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Big Ideas Fest 2012 - FORA.tv

Big Ideas Fest 2012


December 2 - 5, 2012
At the Big Ideas Fest 2012, teachers, policy makers, researchers, eduprenuers, students and funders gather together to discuss the future of education

Speakers


  • Naif Al-Mutawa Naif Al‐Mutawa is the creator of THE 99, the first group of comic superheroes born of an Islamic archetype, and the founder and CEO of Teshkeel Media Group. Naif holds a PhD in Clinical Psychology from Long Island University, where he also completed his MA in Clinical Psychology. Additionally, he holds an MBA degree from Columbia University and an MA in Organizational Psychology from Teacher’s College, Columbia University. Naif has been named one of the 500 Most Influential Muslims in the World by The Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre in Jordan. He also earned a Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneurship Award (2009) and was named a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum (2011).
  • Joan Blades Joan Blades is a co-founder of LivingRoomconversations.org, MomsRising.org and MoveOn.org. She recently co-authored The Custom-Fit Workplace: Choose When Where and How to Work and Boost Your Bottom Line, winner of a Nautilus book award. She also co-authored The Motherhood Manifesto, which won the Ernesta Drinker Ballard Book Prize. A mediator by training and inclination, she is also an entrepreneur and co-founder of Berkeley Systems-best known for the flying toaster screensaver and the game You Don't Know Jack. She is a nature lover, artist and true believer in the power of citizens and our need to rebuild respectful civil discourse while embracing our core shared values.
  • William Brown Trained in Social Work at Columbia University, William Brown apprenticed with designer/cabinet maker Normand Methot. Through his design work, William grew interested in hands-on learning, particularly as it related to talented students who may not necessarily thrive in conventional classrooms. William currently directs the Eli Whitney Museum, where he invents and directs workshops that encourage experimental learning through the use of wood, clay, cloth, computers and electronics – in a compelling combination of art, science and history.
  • Kimberly Bryant Kimberly Bryant is a Biotechnology/Engineering professional who has spent the last decade in the Biotechnology, Pharmaceutical, and Manufacturing industry. Kimberly founded Black Girls Code in April, 2011 to meet the needs of young women of color who are underrepresented in the currently exploding field of technology. The program focuses on introducing girls of color between the ages of 7 and 17 to the field of digital technology and computer programming with a focus on emerging entrepreneurial concepts. In August of 2012, Kimberly Bryant was awarded the prestigious Jefferson Award for Community Service for her work to support communities in the Bay Area with Black Girls Code.
  • Karen Cator Karen Cator is the Director of the Office of Educational Technology at the U.S. Department of Education. Prior to joining the department, Karen directed Apple's leadership and advocacy efforts in education. Coming from a background in the public education sector, leading technology planning and implementation, Karen also served as Special Assistant for Telecommunications for the Lieutenant Governor of Alaska. Karen holds a Masters in school administration from the University of Oregon and Bachelors in early childhood education from Springfield College. She is the past chair of the Partnership for 21st Century Skills and has served on the several boards including the Software & Information Industry Association—Education.
  • Kiff Gallagher 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.
  • Shuman Ghosemajumder Shuman Ghosemajumder is co-founder and chairman of TeachAIDS, a research-based nonprofit spun out of Stanford, which creates software to solve persistent problems in HIV prevention in 70+ countries. Shuman worked at Google for six years, where he helped grow AdSense to $2B+ in revenue, launched and grew a new product to $100MM in nine months, and helped launch Gmail. As a software engineer, he developed the first real-time collaborative graphic design application. He is the recipient of two Google Founder's Awards for extraordinary entrepreneurial achievement and was named by The Boston Globe to their MIT150 list of MIT's greatest innovators.
  • Matt Harding One time when Matt Harding was traveling in Vietnam, his friend told him to stand over by the curb and do his stupid dance. Now he is famous on the internet as that guy who does that stupid dance all over the world. It's his job. Things worked out pretty well for Matt. Matt is a 32-year-old deadbeat from Connecticut who used to think that all he ever wanted to do in life was make and play videogames. Matt achieved this goal pretty early and enjoyed it for a while, but eventually realized there might be other stuff he was missing out on. In February of 2003, he quit his job in Brisbane, Australia and used the money he'd saved to wander around Asia until it ran out. He made this site so he could keep his family and friends updated about where he is. In 2006, Matt took a 6 month trip through 39 countries on all 7 continents. In that time, he danced a great deal. The second video made Matt even more quasi-famous. In fact, for a brief period in July, he was semi-famous. Things settled down again, and then in 2007 Matt went back to Stride with another idea. He realized his bad dancing wasn't actually all that interesting, and that other people were much better at being bad at it. He showed them his inbox, which, as a result of his semi-famousness, was overflowing with emails from all over the planet. He told them he wanted to travel around the world one more time and invite the people who'd written him to come out and dance too.
