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Frances Valintine

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Edufuturists #184 - Messy Learning with Frances Valintine


Frances Valintine CNZM is a passionate educator and technologist who is focused on challenging the traditional education structure and its ability to fully prepare the generations of tomorrow for the changing world. For over 20 years she has been dedicated to shifting education and business practice to develop the capabilities and mindsets needed to respond to the future of work and industry and ensure a thriving Aotearoa New Zealand.  In 2013 she founded The Mind Lab, a unique offering designed to empower students and educators to develop applied digital knowledge and capability.  The Mind Lab has enabled an entire generation of teachers and educators to upskill and develop their confidence in emerging digital technologies, and to rethink the model of learning and education and support school-aged children to foster these critical skills. The immediate impact The Mind Lab has earned the organisation the title of Best Start-Up in Asia Pacific as judged by Steve Wozniak and Sir Richard Branson in 2014.  A Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for her lifetime contribution to education and technology (2018), Frances has received numerous awards recognising her passion and commitment to supporting the young and more mature to seek opportunities and reach their potential.  In 2020 Frances received the Outstanding Contribution to Technology and Business at the CIO Awards. Her past accolades also include:  2017:  the NZ Flying Kiwi Award, inducted into the New Zealand Hi-Tech Hall of Fame and named one of the top 3 NZ Innovators of the Year at the NZer of the Year awards.  2016: named one of the top 50 EdTech Educators in the World by EdTech International; awarded a Sir Peter Blake Leader Award.  2015: awarded the Westpac New Zealand Woman of Influence (Innovation) and the Next New Zealand Woman of the Year (Education)   Follow us on Twitter https://www.twitter.com/edufuturists Check out all past episodes at https://www.edufuturists.com--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/edufuturistspodcast/message

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14 Jul 2022

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The Challenge of Educating the Future Creative with Frances Valintine

Fueling Creativity in Education

In this episode of the Fueling Creativity in Education Podcast, Dr. Cyndi Burnett and Dr. Matthew Worwood speak with Frances Valintine, Founder and CEO of The Mind Lab and Tech Futures Lab, two organizations providing learning pathways for educators and professionals to participate in and have a sustainable impact on our tech-driven future. Everything Frances does revolves around supporting people, business, and organizations to understand the impact of emerging technologies and the cultural adaptation required to embrace change and build that impact. So, how is that connected to creativity in education? Tune in to gain insight into the type of future we can anticipate for our students, particularly with the rise in digital innovation, as well as the technologies that can help students make education more personal to them while building on their own unique strengths.  Frances breaks down the concept of compulsory education and the role of the educator in preparing students for non-traditional, more personalized careers and side hustles (think freelancing and entrepreneurship). She sheds light on how students are reacting to online learning and returning to in-person learning, along with how to effectively engage, motivate, and teach your students what they need to learn in order to thrive in a highly innovative, tech-driven future. “What if we took away that need to lead every conversation and to set that tone and give the creativity back to the kids?”  – Frances Valintine She also highlights the difference between cooperation and collaboration, the importance of embracing robots and cobots (collaborative robots) in and out of the classroom, and whether or not the future creative needs to develop the capacity and skills to operate outside of the algorithms.   Frances’ Tips for Teachers and Parents: Start with students asking the questions instead of answering them. Never use a learning opportunity to get the students to do the same thing.  Don’t be over-indexed by your own knowledge. Just because it was true at the time or place or in the group you hang out with doesn’t mean it’s representative of the real world or other people’s scenarios. Resources Mentioned: The Mind Lab Tech Futures Lab Listen to the episode with Bea Leiderman Listen to the episode with Bryan Alexander Listen to the episode with David Cropley Eager to bring more creativity into your home or classroom?  Access a variety of creativity resources and tools & listen to more episodes of The Fueling Creativity in Education Podcast by visiting our website, www.CreativityandEducation.com. Subscribe to our monthly newsletter! Have a question? Email Dr. Burnett and Dr. Worwood at questions@fuelingcreativitypodcast.com! You can also find The Fueling Creativity in Education Podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Audible, and PodBean! Make sure to rate, review, and share the podcast if you enjoy it! About Frances Valintine: A well regarded and recognised technologist and educator, Frances has been focused on the future of work and the development of human capability for the duration of her career. She has a life mission to uncover the potential in anyone she meets -  if you have a conversation with Frances you’ll come away buzzing with inspiration, confidence and optimism for what lies ahead. In recent years, Frances has built up The Mind Lab (started in 2013) and Tech Futures Lab (2016) to provide learning pathways for educators and professionals to not just participate in but have sustainable impact for the technologically driven future. Everything she does is about supporting people, businesses and organisations to understand the impact of emerging technologies and the cultural adaptation required to embrace change and build that impact. Connect with Frances Valintine on LinkedIn


