Josh Hough (he/him) is the Project Lead - Digital Technologies and a Lead Facilitator at CORE Education Tātai Aho Rau specialising in education futures, systemic and human-centred design thinking, tech for good, project management and research.
Josh operates in the intersections between futures studies, design, and learning, and is an encouraging agitator. He believes strongly in the power of participation in creating positively desired futures and is a relentless advocate for empowering and enabling all individuals; learning, creating, and doing in ways that connect with their unique identities.
His core mission is to push the boundaries of possibility, disrupt inequities and broken systems, and work collaboratively to realise equitable, inclusive, resilient futures.
In his role as Project Lead – Digital Technologies, Josh is responsible for:
- liaising closely with existing technology partners and developing new connections with digital technology stakeholders in Aotearoa and overseas
- sponsoring and managing technology related projects and ensuring that the people involved in them are heard, valued, resourced, and supported
- providing digital technologies and content expertise across a wide range of projects
- monitoring and evaluating the technology related kaupapa that CORE is involved in
- providing thought leadership to guide the digital technologies projects that CORE engages in and ensuring that they align with both our equity agenda and strategic commitments
- actively seeking out new ideas and research to push the boundaries of educational possibilities.
In his role as Lead Facilitator, Josh believes that every individual brings their own unique personality, identities, and aspirations to learning and he is an expert at supporting educators in the design of tailored programmes that invite ākonga into authentic and lasting learning experiences. He is frequently engaged in digital technologies facilitation where he supports educators to see DT as a topic about much more than coding or assessment, but rather one about joy, empowerment, social justice, liberation, local and global impact, and realising sustainable futures through utilising technology as a force for good.
Josh’s background involves participation in the business, tertiary, and secondary education sectors. He actively works with national and international futurists, equity designers, and technologists, and he has maintained a close involvement in technology education in Ōtautahi since 2011. During his education career he has led multiple initiatives to develop and deliver educational experiences that connect with learners and empower them to be inspired, future aware, always curious makers and doers.
Work that Josh is or recently has been closely involved in:
- Ko Tātou Tēnei: action-research aimed at giving voice to rangatahi takatāpui and empowering them to be future makers
- Kura ki Pakihi: building a collaborative network of school and industry partners who unite to understand each other's needs and solve wicked problems
- Ten Trends 2020: research on the major trends affecting education on the local and global scenes through the lenses of tech, structure, culture, economy, and process
- Ngā Motu game cards and educator resources: developing dual-medium, ākonga-centred resources that utilise Minecraft: Education Edition as a tool to promote joy in learning experiences
- Senior Secondary Digital Technologies project lead: working with Ōtautahi educators to connect, support and empower them to deliver innovative and impactful digital technologies programmes
- EdTechNZ Executive Council proxy – supporting the work of EdTechNZ to empower learning with technology that embodies our uniquely Aotearoa New Zealand identity
- Ōtautahi Futures Collective: a local futures thinking collective sharing practice and collaborating on projects that grow futures literacy across the city and beyond
- Boma NZ Education Fellow 2019: a year-long fellowship to explore and activate exponential thinking and innovative leadership in education
Josh has expertise in the following areas:
- Futures thinking: actively practices and invites others into reflecting on a macro and micro view of the past and the present to inform the intentional pursuit of equitable futures.
- Equity design: applies human-centred design thinking to inform and transform educational systems, design and practice in the pursuit of equity, justice, and liberation.
- Thought leadership and research: reflects on, contributes to, and leads discussions which respond to the ‘big questions’ surrounding the practice of education.
- Digital fluency: develops others to build a deep understanding of digital technologies as a force for good.
- Collaboration: builds relationships and works with people at all levels of hierarchies from across diverse sectors.
- Effective leadership: mentors, supports, and grows individuals who value awareness, diversity, courage, equity and clarity. Brené Brown Dare to Lead trained.
- Project sponsoring and management: skilled and experienced project sponsor and manager responsible for founding, managing, delivering and evaluating complex projects.
2021: Ko Tātou Tēnei | This is us: Rangatahi Takatāpui
2020: Ten Trends 2020
Conference presentations, seminars and workshops
2021: Delving Deeper – Ko Tātou Tēnei
2019: The Future of Learning – Boma NZ Education Fellows presentation
Awards, fellowships and scholarships
2019: Boma NZ Education Fellow
2017: Ara Excellence in Teaching & Learning Award
I believe that learning - whether it be at a kindergarten or kura, in a tertiary setting, self-directed, or on the job - is about educating our whole selves so that we can face our futures with hope, optimism, and courage.
Our systems of learning do not always support the pursuit of this ideal. It falls to us as educators, administrators, policymakers, business leaders, families, communities, decision makers and humans to disrupt, redesign, and transform them so that, regardless of our economic or social background, they nurture and grow us in ways that connect with who we are and who we are becoming.