Richard Culatta

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Richard Culatta

Learning Innovator and Tech Futurist

Richard Culatta uses technology to empower people and accelerate problem solving.

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Richard Culatta is an internationally recognized learning innovator and tech futurist. His work centers around using technology to empower people and accelerate problem solving. Culatta is the CEO of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), a nonprofit organization focusing on using technology to improve learning opportunities around the world. 

Culatta served as the first Chief Innovation Officer for his home state of Rhode Island, where he gained national attention for pioneering strategies for using technology to help government be more responsive and collaborative.

Culatta was appointed by President Obama as the Executive Director of the Office of Educational Technology for the US Department of Education. In that capacity, he focused on expanding internet connectivity to schools across the US and developed a national ed tech plan to make learning more equitable and engaging. He also pioneered new opportunities for the tech industry to engage with the Department of Education to address tough problems, including bringing top game designers from around the world to the White House to help re-design testing and learning materials.

Richard’s new book Digital for Good: Raising Kids to Thrive in an Online World (HBR Press) uncovers the challenges with our current approaches to preparing young people to be effective humans in virtual spaces and presents a path to a healthier and more civil future digital world. Culatta holds degrees in humanities and instructional technology from Brigham Young University. He serves as a senior fellow at NYU’s GovLab, design resident for the global design firm IDEO, and Innovation Dean for the Masie Learning Collaborative.

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Richard Culatta’s Speech Topics

  • Digital for Good – Preparing the next generation to be successful humans in a digital world.

    COVID has accelerated the move to a digital world. Whether it’s working, shopping, and learning, or family reunions, doctors appointments and piano lessons, many of our most important life moments now happen in virtual spaces. But we’ve been entirely haphazard in our approach to preparing young people to thrive in this new world. In fact, our current approaches to help teach kids to be safe online may actually be reinforcing our digital dysfunctions. Based on his new book Digital for Good: Raising Kids to Thrive in an Online World (HBR press) Richard shows how a new and refreshingly positive approach to teaching digital engagement and wellbeing can create healthier families and preserve democracy for the future.   

  • Innovating in Complex Systems

    When we think about innovation we often picture a silicon valley startup or an off-the-grid R&D department. But what happens when you need to innovate in complex established organizations? Richard Culatta has spent decades helping bring innovation into some of the most complex environments, from the nation’s largest school districts, to multinational companies, to state governments – even the Central Intelligence Agency. In this fascinating talk, Richard shares that the most successful innovations are those that get adopted – and shares a playbook for accelerating the adoption of innovation even in complex or innovation-adverse environments.

  • Lessons Learned from a UX Designer that can Transform our Organizational Learning

    Becoming an effective learning organization is a critical element to success and talent retention for any organization. Unfortunately many of the approaches to learning that we incorporate into our workplace run completely contrary to what we now know about how people learn. In this humorous discussion, Richard explains the concept of “zombie learning theories” (ineffective learning practices that just keep working their way back into our corporate culture) and shares how we can learn from the field of User Experience Design to create highly effective learning environments in any organization.

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