Kiff Gallagher explains how his organization MusicCorps, a musical peace corps, works as an "operating system" for a field of fragmented artists, and seeks to invoke civil and social good by creating the conditions for learning to happen.
Kiff Gallagher is founder and CEO of MusicianCorps, which trains and places musicians as teachers, mentors and therapists in public schools and hospitals. Kiff started his career serving the Clinton White House on the legislative team that created AmeriCorps. Later, as President of Social Venture Network, Kiff was an advocate in the movements for social entrepreneurship and sustainable business. A lifelong musician, Kiff has written and produced two critically praised pop-rock albums. He has won leadership awards and recognition from the Aspen Institute, the James Irvine Foundation and GQ magazine’s Gentlemen’s Fund. Kiff is a graduate of Wesleyan University.
Anya Kamenetz writes about the future of education. In 2011, Learning, Freedom and the Web and The Edupunks’ Guide were published as free ebooks by the Mozilla and Gates Foundation respectively. Anya also penned Generation Debt which dealt with youth economics and politics. Her book DIY U: Edupunks, Edupreneurs, and the Coming Transformation of Higher Education investigated innovations to address the crises in cost, access, and quality in higher education. She was named a 2010 Game Changer in Education by the Huffington Post and received 2009 and 2010 National Awards for Education Reporting from the Education Writers Association.