Academic Business Advisors
How Do We Fix the Education System
Mitchell Weisburgh: is COO of 3DBear Inc, the US Division of the Finnish AR/VR company 3DBear OY, where he works with educators around the world on strategies to use AR and VR to engage and motivate students of all ages. Mitch cofounded Academic Business Advisors in 2005, which helps organizations develop business strategies to align their products and services with the ways purchasing decisions are made and technology is used in schools and districts so that they can scale and make a difference to kids and educators. In 2014, Mitch cofounded Edchat Interactive with Tom Whitby and Steve Anderson, a service to share best practices among educators through live online interactive events. In January 2015, Mitch cofounded the nonprofit Games4Ed with Larry Cocco, to facilitate collaborations between educators, researchers, game developers, publishers and policy makers to further the use of games and other immersive strategies in schools. Mitch served on the Board of the Ed-Tech Industry Network (ETIN) of the SIIA from 2012-2019, was cochair from 2015-2016, and was chair in 2019. Mitch blogs on the PILOTed blog about ways to inspire the mind to learn. Since 2018, Mitch has been creating content and teaching Mindshifting and Sensemaking. Persistence, self-initiative, critical thinking, creative thinking and innovation, collaboration, communication, and their opposites all begin in the mind. When we learn to recognize how the mind operates in each of these spheres, and then learn how to move minds into resourceful mindframes, we accomplish more and recover faster from conflicts, unanticipated obstacles, and detrimental emotional responses. If you are at all interested in what Mitch did before 2005, buy him a glass of wine and ask.