humanity is to pass safely through its present crisis on earth, it will
be because a majority of individuals are now doing their own thinking.
Ronald Gross has pioneered in improving the climate for such thinking."
- Buckminster Fuller
Ron Gross co-chairs the University Seminar on Innovation at Columbia University and is the founder/director of Conversations New York, a widely-acclaimed program of free public community-based conversations .
He was formerly a Program Officer at the Ford Foundation, the Fund for
the Advancement of Education, and the Academy for Educational
Gross' books, which have been published in 27 countries ranging from
Canada and Mexico to the UK, France, Russia, and China, cover the
life-span from childhood to old age, including The Children's Rights Movement, Radical School Reform, High School, The Great School Debate, Peak Learning, The Lifelong Learner, The Independent Scholar, The New Professionals, Individualism, and The New Old. His most recent book is Socrates' Way: Seven Master Keys to Using Your Mind to the Utmost.
Gross's other writings have been featured in the New York Times
Magazine and Book Review and similar periodicals, and he has been
profiled in major media including the Times, San Francisco
Chronicle, Boston Globe, Dallas Morning News, Vancouver Sun,
Minneapolis Star, etc.
Gross has supported lifelong learning initiatives in Europe, the Far
East, Israel, Canada, and Mexico, sponsored by agencies such as the
European Foundation for Management Development, the United Nations
Educational, Social and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), and the Ford
and Rothschild Foundations.
was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award of the International Society
for Self-Directed Learning in 2013, was inducted into the Lifelong
Learning Hall of Fame of the International Association for Adult
and Continuing Education in 2014, and received Columbia University’s
Tannenbaum/Warner Award for Distinguished Scholarship and Service in
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