Monday, July 23, 2012

Tuesday - Michael Karnjanaprakorn from Skillshare on the De-Institutionalization of Teaching and Learning

Join me Tuesday, July 24th, at an early time for a live and interactive webinar with Michael Karnjanaprakorn, CEO and Co-founder of Skillshare"a community marketplace to learn anything from anyone." At Skillshare, they believe that:  "[E]veryone has something they want to learn and something they can teach to others. This means our communities are really the greatest universities. Our platform helps make the exchange of knowledge easy, enriching, and fun." Michael and I will talk about the ways in which teaching and learning are becoming separated from our traditional learning environments, whether this is old wine in new bottles or represents a truly significant change (think of Craigslist and classified ads), and the importance of  passion and personal potential in learning.

Date: Tuesday, July 24th, 2012
Time: 2pm Pacific / 5pm Eastern (international times here)
Duration: 1 hour
Location: In Blackboard Collaborate (formerly Elluminate). Log in at The Blackboard Collaborate room will be open up to 30 minutes before the event if you want to come in early. To make sure that your computer is configured for Blackboard Collaborate, please visit the support and configuration page.
Recordings: The full Blackboard Collaborate recording is at and a portable .mp3 audio recording is at
Mightybell Discussion and Resource Space:

Prior to Skillshare, Michael Karnjanaprakorn led the product team at Hot Potato, which was acquired by Facebook. And before that, he developed products and services at Behance. As a philanthropist, Michael was the Co-founder of All Day Buffet and The Feast, which was listed as one of “25 Ways to get Smarter in 2010” by The Daily Beast. In his spare time, he is an avid poker player, NYC foodie, HBO fanatic, and sometimes foursquare mayor of Tacombi. Michael is a graduate of the University of Virginia and VCU Brandcenter.

We’re all born with it. Albert Einstein dubbed it “holy,” Alistair Cooke called it “free-wheeling intelligence.” It’s that piquing force that nudges us to try it again, explore it some more, poke at it, question it and turn it inside out. From the moment we open our eyes, it fuels our existence. With each new answer we find, our world expands and our passions grow. We can't wait to share what we’ve learned and teach others how to do it themselves.
But for many of us, this excitement and spark to passion settles as the years go by. Instead of learning because we want to, we begin learning because we have to.
At Skillshare, we are on a mission to reawaken the slumbering curiosity and that rampant drive in everyone. To act as an enticing reminder that we are all natural-born learners and teachers — from day one to twenty thousand and one. We want to push everyone to discover their passions and be brave enough to chase them. Skillshare exists to make everyone the greatest possible version of themselves.
Our vision is to democratize learning by empowering teaching. To build a world where you can learn anything from anyone. Powered by an endless cycle of learning and sharing passions. We will turn every community into a campus. Every address into a classroom. And every inhabitant into a student and teacher. Skillshare is for the doers, not the academics or the theorists.
We are building the new world of education. From now on, there will be no passion left undiscovered, no personal potential left unfulfilled and no skill left unshared. In short, we’re here to change the world by increasing the global passion index.
The future belongs to the curious. The ones who are not afraid to try it, explore it, poke at it, question it and turn it inside out.
Will you join us?
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