Take two education
activists with very
different theories —
and give them a
chance to work
together on a goal
they both care
about. That’s the
thinking in the
video above, the
kick-off of
Microsoft’s new
Work Wonders
, which pairs up
collaborators to
spark new ideas.
Watch as TED Prize
winner Sugata
Mitra joins forces
with TEDx speaker
Adam Braun to
tackle a bold
mission: Use
technology to
rethink education in

They’re a bit of an
odd couple. Mitra,
who created the
School in the Cloud
to enable kids to
explore questions
that matter to them
on their own,
believes that
traditional schools
are becoming more
and more obsolete;
meanwhile Braun,
who founded
Pencils of Promise
to rally
communities in the
developing world to
build schools,
believes that
classrooms are the
answer to opening
up opportunity.

Above, watch the
first in a series of
mini-docs following
this collaboration as
it unfolded over the
past three months.
This episode shows
Mitra and Braun
meeting for the
first time and
thinking about how
the other’s talents
could help
strengthen their
own vision.

Microsoft, a
longtime TED
partner, will be
revealing more
episodes over the
next month, so you
can join the pair as
they explore how to
adapt Mitra’s Self-
Organized Learning
Environment (SOLE)
for use in three
Pencils of Promise
schools in Ghana,
with the help of
Office 365 products
and services, and
how to build a SOLE
starter kit to roll
out across Pencils
of Promise’s
global network. This
kit, designed with
the needs of
communities in
mind, could even
get distribution far
beyond that.

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Two educators, two very different visions, one question: How can tech help us rethink education in the developing world ?