Jack Matson is a prize-winning innovator who develops courses in innovative design based on "intelligent fast failure." As Director of the Leonhard Center for the Enhancement of Engineering Education at Penn State's College of Engineering, he brings an original and offbeat approach to teaching engineering design. Dr. Matson's teaching philosophy is to stimulate creativity by encouraging students to risk failure and to realize failure is essential to developing design skills and judgment. He centers his techniques on teaching people to unlearn years of practicing risk aversion by stressing the connection between creativity and risk.
In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)