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Michael Furdyk

TakingITGlobal

Michael Furdyk is the Co-founder of TakingITGlobal (www.tigweb.org), which provides innovative global education programs that empower youth to understand and act on the world’s greatest challenges. TIG was awarded the 2013 Intercultural Innovation Award by BMW and the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations.

In the past, he turned his interest in technology into several successful online companies, including MyDesktop.com, which sold to Internet.com in 1999. In 2008, he was named by Contribute Magazine as one of 10 Tech Revolutionaries Redefining the Power and Face of Philanthropy.

Michael has appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show, presented at TED, and was named one of Teen People’s « Twenty Teens that will Change the World ». Over the last decade, he has keynoted over 100 events across sectors, sharing his social media expertise and insights on youth engagement and educational reform to audiences in over 30 countries. He sits on several non-profit boards, and recently completed his Master of Design (MDes) in Inclusive Design at OCAD University.

TakingITGlobal

Project of Michael Furdyk

TakingITGlobal (TIG) is a global online community that empowers young people to understand and act on the world’s greatest challenges. Since 1999, TIG has worked to « inform, inspire, involve » over 450,000 young people through their award­-winning online community. Often described as a « social network for social good, » the award-­winning www.tigweb.org is available in 13 languages and offers a diverse set of educational resources and action tools intended to give young people the tools they need to succeed. More than 40 million people have accessed the website to learn, grow and realize their potential.

As TIG’s global community has grown and evolved, educators have sought to integrate its offerings into their classrooms so as to bridge the gap between how students live and learn. This was made easier in 2006 with the launch of TakingITGlobal for Educators (TIGed), which helps educators utilize technology to facilitate transformative international learning experiences for their students. TIGed tools, resources, and programs engage learners in collaborative education that supports student voice, environmental stewardship, and global citizenship.

Together, TIG and TIGed engage and connect youth in shaping a more inclusive, peaceful, and sustainable world.