John Werner is the Project Innovator for the Camera Culture Group at MIT Media Lab. He is helping to create new imaging platforms (from capturing trillion frames per second imagining to creating glasses-free 3D Displays), developing hardware and software technologies for augmenting (super human) human vision. He is bringing young people from around the world together to use rapid prototyping to solve some of real-world problems, working on large scale online learning, and building a community to disseminate technology for human vision and visual computing. He is disseminating technology to prevent blindness, enabling the visually challenged, and bringing eye care to developing countries. He is fostering entrepreneurship to take ideas into the real world for impact, connecting industry with the untapped knowledge of the geniuses of the Media Lab. John was one of the founding members of Citizen Schools where he helped take it from a concept paper in 1995 into a thriving national educational program that is now in 8 states across the United States. John received Harvard University10 and WTA Age-group National 2011. Some of his associations include: LeadBoston (class of 2000); Renaissance Weekend; City to City Leadership Exchange; BWP (Connector). John is also coach for the Brookline U9 Lacrosse. John was a Boston Public Schools teacher for 4 years and principal of Wediko Children Services prior to starting Citizen Schools. John has served on: Governor's Readiness Project; Lt. Governor's STEM Advisory Council; WGBH Community Advisory Board; Citizen for Safety (stopping handgun violence); Schools/Scholarship: TechBoston, Epiphany, Codman Academy, Posse, Hamilton College (Boston President, 2000-2005). For 10 years John ran the Boston Harbor 10 Mile Swim. John has been Senior Advisor to Khazei for Senate and was Director of Operation/Volu
People from all backgrounds should assume responsibility for the education of our nation's children. Given recent statistics on the widespread problems with STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) education in our public schools, it is time for us to re-think our fundamental approach to teaching and learning. For too long "education reform" has been synonymous with "school reform" and "educator" has been synonymous with "classroom teacher." I believe this is a narrow paradigm, and I hope to expand an education model that motivates people from all backgrounds to assume responsibility for the education of our nation's children. As we have seen time and time again through our Citizen Schools apprenticeships, there is an enormous opportunity here to harness the staggering potential contribution of volunteers to turn a young person on to various professions and to the relevancy of school success. Volunteers can help expand programmatic offerings that are limited during school
Photography, the Rubik's cube, triathlons (he raced at the World Championship 2008 & 2010)
Love TED - share online videos with many. I was one of 5 people that organized TEDxBoston 2010.