Ideation Hubs


A high-tech destination that encourages active engagement and opportunity for interaction between people, tools and technology leading to massive knowledge sharing

  • Close It DistributED model focuses on themes of work and knowledge sharing.  The Ideation Hubs were researched and selected to ensure broad participation and learnings in key areas.
  • Ideation Hubs are designed to cross-pollinate community members working in education, training and workforce development.  This cross-pollination will advance innovative concepts and practices more quickly through the DistributED model.
  • Ideation Hubs will produce outcomes that will be elevated at the event May 24-26th.
  • Ideation Hubs are designed to provide a voice for the many constituents – including the learners themselves to learn, share and innovate the landscape.


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Day 1
29 October 2020

The Global Future of Education and Learning

Ideators: Pearson and the Global Shift Council

Thinking differently on how learning happens! This HUB has a focus on the future of all learning – Lifelong Learning and ensuring an ecosystem for lifelong learning We know that learners continue their journey throughout their career(s), and through this HUB you will...

Building Regional Talent Coalitions to Increase Economic Mobility and Access

Ideators: NOVAWorks, BW Research

This HUB will work specifically on building Regional Talent Coalitions with a focus on designing and implementing models that will effectively ensure access to the significant numbers of learners and job seekers currently being left behind. Led by...

Connections Across Latin America and More

Ideators: Observatorio de Innovación Educativa del Tecnológico de Monterrey – Director, Esteban Venegas Villanueva

From Alaska to Patagonia a single landmass unites us. This HUB will present the challenges, experiences and solutions implemented by Latin American educators, as well as providing an opportunity to connect and collaborate with...

Innovative Internship and Young Adult Opportunity Models

Ideator: KC Social Innovation (KCSIC)

This HUB will focus on one of the most innovative models in the U.S. for providing internship and career opportunities for Young Adults. Led by KC Social Innovation (KCSIC), this HUB will provide on-the-ground expertise on...

The Future of Organizations, Leadership and Work

Ideators: Executive Networks, AT&T, Innovate + Educate

This HUB creates a space for HR, Talent and other business professionals to share ideas for non-traditional hiring practices that rely on skills assessment, job requirements and necessary qualifications rather than traditional college degrees. The HUB will...

The Future of Workforce Development

Ideators: National Association of Workforce Boards, Road Trip Nation

This HUB will focus on the changing nature of work, mostly from the view of people who are experiencing these changes. Technology advances have ushered in a new era of workforce development with a focus on

Inclusive Impact Led by New Profit

Ideators: New Profit

Inclusive Impact: How do we build a future of work that works for everyone?

This HUB will highlight work from New Profit and others ensuring equitable access to tools and methodologies related to the future of working and learning.

Redefined Work to Learn Ecosystems

Ideators: Epic Games, Project ARC LLC, TBD

Physical and Digital Walls No Longer Confine Our Learning. This HUB will explore a new frontier for education, including exposure to industry and the future of work. The four walls of a classroom, or the walls of a building, defined the space previously reserved for education before March of 2020. Now, teachers, like their students, suddenly find themselves

The Learner – (Youth and Young Adult Voices)

Ideators: Association of Young Americans (AYA), YOUApp (

This HUB will create a learner and young adult voice around top issues in education and employment.  Learners from across the U.S will be invited to the HUB (at no cost) to voice their own views, needs, and solutions to ensure young adults’ visions are

The Future of Coming Together

Ideators: DistributED

The Future of Work we’ve been talking about arrived a decade early this year. This Ideation Hub will focus on what it means to come together in an age of pandemic, reduced budgets and less frequent travel. Conferences, Events, Meetings and Trade Shows (CEMTS) have had to postpone or rapidly adapt. The Future of Coming Together work group as a Close It Ideation Hub will...

Learning & Development: A Career for Creators

Ideators: L&D Cares - An All-Volunteer Support Network for Learning professionals affected by the pandemic

This HUB will define entry-level jobs including competencies, capabilities, skills and curriculum to support earlier entry into the Learning & Development profession. This work will leverage the skills sets that may young professionals have developed through creation and communication via social channels and truly embrace the "creator" mindset and apply it to career opportunities for the future workforce.