21 Jun 2022

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Future of Upskilling | Frances Valintine | Episode 74

Future of XYZ

EPISODE 74: As the world changes, technology expands and humans live longer- continued learning is more essential than ever. Tune in to hear from a serial entrepreneur, author, and CEO of two of New Zealand's top educational programs about how mid-career learning can be made broadly accessible and why upskilling the workforce for the future matters so much for us all. ABOUT THE SERIES: Future of XYZ is a weekly interview series dedicated to fostering forward-thinking discussions about where we are as a world and where we want to go.       FOR MORE INFORMATION: Visit future-of.xyz and follow on social media...  LinkedIn: @lisagralnek, @lvg-co-strategy | Twitter: @lgralnek | IG: @futureofxyz


16 Jun 2022

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Episode 54 | Digital Fluency and the Future of Education with Frances Valintine

The CollabTalk Podcast

For this episode, I spoke with Richard Harbridge (@rharbridge), Microsoft MVP and CTO of 2toLead, a consulting services company focusing on Business Strategy, User Experience and Technology expertise to help transform organizations.You can find more information on my guest on my blog at https://www.buckleyplanet.com/2022/05/collabtalk-podcast-episode-54-with-frances-valintine


27 May 2022

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Skills, Disruption, and Future-Proofing Your Career Path with Frances Valintine

Trending In Education

Frances Valintine is the CEO and Founder of both The Mind Lab and Tech Futures Lab, innovative education providers for adults wishing to upskill, reskill, stay relevant and embrace change. recently wrote her first book, titled Future You which is available in New Zealand and soon internationally. She joins host Mike Palmer in a conversation about skills, disruption, and future-proofing your career path with special attention to mid-career professionals.We begin by hearing Frances' origin story beginning in technology in London in the 1980s and a subsequent career path that has focused increasingly on education and the future of work. This leads to a conversation about The Mind Lab and Tech Futures Lab where mid-career professionals get targeted training in the skills and competencies needed to succeed in the rapidly evolving job market of the 21st Century.Frances shares her takes on leadership, managing through disruption, the skills economy, and more in a thought-provoking exploration of the realities of reskilling lifelong learners for the modern workplace. We conclude with a few fun facts about the Kiwi, the national bird of New Zealand. Don't miss it!Subscribe to Trending in Education wherever you get your podcasts. Visit us at TrendinginEd.com for more sharp takes on the future of learning.


14 Apr 2022

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Future You helps us challenge our assumptions and embrace the future - harnessing the creative benefits of change, learning all the way from Gen Z, by observing as leaders and making sure we have flexibility and spontaneity in what we do.Author, entrepreneur and educator Frances Valintine leads by example in this.


1 Apr 2022

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Frances Valintine ‘Future You’

NZ Tech Podcast

Paul Spain and Frances Valintine (Tech Futures Lab, The Mind Lab) discuss shaping the metaverse, the changing state of vehicles, new Apple innovations, Frances’ new book ‘Future You’, and more.


14 Mar 2022

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083: In her 40s, started The Mind Lab to help people gain knowledge and practical skills for today's rapidly evolving world. From a small incubator with 5 FTE, to now being an award-winning and profitable social enterprise with 80 FTE (Frances Valintine)

