The social development and economic flourishing of a society depends on its capability of planning and the level of success in implementing those plans. Since today’s children will be tomorrow’s planners and decision makers, it is our duty to educate a capable young generation in whose hands lay the prosperity of our future society.
To this end, a community of highly motivated volunteers established the “Asemaan Group” to conceptualize and institute new methods to provide Iranian children with some of the most decisive but unfortunately less-emphasized skills such as systems thinking, team work and social communications, through edutainment. “Asemaan”, presently a research center in Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran, is involved in the project of “bringing systems thinking to Iranian schools through games and stories”.
This lecture is intended to introduce Asemaan, its vision and so-far achievements as well as to discuss possible ways of supporting and collaborating with Asemaan Group.
Babak Shahmansouri was born in Isfahan, Iran in 1979. He obtained his B.Sc. degree (2002) in civil Engineering from Isfahan University of Technology and his MBA degree (2007) from Sharif University of Technology. For the past few years he has been active as an entrepreneur as well as a management consultant. As an entrepreneur, he has cofounded a consultant and manufacturer in petrochemical industry; as a management consultant, he has been involved in several projects including “Designing a Management Control System for Iranian Mineral Industries Development and Renewal Organization (IMIDRO)”, “Restructuring of MAPNA Group”, “Developing Multi-producer Units for Isfahan Petrochemical Company”, “Customer Relationship Management of Mobarakeh Steel Company”, “Reviewing of National Iranian Building Codes” and “Applicant Database of United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)”.
Improving the Iranian educational system has always been a personal interest for Babak Shahmansouri which ultimately led to foundation of “Asemaan Group” in 2000. In 2008, considering the need for a serious effort in order to improve the current educational system of his country, he decided to switch his career from business to education; therefore, he has focused on the restructuring and development of Asemaan Group for the last two years. Currently, he is seeking an MA degree in Educational Studies at McGill University with “growth dynamics of the Iranian educational NGOs” as his research project.
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