Bryan Stuart helped create the Corps and Intern programs for One Laptop per Child (OLPC). He has worked with government officials, teachers, and volunteers to improve access to quality education for children in some of the world’s poorest countries.
Bryan’s work for OLPC has taken him to Argentina, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kenya, Peru, Rwanda, and Tanzania. He has worked with over 200 university students around the world to bring their diverse talents to OLPC’s efforts. Over the past two years, Bryan has worn the hat of a marketer, recruiter, trainer, scheduler and manager.
No stranger to variety, he has mowed greens at a golf course, written research papers with Kelley School of Business faculty, performed Bach’s cello concertos on classical guitar, and played covers of 90’s rock songs at The Bluebird Bar in Bloomington.
Bryan will graduate from Indiana University in May 2011 with one degree in mathematics and a second in business economics and public policy. He plans on beginning graduate school in the fall to pursue a Ph.D. in economics.
Bryan believes that “The Wisdom of Play” represents the idea that we often learn best by embracing the same principles encompassed in playing. When we play, we don’t fear failure, we respond actively to a changing environment, and we enjoy the experience. As children, we all play naturally. At some point, many of us lose this incredibly powerful talent, and the world is worse for it. Embracing the Wisdom of Play can make us better, both as individuals and a society.