Leo Burd

Leo Burd

Director, Brazilian Creative Learning Network

About me

I direct the Lemann Creative Learning Program at the MIT Media Lab, an initiative that helps Brazilian public schools, afterschool centers, and families engage in learning practices that are more hands-on and centered on students' interests and ideas.

In my research, I am very interested in the design of technologies for creative learning and social empowerment. I am particularly excited about initiatives that empower children and youth in underserved regions. 

Outside of MIT, I have worked for groups such as the World Bank, Microsoft, and the Brazilian government. I have also coordinated a non-profit organization that built "computer and citizenship" schools in Sao Paulo slums, and was a key contributor to several international initiatives that use digital tools to improve quality of life.