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“Why Design?” A Conversation Series

Our “Why Design?” pair leaders who are shaping our education and technology landscape with a member of the Modernist team to discuss how design impacts their industry—and the world— opportunities to evolve the future of learning, the best design advice they ever received, and emerging trends they’re excited about. 

Watch below!


Episode Five: Jonathan Lau + Jon Kolko

In the final episode for the Future of Education, Modernist’s COO & Partner Jon Kolko speaks with Jonathan Lau, Chief Learner Officer at InStride, a leading provider of strategic enterprise education. Watch the full conversation about the hard work, struggle, and fun of running a start-up below.


Episode Four: Dr. Stacy Landreth Grau + Chad Fisher

Modernist’s Chief Design Officer & Partner Chad Fisher speaks with Dr. Stacy Landreth Grau, Professor of the Entrepreneurship & Innovation Practice, College Diversity Advocate, and Director for Idea Factory at TCU, Co-Founder of HCO Lab & the Board President for CoAct in Fort Worth.


Episode Three: Raphael Arar + Catherine Woodiwiss

Raphael Arar, Head of Design at One Project, Senior Design Manager at Khan Academy, Lecturer at San Jose State University, and TED speaker.

Design Strategist and journalist Catherine Woodiwiss speaks with Raphael about lifelong learning and how to use design as a catalyst to create a more desirable, equitable world.


Episode Two: Austin Dannhaus + Catherine Woodiwiss

Austin Dannhaus, is a Partner at Friday—a multidisciplinary consulting firm that partners with mission-driven companies, non-profits, and schools to expand their impact—and a former 3rd grade teacher. 

Speaking with Austin is Catherine Woodiwiss, a design strategist at Modernist.


Episode One: Allan Chochinov + Jon Kolko

Allan is the Chair and Co-Founder of the Master of Fine Arts in Products of Design Program at New York’s School of Visual Arts (SVA) and a Partner at Core77

Speaking with Allan is Modernist’s COO and the Founder of Austin Center for Design, Jon Kolko.


Coming Soon:

We’re currently recording episodes for a new segment on the Future of Money starting in May. More speakers will be announced soon!

For more conversations with leaders in education, watch our Future of Education Roundtable.