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Ken Robinson (Sir Kenneth Robinson) is an expert in the education field and the development of creativity. He is recognized worldwide for his contribution to governments, in particular where he promotes arts education in schools. According to him, addressing learning in a way that leaves the opportunity for every child to find what he/she is gifted for and what he/she likes, is the best solution that could revolutionize education. Ken Robinson has written several successful books (“Element” is his most famous) but he is best known as a speaker and a lecturer. This is the renowned TED conference that propelled him to the front of the stage and made him an eminently popular expert : his video is the TED’s greatest hit (+33,000,000 views). Ken Robinson is now one of the most influential experts in the field of education.
Sugata Mitra teaches cognitive science, educational technology and pedagogy. He is famous for his experience of the “hole in the wall” which was repeatedly cited in numerous scientific articles published about pedagogy. He also won the TED Prize in 2013 for this purpose. This idea came to him from his precept, applied for years: no influence learning or minimally invasive education. The experience started in 1999. The principle: placing a computer into a wall at a height accessible at child reach. Each time, the children learnt how to use it and taught each other how to use it. This experience has shown that children are able to learn to use a computer and to learn new things via internet without any adult intervention, and whatever their social origin. It seems that this experience has inspired the film Slumdog Millionaire…
Xavier Niel is a key figure in the area of digital and telecommunications. Yet, in 2013, he has became famous in a completely different sector: education. 127th World fortune and philanthropist, Xavier Niel has founded 42, a school he financed 100% himself, enough for 10 years. This school is completely tuition-free and benefits from the best means and existing hardware devices. 42 provides training dedicated to programming and is open to youth (from 18 up to 30 years old). This school is based on strong educational pillars: no teachers, no schedule, no classes with a double educational principle which is based on ‘problem-solving’ and ‘learning by doing’. This school is considered being innovative and very disruptive; people talk about it around the world. 42 has already been approached by the largest companies in the world.