Grow A Small Business Podcast

In this episode, I interview Frances Valintine, the Founder, and CEO of The Mind Lab and Tech Futures Lab. The Mind Lab is a platform that empowers students, schools, teachers, and principals to develop contemporary knowledge and practical skills for today's rapidly evolving world and the future of work. Frances was named one of the top 50 movers and shakers in technology education and awarded a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for her services to education and the technology sector. She started Mind Lab in September 2013 in her early 40s, The Mind Lab being the 5th organization she has started.  From being a small incubator with five full-time team members, they had a very steep growth and now have around 100 people who work with them on a constant basis with at least 80 working full time. The Mind Lab operates as a social enterprise and has been sustainably profitably all through. Before The Mind Lab, Frances had a consultancy business around marketing, got involved with an organization that was geared towards developing talent for the film and creative industries, and also started an Italian food store that she sold eleven months later. She says the hardest thing in growing a small business is knowing when to accelerate and when to put the foot on the brake, and that the one thing she would tell herself on day one of starting out in business is, “Go fast and don’t let any naysayers get in your ear” Stay tuned to learn some really valuable small business growth tips from Frances. This Cast Covers: Running the only private graduate school in New Zealand with students who are typically between 35 and 55. Their two brands under one organization and what each is all about. Generating revenue from tuition fees, scholarships (Government funding), short courses/one-day workshops, programs that are paid for by corporate clients, and government contracts. Being a technologist from a young age and discovering the appetite for education centered around technology for the older population. Starting out with 5 people and having a steep growth to achieve profitability and the current 80 full-time employees. Frances’ amazing serial entrepreneurship journey and how she loves being involved with impactful businesses and organizations.  Her legitimate desire to do good in the world through her work. Working towards the adoption of continual professional development as a culture in New Zealand. Fragmenting their marketing across multiple channels and why small businesses should ensure their marketing is mobile-first, web-based, and highly responsive. Being comfortable with self-funding her businesses using her own assets. Dealing with the different stress levels that come with being a small business owner. Doing well during the pandemic due to their being largely digital and remote-oriented. The challenges they have in finding great talent in artificial intelligence, machine learning, and other tech-oriented disciplines. Starting her first business in her early 20s and never working for anybody. The beauty of being able to watch an idea come to life to become a successful business. Developing habits around more of what makes you happy as a small business owner. Hiring for attitude and aptitude instead of putting so much focus on paper qualifications. Why every small business owner should make sure they hire people personally. Building a culture where employees feel that they’re trusted. Continuously learning and getting to university after 40. The importance of having a rapport going with board members outside the office. Her experience with exiting a business. Getting out amongst interesting people and learning from others. The value of digitizing as many processes in your small business as possible. Additional Resources: The Mind Lab Tech Futures Lab Wondery Music from https://filmmusic.io "Cold Funk" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com). License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/


28 Feb 2021

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Who am I without the title? Finding your call: Excerpts of interview with Frances Valintine


This is an excerpt of the interview with Frances Valintine pulling out a few key thoughts about finding your place and your call - what would you sacrifice to do that?  Earlier full interview is here: https://seeds.libsyn.com/frances-valintine-on-the-power-of-being-curious More at www.theseeds.nz


14 Oct 2020

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Frances Valintine on the power of being Curious


What doors would open and what would our lives unfold if we allowed ourselves to follow our curiosity?  Frances founded The Mind Lab and Tech Futures Lab and in this interview we focus in on her childhood, the role of her grandparents in her life, memories of photography (when you had 24 shots), leaving home age 16, what she learned from living overseas, the decision to return to New Zealand, our throw away mentality, working in digital education when it was a brand new field and how all this influenced the approach they take today at The Mind Lab and Tech Futures Lab.  We really spend time talking about decisions about career, future, money and feeling trapped by current roles as well and the courses they offer on this, including "Leading Change for Good" and "HeyFuture!".  I really enjoyed this interview and we had many many rabbit holes that we dived into which I always enjoy more!   If you like this interview as well then I can guarantee there is someone who you know that would appreciate it if you shared this with them.  Also, check out the back catalogue as there are more than 200 other interviews with inspiring people sharing their life stories. The Mind Lab: https://themindlab.com Education innovators encouraging New Zealanders to upskill, explore and lead change Tech Futures Lab: https://www.techfutureslab.com Tech Futures Lab connects industry experts with curious explorers, shedding light on opportunity and much-needed new ways of thinking and doing. We mention some other resources in the interview, including the following interviews with others from Seeds: Esther Whitehead on Neurodiversity: https://seeds.libsyn.com/esther-whitehead-on-neurodiversity John Berry on finding your Purpose: https://seeds.libsyn.com/john-berry-on-ethical-investing Shanna Moe talk on what Adults can learn from Children: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BWjYxfUZhBY Interview with Shanna on being 10: https://seeds.libsyn.com/shanna-on-being-10 For more interviews visit www.theseeds.nz 

1hr 20mins

8 Oct 2020