Matthew Abrams: Reinventing Education by Supporting YOU as the Captain of YOUR Learning Voyage [Ep. 31]

In this episode of Next Economy Now, Shawn Berry, a Partner at LIFT Economy, interviews Matthew Abrams, co-founder of the Mycelium School.

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

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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