Diane Devenyi

The Learning Force Inc.
Toronto, Canada

About Diane

Bio

I took an indirect route to a career in education. Upon earning a law degree at Osgoode Hall Law School and being called to the Ontario Bar, I began a career in the field of taxation law. I thought that it was fun to be able to talk a lot and tell people what to do.

Motherhood shifted my direction and priorities, especially when one of my sons collided with the education system. My little genius (as confirmed in testing) did not fit in.

As I sought to better understand the situation I discovered new and exciting educational techniques, in which I decided to train. During this training I experienced a deeper personal understanding of literacy and numeracy and about our unlimited capacity to learn. This inspired me to create the “Fearless Mastery” program, which I ultimately piloted in several schools in the Toronto District School Board and at a residential summer camp. I experienced first hand the way today's children learn differently and was interested to see how many were practicing the art of "system busting."

Wanting to share and study more about education and learning, I enrolled in the Master of Education program at York University, where I developed an appreciation for the potential digital technology and video games have to enhance formal education.

During this time, my son progressed and is now succeeding in university (he decided to play the game) and ironically is attending law school!

I founded The Learning Force Inc. as a part of my commitment to improve education. The projects of The Learning Force Inc. have always reflected the mission to prove that formal education can be effective and fun, and stay abreast with changing times. Other adventures in creativity and politics have inspired me to launch Virtual Mayor a global omni-portal that merges ocial networking with project based learning and philanthropy.

Languages

English

Areas of Expertise

Fearless Mastery, Writing lyrics, Looking at the bright side, Education 3.0

An idea worth spreading

We can all be Virtual Mayors and be in charge for change. Jane McGonigal has it right: video gamers are poised to bring positive shift to the planet when given an opportunity.

Reforming education can happen as easily and quickly as the Internet has changed human communication. It's about creativel collaboration within 3 systems--business, government and education

Life is about freedom, joy and growth.

I'm passionate about

...revamping education to reveal the happiness manager in each of us.
...Latin and ballroom dancing.
...singing in harmony and playing the piano.
...canoe-tripping.

Talk to me about

...how you feel about video games-- do you have a story for me about how playing games has impacted a life?
What would you like every child to learn in school?
What is your purpose on the planet?

People don't know I'm good at

...writing lyrics to rap songs in the middle of the night.
...packing vehicles for car trips.
...doing back bends.
...eating ice- cream cones from the bottom up.

My TED story

working on it...

Favorite talks

Comments & conversations

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Diane Devenyi
Posted almost 3 years ago
If you could make a wish on behalf of The City 2.0, what would it be?
I absolutely agree with you Daniel...let's build from where we are and move forward. By the way has anyone calculated the carbon footprint for trashing things we already have in place that are working, and could be improved with creativity and critical thinking? We also need to work on the principles with which we want to move forward. During the Toronto municipal elections in 2010 I crafted 12 visions for the new GTA--known as the Greater Toronto Area--into the Greatest Toronto Area. With something like this in place, we then look at re-structuring for the greatest cities everywhere. Here is the link to my blog on the subject: http://blog.torontoelectionsandbox.com/
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Diane Devenyi
Posted over 4 years ago
Ken Robinson: Bring on the learning revolution!
I'm in! I have dedicated the past twelve years to participating in an education revolution. My piece to add the puzzle is a hands-on literacy and numeracy program that engages passion and empowers students so that they can fully express themselves. Check out www.thelearningforce.com where The First Five Days and Fearless Mastery offer new possibilities for lifelong learning for everyone.
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Diane Devenyi
Posted over 4 years ago
Adora Svitak: What adults can learn from kids
I totally agree with Adora that we need to turn education on its childish ear! I have designed Fearless Mastery, which is intended to give a great voice to children, not only during classes, but also in designing curriculum online. My own children have been my greatest teachers and it is time for all children to experience their intelligence and value every day they go to school. Join me in bringing this new vision to the planet!
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Diane Devenyi
Posted over 4 years ago
Shukla Bose: Teaching one child at a time
This is the way change is going to happen...connect like minds around the world and increase the energy around change! I too have been developing a project that I am set to launch online. Please visit www.thelearningforce.com to learn about Fearless Mastery and The First Five Days. The more we get together, the happier we'll be.
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Diane Devenyi
Posted over 4 years ago
Kiran Sethi: Kids, take charge
I agree! I have been working to bring this type of change and am set to launch it now. Visit www.thelearningforce.com to learn about Fearless Mastery and how the i can bug can be unleashed in every child (of all ages) to fully empower children in contagious ways!