Michael Furdyk will share his decade-long journey with TakingITGlobal (TIG) and how he created an online network engaging millions of students in taking action on the world's greatest challenges.
TIG has engaged more than 40 million young people in 13 languages in informal learning, and it has a growing community of more than 4,000 schools in 140 countries taking their classrooms global.
Michael will tell stories of educators collaborating to engage their students in challenge-based learning, as he explores what it means to be a Future Friendly School in this complex, rapidly changing world.
Michael Furdyk is the Co-founder of TakingITGlobal (www.tigweb.org), which provides innovative global education programs that empower youth to understand and act on the world's greatest challenges.
In the past, he turned his interest in technology into several successful online companies, including MyDesktop.com, which sold to Internet.com in 1999. In 2008, he was named by Contribute Magazine as one of 10 Tech Revolutionaries Redefining the Power and Face of Philanthropy.
Michael has appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show, presented at TED, and was named one of Teen People's "Twenty Teens that will Change the World". Over the last decade, he has keynoted over 100 events across sectors, sharing his social media expertise and insights on youth engagement and educational reform to audiences in over 30 countries. He sits on several non-profit boards, including the Re-Inventing Schools Coalition, and on the International Advisory Council for Microsoft's Partners in Learning program.