Dale J. Stephens

Founder, UnCollege

Dale Stephens is the author of “Hacking Your Education” (Penguin 2013). He left school at twelve to become an “unschooler,” the self-directed branch of homeschoolers. Instead of going to middle and high school he organised collaborative learning groups, found mentors, and volunteered in his community. Today he leads UnCollege which for self-directed learners to take gap years . His work has been covered by major news networks including CNN, ABC, NPR, CBS, Fox, TechCrunch, New York Magazine, and Forbes. His writing has appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, and Fast Company. He has spoken around the world from debating education at TED 2012 to speaking to the executive leadership team of NBC about how changes in education impact the future of work. In May 2011 Mr. Stephens was selected out of hundreds of individuals around the world as a Thiel Fellow. The Thiel Fellowship, created by Peter Thiel, the co-founder of PayPal and first investor in Facebook, recognises the top entrepreneurs around the world under the age of twenty. In 2013, Dale was recognised as one of Forbes' 30 Under 30.