Jordan Shapiro, PhD is a world-renowned thought-leader on global policy and education. He’s currently senior fellow for the Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop, where he coordinates research and advocacy around digital technology and education policy. His Forbes’ column on global education, learning through digital play, kids and culture has been read by over 3 million people around the world. He’s an internationally celebrated speaker and consultant whose fresh perspective combines psychology, philosophy, and economics in unexpected ways.
Shapiro is an adviser and strategist to the United States Air Force and Thomas Edison State University, helping to shape how they provide individuals with sophisticated 21st century agile and critical thinking skills. During the week, you can find him in the classroom at Temple University, where he teaches in the Intellectual Heritage Program, serves as the Associate Director for Digital Innovation at the College of Liberal Arts, and developed the University’s forthcoming core curriculum in technological literacy (the first of its kind in the United States, preparing students with a comprehensive understanding of the issues digital technologies pose for tomorrow’s workforce and a global economy). He’s also the newest and youngest member of the exclusive global think tank, Symi Symposium, led by former Greek prime minister George Papandreou, economist Joseph Stiglitz, and former World Bank VP Mats Karlsson.
A Philadelphia native, Jordan is a graduate of Friends Select School and Bard College with a doctorate in depth psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara, California. Following college, his work as a restaurant cook led to becoming an owner/operator of the Reading Terminal Market’s Down Home Diner.