Long Life Learning offers readers a glimpse into a future where the average working life has no beginning, middle, or end. Contemplating a shift from the educational all-you-can-eat-buffet of college and university to an “as-you-need-it” approach to delivering education, author Michelle Weise explains why and how worker education is overdue for momentous changes.

The work leverages the insights Weise and the team at Strada Institute for the Future of Work developed from hundreds of hours listening to innovators and adult learners. Long Life Learning illuminates how our current education system is poorly equipped to educate workers for such a long journey and how we must design a new learner-centered ecosystem to meet the needs of a new generation of workers.

Strada Education Network is dedicated to taking the vision and theories within this book and putting them into action by orchestrating stakeholders to behave differently. Through coalitions designed for impact, communities of practice, and local ecosystem development, we can begin to stitch together the existing and burgeoning solutions to better connect career navigation with wraparound supports and advising, more targeted learning pathways — integrated with work — and more direct access to better jobs through fairer and more transparent hiring practices.


The better our education system serves adult learners, the better it will serve all learners. Hear about the challenges facing adult learners from their personal stories.

“Without hand-wringing about the rise of automation, or finger-pointing at our current systems of education and employment, Long Life Learning advances a vision of the future that puts the needs of workers at the center.”

Van Ton-Quinlivan, CEO, Futuro Health