PRME recognizes the need for business schools to provide educational experiences and classroom content which matches the creativity and urgency needed to train the leaders and managers of tomorrow. In order to achieve this mission, PRME has been awarded a USD 6 million grant from the LEGO Foundation to be delivered over a 3-year period. This grant will be used to further enhance PRME’s work in equipping today's business students with the understanding and ability to deliver change tomorrow.
The PRME Impactful Five (i5) program is motivated by two-time sensitive opportunities: the ability for business schools to adjust to the current global challenges including social, economic, and ecological issues by shaping a new style of responsible manager who has the skills to lead more holistically, and the need to increase the relevance of business school education in the newly emerging landscape of micro-credentials and digital learning, open access academic content and lifelong reskilling.
The Impactful Five (i5): Learning in Leadership Education project is building on prior LEGO Foundation research and expertise to develop and pilot pedagogical approaches for holistic skill set development to help the next generation of leaders address sustainable development. Through a partnership with Project Zero at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, PRME analyzed research from The LEGO Foundation childhood and youth development research-spheres to create a pedagogy for the higher education business school context. These findings were translated into a Playbook for educators from the PRME community to utilize as a tool in their classroom and to better engage with the i5 characteristics of making learning meaningful, joyful, actively engaging, social, and iterative.
The purpose of this program is to develop pedagogical adoption of playful learning for holistic development among the PRME network of global leadership educators. Our target group for impactful change is business school educators, while the ultimate beneficiaries are business school students (18-28 years old) at UN Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) Signatory schools.
The program will set a significant global agenda for valuing pedagogical approaches in educating innovative leaders. An agenda, that is currently hugely undervalued, will contribute to institutionalizing a systemic impact on leadership education to develop future leaders, i.e. leadership students, with a holistic skill set, by employing the pedagogical approach of playful learning and extending the development of the breadth of skills into existing leadership education. This is what is meant by the Impactful Five (i5): the five characteristics of playful learning and the development of five skills: cognitive, emotional, creative, social, and physical. The program will be implemented by the global network of business schools and universities of PRME.
Honor and emphasize the existing knowledge and experiences of your students; provoke critical reflection on relevant topics.
Creating the conditions for students to be motivated to participate and personally invest their energy.
Incorporating cycles of performance and feedback that provide opportunities for risk-taking, experimenting, learning from mistakes and making changes in thinking and actions.
Establish a community in which students can observe, listen, dialogue, and effectively communicate with others with different perspectives, practices and cultures.
Infusing experiences of delight, satisfaction, excitement, enthusiasm, enjoyment and other positive affective states; recognize students as whole persons.
The Impactful Five (i5) project challenges ‘mainstream’ teaching and learning practices to infuse meaning, joy, and ‘soft skills’ into education. Through a partnership with Project Zero at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, PRME analyzed research from The LEGO Foundation childhood and youth development research-spheres to create a pedagogy for the higher education business school context. These findings were translated into a Playbook for educators from the PRME community to utilize as a tool in their classroom and to better engage with the i5 characteristics of making learning meaningful, joyful, actively engaging, social, and iterative.
By targeting 5 key characteristics of learning to integrate sustainability skills into business schools, this pedagogy will train the next generation of CEOs, managers, and leaders to shape a workforce of lifelong learners equipped with contemporary skills needed to address today’s sustainable development challenges. LEGO Education has previously identified cognitive, creative, social, emotional, and physical skills as the skills to develop through these pedagogical interventions. Our ambition is to foster a new generation of students with the skills needed to address the global challenges of our time, address the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and impact generations of educators and students with a new paradigm for creative pedagogy.