Waylon talks with Eric Glustrom of Educate! & Watson University: how to Inspire Innovation & Learning. This man is inspiration, in human form.
Eric Glustrom is the founder of Watson University and Educate!—two sister organizations transforming education worldwide. Recognized as an Ashoka fellow, Echoing Green fellow, and one of Forbes 30 social entrepreneurs under 30, Eric’s work is driven by a simple belief: to solve the toughest challenges facing humanity, the place to start is within the hearts and minds of the next generation.
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Watson University is located in Boulder, Colorado, and is filled with Undergraduate innovators, entrepreneurs and leaders from across the US with promising ideas to solve tough global challenges. For a full semester or more, Scholars complete award-winning training inspired by Transformative Action Institute; enroll in Master Courses from the world’s foremost leaders, entrepreneurs, and practitioners including a leader of the Nobel Peace Prize winning International Campaign to Ban Landmines, one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People, and transformative social entrepreneurs and community leaders; and advance their ideas through the “Laboratory” where Scholars connect with partners and funders. During their semester with Watson University, Scholars will: 1. Advance their venture aimed at solving a significant global challenge, 2. Create a sophisticated blueprint of action, 3. Master the skills needed to advance their ideas, 4. Build relationships with mentors and partners to help along the way, 5. Form lasting partnerships with a network of peers.
Vision: A world where African education systems prepare youth to be leaders and entrepreneurs who drive long-term sustainable development.
Mission: Educate! develops young leaders and entrepreneurs in Africa.
What We Do: Educate! delivers to 16-20 year old youth within Ugandan schools a practical and relevant model of education, comprised of a leadership and entrepreneurship course, interactive teaching, intensive mentorship, experience starting an enterprise, and access to out of school networks and resources. Through advocacy and direct service in schools, we are working to get this model to be part of the education system.
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