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World Peace Game in Emmersdorf, Austria

on Friday, 02 May 2014. Posted in Education, News

World Peace Game in Emmersdorf, Austria

John and Chris Farina find themselves in Emmersdorf Austria this week, hosting a World Peace Game session for thirty-four 11-14 year-olds, five older Russian teenagers dubbed, "Living Dictionary" translators, and twenty-five European Teachers sponsored by GlobArt.

March 2014 Newsletter

on Thursday, 06 March 2014. Posted in News

March 2014 Newsletter

John Speaking at TED2014!

John was voted as one of the Top 100 TED Speakers of All Time and will deliver a special TED talk at the TED2014 Conference in Vancouver B.C. on March 17–21, 2014.

John’s talk on March 20 is among five special sessions renamed, for this year only, as “TED All-Stars.”

This unique TED event features a number of previous speaker luminaries including; Bill Gates, Jane McGonigal, Sir Ken Robinson, Sal Kahn, Sarah Kay, Jeff Bezos, Hans Rosling, David Brooks, Stewart Brand, Ray Kurzweil, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Isabele Allende, and many more!

See John’s original TED Talk.

TED Talk

Since John’s 2011 TED Talk, he has received invitations to speak to United Nations Conflict Resolution Special Committee, and the Defense Department Pentagon

His nine year-old World Peace Game players have been honored by General Martin Dempsey, Head of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and have had peer-to-peer meetings with Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and military generals from all branches of the armed services. Topic of discussion; “how might the Pentagon/Defense Department avoid war as the World Peace Game players have consistently done over decades?”

Book & Film

Book In 2013 John wrote a book about his decades of experience in World Peace and Other 4th Grade Achievements (Amazon Link) - (Published, April 2013 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt). 

The Film Documentary also titled “World Peace and Other 4th Grade Achievements” has had screenings and television broadcasts through the American Public Television Networks (over 1900 broadcasts across the US) and in Asia, the Middle East, Europe, and Latin America. The Film.

John has spoken at a number of recognized universities and educational organizations including MIT, Harvard’s Program of Negotiation and Graduate School of Education, Michigan State University, The University of Houston, Brown University - Art of Peace (Quebec) Summit, Kent State University, Oregon State University, Georgetown University, Virginia Commonwealth University, University of Virginia, Ferrum College, Miami Dade College, Wharton Business School at the University of Pennsylvania, The Darden Business School at the University of Virginia, and The National Association of Independent Schools and the American Montessori Society.  

The Future of the Game

The World Peace Game is becoming an international phenomena as John has personally shared the Game through Master Classes on the Game’s mechanics in Scandinavia, Europe and Asia. To continue the legacy of the Game, John is now seeking partners to support the World Peace Game’s living independently of its creator, planning for its sustained use and development far into the future.

More details about partnerships and funding upcoming!

Appearances and Book Signings

Book Signings coast to coast across the US and additionally, the translation rights to the book have been bought by Kadokawa Shoten Publishing Company (Tokyo), one of the major publishers of books, magazines, game books and other media content in Japan.  

We’ve been traveling a lot! Here are a few recent articles, interviews and presentations John has been including:

  • John had a number of television and radio interviews including MSNBC, CBS Good Morning, and National Public Radio.




  • Montessori Conference in Austria
  • John will speak at a Montessori Conference in Vienna Austria to 1.000 educators

Master Classes

Our Master Classes are where educators not only delve into the Word Peace Game mechanics and “dna”, but are also empowered and challenged to create dynamic top-tier curriculum of their own!

John and Jamie Baker Executive Director of the Martin Institute for Teaching Excellence have now established World Peace Games in San Diego, Seattle, Dallas, Alma Colorado, Denver Colorado, Minneapolis, Nashville, two sites in Honolulu and two in Milwaukee, and Bergen Norway, with upcoming World Peace Game/Master Classes in 2014 to be held in Shanghai China, Emmersdorf, Austria, Menlo Park California, Rutgers New Jersey, and Baltimore Maryland.

John among TED "All-Star" Speakers at TED2014

on Wednesday, 05 March 2014. Posted in News

The March 20th Conference's Theme is "The Future is Ours"

John among TED

John Hunter was voted as one of the Top 100 TED Speakers of All Time and will deliver a special TED talk at the TED2014 Conference in Vancouver B.C. on March 17–21, 2014.

John’s talk on March 20 is among five special sessions renamed, for this year only, as “TED All-Stars.”

Given the amazing lineup, these sessions are likely to be a highlight of the conference. Featured speakers include Jeff Bezos, Sal Kahn, Jane McGonigal, Moshe Safdie, and others.

See John’s original TED Talk.

