Openness: Should We Create a More Transparent World?

Friday Night Panel, 6:00–8:00pm

Come to the Franklin Institute to see a group of societal leaders discuss how the concept of Openness is changing the very way we live our lives. This panel discussion is moderated by Frederic Bertley of The Franklin Institute.

Panel Bios

Jamie Casap

Jaime Casap is the Global Education Evangelist at Google, Inc. Jaime evangelizes the power and potential of the web, technology, and Google tools in education. He helps educational organizations across the world find ways to utilize these tools in support of new learning models. His team is responsible for bringing Google tools to millions of administrators, teachers, and students across the globe. Jaime was named one of Tech & Learning’s Top 10 Most Influential in Education, and is a SXSWedu (South by Southwest) Distinguished Speaker.

Kin Lane

Kin Lane has been working with databases since the late 1980’s, with the last five years exclusively focused on the technology, business and politics of Application Programming Interfaces, also known as APIs. Kin works to educate technologists, as well as the “normals” about the importance of data portability, interoperability, security and privacy across the web and mobile application platforms we depend on in our personal and business lives, by advising startups, companies, and the government as as a former Presidential Innovation Fellow. You can follow him via his blog and on Twitter @kinlane.

Sunny Lee

Sunny Lee is the Product Lead of Mozilla Open Badges. In this role, she oversees product strategy and thinks about ways to grow and advance the open badges ecosystem. She loves talking to people about badges and the potential for open badges as an alternative and complementary system for credentialing. She works tirelessly to promote open badges as a viable and evidence-based way to capture lifelong learning that can be used to evaluate learners for career and educational advancement and opportunities. Sunny has a Master of Information Management & Systems degree from UC Berkeley with an emphasis in Education & Technology. In another lifetime, Sunny used to develop TV shows in Los Angeles.

Homa S. Tavangar

Homa Sabet Tavangar is the author of Growing Up Global: Raising Children to Be At Home in the World (Random House), hailed by national education and business leaders and media ranging from Dr. Jane Goodall to the BBC, NBC, ABC, Washington, Chicago Tribune and Sun-Times, Boston Globe, PBS, Scholastic, Parents Magazine, Rodale, and many more.

Her work is sparking initiatives to help audiences from CEOs to Kindergartners learn and thrive in a global context – and have fun along the way. She serves as the Education Advisor to the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, has been a Visiting Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania and is a contributor to the Huffington Post, PBS, SproutTV, Momsrising, GOOD, Ashoka’s Start Empathy initiative and Edutopia, among other media, and a sought-after speaker and trainer around global citizenship, parenting, globalizing curriculum, empathy and inclusion. She is co-author of the forthcoming The Global Education Toolkit for Elementary Learners (Corwin-Sage, 2014) and contributor to Mastering Global Literacy, edited by Heidi Hayes-Jacobs (Solution Tree, 2013).

Homa has 20 years’ experience in global competitiveness, organizational, business and international development with hundreds of businesses, non-profit agencies, governments and international organizations. She is a graduate of UCLA and Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. She speaks four languages and her religious heritage includes four of the world’s major faiths. She has served on various non-profit Boards, including, currently on the Board of Directors of the Tahirih Justice Center, a national leader protecting immigrant women and girls fleeing violence. She is married and the mother of three.

David Wiley

Dr. David Wiley is Co-Founder and Chief Academic Officer of Lumen Learning, an organization dedicated to increasing student success and improving the affordability of education through the adoption of open educational resources by middle schools, high schools, community and state colleges, and universities. He is also currently a Shuttleworth Fellow, Scholar in Residence at the University of Utah, and Education Fellow at Creative Commons.

As an academic, Dr. Wiley has received numerous recognitions for his work, including an NSF CAREER grant and appointments as a Peery Social Entrepreneurship Research Fellow in the BYU Marriott School of Business, Senior Fellow for Strategy with the Saylor Foundation, and Nonresident Fellow in the Center for Internet and Society at Stanford Law School. As a social entrepreneur, Dr. Wiley has founded or co-founded numerous entities including Lumen Learning, Degreed, and the Open High School of Utah. In 2009, Fast Company named Dr. Wiley one of the 100 Most Creative People in Business.

David was born and raised in West Virginia. He is an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served a two-year mission for the church in Fukuoka, Japan. David lives in Utah with his wife and five children and enjoys running, playing basketball, listening to and making music, and reading.


Heather Dooley

Is this open to the public, or is it only for people who have bought a ticket and are attending the conference in person? I'll be attending online only due to funds but I'm in Philly and am interested to know what events are open to local folks without tickets. Thanks!