Ryan is a born teacher. He has a genuine knack for operationalizing ideas, sharing complex concepts and, more importantly, helping people understand them. Perhaps that's why he was able to successfully build and lead the Business Design arm of IDEO, an innovation firm that we're constantly learning from; or why he's been tasked with teaching in the IxD Masters program at the School of Visual Arts. Now, Ryan is leading his own strategy and innovation company called Machine and advising start ups at the Collaborative Fund. Whatever he's doing-- design, business, ventures-- we're sure that people are learning. Sessions with Ryan will support Pencils of Promise.
Pencils of Promise ("PoP") is a non-profit organization founded in 2008 to increase access to quality education for children in the developing world. PoP works with communities across the globe to build schools and create programs that provide education opportunities for children, no matter where they were born, or what resources they have. PoP has broken ground on over 200 schools throughout Laos, Nicaragua, Guatemala, and Ghana, and has established itself as a leader amongst the innovative global nonprofits working toward sustainable social change.