Foresight + Research + Design + Launch

Over the last 20 years I have designed new systems of education and learning.This work has brought me close to a diverse set of individuals, learning experiences and all parts of the research, design and launch process for complex projects. I have designed learning ecologies in rural Alaska,  Maine and Dubai, globally recognized schools in Chicago and Dubai and multiple programs helping retheorize and shape a new practice of human learning. I work with people, governments, companies and organizations that are looking to the frontier of human learning and agency.


In 2019 I co-founded This Time of Now (TTON), a global education, research and design lab, powered by an interdisciplinary set of committed leaders at the top of their fields. Through TTON I am working on a range of global education and life-long learning projects. These projects currently focus on systems mutation in learning and education and healthcare.

I also am working on projects that proliferate new models of micro-learning, revolutionize how data architectures are used to transform education systems and how Narrow AI and new technologies can change peoples lives.

Select projects

From late 2017 to late 2018 I designed a complete replacement for the secondary and undergraduate education system with partners GEMS Education, The Executives Office, Dubai Future Foundation in Dubai and The Education and Human Resources Council of the UAE Cabinet. The project features themed and personalized pathways that aggregate credentials from formal and informal learning environments. This work builds significantly on my previous designs including the interdisciplinary studio and adaptive skills mapping of Nations Academy (Dubai — merged with Dubai American Academy 2017) and the field studies, mobile learning and constructionist praxis at GEMS World Academy Chicago.  My current work is getting me closer to realizing the potential of my previous designs, also. Specifically the Bridge Year‘s almost ubiquitous experiential learning experience, a mixture of personal learning plan driven student directed project based learning tied to meaningful standards and extensive field studies.  Its been 7 years now since I designed Networked Learning Ecology North America (NLENA) which represents a participatory and networked vision for the future of learning from birth, through work and into later life and Global Civ a four-year design-based research project and learning partnership between Shoshana Zuboff/ and Jake and Jim Maxmin (d.2017). These designs are about ready to be launched anew to an audience much more aware, today of what we saw years ago.

A bit more

The projects I undertake tend to be focused on foresight research and importantly the design of near futures in education. My interests include new networks, systems and architectures for human learning, world building, new roles for design in society, complex adaptive systems, issues of human-machine convergence, economies, environments and societies beyond computation, interdisciplinarity, networked learning, experiential education, student directed learning, new credentialing and certification (ePortfolios, badges, blockchain and beyond).

Important things

I share my life with an incredible wife and two sons.   I live on the coast of Maine and work globally.  I am an avid hiker, backpacker, and boater who is very comfortable in remote wildlands and believes wholeheartedly that they should be kept wild.  My deepest inspiration is derived from my family and the individuals I work with who are dedicated to problem-solving for our collective human futures. I am moved by the work of Ivan Illich,  Seymour Papert, Kurt HahnStephen Downes, James BeaneReggio Emilia, Elise Boulding, Shoshana Zuboff, Carmelita HintonJohn Holt, Ted Sizer and many more who hold children and society as self-determined. I hold a BA in History from University of Puget Sound, and an MA in Education from the University of Maine, where I studied under the democratic education theorists and practitioners Dr. Edward Brazee and Dr. Gert Nesin. My doctoral research with Dr. Brazee focuses broadly on how network learning, both online and face to face can cultivate a relevant future for education.

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