ShapingEDU Unconference 2021: Reshaping Wicked Problems

July 20 - 23, 2021 | Digital Immersion Event 

All times are listed in Pacific Daylight Time (this is the same as Mountain Standard Time, GMT-7).

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While the start and end times each day will not change, all activity times are fluid/subject to change...because it’s an unconference.  The Living Agenda will evolve and change before and during the unconference. Check often for updates. 

   

Three playing cards stacked on top of each other. The top one says "The Inn: a remote inn, haunted by wicked problems"

Tuesday, July 20, 2021

2:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. MST/PDT

2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. MST/PDT
The Wicked Mystery Party

Join us on Day 1 of the Unconference for a masquerade party at our "remote" inn. Once you arrive, you discover that all is not as expected. What will you uncover? Who will you meet along the way? Can you solve the mystery before the night ends?

While we can't say much...it is a mystery after all...we can tell you that something fishy is going on at Black Swan Lake and we need you to put on your thinking cap to help us solve the mystery!

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3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. 
Explore 

Download VirBELA to create your avatar and tour our haunted ASU virtual campus...if you dare!

Wednesday, July 21, 2021 

 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. MST/PDT

A playing card with the words "Black Swan Lake: home to unpredictable + highly impactful events" and a photo of a black swan

Day 2 of the Unconference will feature a Black Swan simulation, which will include a series of exercises and activities focused on teaching you how to learn in the face of disruption. This will set the tone of strategizing around the unexpected for Day 3 and 4.

Thursday, July 22, 2021

8:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. MST/PDT

A playing card with the words "The Inn: A remote inn, haunted by wicked problems" and a photo of a castle

Start Day 3 at our Keynote on The Intersection of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Technology, courtesy of Workday. Then, leverage what you learned on Days 1 & 2 to engage in working sessions focused around our 9 Wicked Problems in education, identified by the global ShapingEDU community. We may or may not have a few “tricks” up our sleeves throughout the day, as well.

Friday, July 23, 2021

8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. MST/PDT

A playing card with words "The Wicked Woods: Where everything is revealed" and a forest photo

Begin Day 4 with our student panel sharing their thoughts on this year’s Wicked Problems. Then, continue collaborative work to develop actionable outputs, resources and products related to our Wicked Problems. After we share out our findings and next steps, enjoy a Wrap Party & Concert in Zoom and VirBELA, thanks to our Co-convener Workday!


 

Wednesday, July 21, 2021 

 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. MST/PDT

8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. 

Welcome and introduction to the Black Swan Game

Meet key members of the ShapingEDU community, including Innovator in Residence Dr. Ruben Puentedura who will introduce you to the Black Swan Game and how it works.

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9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Act I: Kitty would like to remind you that the nine lives trope - yeah, not really.

Participate in Act I of the Black Swan Game, created by Game Master and Innovator in Residence Ruben Puentedura.

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10:45 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Intermediate Product Sharing

After a short humanity break, we’ll gather to learn from the first set of breakout sessions. If you can’t make the entire day, now is a good time to log on!

11:30 a.m. - 1:00p.m.

Act II: All is well - there’s just one thing I’ll mention.

Join us for Act II of the Black Swan Game, created by Game Master and Innovator in Residence Ruben Puentedura.

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1:15 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Intermediate Product Sharing

After a short humanity break, we’ll gather to learn from the second set of breakout sessions. If you can’t make the entire day, now is a good time to log on!

2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Act III: Some exit doors lead to twilight, and some to dawn - right?

Roll up your sleeves for Act III of the Black Swan Game, created by Game Master and Innovator in Residence Ruben Puentedura.

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3:45 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Final Product Sharing 

Let’s walk through highlights and key learnings from the day to determine how to go forward in living and working, moving closer to antifragility.


 

Thursday, July 22, 2021

8:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.  MST/PDT

8:00 a.m. - 8:45 a.m. 

 

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Keynote: The Intersection of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Technology

As colleges and universities across the globe embrace the importance of a diverse, equitable and inclusive (DEI) campus environment, it requires a commitment to continuous improvement of DEI objectives.  

