2017 WISE Summit: "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, Co-Exist, Co-Create: Learning to Live and Work Together 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

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.

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.

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.

More than 50 sessions

Learning to Learn

New perspectives and practices in teaching and learning

  • Lifelong Learning in the Innovation Economy
  • Teachers: Transforming Roles in Changing Times
  • Behavioural Strategies: Nudging for the Right Education Choices
  • New Models of Learning: Lessons and Practices
  • Rethinking Higher Education in the Connected Age
  • To Succeed, Does Intelligence Really Matter?

Co-existing in a Changing World

Developing skills, attitudes and values to shape tomorrow

  • Education in the Post-Truth World
  • Migrants: Turning Challenges into Opportunities
  • Why is Media Literacy a Core 21st Century Skill
  • A Balancing Act: Equity vs Excellence
  • Autism: Exploring Optimal Policies and Services for Lifelong Care

Co-creating Knowledge Societies

Transitioning from knowledge economies to knowledge societies

  • Can Social Entrepreneurship Lead Innovation in Education?
  • Artificial Intelligence and Virtual Reality: The Next Giant Leap in Education?
  • Developing High-Impact Leaders
  • New Actors and Perspectives in Funding Education
  • From Knowledge Economies to Knowledge Societies



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.


Program at a Glance

Why Attend?

The World Innovation Summit for Education is a multi-sectoral platform offering the global education community a unique opportunity to meet, share experiences, build new partnerships and identify concrete innovative practices to address education challenges.

The biennial global WISE summit gathers policymakers, educators, entrepreneurs, corporate and government leaders from around the world to explore current trends and share their visions for co-designing the future of education.

A diverse range of interactive, creative sessions offer participants numerous opportunities to share their work, achievements, network and work together. WISE 2017 is an ideal opportunity to meet local and regional partners for future collaboration.