Last spring, a mutual friend invited us to his home for dinner, and we got to talking—about how Alex created educational curricula for urban development, and how Joel was a journalist who had moved into user experience and adult education—and we realized we both had one common goal:
To use our skills to make knowledge useful and fun.
From the discussions that followed over coffee, beer, and the occasional chocolate chip cookie, we decided to build a school where kids can make games to learn, then play games to share.
And RealityNext was born.
Our Founding Team
I’ve been implementing project-based experiential education internationally for the past seven years. In 2011, as a member of the Democracy and Art nonprofit, I originated a joint venture between the British “London Metropolitan University” MARCH and the Russian Academy of National Economy and Public Administration; one year later a test program designed to engage graduate students with “real-world” land development projects was officially launched. In three years of program refinement, we managed to organically grow neighborhood development collectives, jump-start public workshops, moderate round table discussions, and graduate 80 students with dual degrees in Public Administration and Planning.
I’m a journalist, writer, product designer, and educator. I’ve long believed in the idea that stories bring us together and make us stronger as a community. I founded my consultancy, The Refined Story, on the idea that I could help my clients better engage with their stakeholders through innovative digital products and content strategies. As a journalist, I spent more than a dozen years leading a Seattle-based news organization, where I made it my mission to inspire my audience while expanding my publications’ reach.
I pay forward the knowledge I’ve gained over the years by teaching courses on writing and digital practices, so the idea that immersive story-making can change the way people learn blew my mind. I’m bringing my wife and two rambunctious boys along for the ride.
Our Advisory Team
Art Feinglass has been a farmer, soldier, teacher, journalist, director and producer of documentaries and interactive theater. He is the founder and artistic director of the Seattle Jewish Theater Company. Feinglass holds a Masters in Writing from the University of Washington and has taught Literature at Hebrew Union College and PR and Marketing at New York University. He is the author of short stories, children’s books and Public Relations for Nonprofits. He splits his time between New York and Seattle.
Interested in learning more? Want to grab coffee with one of our founders? We would love to hear from you.