Business Learning Experiences in the Age of Exploration

Perspectives on education to transform small business start up ventures to corporations across industries


Editor’s note this PART 1 of a two part article.


There is no doubt in my mind, that we have begun one of the most relevant transformations of humanity: the search for educational models that engage new generations and remain relevant for life while generating better learning outcomes.

These early stages of a collective transformation have many dimensions and are being felt in all countries social, economic, political, technological, agendas.

Arguably, the most relevant change of them all, is how our society, begun changing and addressing the World that we now live in…

I will try to provide some of these views under a particular proposal for ways to deal with what will come to us from now on, at unprecedented speed and with the accelerated impact of, potentially (if we do this right), solving most of humanities critical challenges: inequality, poverty, climate change, cultural development, innovation.

As Nelson Mandela clearly stated: “Education is the most powerful weapon that we have to change the World” I feel that this weapon has becomed obsolete, and now, we are in the midst of finding ways to keep it sharp and active for that great potential.

Citing a recent statement from John Chambers are the World Economic forum: “There are two equalizers in the World: Internet and Education”

Initiatives to transform education are capturing headlines all around the World. New trends are being monitored about technological impact, student behaviors, teaching methods, remote delivery capabilities, broad access, quality improvement, personalized learning, etc.

{TEXTPECTATION} The feeling of anticipation you feel when a text has been sent and…

WHY NOW? Consider these eight questions:

  1. What will come next?
  2. How to begin this transformation?
  3. Who is doing it right?
  4. How soon will traditional models become irrelevant?
  5. Is technology going to disrupt education to a degree where Universities, teachers and facilities, dissapear?
  6. Are going to be able to train for the work environment of the future?
  7. Is there a better way to create learning outcomes?
  8. Are new generations able to compensate for what our generations did to the planet, to the poor, to women, to people with dissabilities, to cultures, to race?

These and many more relevant questions are being discussed in many forums around the World and with many different perspectives: Technology companies, Academics, Governments, School authorities, teachers, parents, students, employees, employers, investors, entrepreneurs…

{NONVERSATION} The interaction that is completely worthless


Throughout my professional career I have been fortunate to be exposed to unique experiences, industries, epochs, capabilities, people, strategies and companies that enable me to feel at ease with transformational change, to incorporate views that come from diverse perspectives and to innovate on the way to connect the dots.

Having being an entrepreneur, a teacher, an investor, a student, a corporate leader, a board member, a consultant, a professional soccer player, a corporate trainer and a father. Having relevant experience in industries like, technology, marketing, insurance, consulting, media and entertainment, for both start up ventures and big corporations, I have now a unique opportunity to provide perspectives that have (fortunately for me) become more relevant to confront the transformational nature of education.

Furthermore, being born in Latin America, lived in 4 countries, including the US and travel extensively around the World for over three decades, allow me to see a World of different realities, visions, social structures, human behaviors and institutional capabilities.

All these experiences integrate rather well with my current leadership role at Cengage Learning, a major player in education, with unique capabilities and values that bring a solid, innovative and legitimate perspective for the future of education.

{ERRORIST} Someone who repeatedly makes mistakes

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Fernando Valenzuela
Fernando Valenzuela
Fernando is currently head of Aspen Institute education program in Mexico and Partner at Global Impact Edtech Alliance. He was formerly President McGraw-Hill Education, Latin America. He is a recognized senior executive, entrepreneur, speaker and board level leader with international background. He has founded and led successful enterprises in Latin America for over 25 years. He holds a Degree in Computer Science from the Universidad Iberoamericana, and an MBA in International Business by the University of Miami. Active member of Wharton Fellows, ENOVA Network of Latin America CEOs, Center for Hemispheric Policy and Council of the Americas, board member at Inroads. He was most recently President at Cengage Learning / National Geographic Learning Latin America and founder of LINNEA, the First Laboratory for Innovation in Learning Experiences in Latin America. There Fernando lead the transformation of the educational models and creating high value learning experiences by engaging students with technology. Website LinkedIn

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