Jos Dirkx

Jos Dirkx is an award-winning media and communications advisor, international public speaker, creative strategist and world-traveler. Originally from The Netherlands, Jos was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and has since lived in twelve countries across the world, having visited near 100.

Jos is passionate about telling stories that change the world: whether through the arts, by creating content that challenges the status quo, through global speaking engagements and work with clients on creative communications, or through the award-winning not-for-profit organization Girls & Football SA she founded in South Africa. Her background in theatre and the arts, combined with economics and technology, fuels her passion to merge education, creativity and EdTech.

Jos has delivered two TEDx talks, founded an award-winning not-for-profit organization and runs a creative communications consultancy. Her drive to build equal societies has taken her around the world and she seeks to develop creative ways to share the world’s most beautiful and diverse stories with multicultural audiences. Jos has spent time in South Sudan and Eritrea with the United Nations and has led workshops and training sessions across Africa, the Middle East and North America.

Sample Topics

The Future of Learning – What our future holds for global learning systems

Learning is deeply personal. Education – informal or formal, school or street , at work or in the classroom – builds our collective, human potential. There is no space more important to disrupt – our world depends on education for strong mindsets, healthy bodies, expansive thinking, and responsible relationships – even responsible relationships with the technology we’re building (technology that is learning exponentially faster than we are!). Education is more important than ever.

This session focuses on how technology can exponentially change the future of learning, looks at ways in which education is currently being disrupted, and highlights advanced technology for schools and corporates to take learning further.

AI and EI and Inclusive Education – How we can build technology for inclusive learning futures

The rise of inclusive tech is hugely important for our global future – we’re not only responsible for aggregating and sharing inclusive data, we are responsible for building products and AI that tell accurate stories. How do we actually leverage AI to decrease bias and increase diversity and diverse voices? This dynamic and insightful talk focuses on how we can leverage inclusive algorithms to leverage global voices.

Disrupting Diversity – How we can build technology for inclusive learning futures

We keep hearing about it. We keep reading about it. And, we know we have to do SOMETHING about it. But, how do we really get to the root diversity and inclusion and making it work across organizations, communities, and schools? The challenges in diversity and inclusion are hard to pinpoint, yet even harder to correct – in this talk, Jos looks at how slight changes offer extraordinary results when it comes to diversity and inclusion.

Sounding As Smart As You Are: An Interactive Session on Public Speaking

Get to the heart of energetic awareness so that your message inspires, influences and creates change. In this interactive session, you learn the skills required to speak in public with confidence and clarity. We will look at practical ways in which you can manage your nerves, conquer your fears and feel more confident – all to leave a lasting impact.

Girls Do Good: Leadership, Inspiration, and Changing the World for Kids

For all the world-changers out there…are you ready to be the superhero of your own story? Then, let’s build an interactive session together that looks at how you can build out your dreams and get inspired by kids around the world who have made their own dreams come true. Tell your teacher you want to change the world and to give me a call – let’s create world-change together!

Books

Girls Do Good
Tackled!
Boys Do Good

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