A little under two years ago, Mark Bennett was forced to mark his sixtieth birthday by gathering his employees together and telling them that the company was on the verge of running out of money. He was, as usual, working every hour he could to ensure its survival. For six weeks he had met with three or four potential partners a day, and impressed upon them how iSchool could transform education, and perhaps healthcare and agriculture too, across vast swathes of the world.
My take: I knew of Mark Bennett’s work by reputation and I was in awe of his efforts to improve education in Africa. We complain a lot about our networks and our tools, but his challenge make our concerns look petty by comparison. The world of education has lost a pioneer and a visionary.