Upcoming Appearances by John Hunter to Promote the New Book

on Friday, 22 March 2013. Posted in Book, Media Coverage, News

Upcoming Appearances by John Hunter to Promote the New Book

Glowingly reviewed by The Kirkus Review, Booklist and gaming pioneer Jane McGonigal, John’s new book, "World Peace and Other 4th-Grade Achievements" which shares a title with Chris Farina’s documentary film will be out nationwide on April 2nd.

John will meet readers and sign his book at bookstores on a multiple city tour. National radio and television interviews are slated beginning with New York City studio programs. See the schedule and locations below.

This book release would of course not have been possible without the incredible vision, dedication of, and skillful shepherding by Cynthia Cannell of Cynthia Cannell Literary Agency, our editor Eamon Dolan and his magnificent staff at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH). The dedication and acknowledgements in the book read like a small city phone book as we truly have been standing on the shoulders of so many others.

HMH’s Media Specialist Taryn Roeder has developed this schedule of events and book signing tour for John. We hope to meet many readers and friends on stops across the US:

Book Tour:

New York City

Portland, ME

Boston, MA

Charlottesville, VA

Denver, CO

    6/18/13 - Tattered Cover LoDo

Charlotte, NC

Richmond, VA

Amazon Barnes and Noble Powell's

Early Trade Reviews of John Hunter's New Book

on Friday, 22 March 2013. Posted in Reviews, News

Early Trade Reviews of John Hunter's New Book

Early trade reviews are starting to come in advance of the release of John Hunter's new book, World Peace and Other 4th-Grade Achievements:

From BookList Issue: April 1, 2013

World Peace and Other 4th-Grade Achievements.

Hunter, John (Author)

Apr 2013. 240 p. Houghton, hardcover, $25.00. (9780547905594). 303.6.

Hunter (teacher, education consultant, TED speaker) has been introducing global issues to students from his fourth-grade class and beyond for more than 20 years via his self-designed World Peace Game. Over a period of weeks, through a complex set of scenarios, children and teens learn to negotiate, battle, obtain resources, cooperate in the wake of natural disasters, and resolve all manner of conflicts with each other and in response to the demands of their ever-changing world.

The game’s success proves that long, thought-out thinking assignments provoke an unprecedented positive response in students, a conclusion that flies in the face of current standardized-testing requirements. “Where once there seemed to be room to wonder, to speculate, to not know,” he writes, “there now seems to be increasing pressure for instant answers, immediate solutions, and narrowly defined results.”

With numerous reflections on the game’s impact on certain students and a resounding final chapter highlighting his class’s 2012 visit to the Pentagon, Hunter proves the value of “slow teaching” in this important, fascinating, highly readable resource for educators and parents alike.

Other Trade Reviews

A veteran educator's uplifting account of how he introduced schoolchildren to global problems through a visionary game that charged them with saving the world….Inspired, breath-of-fresh-air reading, especially for those who have ever questioned what the public school system can do for American children.
The World Peace Game devised by fourth-grade teacher John Hunter has spread from a classroom in 1978 to a documentary, a TEDTalk, the Pentagon, and now finally a book, in which he describes the ways his students have solved political and ecological crises that still loom large in the world of adults….stories are moving: a boy whose slow speech and shyness finally blooms into an epiphany; five students sacrifice themselves to take down a tyrant. Ultimately, Hunter’s optimism is infectious.
– Publishers Weekly

John Hunter and Jamie Baker to present at NAIS

on Monday, 14 January 2013. Posted in News

John Hunter and Jamie Baker to present at NAIS

NAIS 2012 Keynote speaker John Hunter epitomizes revolutionary teaching practices. To teach well, Hunter believes a teacher must know their subject area and themselves. Since NAIS last year, John Hunter and Jamie Baker of the Martin Institute have been traveling across the country working with teachers to reflect upon their teaching practices. Their fundamental beginning belief is that in order to grow and change, one must first be fully aware and accepting of the habits, mindsets, and assumptions that ground one's current practice. Their second important fundamental belief is that teachers must become comfortable teaching in a dynamic environment where the future is largely unknown. Brave teaching results from a clear vision of desired outcomes and a teacher’s secure belief in his or her ability to design and lead a student’s learning process.

Hunter and Baker will be presenting at the National Association of Independent Schools Annual Conference in Philadelphia on Friday, March 1, 2013. Their session entitled "Developing a Reflective Teaching Practice" will guide participants through a series of reflective questions designed to surface elements of a teacher’s operating beliefs that are hindering creative, engaged, and collaborative teaching and learning design. Outcomes of this session include:

  • a specific look at the World Peace Game and its learning outcomes;
  • guided questioning that surfaces operating beliefs too small for brave teaching;
  • specific suggestions for developing creativity in one’s teaching;
  • discussion of how to use risk-taking and failure to improve one’s teaching practice.