In this discussion, presented by our platinum Co-Convener Workday, panelists from Western Governors University, Huron Consulting and Workdaywill discuss DEI through their unique perspectives and experiences and further explain how technology can create a stronger bridge between Human Resources and DEI initiatives on your campus.

Presented by: 

  • Diane Doherty, Senior Director, Employee & Community Experience
  • Sergio Mendoza, HRIS Analyst, Western Governors University
  • Carin Taylor, Chief Diversity Officer, Workday

diane_doherty_huron Sergio Mendoza carin_taylor

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8:45 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

Introduction to Wicked Problems

Work with fellow education changemakers to address 9 Wicked Problems, voted on by the ShapingEDU community last month, impacting learning today and in the future by developing actionable outputs, resources and products. By doing this, we are seeking out ways to become antifragile in living and learning — to move beyond resilience to thriving through disruption.

 9:30 a.m. - 9:50 a.m.
Mysterious Illusions with Tim Gabrielson

Speaker and entertainer Tim Gabrielson will join us to demonstrate how what we see isn’t always what is there. Don’t miss Tim’s engaging humor and highly skilled magic.

Tim Gabrielson

10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. 

Wicked Problems Working Sessions

After a short humanity break, head over to the Wicked Problem page to select a problem (or two!) to address.  Just click ‘Join Now’ to enter a space where you will discuss, ideate and take action with fellow changemakers.

12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. 

Wicked Problems Product Sharing + More Mysterious Illusions

After a 30-minute humanity break, we will gather to discuss major takeaways from the day, where we’re at in addressing the Wicked Problems and discuss tomorrow’s working group plans. Before and after the Product Sharing, speaker and entertainer Tim Gabrielson will be back with some (card) tricks up his sleeves. You don’t want to miss this one! 

(Psst, if you have a deck of cards, bring them to this session for a fully immersive experience!)

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Friday, July 23, 2021

8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. MST/PDT

8:30 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. 

Student Panel: Decoding the Wicked Problems

We believe it is crucial to center student voice into our discussions and changemaking efforts. In light of this value, a student panel will offer an open forum to elevate their experiences and voices around the Unconference’s 9 Wicked Problems

Join us to hear from current ASU students  as they share their perspectives on which problems they are passionate about and what educators, technologists and innovators can do to improve action around these challenges. With the help of our students, we can design solutions that address key issues in education, now and in the future.

Panelists: 

  • Lance Israel Lim , B.S. Community Health, B.S. Health Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Certificate in Cross Sector Leadership
  • John Janezic, B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies: Sustainability and Applied Biology, with a Minor in Spanish and a certificate in Cross-Sector Leadership in 2021, Masters in Global Management Candidate at Thunderbird School for Global Management

  lance_israel_lim  john_janezic  

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10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Wicked Problems Working Sessions

After a short humanity break, head over to the Wicked Problem page to select a problem (or two!) to address.  Just click ‘Join Now’ to enter a space where you will discuss, ideate and take action with fellow changemakers.

Note: You do not need to choose the same group as yesterday, but you certainly can!

12:30 p.m. - 1:45 p.m. 

Town Hall: The big reveal

Now that the Wicked Problem Working Sessions are complete, we’ll come together to discuss our learnings and discuss next steps for the Wicked Problems and our ShapingEDU community. 

Don’t miss our big raffle, courtesy ofTMobile for Education

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2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

 

Workday wrap party & concert

After a short humanity break, we wrap on the 2021 Unconference and it’s time to celebrate! Now’s the time to sit back, relax and enjoy our Friday together and reflect on our accomplishments! During the party, you can:

  • Listen to the sweet sounds of our wonderful musicians. 
  • Explore the virtual ASU Campus, haunted style, in VirBELA, an interactive online campus that will take your Unconference experience to the next level. 
  • Mingle and network with colleagues at our Workday VIP lounge. 
  • Learn more about our gold sponsors by stopping by their virtual booths. 

All of this and more will be waiting for you — a treat from our Unconference Platinum co-convener Workday for all the dreaming, doing and driving done during the Unconference.

Meet our musicians: 

heather christie Wallace Hound Band gnarwhal_jrz guy_michel grace_noelle Emma O'Reilly


 

Curious what wicked problems we'll tackle together? 

Browse this year’s Wicked Problems!