORE Education, Thrive will be held in Gisborne and Dunedin simultaneously from 6-8 March 2018.

“CORE Education strongly advocates the UNESCO premise that learning as a lifelong process is the key to building sustainable futures,” says Principal Consultant Derek Wenmoth. “We’ve developed Thrive to champion learning initiatives as an integrating focus for community advancement.

“We believe ‘it takes a village to raise a child’ so Thrive brings together deep thinkers and influencers from community organisations, business and government who have differing responsibilities yet common goals. Thrive will inspire big ideas and inter-agency collaboration to effect real and sustainable local change.”

Global technology innovator and East Coast-raised Ian Taylor, Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit and founder of Animation Research Ltd, will deliver the opening address to an anticipated 400 delegates, streamed live to a satellite audience in Dunedin.

Other Thrive headliners include the UK’s Valerie Hannon, respected internationally as a thought leader in education innovation and 2014 New Zealander of the Year Dr Lance O’Sullivan, disruptive leader and innovator and passionate advocate for Maori health.

These and many more experts connected with successful learning-based initiatives around the world will share their thoughts on the challenges they’ve faced and the opportunities they see in plenary sessions. Delegates will then join peers from their region or sector in facilitated sessions to exchange ideas and workshop integrated strategies to action in their local communities.

“Thrive will not be a talkfest. It will be a gathering of New Zealand’s best minds to brainstorm optimal futures for today’s tamariki, work out how best to share resources and take the steps needed to action the learning communities of tomorrow,” says Wenmoth.


About CORE Education

CORE Education is a not-for-profit organisation formed in 2003 to lead professional learning for educators and transformational change projects within schools, kura and early childhood centres. It aims to build an excellent tomorrow by helping transform education today. CORE has garnered a global reputation for its innovative programmes and projects including New Zealand’s largest education conference uLearn, the Ministry of Education contract Learning with Digital Technologies. which was implemented across all schools in Aotearoa, and supporting schools throughout New Zealand on professional development programmes.

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