Stephens brings a unique perspective on the future of education, talent and innovation. At the age of 19, Dale leads UnCollege, the social movement that is changing the notion that college is the only path to success. Through UnCollege, Dale's goal is to empower students to hack their own educations through resources, writing, workshops and community. Having come from a homeschooled background, Dale brings unique perspective and believes that everyone can live an UnCollege life by hacking their education.
In May 2011, Dale was selected out of hundreds of individuals around the world as one of the first members of the 20 Under 20 Thiel Fellowship. Started by Peter Thiel, the Fellowship recognizes the top entrepreneurs around the world under the age of twenty and provides them with $100,000 from the Thiel Foundation to pursue innovative scientific and technical projects, learn entrepreneurship, and begin to build the technology companies of tomorrow.
Dale has appeared on major news networks, including CNN, ABC, NPR, CBS, Fox and TechCrunch. His work has been covered by the New York Times, New York Magazine, Fast Company and Forbes. His first book, "Hacking Your Education" will be published by Perigee Penguin in early 2013.
Michael's most recent book, "Self-Educated Millionaires: Lessons From the World's Most Successful People," is a bootstrapper's guide to investing in your own human capital at any age. In this, Michael interviewed some of the most successful people in the world -- who didn't complete college and who educated themselves in the real world -- to deconstruct their secrets and to create a "Syllabus for a Successful Life," based on what he learned from them.
The book features interviews with self-educated billionaires Phillip Ruffin and John Paul DeJoria, Facebook co-founder Dustin Moskovitz and founding president Sean Parker, WordPress creator Matt Mullenweg, fashion designer Marc Ecko, Pink Floyd lead guitarist David Gilmour, and marketing experts Eben Pagan, Frank Kern and Joe Polish. It also features the insights of experts including Seth Godin, "Rich Dad" Robert Kiyosaki, and PayPal co-founder and Facebook angel investor, billionaire Peter Thiel.
In addition to being a noted author, book editor and consultant to other authors, Michael has spoken at the Googleplex for the Authors@Google series, at the World Technology Summit & Awards, and also spoken at the Thiel Fellows Retreat. He writes a blog on entrepreneurialism, career development and education at Forbes.com.
There was no internet when I was 19, I ended up spending endless hours in the libraries as I traveled , I am just now getting the kind of education I needed, however I am finding out what I was learning from self education no one will learn in school ever and it seems way more valuable to me than the 4 years I have spent in colleges wasting time and money , a business degree is blowing my mind on how much effort was put into a system of knowledge that is solely for political purposes and the more you study the less you seem to know, because the majority of the knowledge is just about politics and responsibilities , it's more for the lawyers and politicians than for the business entrepreneur who is going to have no idea of how to be industrious and creative just from taking the courses required,12/06/2015
This is not a debate. 06/05/2015
This is for the person who don't like school with all of the lectures and 4 6 8 year sentence...The danger is pointing people to a better way and the the find them self standing in the middle of know where without a plan.Just going to a few meetup web sites isn't going to cut it..Scripture says we die without a vision. I say we die without a curriculum, instructors,coaches etc.Know matter if it self directed or traditional education.26/11/2013
If the youth isn't taught to think, they won't learn without the institution, OR, with it. University level material, requires you to know how to learn.27/05/2013
You won't regret it. Learn, from the internet. In the old days, people went to the library to learn. Now, you can do it, sitting at home in your PJs.27/05/2013
LOL. Yeah, both of those guys are rich. I guess they couldn't cut it in college, so they dropped out, and made money instead.26/05/2013
Look. I've been a computer technician, network administrator, web developer, and graphic designer, since I was 15. I was in 10th grade in high school. I'd offer people, and small shops, my services, and made money, independently. People have told me I should go to college, and I laugh, because I know, it'd be useless, to either learn irrelevant material, or hear things I already know. Sitting on my couch, in my living room, I learned more than my 13 years of public schooling, end of story.03/05/2013
It doesn't take any money to start a business. There are multiple fields, in which you could make money, with no credentials, working, for yourself. There are also multiple ways, to market said business, at no cost to you. Of course, to know how, it takes thinking, and being creative. I realize very few people have those qualities, but in capitalism, that's how it works. More resourceful and creative, equals better outcome. Stop complaining, that's not gonna do anything. Learn to think.28/04/2013
I agree with drlovedavis who wrote "this debate is arguing both sides of the same side" Yeah where is the counter argument or the critical viewpoint? I guess that must be something they teach in college? So what is this kid really qualified to do? Teach us about education? I think he just couldn't hack it, and dropped out.19/03/2013