The complexity of our network society and the challenges ahead of us require new educational models to train students but also professionals to thrive in complex environments. Addressing complexity is not a journey one can do alone, neither from one discipline perspective only. As Theory U (Sharmer, 2007) suggests, education needs to be accessible to everyone, empowering (putting the learner into the driver's seat of profound personal, professional and societal renewal); and transformational (providing new learning environments that activate the deepest human capacities to create -both individually and collectively). Inspired by Theory U, connectivism, community of practices and design thinking, we have created our own model, the E-MODEL, to address wicked challenges and create societal value.
During our Value Creators semester, students use the E-Model to address complexity and guide the process of value creation. We have as well experimented with the model together with professionals, companies, local and national governments.