Simon Kavanagh is the Program Director of our professional programs, Designing & Facilitating Learning Spaces and Designing Learning Spaces (online). Born in Dublin, Simon studied Art and Design Education @NCAD ’96. Already then, showing a passion and interest to create more meaningful learning. But, took a detour for the next 5 years as a Creative Director in multimedia. During these years he designed, programmed and managed hundreds of multimedia titles in the business, educational, IT, online-gaming, leisure and banking sectors and set up divisions in NYC & Paris, where he would soon move. But, not before working as a Learning Consultant for Windmill Lane Studios in the infancy of Interactive Television, Content Management systems, and online gaming.
With the bang of the dotcom in 2001, Simon left Ireland never to return and started on his journey that would lead him to Kaospilot. After a few years in Paris feeding his passion for music, digital media, photography and art, he answered his vocational call as a Learning Designer, and move to Shanghai.
For nearly 3 years he lead and developed the BA faculty of Visual communication for 2 UK universities, until one day, frustrated by the non- existent focus on personnel development in education he stumbled across Kaospilot, which in 2006, was already one of the most experiential education institutions in the world.
After a spell as Team Leader and Head of Studies, he cracked the Kaospilot pedagogical code as open source and created the Kaospilot’s first educational consultancy to share it.
“Deliver education that is authentic and opportunistic in nature, experimental and real in praxis. All else is rudimentary.”