David Wiley
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David Wiley, co-founder of Lumen Learning, is behind a national “open educational resources” (OER) movement that is already bringing the cost of textbooks down at colleges and universities across the country.

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What’s stopping us from applying the principles of open source to educational materials? As those materials went digital, this opened up a lot of possibilities because the speed at which you could revise and update and tailor materials had been transformed. So Wiley created the first open source license for educational materials that fundamentally shifted who "owned" the content. The result: much less expensive educational materials that can be tailored to the needs of individual teachers and students.

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Michael Zakaras is Director of Strategy & Partnerships at Ashoka U.S. He is also co-founder of Ashoka’s ‘All America’ initiative which focuses on pushing the boundaries of social entrepreneurship beyond the traditional coastal circles. Michael has previously worked for Ashoka in Ireland and Central Europe, and has participated on selection panels for social entrepreneurs across the globe, from Montreal to Warsaw to Istanbul. He has a particular interest in food and agriculture policy, criminal justice reform, and more democratic economic models, and writes regularly about these issues and more on Forbes online. He grew up in Brussels, has worked in the California wine industry, and holds a Master's in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

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