story | why does experimentQ exist?
Serving education misfits
Inspired by the AIESEC learning experience, and after bringing the first TEDx event to Moldova, Tudor Tarlev got disappointed in the formal education and dropped out of University to joined the startup world. First he worked in Romania, then moved to Austria and The Netherlands, with brief working experiences in USA and China.
In 2014, Tudor co-founded Qodemo - a web platform for documenting open source hardware projects. This company took him on a journey of exploring hackerspaces worldwide and documenting their collaboration culture, in hopes to adjust and grow the software platform. Qodemo and the hackerspace tour changed Tudor's life, he discovered the true value of hackerspaces (communities of learners) and met Ana Negara.
In January of 2016, Tudor joined Ana in Paris and discovered CRI. Along with this research center came the discovery of VAE - the French government program for "validation of life experiences". The VAE program gave Tudor the chance to complete the M2 Masters degree in Education Technology (without having a bachelor). This was a gift that inspired the creation of experimentQ, with one simple idea: Imagine we can validate and celebrate all forms of learning, for all people!
Facilitating the future of work
Ana Negara has been working in digital transformation and change management projects for the last 4 years and she couldn't help but notice a fundamental shift in how people view themselves in the workplace. From simply trading 8 hours for a salary, there is a transition towards a deeper understanding of self, demand for meaningful contributions, and a constant need for learning. Ana joined experimentQ with a believe that it's not enough to simply create alternatives for those who don't fit in schools, instead we need to provide everyone with holistic learning experiences that help build self-awareness and help them provide real value in the world.
Tudor Tarlev, Producer
Tudor is a serial entrepreneur, explorer and passionate lifelong learner. He went from loving school to dropping out of university and eventually getting a research degree in education, at CRI Paris. Tudor is responsible for podcast production, from guest research to recording, editing, distribution and engagement.
Follow his learning adventures at tudornotes.com
Ana Negara, Project Manager
Ana is a senior project manager and change management expert, with a focus on digital transformation. Her curiosity is fuelled by topics such as future of work and creativity within established organisations. At experimentQ, Ana is an advisor for learning and development programs.
Follow her learning adventures at ananotes.com
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