Mads Holmen is the CEO of Bibblio, an API platform helping knowledge publishers and learning platforms deliver smarter content recommendation. Bibblio’s clients include the likes of the University of Cambridge and Oxford University Press as well as the BBC and YouTube.
I first came across Mads at a talk he gave here in London and what really struck me was how knowledgeable he was – not just about technology but also about the big ideas in educational philosophy.
He’s definitely someone who has put in the time and effort to think about learning before starting a business in the space which is both inspiring and refreshing to see.
On top of this, Mads communicates very complex ideas in a clear way as you’ll see in the show, which is why he’s often invited to speak on panels about learning, ed-tech and Artificial Intelligence.
In this episode we discuss a wide range of topics including:
- How to think about learning and education
- Whether there’s an ideal curriculum for the 21st Century
- The nature of intelligence by drawing insights from the nature vs nurture debate
We also discuss Mads’ own approach to learning new skills and chat about some of the thinkers that have influenced him most.
- 🎙How To Learn Like a Child
- 🎙How To Think Smarter with Richard Nisbett
- 🎙How To Learn Anything You Want with Scott Young
- 📄How To Redefine Learning for the 21st Century
- 📄What’s The Point of Education Again?
- 📄Exploring the Fierce Debate on the Curriculum
- 🖥Bibblio Blog (Check out Education vs Learning, Trees vs Networks and Search vs Discovery)
- ▶️TED Talk: Kids Can Teach Themselves – Sugata Mitra
- ▶️Talk: The Economics of Human Development – Brandon Busteed, Learning 2030
- 📖Steps to an Ecology of Mind – Gregory Bateson
- 📖Multiple Intelligences: New Horizons in Theory and Practice – Howard Gardner
- 📖The Little Prince – Antoine De Saint-Exupery