The Threshold Design Institute team first launched their collaboration through a 1-day design institute for teachers and school leaders at the 2018 Live Curious, Go Beyond conference in Monterrey, Mexico, followed up by 2 days of design institute experiences for teachers and school leaders at the 2018 Tri-Association conference in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Prior to the launch of Threshold, Brian, David, and Christian have collaborated over the years as a team of co-facilitators of a wide range of design-based professional development, boot camps, and strategic planning projects around the world.
Christian is a designer, educator, and a founding partner of The WONDER Project, a design studio that helps schools and learning communities design and develop at the intersection of their mission and moonshots. Prior to that, he was a founding partner of WONDER, By Design, a multi-disciplinary school design studio; co-led The Third Teacher+ studio within CannonDesign’s global Education practice; founded both Be Playful Design and Prototype Design Labs; and spent more than a decade as a classroom teacher, varsity coach, and experiential education leader.
Christian works nationally and internationally with students, teachers and school leaders, educational architects, and a wide array of multi-disciplinary professionals to design agile schools for the future. He regularly presents keynote addresses at conferences around the world focusing on the relationship between human-centered design and the future of education. Overall he is an unapologetic advocate for wonder and curiosity as the root of all learning worth doing.
As the Director of Innovation at The American School Foundation of Monterrey(Mexico), Brian works with students, parents, and educators so bring inspiring learning experiences to life. In addition to his day job, he has been invited to Keynote, Lead Workshops, and present at various Educational Conferences throughout North and South America.
Whether he is leading students in service-based projects in Canada’s inner-cities, developing PE and Athletics programs in Turkey, teaching IB Higher Level History and rolling out 1:1 programs in South Korea, coaching soccer teams in China, hiking medical supplies into the Nepalese Himalayas, sharing the Tech Crewsaders Program and Network in South America, or designing solutions to community problems throughout Latin America, he has strived to leverage the principles of Design as a process for creativity, problem-solving, and change.
A recognized leader in the educational design and technology field, David focuses on using the design process to support the organizational growth, development and change required to create relevant and meaningful conditions for student learning in schools. David’s thought leadership includes addressing the increased need to develop agile, connected, and personalized learning environments that support a contemporary education, and how the use of technology can be reimagined to create boundless opportunities for learning. Before his current position as Chief Design Officer of David Jakes Designs LLC, David spent almost three decades in education as a teacher, technologist, and administrator. David's design experience includes working as a Digital Designer and Strategist for CannonDesign and The Third Teacher+, a leading architecture firm and learning space consultancy. David is a frequent presenter at national and international educational conferences where he speaks about the power and promise of a new expedition for learning, and the roles that all educators have in shaping that journey.