Our Whole World in Their Hands began as a book idea about my Kids on Earth learnings. Additional research brought a better idea into focus: connecting ideas about identity, family, community, school, technology, and global citizenship. The book is still in development, but the concept has come to life in the form of speeches, and a blog. In essence, I study human progress from the perspective of today's young people, all over the world.
In 2017, I traveled to Uganda, then to Hong Kong, and completed my first trip around the world. Since that time, I have committed myself to learning, studying, teaching, writing, and telling stories that promote the best possible lives for children and teenagers. By my count, 2.5 billion young people live on earth: roughly 1/3 of the world's population. I believe we underestimate their ability to learn, think clearly, and build a better world. As I attempt to become a more productive global citizen, I work on their behalf.
My academic work at the University of Pennsylvania's Positive Psychology Center focuses on growing up in the 21st century, and human progress. Current projects include Reinventing School, a weekly conversation with students and education professionals, and Kids on Earth, a global storytelling platform featuring hundreds of students from all over the world. My best-known past work: the popular TV series, Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego?
Reinventing School is a weekly video interview series that addresses big questions: what should young people learn, and what is the best way to get that job done? The series features education professionals, big thinkers, and young people fully engaged in every discussion.
Kids on Earth features hundreds of children and teenagers telling stories about their own lives. Recorded on location in villages, towns, and cities around the world, this growing video library includes about 1,000 segments currently viewed in more than 80 countries.