Sep Kamvar Speaking

Cultivating Organic Learning Environments

Sep Kamvar

“Scalability” might be a great goal for technology, but it’s not the best model for education. Research shows that as much as half the cost of educating a child goes to the administrative costs of operating a large school. Smaller is better. Sep Kamvar describes how we can build more holistic, nurturing schools for children, families, and teachers. To get there, he introduces the idea of creating things that reduce the need for themselves, and the idea of using software to unlock people’s natural capacities to shape the physical world around them. He then shows how a new kind of school, called Wildflower Montessori schools, arise naturally from these two concepts.

Sep Kamvar

Sep Kamvar

Sep Kamvar is an associate professor of Media Arts and Sciences at MIT and the Director of the Social Computing Group at the MIT Media Lab. Prior to MIT, Sep led the personalization team at Google and was a consulting professor of Computational and Mathematical Engineering at Stanford University. Prior to that, he was founder and CEO of Kaltix, a personalized search company that was acquired by Google in 2003.
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