Reflecting on the 2017 Educational Transformers Unconference
September 18, 2017
Hosted by David E. Goldberg
In this episode, host Dave Goldberg is joined by returning Big Beacon Radio guests, Jeff Evans and Kate Goodman—who both presented at the 2017 Educational Transformers Unconference held at Lehigh University this past June. The Unconference brought together a diverse group of educators, students, Big Beacon networkers, and other like-minded and like-hearted transformers to engage mind-to-mind, hand-to-hand, and heart-to-heart for the first time, share stories of transformation, and exchange inspiring ideas in the spirit of the Big Beacon movement. Join Kate, Jeff, and Dave as they delve into their big takeaways from the event, and explore how the culture and practices of the event helped to shape change outside of the Unconference.
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David E. Goldberg
David E. Goldberg is a speaker, author, strategist, trainer, and coach for transforming higher education. Toward the end of a 27-year distinguished academic career in which Dave achieved renown for his path-breaking work on artificial intelligence, he founded the iFoundry incubator for educational change at the University of Illinois. iFoundry’s success in unleashing students was so startling, that in 2010, Dave resigned his tenure and a distinguished professorship to start ThreeJoy Associates, a change consulting, training and coaching firm for transforming higher education. Work at Illinois, Olin College, NUS (Singapore), UFMG (Brazil), and other innovators led to the development of the SmoothChange method for transforming higher education, featuring rapid innovation and respect for faculty governance.
In 2012, Dave founded Big Beacon as a non-profit organization for transforming higher education. Today, Big Beacon gathers students, innovators, and employers together to learn from each other and to advocate for transforming higher education. In 2014, he co-authored the groundbreaking book, “A Whole New Engineer: The Coming Revolution in Engineering Education,” available in hardcover and major e-book formats.
Dave maintains an active correspondence with many of the world’s top thought leaders in educational and organizational change. He is constantly on the lookout for new ideas, thinkers, and practices that lead to success in transforming higher education.