Nonprofit Leader and International Volunteer / Speaker / Technology Integration Advocate / Student Fundraising and Campaign Expert / Vernacular and Theoretical Architecture Student
“If you realize it’s you who circulates your blood, you will at the same moment realize that you are shining the sun.” – Alan Watts
I believe in the power of the human mind to help create a better existence for future generations. Your legacy is waiting to be made!
Connor Janzen is dedicated to social change as a result of true human activism. Driven by the idea of global citizenship, his efforts have had an impact in multiple regions of the world. He is a full-time student in his 5th year of study at the University of Kansas where he is pursuing his masters degree in architecture. Leading up this moment in his life, Connor has been an extemporaneous speaking champion at the high school level, co-founded a non-profit known as the Open World Cause with Ben Honeycutt, become a radio personality at KJHK and has found a deep love for playing and writing music in his free time.
With a focus on providing international aid to developing communities around the world, the Open World Cause has been a vehicle not only for fundraising initiatives and in providing better access to clean water, but also a prime example of the possibilities and potential successes rooted in student projects. Alongside Ben, Connor has spoken at numerous conferences, held breakout sessions and has helped other young minds craft a mindset of positivity about their passions. In the summer of 2015, the Open World Cause traveled to Nepal. In a month’s time, the non-profit team helped by volunteering at their connected school. During this time, another partnership developed with a school in Kenya. This has ultimately allowed Connor to attain a very nuanced understanding of global communities and what it takes to bring technology to the forefront of learning. With experience using mobile devices as mediums for social change, website development skills and a passion for providing sustainable structural solutions to schools around the world, Connor can help shape the perspectives of both teachers and students alike. It is his mission to help others see the change they are capable of making in the lives of others.
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Enabling Student Success and Skillcrafting
Some of the biggest hurdles students face involve corralling their personal skillsets into the development of their passions. Any student in a 6-12th grade environment can uncover their best assets and learn how they can be used to create meaningful projects.
What is a Global Student?
Remote access to the classroom is now more possible than ever before. What can we do to help facilitate this framework? How can we unpackage the true potential of the global student? If a young adult now has the chance to connect and learn with communities in any corner of the world, it’s our job to tell them how. Let’s define the notion of global learning!
Modeling Fundraising in the Classroom
With the ever-growing presence of social fundraising and community involvement that spreads far beyond our hometowns and local environments, we have tremendous opportunities at hand. Whether you’re seeking the knowledge to create a small fundraiser or a larger initiative, we have the tools at our disposal and it’s time to use them.
Mobile Devices as Tools for Social Change
Mobile devices and applications still get undercut when we think about how to get students in touch with a humanitarian and global mindset. Let’s work together to teach our students that social media is more than just a space for adolescent experiences; that it can actually activate a new sense of communal support for any project they’d like to pursue.
The Ideation of “Legacy”
Who are we meant to be? What words can be said that unlock inspiration and motivation? Sometimes, a single sentiment or attempt at understanding can help a young learner realize that others care about them and what they do with their lives. It takes only takes one positive influence in someone’s life to pose the question, “what legacy will you create, today?”
What Others Are Saying
“You helped me discover tools that I can use in my classroom for fundraising and making our school debate trips possible. Thank you for the insight!”
– Attendee of eRev Conference Breakout: Modeling Fundraising in the Classroom
“You helped show our students that they already possess the knowledge to be passionate about their lives. Now they have a better idea of how to use it!”
– Attendee of Alter Ego Conference Breakout: Enabling Student Success and Skillcrafting
“I hadn’t heard of some of the tools you talked about during this session and I’m excited to see where they can take my students!”
– Attendee of eRev Conference Breakout: What is a Global Student?
“I’ve always felt as if Connor has genuinely cared about my projects and I feel that’s what separates him from the ordinary individual.”
– Jill Schmidt
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 Breakout Sessions, 2015 – Evansville, Indiana
Podstock Conference Keynote Session, 2015 – Wichita, Kansas