One of the United States’ foremost educational futurists, Katherine Prince leads KnowledgeWorks’ exploration of the future of learning. As Senior Director, Strategic Foresight, she speaks and writes about the trends shaping education over the next decade and helps education stakeholders strategize about how to become active agents of change in pursuing their ideal visions for the future learning ecosystem.
Since 2007, Katherine has worked with education stakeholders around the country to explore how they might transform education so as to create better possibilities for all young people. She facilitates conversations that challenge assumptions about how education functions today and encourage education stakeholders to create and pursue transformative visions for learning. Her papers and blog posts draw out scenarios for the future, explore their implications, and advocate for large-scale systems change.
In other roles with KnowledgeWorks, Katherine also led organizational development initiatives, contributed to national collaborations informed by the fields of systems thinking and organizational change, and managed programs to foster teaching and professional learning innovations and encourage collaborative knowledge management among educators.
Before joining KnowledgeWorks in 2006, Katherine supported large-scale changes in working practice at Britain’s Open University by introducing an online portal and an online student feedback system for 7,500 tutors distributed across the United Kingdom. Prior to that, she managed customer satisfaction improvement projects and established a technical communications group at Pacific Consulting Group in California. In that capacity, she helped federal agencies and other clients increase service quality by incorporating a customer perspective into their organizational planning.
Katherine holds a BA in English from Ohio Wesleyan University; an MA in English from the University of Iowa; and an MBA from The Open University with emphases on creativity, innovation, and change and on knowledge management. She also earned a certificate in Foresight from the University of Houston. Katherine serves on the board of trustees of the Union Institute and University and is a member of the Association of Professional Futurists.
For one view of Katherine’s vision for the future of learning, watch her 2014 TEDxColumbus talk.