Our Friend the Futurist

It’s always good to have a friend who can predict the future, or at least one who is pretty darn good at predicting the future. With all of that knowledge, the possibilities are endless.

Dr. James Canton is a leading global futurist who has been forecasting future trends and innovations for the past 25 years. Recently, he joined the AlvaEDU advisory board and will be a source of knowledge and expertise as our company creates new technologies.

Click the photo to see our behind the scenes pics from the interview!

Click the photo to see our behind the scenes pics from the interview!

Dr. Canton gained a lot of his experience at Apple, working with Steve Jobs as the Business and Strategic Planning Executive. In that role, Dr. Canton worked on the introduction of the Macintosh Computer, artificial intelligence, and next generation computing applications. After years of working for big, high-tech companies, Dr. Canton founded his own organization—The Institute for Global Futures, in San Francisco California.

When he is not creating out in San Francisco, he is advising and inspiring others. Dr. Canton currently sits on a number of high-tech boards in education, mobile commerce, biotech, and IT. He also advises corporations and governments worldwide involving trends in innovation, IT, health care, work, climate, energy, and security. Some of the groups he currently advises include the Whitehouse, MIT, and the National Science Foundation.

We are honored and excited to have Dr. Canton on our advisory board. Recently, our media team filmed a conversation between Dr. Canton and our President, Tim Loudermilk, concerning AlvaEDU, the future, and what lies ahead—not only for us but for the world.

A frequent commentator on news sources like Fox News, CNN, and The New York Times, Dr. Canton will now also be a returning guest in our studio and at our events. This video is the first installment in our series. We will be posting the videos over the next few months, so stay tuned and keep coming back to the lab. There’s a lot of talk about the future left to hear!

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Introducing AlvaEDU: The Innovators of Education

AlvaEDU sign in our office headquarters

Often when someone hears the name of our company, AlvaEDU, they are curious to know not only what the name means, but also where it came from. The first part of the name “alva” was actually Thomas Edison’s middle name. His father named him after a prominent citizen in Ohio, Captain Alva Bradley, whom he was close friends with. The name means “brightness”, which is incredibly fitting and foretelling because Edison invented the light bulb.

Edison was one of the greatest innovators in history. He developed many inventions that greatly influenced life around the world. He spent most of life continuously creating incredible things in his laboratory in Menlo Park, New Jersey. But it wasn’t the amount of patents he produced that was impressive, it was the incredible quality and impact of his work.valerie@desk_4767

The second part of our name is “edu”—short for education. Together, the words designate the mission of our company–“Innovating Education”.

We are now navigating our way through the 21st century, using our newest digital tools. A brand new technological universe has been created where we can access information from anywhere at any time.

As our world adapts to these new ways of giving and receiving information, so does the world of higher education.

Universities are looking for new ways to grab their students’ attention and make them successful. AlvaEDU offers solutions and new technology to schools to enhance their education programs and make online courses fun and interactive—advanced yet easy to use.
edison_4757We are excited to be at the forefront of this new wave of technology and development. Our aim is to create and lead the way in education technology, and we want you to come with us as we accomplish this.

This blog is our lab—a place where we create, experiment, and then share our amazing inventions with you. This space is a place where we also want to start conversations about the issues of the day, bring you the latest news, and give you resources and information.

We hope that you will benefit from reading this blog and be inspired to return. Engagement is our goal, so please feel free to make comments or contact us about anything we post.

Every day when we walk into our office, we see a picture of Thomas Alva Edison. He is a reminder to us of our mission to bring a little more “brightness” into the world by making and sharing incredible innovations.

“If we did all of the things we were capable of, we would astound ourselves.” –Thomas Alva Edison