We all have personal struggles. Children have struggles; young people -in and out school- have struggles; parents have struggles; managers have struggles; authorities have struggles. We also look for solutions, we learn, we find valuable insights, we find solutions (sometimes imperfect and sometimes better ones)… Since we constantly do a lot ‘experiments’, perhaps we can see society as a LAB -a Lab with a PURPOSE, a lab where our personal findings can be a Media for a solution for something bigger (inspired in the MIT Media Lab and its 'antidisciplinary' approach' ?
Moreover, since we already have a lot of OPEN opportunities aside of traditional education (or every other stage in our lives) we can leverage the positive impact of the increasing number of alternatives available.
We now have Open Source technology; we have Open Education (like MOOCs or other courses, articles, books...), we have Open Communities like Open IDEO, we have Open Data ... The idea is connecting all of this increasing number of opportunities, leverage their positive impact (and address the negative effects), learn from each other, make it all part of a Life-learning process that finds solutions along the way.
HOW TO CONNECT
All starts from a problem you care about and wants to solve (or a problem at the center, as @Joost suggested in an feedback for first draft of the idea, which is a very good point). From Design Thinking, we have learned that we start by Empathizing if we want to find a Human Centered solution. We hear each other; we learn from each other; we find insightful stories, we extract insights that opens up a whole new world of opportunities: move forward for finding one solution (with mentors, peers, guidelines available of Design Thinking…), we realize that we need new knowledge and knowhow so look for it in and out of school with extra passion, we allows us to develop a necessary System Thinking (I'm just starting to learn System Dynamics , but concepts like feedbacks, stocks and flows,or mental models, among others, have already opened my mind to new things and new points of view).
There is much we can do, if we think of this as a “lab”, as something that allows us to ‘experiment’. In the OPEN opportunities available we have insights to better prepare learners (of all ages) for the needs of tomorrow. For instance, I reimagine higher education, starting from leveraging what we do, when we are not school, and taking this as an opportunity to progress as society along the way.