Learning About The Design Of Social: A discussion

5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Hosted by School for Digital Craftsmanship, an initiative of ADMCi

TechNexus 20 N. Wacker, Suite 1200 Chicago IL 60606

Adult education is not keeping up with the social and digital design of our communities, our workplaces or ourselves. When it comes to education and its reform, adult learning especially has been and remains overlooked. There was a time when employers looked to colleges and universities for talent. The education mattered, the degrees mattered, the faculty mattered, and the scholarly output mattered. This has all changed.

In 2013 Lazlo Bock, senior vice president for people operations from Google went as far as to say that “G.P.A.’s are worthless as a criteria for hiring, and test scores are worthless. … We found that they don’t predict anything.” He also noted that the “proportion of people without any college education at Google has increased over time” — now as high as 14 percent on some teams.

In the age of social start-ups and digital design do we even need formal learning programs about digital and social media design? With success stories like Matt Mullenweg who at age 20 started WordPress; Arash Ferdowsi who at 21 co-founded DropBox; Aaron Levie who started Box at age 18; Twenty-year-old Stacey Ferreira who co-founded MySocialCloud.com; David Karp who created Tumblr around the age of 16; Daniel Ek who co-founded Spotify at age 21 and of course Mark Zuckerberg who built Facebook into the world’s largest social network, one starts to wonder:

  • What is the role of adult education and credentialing in the age of social and digital design?
  • How can we design adult learning experiences to embrace connectivity and human connectedness?
  • What open standards can we collectively create to guide the social and digital design of our worlds and those of our children?

This event brings together leaders and innovators in adult learning, social media and design innovation to discuss and consider these questions as cornerstone to the social media industry and its associated markets.

Venue & Location


20 N. Wacker, Suite 1200
Chicago, IL 60606

Social Media Week

5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Learning About The Design Of Social: A discussion


  • Carolyn Chandler

    Carolyn Chandler

    Co-Founder and Chief Instructor


  • Jim Jacoby

    Jim Jacoby



  • David Jakes

    David Jakes

    Digital Designer and Strategist

    The Third Teacher+

  • Emily Lonigro Boylan

    Emily Lonigro Boylan

    President and Creative Director

    LimeRed Studio

  • Dr. Kelly Page

    Dr. Kelly Page

    Founder and Curator

    Live What You Love, LLC