Alfie Kohn, author of Punished by Rewards
Alfie Kohn has been described in Time magazine as "perhaps the country's most outspoken critic of education's fixation on grades [and] test scores." His criticisms of competition and rewards have helped to shape the thinking of educators -- as well as parents and managers -- across the country and abroad. Kohn has been featured on hundreds of TV and radio programs, including the "Today" show and two appearances on "Oprah".
Gill White, Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD)
Gill joined the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) in July 2012 as Head of CIPD Training. She was appointed in May 2013 to head up the newly formed Directorate of Capability and Career Development. The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), the UK professional body for Human Resources and people development with over 130,000 members internationally - working in HR, learning and development, people management and consulting across private businesses and organisations in the public and voluntary sectors.
Stephen Downes (National Research Council of Canada )
Stephen Downes works for the National Research Council of Canada where he has served as a Senior Researcher, based in Moncton, New Brunswick, since 2001. Affiliated with the Learning and Collaborative Technologies Group, Institute for Information Technology, Downes specializes in the fields of online learning, new media, pedagogy and philosophy.
Downes is perhaps best known for his daily newsletter, OLDaily, which is distributed by web, email and RSS to thousands of subscribers around the world, and as the originator of the Massive Open Online Course (MOOC). He is a popular speaker, appearing at hundreds of events around the world over the last fifteen years. He has published hundreds of articles both online and in print through two decades of research and development into learning networks and related technologies.