For the Love of Learning – Life-Long Learning for a Changing World – Epi#33

For the Love of Learning – Epi 33


For the Love of Learning Episode 33

Show Title:

Life-Long Learning for a Changing World

Monday September 21, 2015  8:00 pm – 10:00 pm EST
Tuesday September 22, 2015 1:00 am – 3:00 am BST

Special Guests:

Anna Brix Thomsen
Zak Slayback
Brandon Hay


If education is the process of learning and evolving, does not a changing world demand constant evolution? The question is not, “does today’s education prepare us for a changing world?” The question should be, how as individuals can we make conscious choices to continue to grow, evolve and meet the needs of a changing world as a life long pursuit? In this episode, we’ll explore the the experiences and ideas that inspire our panel of life learners, activists, visionaries and facilitators as they strive to match the needs of a changing world.

The world is changing and part of that means changes within the global context , which is characterized by the increased interconnectedness and interdependency of all people, societies and cultures.

In addition, we’ll consider 21st century learning: the digital world, virtual worlds, a connected world including immersive & experiential learning and the relationship to a greater global perspective. What are the essential elements needed in order to enable and empower humans to be lifelong learners and active participants in our society? And just what does society need? We explore all this and more during this episode.


Bios of Tonight’s Guests:

Anna Brix Thomsen

AnnaAnna Brix Thomsen is a teacher and host of the blog A Teacher’s Journey to Life. Anna has over 15 years of experience within the education system including an undergraduate degree in pedagogy and a graduate degree in educational sociology from Aarhus University in Denmark and Stockholm University in Sweden. She is a contributor to the working class think tank The Hampton Institute’s department of education and the independent online sociological journal Current projects including an impendent publication in the International Journal of Progressive Education’s Handbook of progressive education. Anna calls herself “a guerrilla teacher by day and a social media activist by night”. She documents her journey daily on various social media sites to share her insights and contribute to a meaningful and transformative discussion about education.


Zak Slayback

zakZachary Slayback is an entrepreneur and writer focusing on issues of education, innovation, and philosophy. He is an Ivy League dropout and speaks and writes regularly on college, the negative effects of elite education, and how we can improve education for the individual and society-at-large. He believes that entrepreneurs are the primary actors of social change.

Zak is a founding team member of and Business Development Director for Praxis. He has been published at Newsweek, the New York Examiner, the Daily Caller, the Pittsburgh Post Gazette, the Christian Science Monitor, the Foundation for Economic Education’s Anything Peaceful, among others, and has also appeared on The Glenn Beck Program and HuffPost Live. He’s spoken at Coin Congress SFO, The Thiel Foundation Summit, regional Students For Liberty conferences, and elsewhere.

Brandon Hay

BrandonBrandon Hay M.E.S. (C) Founder of Black Daddies Club –
Brandon Hay brings over 10 years of experience working in Canada and internationally with a background in strong mobilizing, leadership and facilitation skills, taking a transformative and equity approach to issues of marginalization, health and well-being and working in ways that sponsor: anti-racist, anti-oppressive and decolonizing practices. He views diversity, complicated intersections, life transitions and responses to marginalization as occasions to anchor communities with agency, informed and responsive supports. In doing so, this allows us (from a participatory framework) to be able to shift through the layers, lend understanding to crisis and affirm capacity are skill sets which he honed after years of service, community engagement, project coordination and research.

Having been the founder of Black Daddies Club, Brandon knows firsthand the importance of community cohesion, promising practice, evidenced-based and best practice. Bringing insight, analysis and awareness. His expertise have been acknowledged by: the African Canadian Achievement awards of Excellence (ACAA) for parenting in 2011 and the Black Business & Professional association (BBPA)- Distinguished Man of Honor Award in 2010. I have also been profiled by CTV, City TV,Global TV,TED X Toronto, CBC Radio and Television, CFRB 1010,the Globe and Mail, Toronto Sun, Toronto Star, Toronto Life, Sway Magazine, Urbanology Magazine and others, bringing the voice of black fathers into the spotlight



Lainie Liberti

As always, you can find out more about your host, Lainie Liberti at her website and the alternative education & world schooling project she runs with her teenage son at: You can also connect with her on twitter @ilainie & facebook.

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