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Episode 7: Creating ideal education systems

Aditya Vishwanath (2018 cohort), a graduate of the PhD program in Learning Sciences and Technology Design, shares his experiences with education and vision for its future.
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In this episode of Imagine A World, Aditya Vishwanath (2018 cohort), a graduate of the PhD program in Learning Sciences and Technology Design, shares his experiences with education and vision for its future. He discusses his journey from memorizing his way through school exams in India to founding education reform organizations, all while finding the time to catch some Pokémon along the way.

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Aditya Vishwanath (2018 cohort), from Chennai, India, graduated with a PhD in Learning Sciences and Technology Design at the Stanford Graduate School of Education. He graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech), earning a bachelor’s degree in computer science. He aspires to a career designing and building educational technology for diverse learning environments around the world. As the founder and CEO of Inspirit, a virtual reality education company, he focuses on developing technologies that support universal access to immersive learning content.

Previously, he worked with the Google Education team where he explored strategies to integrate low-cost virtual reality toolkits into curriculum, and was a three-time recipient of the President’s Undergraduate Research Award at Georgia Tech. Before Inspirit, he co-founded MakerGhat, a makerspace and incubator for youth from low-income communities in urban Mumbai.

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Imagine A World is hosted by Willie Thompson, left, and Taylor Goss, right.

Taylor Goss (2021 cohort), from Lacassine, Louisiana, is pursuing an MA in music, science, and technology and an MPP in public policy at Stanford School of Humanities and Sciences. He graduated with college honors from Louisiana State University with bachelor's degrees in music and entrepreneurship. Taylor aspires to connect musicians and policymakers, using the arts to communicate societal needs and provoke policy change.

Willie Thompson (2022 cohort), from Griffin, Georgia, is pursuing a master's degree in business administration at Stanford Graduate School of Business. He graduated summa cum laude from Morehouse College with a bachelor’s degree in economics and a minor in Chinese Studies. He intends to create and contribute to organizations using the arts as a conduit for community building and intercultural education.

Imagine A World's theme music was composed and recorded by Taylor Goss. The podcast was originally conceived and led by Briana Mullen (2020 cohort), Taylor Goss, and Willie Thompson, along with Daniel Gajardo (2020 cohort) and Jordan Conger (2020 cohort).

Special thanks to Sanaa AlamRachel DeschSydney Hunt, Chan LeemKara SchechtmanTakondwa Priscilla Semphere, and Rahul Thapa.

Knight-Hennessy scholars represent a vast array of cultures, perspectives, and experiences. While we as an organization are committed to elevating their voices, the views expressed are those of the scholars, and not necessarily those of KHS.

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