I’ve written about the future of learning for the likes of TheAtlantic.com, the NPR/PBS MindShift site, and Salon, and I’ve curated a site on the topic. (For an introduction to self-directed learning, please see this presentation.)
My most popular education articles include: “Five-Year-Olds Can Learn Calculus” (also reprinted by other media outlets and translated into half a dozen languages), “This is What a Student-Designed School Looks Like,” and “To Advance Education, We Must First Re-Imagine Society.”
Aside from education, I’ve published articles about business, social issues, science and many other topics, in media outlets such as The New York Times, The Washington Post, Smithsonian, and National Geographic Traveler, and I’ve contributed to several books. I’ve also worked on staff for international corporations and non-profits, and currently do consulting projects. I have degrees in systems engineering and journalism.
I’m now developing plans to create an all-ages “co-learning/co-working/co-mmunity” hub in Washington, DC. It will be like a hybrid of an all-ages community college (offering more comprehensive micro-academy options, as well as an à-la-carte menu of individual classes and programs) plus co-working and community spaces. The emphasis will be on combining personalization with community, at all levels. That means there will be opportunities for individuals to: develop the necessary knowledge and skills to meet their personal objectives; do deep dives on personally relevant topics; and work together on projects that create value for the larger community. Aside from benefiting from the synergies and efficiencies of combining ages and functions in one space, and fostering a feeling of purpose and belonging, the hub would model a different culture of how people can relate to themselves, to each other, and to the wider community–one that is respectful, inclusive and win-win; builds on individual strengths; and is oriented toward sustaining individual and community wellbeing (“real wealth”).
To stay up-to-date with my education-related writing, please enter your information on the form on the right. If you’d like to discuss the hub project in particular (launching in a streamlined form in fall 2020), please send me a note via the contact form on the hub’s web site (full site coming soon).