Dale Stephens will talk at PICNIC Festival 2012 on how to harness new resources in order to hack your education!

Meet... Dale Stephens Founder of Uncollege.org...

How are you involved in promoting the concept of "new ownership: the shift from top down to bottom up"? What specific projects are you working on that relate to new ownership?

The project I am working on is Uncollege. The whole concept behind it is based on putting education back in the hands of individuals rather than institutions. New resources are surfacing every day to aid in “bottom up” education, and Uncollege is creating a social movement that helps individuals harness those resources in order to hack their education.

What companies or organizations do you think "get" new ownership and are at the forefront of this mega trend in terms of their products, services, experiences and business models?

EdTech startups like Udemy, Udacity, Coursera, and similar organizations are at the forefront of this trend by making world-class education available to anyone around the world. They’re taking learning (their service) out of the classroom and giving ownership to individuals.

Why did you agree to speak at PICNIC? What are you hoping to bring to the event? What are you hoping to get out of participation?

I agreed to speak at PICNIC because I think it will be an ideal outlet for bringing awareness to the Uncollege movement. The idea of “new ownership” fits perfectly with my message on self-directed higher education. I hope to bring a fresh perspective on higher education that recognizes 21st century problems and opportunities in the world of higher education. I hope to hear and be intrigued by progressive ideas from other speakers, and make beneficial connections with other festival participants.

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