A schmancy bio is below:
Rafi Santo is an educator, researcher, technologist and activist currently pursuing his doctorate in the Learning Sciences at Indiana University. His research and professional interests lie at the intersection of new media, educational design, interest driven learning, and participatory cultures with a particular eye towards how to leverage these areas to create greater equity and democratization in society. He specializes in the design of digital learning projects and has led work as varied as youth advisories on digital media, digital design-based curricula that teach systems thinking, social media and game design civic engagement programs and youth leadership development in virtual worlds. Rafi has collaborated with diverse organizations including The Newshour with Jim Lehrer, UNICEF, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and the Mozilla Foundation and has worked with MacArthur Foundation Digital Media and Learning grantees to strengthen their initiatives through youth voices and perspectives. He regularly consults with foundations, community groups, NGOs, educators and designers to explore the potential of new media to meet goals related to learning and social change, leveraging over 10 years of experience in youth development and education. Rafi’s current work involves using ethnographic approaches to understand diffusion of learning innovations in the Digital Media & Learning field, promoting systems thinking through digital design, and supporting empowerment in relation to new media through hacker literacies. Prior to starting his doctoral work, Rafi was a Senior Program Associate at Global Kids.