Create the Future!

FutureLabs changing school & world


Lab of a sustainable Future
Lab of sustainable Learning

In the FutureLab, the class works on their future, on our future, for one school day every week. They learn to organise independently, invent, understand complex things, become experts in their subject area. There they cooperate with extracurricular partners and create sustainable innovations - together with their African partner class.

Along the way, they train the basics of maths, German and English independently and in a brain-friendly way - outdoors and indoors, with movement and in cooperation.

1 Day/Week

A Day for our own and our future

1 Community

More and more FutureLabs inspire each other

1 Idea

Students change their world sustainably

What does that mean?

fit for the future

We should understand the dangers for our future. Dealing with them means getting fit for the future - through meditations, compassion, self-reliance and above all self-efficacy.

In the FutureLab, young people practise all this and are allowed to experience themselves as shapers of a difficult future.


To give our world a future, people must understand its complexity, be able to find creative solutions and have the strength to implement them.

The FutureLabs train complex thinking, creativity and entrepreneurship in a targeted manner - under scientific standards and with active freedom for the students.


Global learning and global understanding are great goals for the future. Only through active cooperation can they really be achieved.

FutureLabs in Europe work together with those in Africa and their project partners. In this way, they understand the project fields even better in comparison, learn from each other and gain global awareness.

What makes a FutureLab?

FutureLab‘s partners

FutureLabs work with one or more partners in their region - these can be farmers, transport authorities or architects.

They learn the basics of transformational issues from them, create innovations with them and implement them where possible.

These can be methods of sustainable agriculture, regional mobility concepts or constructions in earthen building.

The cooperation with the 'real life' of the region will also strengthen the region sustainably.

A FutureLab-Year

In the first months, the young people will try out planning techniques in working groups and become experts in basic sustainability topics.

Soon they will look for exciting sub-topics in new. Soon they will be looking for exciting sub-topics in new small groups to work on with their African partners.

Now they can venture into concrete innovations with their extracurricular partners - parallel to the African partner labs - and implement them. Hurdles that life will offer are there to understand reality and - of course - to be overcome together!

Lab of Learning

FutureLabs do not take teaching time away from the school, they give central learning experiences: complex understanding, creative thinking, planning, working together, tackling.

But curricular content is also promoted in a brain-friendly way: English skills are strengthened through contact with the African partners, and mathematical understanding and physical relationships almost impose themselves.

Brain-friendly basic training in maths, German and English as well as learning techniques are a central part of a FutureLab day - independently and actively!


We do promote you!

"The PISA study shows how difficult it is for current pupils to extrapolate from what they know and to creatively transfer their knowledge to new contexts. But that is exactly what matters.

In the future, it will be about linking the artificial intelligence of computers with the cognitive, social and emotional abilities and values of people.

This can be tested, developed and implemented in FutureLabs ... ... for a better world ... for a better school."

Prof.Dr. Andreas Schleicher
Director OECD-Education

"Climate change has taken on such threatening dynamics that we desperately need hopeful projects like FutureLabs to create 'positive tipping points' for the preservation of our livelihoods.

Young people can indeed trigger decisive 'positive tipping points' here if they are allowed to have constant experience of actively participating in the transformation. Through 'contagion' to their parents, families and project partners, they can exert much influence on our, on their world."

Prof.Dr. Timothy Lenton
Director GlobalSystemsInstitute

"It can't be that schools are still set up the way they were almost a hundred years ago. Students learn better in an environment that appeals to them and not in hard chairs and frontal teaching. Just as movement and creative freedom increase learning performance immensely.

The FutureLabs setting is ideally suited to offer a mixture of team lessons, group work, independent free work by the pupils, project and research work and extracurricular work. Here, experiments, production, innovation and creativity are interlinked with the lessons.“

Prof.Dr. Klaus Hurrelmann
Hertie-School of Governance

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