A success-story: From Jacques Delors to Jimmy Wales
Since 2010 the Leonardo Award has been bestowed upon personalities committed to lifelong learning in the 21st century. This enables them to fill the European spirit with life, which Professor Jaques Delors, the architect of Europe, captured in his UNESCO pillar model: Learning to learn. Learning to acquire knowledge. Learning to live together. Learning to act. Learning to be.
The late Hans Dietrich Genscher held an equally brilliant as well as timeless eulogy for the first Leonardo award winner, Professor Jacques Delors: “Delor’s education report as obligatory reading for all those responsible in state, economics and society – that would actually be a wonderful commonality and a great task for the overall society.“
Further highlights were provides by the likes of Jimmy Wales (Wikipedia), with a new point of view on the authorship of knowledge, or the brothers Kurt Stoll and Wilfried Stoll (FESTO), with the revolutionary transformations that have taken place in learning in companies.
Cooperation with UNESCO – education as a tool against youth unemployment
For the first time, the Leonardo Award is cooperating with the UN institution responsible for vocational and technical learning, the UNESCO UNEVOC, represented by its Director, Dr. Shyamal Majumdar. Similarly to the Leonardo, UNEVOC also sees the need to link professional and social learning closely to the challenges of youth unemployment, international cooperation and "Green Economy Learning".
The award winners have realized that this will be possible only through a transformation of society as a whole: away from the toxic and destructive maxims of “faster, higher, further”, away from increased consumption, and with more cooperation instead of competition, towards responsible, sustainable behaviour – as was determined by all member stated of the United Nations in September 2015 in their “Global Goals”, the goals for worldwide economic, ecological and social development.
Gathering of experts in the areas of knowledge and education
The award ceremony and the preceding Leonardo Transfer Meeting, the think tank for corporate learning, will take place on September 19, 2016 in Bonn in the Kameha Grand Hotel. This is where the award winners will have ample opportunity not only to present their projects, but also to work together with stakeholders from education, the economy and society on the design possibilities for a meaningful “future of learning”. In many aspects ranging from schooling to the economy and society, education is fundamental for a sustainable world, which is open to all nationalities and nations.