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 scores of 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 and/or served as a consultant for Fortune 500 corporations and tech start-ups; large foundations and other non-profits; government agencies; and large multilateral organizations. I have degrees in systems engineering and journalism.
I’ve co-founded several pioneering, mixed-ages co-learning groups for independent learners, and am now developing plans to create an all-ages “co-learning/co-working/co-mmunity” hub in Washington, D.C., which will offer educational customization and community, for life. On a more concrete level, it will be like a hybrid of an all-ages community college (offering more comprehensive micro-academy programs, as well as an à-la-carte menu of individual classes and other opportunities) plus co-working and community spaces. It will provide space, resources and support in a modular fashion, so people can have the choice of following curated educational pathways or blazing their own unique pathways (or some of each).
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, mostly virtual form in fall 2020), please send me a note via the contact form on the hub’s web site (full site coming soon).