Wendy KoppCo-founder and CEO, Teach For All
Wendy Kopp is CEO and co-founder of Teach For All, a global network of independent organizations that are developing collective leadership to ensure all children fulfill their potential. Kopp founded Teach For America in 1989 to marshal the energy of her generation toward expanding educational opportunity in the US. Today, she remains an active member of Teach For America’s board.
Who will run the world?
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The kids in school today will be running the world. That’s why one of the most important things we can be doing—to meet any of our aspirations—is ensure today’s students are growing as leaders who can shape a better future for themselves and all of us. Within communities and at national and global levels, we should be considering how to ensure that all of our children are growing with the proficiencies, values, mindsets, agency, and awareness that will be critical for our collective welfare.
Which country will have the most powerful economy?
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The one that unleashes its young people. Think about it: Africa has the youngest population in the world, and it’s growing. If its countries can unleash the potential of their youth, they will be unstoppable. But this will take channeling significant financial and human resources towards ensuring children in these growing countries have the education, support, and opportunity to fulfill their potential.
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How will people earn a living?
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Educating others will become an increasingly-valued pursuit, no matter what happens with technology. Learning and developing will always require human relationships, and our society will become more aware that how children develop from birth predicts the future of countries and our global society.
What kinds of stories will we tell?
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We will always be telling stories about relationships, because relationships are the most crucial factor in everything. We’ve learned this is true even in classrooms, and I’ve learned it’s true in organizations and in networks.
What will our borders be like?
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While political forces may seem to be moving towards isolationism, what we see at Teach For All is that young people around the world are very inspired to build relationships and learn from each other across borders. I have confidence that the trajectory will be towards an open society.
What will our most valuable resource be?
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Our most valuable resource will be people and communities that have come together to exert collective leadership for a better future. Our number one priority should be investing in developing those human and relationship resources.
Will our world be more equal or less equal?
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It’s ours to decide. If we embrace the challenge of enabling all children to fulfill their potential, it will be better. If we don’t, it will be much worse.