Presented by the Steward School

a voyage to the edge of Leadership & learning



What If?

What if you had a day to explore the future of learning and the future of leadership with a select group of Richmond’s thought leaders?

What if you had the opportunity to explore the latest in immersive technology as well as your curiosities about our rapidly evolving world?

Join us for Signals, a day-long workshop to step away from the noise and analyze the signals and patterns that will help us identify trends in the way we work, learn, and live.

We will gather in the Bryan Innovation Lab at The Steward School to explore questions such as:

  • How will we co-create with AI?

  • How will we find purpose and meaning in the age of virtuality and automation?

  • How will the definition of leadership evolve in the exponential age?

  • How can we reduce organizational friction when working with change?

  • How will we best navigate the ethical questions faced across all verticals, from rapid change to resource allocation?

Participants will have the opportunity delve into these questions in relationship to their own work and industries, as well as think together with leaders from across Richmond.

For our organizations to thrive in our “Age of Acceleration,” we must reimagine the relationship between leadership and learning. That starts here.

October 16 6 p.m. Cocktails and a Jeffersonian dinner

October 17 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Invitation Only

Act 1 - Leaving Familiar Shores

What we'll do

Welcome + introductions
Building trust through empathy
Dinner + conversations

Our Provocations

Why must we sail? What trends and tools do we see on the horizon?
How might we confront algorithmic bias?
Will techno-philanthropy reinforce the status quo?
How might immersive reality change our attitude toward human agency?

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Act 2 - Sailing The Uncharted Seas

What we'll do

Use design methodologies to prototype optimistic futures in education
Hands-on testing of bold technologies

Our Provocations

How might we co-create with augmented intelligences?
What are we drawn to? What are we afraid of?
What has never before been possible?

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Act 3 - Back to Harbor

What we'll do

Bridging ‘future’ and ‘now’
Translating ideas to our organizations
Establishing next steps

Our Provocations

How might we catalyze change within our systems?
What have I learned about my leadership style? What do I need to explore next?
 What does it mean to be a leader in a world of immersive technologies and augmented intelligences?

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Christian TALBOT | Design Partner + Facilitator

Christian founded Basecamp after completing five years as Head of School at Malvern Prep (PA), preceded by fourteen years as an English teacher at Regis High. He has shared his experiences in change management and social entrepreneurship at conferences such as NAIS, CASE-NAIS, TABS-NAIS, the Tempus Conference, and Traverse. From 2009 through 2017 he blogged on education since 2009 at Teaching Excellence. Now he writes for the Basecamp blog, Ed:Future. He serves on the Board of Trustees at Regis High School (NY) and Fordham Preparatory School (NY). He also serves as a mentor at the University of Pennsylvania's Educational Entrepreneurship Program. 


Viktor venson | Design Partner + Facilitator

Viktor works and consults with leading brands and organizations on the intersections of design, learning, and emerging technologies. Previously, he was designing technology products and experiences for global clients such as adidas, Sony, Samsung, Chevrolet, Visa, and Electronic Arts. His work has been recognized by FastCompany, The Los Angeles Times, MSNBC, The Guardian, Domus, Cannes Lions, OneShow, The Art Directors Club and others. He has held speaking engagements with Adobe, LEGO, Intel, Fashion Institute of Technology, and the Danish Ministry of Culture. His recent work has been funded by The Gates Foundation, The Hewlett Foundation, Emerson Collective, The Goldhirsch Foundation, The Wasserman Foundation, and The Carson Foundation.

I experienced a fascinating blend of theory, design thinking, and hands-on experiences with leading emerging technologies in this well-produced experience. I was very delighted to participate, learn, and create with such an interesting group of educators, creators, and doers.
— Past Participant | Director of Educational Futures, UCLA

Hosted by The Steward School

October 16-17, 2018