Sasha Barab is a Professor in the School for the Future of Innovation in Society and the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College at Arizona State University, where he co-founded and serves as the Executive Director of the Center for Games and Impact.
Dr. Barab is an internationally recognized Learning Scientist who researches, designs, and publishes extensively on innovation for impact. Across these innovations is a sensitivity to factors such as ecosystem integration, stakeholder alignment, storied truths, enacted agency, ongoing optimization, and sustainable and scalable outcomes. His current work extends the design boundaries from the bits and bytes of the innovation to complex real-world ecosystems with the goal of helping all learners thrive in a complex, rapidly changing, digitally connected world. One recent project, ThriveCast (learn more), is based on an invite, enable, and release learning methodology and focused on cultivating growth and impact journeys so that more people can realize their potential. His research has resulted in numerous grants, dozens of articles, and multiple chapters, investigating knowing and learning in its material, social, and cultural context. (Download Full Vita / Abbreviated Vita / Bio Sketch)