It's all about
the collective.

We work with movers and shakers, builders and breakers – always asking ourselves, how can we better equip young people to be their best selves and become agents of change in their communities? We don’t have all of the answers, but we surround ourselves with people just as committed as we are to finding them.

We've been busy

miles traveled

million dollars invested

7team members

Connection.

There's power in connection. When students connect to the world outside the classroom, when educators find new resources and people to collaborate with, when classrooms around the country work together, a new reality becomes possible. Educators and young people tell us over and over again: in a world starved for meaningful relationships, the most valuable thing we provide is the opportunity to work, learn, and grow with other people. So whenever possible, we do just that.

Shipping.

For us, Seth Godin’s ideas about shipping are almost sacred. We know that real entrepreneurs don’t leave their brilliance in the basement to collect dust. They get their work out into the world to let it breathe, be seen, and get better. They don’t wait until things are perfect. They ship, and they learn from every experience and conversation. It’s the same posture we encourage students to develop, because we know that authentic learning happens when the work gets out of the building and connects us with other human beings.

Celebration.

Ask anyone: We really like a good party. We know what a spirit of celebration can do for a community, a school culture, an individual learner. We see it every time we host an event, and we hear it from those who do incredible work without the chance to actually celebrate it. We’re all about celebrating the little flops and the big wins, young people discovering new skills, and the teachers growing in their practice. Celebration fuels us and keeps us moving forward.

Who We Are

John Cahalin

Co-founder

Chaotic + Chief Creative

Never believe that a few caring people can’t change the world. For, indeed, that’s all who ever have.

Margaret Mead
Elyse Burden

Co-founder

Strategic + Rabble Rousing

Michael Crawford

Strategy & Partnerships

Perpetual Learner + Tweeter

Audrey Reimer

Program Manager

Master Juggler + Competitive

If we have to learn with each other, we should also learn about each other, so we can bring each other up.

Christopher Emdin

The team, the team, the team.

Bo Schembechler
Melanie Weisman

Relationship Manager

Supportive + Social Butterfly

Adam Mathis

Relationship Manager

Clever + Cultural Explorer

I got into this work because RWS was doing stuff that no one else seemed to be doing. Plus, they were kinda cool and crazy.

Michael Crawford
Christen Dunn

Classroom Coach

Mover/Shaker + Entrepreneurship Addict

Every day we hear stories of students learning and growing. They are passionate, hard-working individuals that will surely change the world one day. We’re lucky enough to be along for the ride.

Audrey Reimer
John Cahalin

Co-founder

Chaotic + Chief Creative

Never believe that a few caring people can’t change the world. For, indeed, that’s all who ever have.

Margaret Mead
Elyse Burden

Co-founder

Strategic + Rabble Rousing

Michael Crawford

Strategy & Partnerships

Perpetual Learner + Tweeter

Audrey Reimer

Program Manager

Master Juggler + Competitive

If we have to learn with each other, we should also learn about each other, so we can bring each other up.

Christopher Emdin

The team, the team, the team.

Bo Schembechler
Melanie Weisman

Relationship Manager

Supportive + Social Butterfly

Adam Mathis

Relationship Manager

Clever + Cultural Explorer

I got into this work because RWS was doing stuff that no one else seemed to be doing. Plus, they were kinda cool and crazy.

Michael Crawford
Christen Dunn

Classroom Coach

Mover/Shaker + Entrepreneurship Addict

Every day we hear stories of students learning and growing. They are passionate, hard-working individuals that will surely change the world one day. We’re lucky enough to be along for the ride.

Audrey Reimer