WISE 2017: “Co-Exist, Co-Create: Learning to Live and Work Together”

The 2017 WISE Summit convened November 14-16 2017, in Doha, Qatar.

This year’s theme reflects the commitment of WISE to address important education challenges in times of disruption and economic uncertainty stemming from conflict, mass migration, growing inequality, on-going, rapid technological change and other forces.

The world faces an unprecedented confluence of disruption. As scientific and technological development surge ahead, constant advances in artificial intelligence, automation and biotechnology seem to challenge assumptions about what it means to be human. War and instability have triggered widespread dislocation and a migration of people on a scale not seen since the end of the Second World War.

These challenges spark urgent questions about the role of education and its capacity to support learners of all ages in navigating disruption. WISE 2017 was an opportunity to rethink and explore how education can be most effectively shaped and evolved for co-existing and co-creating in a world of complexity and dramatic change.

Participants explored and discovered a wide variety of topics shaping the future of teaching and learning, including artificial intelligence, the role of teachers, leveraging social entrepreneurship for innovation, changing attitudes toward migrants, reimagining higher education in the connected world, the impact of nudging, connecting private and public actors and strategies to build future knowledge societies.



A 3-pillar program

Learning to Learn

New perspectives and practices in teaching and learning

Discover new and emerging approaches that help learners develop relevant cognitive, social and emotional skill-sets to live and work in the age of disruption.

Co-existing in a changing world

Developing skills, attitudes and values to shape tomorrow

Explore the role of innovation in education to cultivate values, behaviors and attitudes to address complex challenges, and support cultural cohesion and global citizenship.

Co-creating knowledge societies

Transitioning from knowledge economies to knowledge societies

Examine strategies, policies and practices that empower and enable individuals to become skilled innovators who can drive economic development, contribute to social good and design the future.


Prof. Kishore Mahbubani

Prof. Kishore Mahbubani

Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy of the National University

Leslee Udwin

Think Equal Global
United Kingdom

Dr. Jörg Dräger

Bertelsmann Stiftung

Noella Coursaris Musunka

Noëlla Coursaris Musunka

Democratic Republic of the Congo

Lydia Wilbard


Nicolas Sadirac

Nicolas Sadirac


Sarah Borgman

Skoll Community and Convenings
United States of America

Sharath Jeevan

Sharath Jeevan

STiR Education
United Kingdom



WISE 2017 introduced Braindate, an innovative peer-learning platform created by e180.

Braindates are one-on-one or group conversations initiated and organized by participants at the Summit. Connect with one another in a meaningful way and curate your own learning experience through Braindates. Delegates can begin scheduling Braindates ahead of the Summit, through the Networking@WISE tool.