Mike Karnjanaprakorn: Those Who Can, Teach
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  • 1. “I never let education get in the way of my learning.” – Mark Twain Michael Karnjanaprakorn, @mikekarnj CEO/co-founder, @skillshare http://skillshare.com
  • 2. I’d like to start with a personal story...
  • 3. 2004
  • 4. Where I took an Economics class on Game Theory.
  • 5. Which is a theory of competition stated in terms of gains and losses among opposing players.
  • 6. I had a really hard time understanding the concept.
  • 7. But I memorized everything for the final exam. And passed!
  • 8. But, I was so focused on passing the test, I didn’t really learn anything.
  • 9. I still didn’t understand Game Theory.
  • 10. Sound familiar?
  • 11. 2010
  • 12. I’m in Las Vegas with Annie Duke.
  • 13. She’s a professional poker player.
  • 14. She was also my poker coach.
  • 15. Who gave me a lesson on...
  • 16. Game theory and decision making.
  • 17. Poker is a game of decision making under conditions of uncertainty.
  • 18. So, my gains are exactly balanced by your losses (sum-zero game).
  • 19. And my success depends on thedecisions of others (game theory).
  • 20. A topic that I found insanely boring turned into the most fascinating topic for me.
  • 21. Because it was something Ipassionately wanted to learn about.
  • 22. I finally understood the concept!
  • 23. That day, I learned another very important lesson.
  • 24. The difference between education and learning.
  • 25. Education is what someone else does for you. Learning is what you do for yourself.
  • 26. Education is about following a linear path.Learning is about following your passions.
  • 27. Retire Have kids Buy a house Get married Get a job Go to collegeGo to school
  • 28. Most folks will follow this path.And there’s nothing wrong with that.
  • 29. But, there is a problem when others are forced to go down the same path.
  • 30. Instead of taking the opportunity to learn about things they love, education forces them into a linear path.
  • 31. They learn because they have to, not because they want to.
  • 32. But learning is inherently personal. It cant be cookie-cutter.
  • 33. Everyone’s journey is different.
  • 34. It looks something like this.
  • 35. Traditionally, education is organized whilelearning is something that happens individually.
  • 36. But, what if we changed that?
  • 37. What if education gave us the toolswe needed to pursue our passions?
  • 38. What if education and learning could beaffordable, personalized, and adaptable?
  • 39. What if education can be community-focused withcollaboration and knowledge sharing at it’s heart?
  • 40. We can do this with the Internet.
  • 41. I believe the world’s most abundance resources are excess knowledge and skills.
  • 42. It just needs to be shared.
  • 43. "People learn best when pursuing something they findpersonally meaningful and useful, in collaboration with peers and experts, and working towards mastery of a set of skills and/or body of knowledge in the real world."
  • 44. We can combine the power of individual learning with the magic of communities.
  • 45. I believe anyone can be a teacher.
  • 46. Remember that old saying,“Those who can, do. Those who cant, teach."
  • 47. Here’s a new one,“Those who can, teach.”
  • 48. I believe we can start a teaching revolution.
  • 49. Remember that poker story?
  • 50. When I got back to New York,all my friends asked me to teach them what I learned.
  • 51. Our vision is to democratize learning by empowering teaching. Our mission is turn every city andcommunity into a campus, every venueand address into a classroom, and every inhabitant into a student & teacher.
  • 52. Skillshare is for the doers, not the academics or theorists. We exist on this planet to makeeducation meaningful, collaborative and accessible.
  • 53. Learning is no longer confined to the four walls of a classroom.
  • 54. Now, we can learn anything from anyone.
  • 55. Anyone can be a teacher.
  • 56. Imagine a world, where graduations became obsolete. Because everyone is a lifelong learner and teacher.
  • 57. Imagine a world, where you could createyour own learning path, aligned with your passions.
  • 58. Imagine a world, where you could receive a brand accreditation from the folks at Nike.
  • 59. Piquing your interest, finding new passions,and sharing skills should be a life-long process.
  • 60. Everyone can be a life-long learner.
  • 61. Better yet, everyone can be a life-long teacher.
  • 62. Here are some from our community.
  • 63. 37 Classes Less than $1,00010 Mistakes First-Time Founders Make | Hacking Gmail | Financial Modeling for Entrepreneurs| Planting the Seed: How to Raise Your First Round | Charts for Great Good | 5 Ways to Acquire Users for Free | Winning Negotiation in Three Steps | Startups Unplugged | Hustle 101: Get More Clients & Close More Deals | Managing Teams and Group Process | Hacking the HumanBody: Greater Results in Less Time | This Shit Ain’t Legal | The Art of the Cold Call | Life Hack: How to Live Rent-Free in NYC | Introduction to Ruby on Rails | Rock Your Board | Craft a Gorgeous Web Application from Scratch | Tips for Early Stage Companies Looking to Break-Through | Hacking Incubators: How to get into Techstars | 7 Steps to a Successful Team | SEO is Your Friend | What Measured Gets Done | Building a Product-Focused Startup Culture
  • 64. Here are some more from Twitter.
  • 65. "People learn best when pursuing something they findpersonally meaningful and useful, in collaboration with peers and experts, and working towards mastery of a set of skills and/or body of knowledge in the real world."
  • 66. To close, I’d like to share an emailI received a couple of weeks ago.
  • 67. “I’m imagining one day my kids might be able to get their education just from stringing together a curriculum of Skillshare classes.”
  • 68. We can create a new world where people pursue their passions.
  • 69. We can start a teaching revolution.
  • 70. “Those who can, teach.”Michael Karnjanaprakorn, @mikekarnj CEO/co-founder, @skillshare http://skillshare.com