You're invited to the ShapingEDU 2021 Unconference: Reshaping wicked problems!

Reshape wicked problems at our "remote" haunted inn this July!

Join us virtually at the 2021 ShapingEDU Unconference on July 20-23, 2021 where, together, we will address a looming set of "wicked problems" (challenges with underlying competing values), including learning in the face of disruption, ethics and bias in data, student voice in education journeys and more.

Watch the highlights from ShapingEDU Winter Games

We miss being on the digital slopes of ShapingEDU Winter Games with our community of dreamers, doers and drivers!

The Games brought together more than 1,200 changemakers — education leaders, smart city experts, students, faculty and technologists — from January 5-7, 2021 to drive forward the conversations, plans and actionable ways for individuals and communities to shape the future of living and learning.

Want to relive the magic with us? Watch the highlight reel! 

The Power of Positive Community: A Winter Games Hackathon Reflection

I have always been a firm believer in the principle that ideas create ideas. This has been an underlying current to every project I have done with the ShapingEDU team and in most of my brainstorming work. Last Wednesday, as a mob attacked the US Capitol, I was privileged to host a mob of an entirely different sort at the ShapingEDU Winter Games. One mob was a mob of ignorance attacking our democracy. The other was a mob of ideas attacking the challenges of learning in a Digital Age marred by a pandemic and social dysfunction. This was a mob dedicated to hope, not despair.


Do we shape technology or does technology shape us? At its root this question has driven much of my work over the last 30+ years. I will freely admit that I am a control freak when it comes to technology. I’m not willing to accept any technology that gets in the way of what I’m trying to do and I’m always looking for ways in which technology gives me new opportunities to explore doing new things. I have never been willing to accept technology as a set of shackles.

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