George Vinton on lifelong learning

Thought leaders share ideas with WorkingNation Overheard at SXSW EDU 2022

The CEO of a social impact consulting firm says there is movement from thinking of education as having an endpoint, but rather as a continuum. 

WorkingNation sat down with George Vinton of Common Group at SXSW EDU in Austin.

Vinton asks, “How can we mobilize resources to support the outcomes that we hope for? Rather than some of the earlier indicators which might show that someone’s on a path to success, but often folks can get derailed from that path.”

He explains, “We work primarily with foundations, nonprofits, and mission-driven companies. The work we do with them ranges from building a new strategy that might guide investment to actually running grant programs, helping foundations find innovative programs and support those programs into being and then, hopefully, to scale.”

Vinton notes that the Catalyze Challenge is a grant competition that supports innovative learning models. It’s described as “a grant program that funds, learns from, and shares bold ideas that rethink the connections among K-12, higher education, and career for students in grades 6-14.”

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