Episode 105: Matt Murrie, Executive Director and Chief Curiosity Curator at What If? 360

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In this episode of the Meet Education Project, Matt Murrie, the Executive Director and Chief Curiosity Curator at What If? 360, talks about reinventing the way we look at conferences from being “sage on a stage” -type activities to more interactive, action-oriented engagements.

Guest Bio:

Matt MurrieMatthew is an English professor and Coordinator of Innovation for the Center for Engaging the World at Westminster College. He is also the Cofounder and Chief Curiosity Curator of the What If…? He has over a decade of teaching experience in five countries on three different continents as a public school teacher, Peace Corps volunteer, and college professor. He is the author of While You Were Sleeping and Every Day on Earth, owner of World Spectacular LLC and an “edupreneurship” pioneer.

source: The Huffington Post

Show Notes:

(01:55) Matt’s background

(08:17) I always felt that curiosity and awareness were these drivers for self-directed learning.

(10:22) We’re doing all these research in positive psychology, grit, resilience, but nobody really talks about curiosity as fundamental to learning. As you started to realize that curiosity is this natural resource, what research have you dove into? Or is there any out there?

(14:08) Let’s get into your work. You’re the Executive Director and Chief Curiosity Curator of What If 360. Tell us what this project is and how it evolved.

The What If Conference

How can we start connecting the ideas to resources to make the world a better place?

(19:11) Let’s dive into the format. Like you said, it’s more interactive, it’s about co-creation and action rather than just sharing ideas. What does that format look like?

(24:28) What sort of outputs have come out of somebody’s question and collaboration-type sessions? Have you seen some businesses sprout up? What sort of things have come after these events?

(26:55) You have a book coming out on the process, and what’s going on?

(28:55) What gets you most excited about the future of learning?

(30:28) What about what gets you most frustrated about the future of learning?

(33:20)

Education shouldn’t be about “Can you memorize all these things?” it’s “How are you going apply it?”

(35:26) What’s the book that’s most influenced you and why?

The Art of Travel by Alain de Botton

(37:53) Do you watch documentaries? If so, what’s your favorite, or a recommendation to the audience?

Man on Wire

(38:57) If you could have dinner with one person you admire, past or present, who would it be and why?

Teddy Roosevelt

Links:

Website: http://whatif360.com

Email: matt@whatif360.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MatthewMurrie

Twitter: https://twitter.com/mattmurrie

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