History Educator / Non-profit Founder and International Volunteer / Speaker / Expert in Student Activism / Advocate in Student Entrepreneurship & Non-Profit Endeavors
Ben’s educational activism has ignited significant breakthroughs in classrooms in four different continents. He is the founder of the Open World Cause, a non-profit organization that helps schools become self-sustainable in communities around the world. The Open World Cause has facilitated several cross-continental classroom partnerships between K-12 schools in the U.S. and rural schools in three different continents. Ben is an international presenter who keynotes at schools and conferences about how to launch student-led legacy projects. He has served an advisory role in several student led projects at the K-12 level. His position has helped inspire significant impacts for both local and global communities.
Ben Honeycutt started the Open World Cause as a senior in high school. The endeavor began as a project to bring two laptops and internet access to a rural school in Nepal. After high school, Ben transitioned the high school effort into a student organization at the University of Kansas. As an organization, Open World spearheaded a campaign to help construct an earthquake safe school in an indigenous community in Nepal. In the last five years, Open World has helped provide water to 1,000 people in Nepal, Kenya and Haiti. In June of 2015, Ben traveled to Nepal with the Open World Cause and provided water filters and helped start a school lunch program to at a rural school in Narayanpur community. While in the country, he took part in presentations that educated the community on using clean water filters and on how to use a educational robot provided by Double Robotics.
Ben is a senior at the University of Kansas majoring in Secondary History. While at KU, Ben served as the treasurer of KU’s council for Social Studies. He has helped developed project-based lessons through the Dole Institute of Politics and piloted the lesson plan while student teaching at Lawrence Free State High School.
Ben believes that today’s students have the power to change the world from the screens of their devices. As an educator, his ambition is to help inspire classroom projects that lead to real world innovations.
K12 Online Conference Keynote Session, 2012
Podstock Conference Keynote Session, 2012 – Wichita, Kansas
Podstock Conference Keynote Session, 2013 – Wichita, Kansas
Global Classroom Online Web Conference, 2014
MCS Alter Ego Student Conference Keynote and Breakout Sessions, 2014 – Madison, Indiana
iPadpalooza Conference Poster Session, 2014 – Austin, Texas
Podstock Conference Keynote Session, 2014 – Wichita, Kansas
Confabularryum Conference Keynote Session, 2014 – Lawrence, Kansas
University of Kansas Department of Architecture, Design and Planning Advisory Board Session, 2015 – Lawrence, KS
Kansas State University Leadership Studies Keynote Lecture, 2015 – Manhattan, Kansas
EVSC eRevolution Conference Keynote and Breakout Sessions, 2015 – Evansville, Indiana
Podstock Conference Keynote Session, 2015 – Wichita, Kansas
National Conference for the Social Studies, 2015 – New Orleans, Louisiana
University of Kansas Department of Special Education Poster Session, 2015 – Lawrence, Kansas