Time For Change

Julia M. Stasch, MacArthur Foundation, Aug 13, 2015
Commentary by Stephen Downes

The president of the MacArthur Foundation announces a significant change of direction. "In the future, we will work primarily through programs and projects that are larger in scale, time-limited in nature, or designed to reach specific objectives. We will place less emphasis on program areas with an indefinite lifespan." Interestingly, this is exactly the change of direction my own employer understood a couple of years ago. And like the NRC, they are focusing on some flagship programs, in this case criminal justice in the U.S. and global climate change. In education, "The next step is to experiment with a new organizational model that can attract a more diverse set of partners and investors, explore alternative funding models and mechanisms, and accommodate a more entrepreneurial and innovative approach to achieving the ambitious goal of reimagining what learning is and how it is supported. This fall, we will launch a new, independent nonprofit whose goal is the scale and spread of the innovations developed by the many organizations we have supported."

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