  • Beth Harris Beth is Dean of Art and History at the Khan Academy. Before joining the Khan Academy, she was the first person to hold the position of Director of Digital Learning at The Museum of Modern Art, where she started MoMA Courses Online and co-produced educational videos, websites and apps. Before joining MoMA, Beth was Associate Professor and Director of Distance Learning at the Fashion Institute of Technology. She received her Master's degree from the Courtauld Institute of Art in London, and her Doctorate in Art History from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.
  • Anya Kamenetz 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.
  • George Lakoff George Lakoff is the author of The Political Mind, Moral Politics, Don't Think of an Elephant!, Whose Freedom?, and Thinking Points (with the Rockridge Institute staff) and the co-author of The Little Blue Book: The Essential Guide To Thinking and Talking Democratic. He is the Richard and Rhoda Goldman Distinguished Professor of Cognitive Science and Linguistics at the University of California at Berkeley.
  • Annie Mais Annie Mais is the Director of Education for RoadtripNation.org.
  • Nirvan Mullick Nirvan is an award winning filmmaker, director of Caine's Arcade, & founder of the Imagination Foundation, which hosts an annual Global Cardboard Challenge & Day of Play to foster creativity in kids.
  • Lisa Petrides Lisa Petrides is president and founder of the Institute for the Study of Knowledge Management in Education (ISKME), an independent non-profit educational research institute. Her research seeks to inform and improve the ways in which those in formal and informal education foster the creation and sharing of information, apply it to well-defined problems, and create knowledge-driven environments focused on improved learning and organizational success.
  • Stephen Ritz Since 2005, South Bronx teacher/administrator Stephen Ritz has grown attendance rates at his school from 40 to 93 percent. How? By teaching students how to grow food. Stephen’s extended student body and community have grown over 25 thousand pounds of vegetables in the Bronx, providing healthy food where it is desperately needed – and teaching valuable career skills along the way. To date, 2,200 youth jobs emerged through Stephen’s organization, Green Bronx Machine. Father to many, hero to all (and dubbed “the Pied Piper of Peas”), Stephen has captured an EPA Award for transforming mindsets and landscapes in New York City, while helping 5,000-plus students in the Green Bronx Machine earn a living wage, en route to graduation.
  • Mary Anne Schmitt-Carey Mary Anne Schmitt-Carey is President of Say Yes to Education, Inc. (Say Yes), a national non-profit foundation committed to changing the lives of inner-city youth through post-secondary education and comprehensive support services. Prior to joining Say Yes from New American Schools (NAS) and the American Institutes for Research (AIR), Mary Anne worked for the U.S. Department of Education as Director of the Goals 2000 Community Project. In addition, she has worked in public relations and held several senior level positions in national political campaigns. Mary Anne earned her MBA from The Wharton School at University of Pennsylvania and graduated magna cum laude from SUNY Albany with a BA in Political Science and English.
  • Khalid Smith Khalid Smith helps hackers and education experts build teams, start companies and acquire the resources to make meaningful advances in the way people teach and learn. Khalid is the founding director of Startup Weekend Education, the education focused sub-brand of Startup Weekend, a global experiential education movement empowering communities through the teaching of entrepreneurship. Khalid is also the founder and chief architect of LessonCast.org, a professional development platform supporting educators using lean principles to improve instruction.
  • Steven Zucker Steven is Dean of Art and History at Khan Academy and creator of Smarthistory.org, a site which won the 2012 award for open courseware excellence from the Open Courseware Consortium. In 2012, Steven – in conjunction with Khan Academy’s Dr. Beth Harris – produced 90 videos for the Google Art Project. He has also chaired the Art History Departments at Pratt Institute and at Fashion Institute of Technology (where was dean of the School of Graduate Studies) and served as a member of the The Art Consortium, an international think tank dedicated to shaping the future of art museums. He received his Ph.D. from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.

About this conference


Big Ideas Fest convenes all education stakeholders in redesigning the future of education. ISKME's annual event brings together teachers, policy makers, researchers, eduprenuers, students, and funders who are championing the transformation of K-20 education.

Working across traditional silos in education, Big Ideas Fest engages participants from the ballroom stage to outdoor fire pits, from the hallways to the parking lot roof, and from face-to-face networking to inspiring rapid fire speakers, all infused with activities that inspire and activate new ideas. That's a promise!

About ISKME


The Institute for the Study of Knowledge Management in Education (ISKME), an independent non-profit research institute established in 2002, is a pioneer in knowledge sharing and educational innovation. Dedicated to the study, spread, and strategic use of knowledge management in education, ISKME helps schools, colleges, universities, and the organizations that support them expand their capacity to collect and share information, apply it to well-defined problems, and create open knowledge-driven environments focused on learning and success. In assisting the K-20 education sector, ISKME also helps philanthropic organizations and government agencies examine and improve their own and their grantees’ processes for continuous improvement, evaluation, and learning.

For more information, visit: www.iskme.org