Keynote Speaker

Larry Johnson

New Media Consortium, USA


Dr Larry Johnson is an acknowledged expert on emerging technology and its impacts on society and education, and has written five books, seven chapters, and published more than 100 papers and research reports on the topic. He speaks regularly on the topics of creativity, innovation, and technology trends, and has delivered nearly 200 keynote addresses to a long list of distinguished groups and organizations all over the world. He is the founder of the Horizon Project, which produces the acclaimed series of Horizon Reports that have been used by nearly 3 million educators in 175 countries.

Dr Johnson serves as Chief Executive Officer of the New Media Consortium (NMC), an international not-for-profit consortium dedicated to the exploration and use of new media and new technologies. The NMC's hundreds of member institutions constitute an elite list of the most highly regarded universities, museums, and research centers in the world.

In his post at the NMC, Johnson routinely brings visionaries and thought leaders from across the globe together to define and explore new ways of thinking about and using technology, and to examine emerging trends and issues. The annual NMC Horizon Report, soon to be published in 27 languages, has become one of the leading tools used by senior executives in universities and museums to set priorities for technology planning. NMC summits and large-scale projects have helped set the agenda for topics such as visual literacy, learning objects, educational gaming, immersive learning, the future of scholarship, and social networking.

Having served as president and senior executive at institutions in both the higher education and not-for-profit realms, he has more than 30 years of experience in the global education arena, and has served in campus roles from professor to dean, CIO and provost, and president. His educational background includes an MBA in Finance and a PhD. in Education that focused on research and evaluation. Among much other recognition, Dr Johnson has been honored as a Distinguished Graduate by his alma mater, the University of Texas at Austin.


Title: From Good to Great - Uncommon Leadership in These Uncertain Times

Presenter: Larry Johnson

Higher education worldwide is in the midst of tremendous change. Old norms are being upended; old models of learning are being questioned. The very purposes of the university are being challenged not only by forces within the academy, but by competitive realities that are very foreign to most university leaders. The outcomes of university education are being called into question, and many will find it hard to justify old ways of doing business when that microscope comes to bear on their institutions. At the same time, the balance of global economic power is shifting from the Atlantic-centered world view to a new perspective that is distinctly Pacific.

In this changing landscape, we need institutions willing to break the traditional mould. We need uncommon leaders, uncommon faculties, and uncommon systems and processes for making decisions. Creativity and vision are more important than ever. We need people at every level that are willing to try new ideas, to take risks, and even to fail on the road to getting it right.

Join Horizon Project founder Larry Johnson as he traces the evolution of the modern university, and details significant challenges and shifts in that framework that universities must understand and embrace. Collectively, these challenges will require a tectonic level shift in the common wisdom, but that will not be enough. Universities that aspire to be world class will need uncommon wisdom, as the very nature of what we mean by “world class” is inexorably shifting as well.