Corporate Unplugged


Raya Bidshahri

Season 2, Ep. 8

The Future of Education With A Techno Optimist

Raya Bidshahri is a serial entrepreneur, writer, educator, futurist and keynote speaker. She has been described as a techno optimist, a communicator of popular science, and an advocate of curiosity, critical thinking, wonder, and awe. 

Raya is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Awecademy, a future-focussed educational organization that is disrupting traditional high school curricula and inspiring students to bring about civilization-level change.

In this podcast:

  • Why traditional education models, systems and curriculum are outdated
  • Why almost all global challenges, man-made ones especially, boil down to human limitations
  • How parents can look to challenge the traditional education experience
  • How exponential technologies can be used to tackle global and existential challenges facing our world
  • Who Raya thinks we actually are (from a cosmic perspective)
  • Raya’s passion—the one that she is willing to suffer for
  • What the transformational points in Raya’s life have been
  • Why the future of education takes a more blended, hybrid approach, it isn’t just online and digital
  • Why the most challenging part of fundraising is subjectivity
  • Raya’s advice to leaders
  • What Raya believes the world needs most right now


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