Event Recap: Philanthropy’s Role in Education at SXSW EDU 2022

Learning and education are at a major inflection point. Over the last few years, change has been rapid, unprecedented, and unpredictable – and students, teachers, and parents have all had to figure out how to share the burden of increasingly complex learning environments together.

It’s never been clearer that effective learning environments are defined by a complex ecosystem of stakeholders from across a range of different fields and areas of practice. Members of our leadership team recently attended SXSW EDU to participate in the growing conversation about how students, teachers, parents, and others can all engage more impactfully with an evolving educational environment. It’s our goal to gather innovative thinking about not only the most meaningful methods of responding to a changing world, but to continue building on new paradigms for developing the learning environments of the future.

To that end, we were proud to support the Stanford d.School’s Future(s) Museum at SXSW EDU, which is part of their Futures Series. The exhibit featured a makerspace for participants to radically imagine K-12 education and showcase collective, multiple, expansive visions for the future. We were thrilled and inspired by the “standing room only” turnout of individuals that offered transformative ideas and created artifacts to imagine new futures and to expand beliefs in what’s possible.