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Future Potential

6-Week Online Series 

September – November 2021

Edward P. Clapp, Ed.D.


Edward P. Clapp is a principal investigator at Project Zero where he is a co-director of the Agency by Design (AbD) initiative — an investigation of the promises, practices, and pedagogies of maker-centered learning — and the Creating Communities of Innovation initiative — a research study geared towards developing educational innovations amongst a network of schools in the United Arab Emirates.

Edward’s current research interests include creativity and innovation, maker-centered learning, design thinking, and contemporary approaches to arts teaching and learning. In addition to his work as an educational researcher, Edward is also aLecturer on Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Edward’s most recent books include Participatory Creativity: Introducing Access and Equity to the Creative Classroom (2016, Routledge) and Maker-Centered Learning: Empowering Young People to Shape their Worlds (2016, Jossey-Bass).


The story of creativity and innovation is often told as the story of individual human achievement—but as our world becomes increasingly more interconnected and mediated by technology and artificial intelligence, we must establish a new narrative that stretches beyond individual human potential. A new narrative that tells the story of our future potential. 

Future Potential is an emergent framework for creativity and innovation that provides a narrative-based approach to what is next in the world—with a scaffolded strategy for supporting young people and adults for participating in that change.

The future potential framework asks 3 key questions: 

Where are we now?
Where have we been?
Where might/should we want to do/go next?



Applicable to educators and entrepreneurs alike, the future potential workshop series leads participants through a series of activities that address five key themes:

  • Understanding complex systems

  • Identifying diverse actors within those systems

  • Acknowledging the biographies of ideas and finding future potential in past histories

  • Balancing technical and adaptive change

  • Acting ethically

This masterclass series is the ideal space for educators who are comfortable with ambiguity, excited about collectively developing new ideas and strategies, and eager to engage in the constructivist process of participatory professional development.


The goal for this workshop series is to leave participants inspired about the prospects for the future and equipped to support and prepare themselves, their students, and their colleagues in being active participants in generative change.


Workshop registration is $399 USD.

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