Show guest - Abhijit Sinha - a young innovator, and the founder of Project DEFY. This episode was recorded inside a nook - meaning a self-organized community learning space, hosted at Protovillage, 100 km away from Bangalore, in India. We dive into the story of project Defy, take a critical stand on the schooling system and imagine the future of education in India.
Vaibhav Chhabra is the co-founder of Maker’s Asylum and STEAM school in India. A mechanical engineer by profession (Boston University), Vaibhav shares a passion for woodwork, building machines, flying, diving and winning at ping pong.
In this episode we focus on the story of STEAM School - a 10-day multidisciplinary program, where 100 people from all ages and walks of life, come together, in a maker space, to solve grand social challenges.
Chika Ezeanya-Esiobu is a researcher, teacher, non-fiction and fiction writer, and a public intellectual. Chika holds a Ph.D. in African Development and Policy Studies from Howard University in Washington D.C. In this episode, we discuss stories leading to a career as indigenous knowledge expert, the current state of curriculum on the continent and a vision for the future of Africa, when it comes to education, dignity, and progress.
Nergis El Berria is a founding staff member at Ecole Dynamique Paris - a democratic School based on Sudbury Valley School model. After graduating from a business school in France and venturing into corporate HR, Nergis turned her attention towards education, first as a teacher in the public sector and later on the democratic school network.
Over the last twelve years, François Taddei served as the co-founder and director of CRI Paris (Centre for Research and Interdisciplinarity) which experiments and spreads new ways of learning, teaching, conducting research and mobilizing collective intelligence in life, learning and digital sciences. We cover a wide range of subjects, from the story of CRI to collective intelligence, the future of work and the needs to question our society.
When like-minded people join their passion and resources there is serendipity. Thanks to my old friend Dirk van Haag, I was introduced to Kai Thierhoff of Thierhoff Consulting and Cologne Headquarters who in turn told me the story of Aktive Schule Köln, the alternative school his wife, Corinna Thierhoff, co-founded. I was extremely interested in how two business people and parents approach the challenges within our current education system, so I immediately showed my interest in recording an interview with them.
I met Greg while being a student at CRI Paris, at a conference led by Francois Taddei with the aim to start a dialog around ways we can build a "learning planet". Greg and his team at codesign-ithelped facilitate the ideation process for few dozen educators, policy makers, entrepreneurs and researcher equally passionate about the future of education and the vision of building highly autonomous but interconnected learning societies.