“We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.”
For three decades, Homa Sabet Tavangar’s work has bridged topics from global competitiveness to global citizenship; economic development to story-telling; fostering empathy, collaboration, inclusion, leadership and creative problem-solving. She connects timely topics of the moment with the timeless desire to work with purpose and make a difference – whatever one’s circumstances.
Homa is the author of widely-acclaimed Growing Up Global: Raising Children to Be At Home in the World (Random House, 2009), Global Kids (Barefoot, 2019); lead author of The Global Education Toolkit for Elementary Learners (Sage/Corwin, 2014), contributor to Mastering Global Literacy, Heidi Hayes-Jacobs, ed. (Solution Tree, Nov. 2013) and the 3-book Take-Action Guide to World-Class Learners (Corwin, 2016) series with Professor Yong Zhao on educating creative, entrepreneurial “World Class Learners.” Growing Up Global has been hailed by international education and business leaders and media ranging from Dr. Jane Goodall to the BBC, NPR, NBC, ABC, Washington Post.com, Chicago Tribune and Sun-Times, Boston Globe, PBS, Scholastic, Parents Magazine, Rodale, and many more. It has been a best-seller in Parenting, Education, and Globalization categories, introducing a wide audience to the possibilities of raising and educating global citizens.
A former public school educator of 22 years, Will has spent the last 15 years developing an international reputation as a leading thinker and writer about the intersection of social online learning networks, education, and systemic change. Most recently, Will is a co-founder of The Big Questions Institute which was created to help educators use "fearless inquiry" to make sense of this complex moment and an uncertain future.
In 2017, Will was named one of 100 global "Changemakers in Education" by the Finnish site HundrED, and was named one of the Top 5 "Edupreneurs to Follow" by Forbes. He has given keynote speeches, lead breakout sessions, and provided coaching services in over 30 countries on 6 continents. (Come on Antartica!) He has also authored six books, and given TEDx Talks in New York, Melbourne, and Vancouver.
Will has two adult children, Tess and Tucker, and lives in rural New Jersey with his wife Wendy.
Eric Dozier is a musician, cultural activist, and anti-racism educator who uses music to engage communities in dialogue about racism. He is a founding faculty member at the Episcopal School of Nashville. Eric serves as a Museum Educator for the forthcoming National Museum of African American Music to be built in Nashville, TN and has recently launched the Young People's Freedom Song Initiative. Together with Homa Tavangar, Eric is co-founder of OnenessLab. He has served as the musical director for the World Famous Harlem Gospel Choir, the award winning Children’s Theatre Company of NYC, and has been a featured artist at the United Nations. He is a graduate of Duke University and Duke Divinity School and is currently pursuing a doctorate at the University of Tasmania. Learn more about Eric’s work at www.ericdozier.com
Ela Ben-Ur has worked and co-experimented deeply with organizations and educators interested in design thinking since 2012. The focus of her present experimentation is Innovators' Compass: 5 questions that move us forward, distilled from many different practices, which have been used from preschools to global conferences and rural communities.
Ela worked 13 prior years at renowned innovation firm IDEO. Her design practice and leadership at IDEO spanned diverse industries, geographies and sectors. She went on to co-found IDEO’s Leadership Studio for developing project leaders, coach teams and facilitate for clients.
Ela has taught courses from product design to life design at Olin since 2007. She has offered workshops through MIT (her alma mater), Sloan, Babson, Dartmouth and Harvard, and at venues from SXSW EDU to the National Science Teachers’ Association, AIGA, International Development Design Summit, and US Conference on AIDS.
Big Questions Institute