Matthew’s work as a photojournalist and entrepreneur took him to over 40 countries and offered him the chance to engage both the needs and opportunities of our world from a hands on perspective. These experiences offered the inspiration that gave form to Mycelium.
Over the past 7 years he has facilitated workshops and conversations on Innovative Education Models, Social Entrepreneurship and Personal Purpose across the US in partnership with the Harvard, Sullivan Foundation, AshokaU, GOOD Magazine, Penn State, Generation Waking Up and others. He’s also offered keynote talks at conferences and event such as Sustainable Brands, the Innovation Exchange, TEDxYale, TEDxFurmanU and others.
Matthew also writes on the future of education and social entrepreneurship for publications including the Stanford Social Innovation Review, The Guardian of London, GOOD Magazine and the Matador Network. Matthew holds a Masters Degree in International Education + Social Entrepreneurship from the SIT Graduate Institute.
In this interview, Shawn & Matthew discuss a number of topics, including:
A critique of ineffectual education systems
Creating the conditions that support learning
The value of having access to a diverse array of relevant perspectives
Crafting customized, learner-centered, purpose-driven processes
Cultivating cyclical patterns for emergent learning
Providing minimum educational structure & maximum educational support
Renaissance versus revolution?
Mycelium’s new program, “Start-up Venture Journey,” to catalyze enterprise
Shawn Berry is a Partner at LIFT Economy, where he works as an organizational strategist inspired to harness the power of business to create resilient local economies as patterns to be documented, open sourced, scaled globally and adapted regionally.
LIFT Economy is an impact consulting firm whose mission is to create, model, and share a locally self-reliant economy that works for the benefit of all life. You can follow Shawn on Twitter @sd_berry or email him firstname.lastname@example.org.