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Jennifer Corriero and Michael Furdyk, Taking IT Global

CorrieroandFurdykI’m talking today with Jennifer Corriero and Michael Furdyk. They’re co- founders of a fantastic Toronto-based organization that engages youth in social enterprise and technology, and really thinks about how we function as a worldwide community. It’s called Taking IT Global, and it involves thousands of youth from all over the world.

Jennifer and Michael talk about how their organization is encouraging youth to be thoughtful about our global community and use social technology to empower them to take positive action.

In this interview, Jennifer, Michael and I discuss:

  • Why it’s important to engage all generations in solving global problems
  • The role of social technology in promoting inter-connectedness and bringing about change
  • Why schools need to evolve to be more future-friendly and tech-savvy
  • Why, in today’s digital age, we should still encourage youth to connect with their physical environment

(Scroll down for more in-depth podcast notes.)

Listen to my interview with Jennifer Corriero and Michael Furdyk.

0:00:00: Michael asks Jennifer and Michael Furdyk why it’s important to keep youth engaged in solving global issues. Jennifer explains that all generations need to be involved, and that finding solutions requires creativity and initiative from a wide range of people. Michael Furdyk talks about TakingITGlobal’s Commit2Act app, which not only engages people around the world in reducing their ecological footprint, but also shows them how their actions fit into the bigger picture.

0:05:11: Jennifer explains how TakingITGlobal does more than encourage people to converse about global issues; it also empowers them to take positive action. She mentions the organization’s online action tools, as well as its Innovate for Good program, which supports youth in getting actively involved.

0:06:59: Michael asks how Jennifer and Michael Furdyk manage community growth, given that they have 400,000 members. They explain that they encourage people to submit and vote on ideas online, and that they facilitate “constant inquiry within our network.”

0:10:07: Jennifer delves into the importance of working through intergenerational tension in order to benefit from a range of ideas and solutions. Michael Furdyk notes that the education system needs to adapt more quickly to the current generation, which is extremely connected and very much engaged in informal learning. He suggests that the necessary resources, technology and teacher training are lacking in today’s schools. He also points out that it’s important to keep youth connected with their physical environment, given the overwhelming influence of today’s digital age.

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