Josh Hough (he/him) is the Professional Learning Services Programme Manager at CORE Education Tātai Aho Rau. He specialises in education futures, human-centred design thinking, systems thinking, transformation strategy and research.
Josh operates in the intersections between futures studies, equity design, and learning. He is an encouraging agitator who believes strongly in the power of co-constructing preferred 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 Professional Learning Services (PLS) Programme Manager, Josh is responsible for:
- Providing strategic leadership for the visioning and designing of CORE’s professional service responses to the needs of those we serve and to meet changing sector needs
- Providing equity centred and future focused thought leadership
- Governance, relationship management, troubleshooting and removal of barriers to success across concurrent complex projects
- Leading professional service proposal development
- Providing high level consultancy services
- Managing insights and coordinating collection and use of data
- Implementing effective evaluation methodology
- Working closely with individuals and teams from across CORE to guide development, implementation and monitoring of products and services
- Liaising with key stakeholders and strategic partners
- Speaking at conferences and events and maintaining an active research profile
In addition to his managerial responsibilities, Josh is also actively involved in supporting a wide range of initiatives. He is an Executive Council member of EdTechNZ, co-lead researcher on Ko tātou tēnei, project lead for Kura ki Pakihi | Schools to Business, co-lead for a Relationships and Sexuality Education project, involved in the Grow Waitaha Futures impact area, and an occasional digital technologies in secondary schools facilitator.
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 been closely involved in the Ōtautahi education ecosystem since 2011. During his career he has led multiple initiatives to combat inequity and develop and deliver experiences that connect with learners and empower them to be inspired, future aware, always curious makers and doers.
Projects that Josh is or recently has been closely involved in:
- Ko tātou tēnei: action research giving voice to rangatahi takatāpui and empowering them as future makers
- Kura ki Pakihi: building a collaborative network of school and industry partners who unite to understand each other's needs and solve gnarly problems
- Relationships and Sexuality Education workshops: co-leading the development of workshops for curriculum leaders and community groups to support capability building and to promote collective responsibility
- EdTechNZ Executive Council: 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
- 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 & educator resources: developing dual-medium, ākonga-centred resources that utilise Minecraft: Education Edition as a tool to promote joy in learning experiences through a culturally located lens
- Senior Secondary Digital Technologies project lead: working with Ōtautahi educators to connect, support and empower them as deliverers of innovative and impactful digital technologies programmes
- Inaugural Boma NZ Education Fellow: 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.
- Systems thinking: remains current with and responsive to the interconnectedness, emergence and complexity of systems in problem-solving.
- Transformational strategy and leadership: encourages and motivates co-design and collaboration in building unified processes that contend with technological, environmental, economic, and social change.
- Nurturing leadership: mentors, supports, and enables individuals who value awareness, diversity, courage, equity and clarity. Brené Brown Dare to Lead trained.
- Student-centred learning: Supports educators in the design of innovative programmes that engage, inspire, and equip learning for an exponentially changing future.
2021: Ko Tātou Tēnei | This is us
2020: Ten Trends 2020
Conference presentations, seminars and workshops
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 firmly believe that education is about much more than studying set topics and passing tests. It’s about relationships. It’s about social impact. It’s about equity. It’s about connecting with our identities and leaning into complexity to equip ourselves, educators and students both, with the knowledge, tools and mindsets needed to live into an exponentially changing future.