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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.

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.

 

 

Upcoming:

  • 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.

Letter from a Veteran

on Friday, 24 May 2013. Posted in Media Coverage

Letter from a Veteran

Mr. Hunter continues to hear from people who are moved by the film and the idea of teaching children to be our future leaders. Here is a recent example:

Letter

Mr. Hunter,

I was only able to catch the end of a program where you were guiding children through this game. As a citizen of the United States, and especially as a US Army Soldier from 2005 to 2013, I wanted to thank you for having the strength and courage to educate children on the reality of the world. Specifically, I am thankful that you have your students read letters to the family of those who were lost in battle. This is something I feel the leaders of the world have too much of a disconnect to. I actually caught myself tearing up as she read the letter on the program, because of how many of my brothers had given that sacrifice. Thank You.

I hope these children learn from you and help our future generations to solve these problems. You are a real inspiration.

Sincerely,
Matthew L.

WAMU American University Radio: 'World Peace Game' Teaches Kids Cooperation, Compassion

on Thursday, 23 May 2013. Posted in Media Coverage

WAMU American University Radio: 'World Peace Game' Teaches Kids Cooperation, Compassion

'World Peace Game' Teaches Kids Cooperation, Compassion

Think back to fourth grade. What were you doing in school? Were you practicing fractions? Learning photosynthesis? Maybe you were studying the British colonization of the New World?

Well, if we fast-forward to now, a modern-day fourth grader named Sarah Schmidt has been up to something a little bit different.

“We made the treaty last week about buying the land,” she explains. “And once we bought the land we bought 20,000 troops before that, with our solar-power plants, our two submarines and our oxygen-production plant. So now we’re scattering them and making sure that areas are covered for military strike.”

Sarah Schmidt, you see, isn’t just a fourth grader at Agnor-Hurt Elementary School in Charlottesville, Va. Sarah Schmidt is an officer in the United Nations.

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John Interviewed by University of California - Berkeley's Greater Good Science Center

on Thursday, 23 May 2013. Posted in Media Coverage

John Interviewed by University of California - Berkeley's Greater Good Science Center

A Q&A with visionary educator John Hunter, creator of the World Peace Game.

John Hunter is the kind of teacher I’ve always wanted to be—wise and compassionate, with a deep understanding of the complexity of human nature. When I read his new book, World Peace and Other 4th Grade Achievements, which was based on his 2011 TED talk, what struck me the most was his ability to guide 9 and 10 year olds through world crises that would challenge even the most experienced policymakers.

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John Hunter Interviewed for BigThink.TV Podcast

on Wednesday, 22 May 2013. Posted in Book, Interviews, Media Coverage

John Hunter Interviewed for BigThink.TV Podcast

The Game That Builds a Peaceful Habit of Mind

 

Sun Tzu’s The Art of War, an ancient Chinese text on military strategy, has been popularized in recent years as a playbook for Wall Street traders and NFL coaches.

The teacher John Hunter, on the other hand, uses Sun Tzu's treatise to help students understand the connectedness of the global community and develop habits of mind that include collaboration and peaceful conflict resolution. Hunter has developed a geopolitical simulation he calls The World Peace Game, and which he describes in his new book, World Peace and Other 4th Grade Achievements.

The title is obviously completely counter-intuitive. Are fourth-graders really capable of complex problem solving? In the video below, Hunter tells Big Think that "they seem to be able to do so much more than we give them credit for or even imagine they can."

 

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Steve Hargadon Interviews John Hunter

on Friday, 17 May 2013. Posted in Media Coverage

Steve Hargadon Interviews John Hunter

Wednesday Interview: World Peace and Other 4th-Grade Achievements with John Hunter

Previous guest John Hunter joins me Wednesday, May 8th, for a live and interactive FutureofEducation.com conversation now that his book is out: World Peace and Other 4th-Grade Achievements.

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Videos

Master Class with John Hunter: Monday

The Martin Institute for Teaching Excellence offers Master Classes with John Hunter, creator of "The World Peace Game". www.worldpeacegame.orgCharlottesville, VA 2012: Teachers from around the world gathered to observe Mr. Hunter play the "World Peace Game" with a group of students every morning for one week. In the afternoons, Jamie Baker, Martin Institute Director of Strategic Partnerships, and John Hunter skillfully led discussions and activities designed to help teachers unpack the learning techniques embedded in the game while reflecting on their own teaching practices.For more info: http://www.martininstitute.org/programs/master-classeswith-john-hunter.html


John Hunter explaining his World Peace Game
John Hunter explaining his World Peace Game
John Hunter: Teaching with the World Peace Game
John Hunter: Teaching with the World Peace Game
Filmmakers@Google: John Hunter and Chris Farina
Filmmakers@Google: John Hunter and Chris Farina
TEDxPhiladelphiaED - John Hunter
TEDxPhiladelphiaED - John Hunter
TEDxFlanders - John Hunter - World Peace Gamer
TEDxFlanders - John Hunter - World Peace Gamer

MSNBC’s Education Nation Teacher Town Hall with John Hunter and Brian Crosby
MSNBC's Education Nation Teacher Town Hall with John Hunter and Brian Crosby
TEDxNewEngland | 11/01/11 | John Hunter, Unknowing Can be the Beginning of Wisdom
TEDxNewEngland | 11/01/11 | John Hunter, Unknowing Can be the Beginning of Wisdom
Master Class with John Hunter: Monday
Master Class with John Hunter: Monday
John Hunter Keynote at 2012 Martin Institute Conference
John Hunter Keynote at 2012 Martin Institute Conference
Master Class with John Hunter: Wednesday
Master Class with John Hunter: Wednesday

Master Class with John Hunter: Reflections Part 1
Master Class with John Hunter: Reflections Part 1
World Peace Game Camp - Memphis
World Peace Game Camp - Memphis
A Conversation with John Hunter (July 25, 2012)
A Conversation with John Hunter (July 25, 2012)
John Hunter Interview with Abhijay Bhatnagar ’14: A Preview
John Hunter Interview with Abhijay Bhatnagar '14: A Preview