Bring the world to school.

Through multimedia storytelling and cross-cultural dialogue, The Global Workshop engages audiences in thinking critically about how our species manages the planet.Matt Colaciello's multimedia talks and participatory workshops bring the world to students through storytelling, interviews, video, and real-world scenarios. Assemblies offer students the rare opportunity to hear from their peers in communities on the forefront of social and environmental change. Workshops put students in the shoes of scientists, development practitioners, and indigenous community members to practice solving the greatest challenges of our times.

Where Science Meets Culture: The Case in Wakatobi national park

What can indigenous people and scientists learn from one another? And how?


The Bajau People have lived on the seas of eastern Indonesia for hundreds of years, deriving their food and income from once-abundant coral reefs. Today, in Wakatobi National Park, one village of Bajau People is grappling with both the effects of climate change on coral reefs and new restrictions imposed on their fishing in the name of conservation. Meanwhile, a short boatride away, marine biologists from abroad study and work to protect the coral reefs of the national park. Both the Bajau and the biologists want to see the coral reef ecosystem thrive again, but their methods and ways of thinking are entirely different and often at odds. Can they learn to work together? 


  • Themes: marine biology, coral reef ecology, technological innovation, indigenous knowledge, cultural identity, scientific ethics, globalization, development, conservation, sustainability.
  • Running time: 45-minutes (plus time for Q&A)
  • Tech Requirements: projector, screen, mic and sound system for larger venues.  
  • Standards: see standards met by state.
  • Pair this assembly with a participatory workshop in your classroom.

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Not Just a drop in the ocean

Climate change is transforming the way water moves across our planet in all of its forms. Meet youth living on the front lines of this global shift—from the high Himalayas to tropical coral reefs—who are striving to write a new chapter in the story of our species' relationship to its most fundamental natural resource.

Assembly Description

Communities and governments at every level are grappling with the question of how to share finite natural resources amongst seven billion people and trillions of other organisms. Of all of the resources we share everyday, water is the most fundamental to our existence. It is the very basis of life. Meet students, educators, and scientists from some of the earth's most threatened ecosystems and learn about the ways that they are innovating to protect glaciers, fresh water supplies, and tropical coral reefs. Their lives—and all of ours—depend on it.


  • Themes: climate change, natural resource management, technological innovation, indigenous knowledge, cultural identity, globalization, development, sustainability, Asian geography.
  • Running time: 45-minutes (plus time for Q&A)
  • Tech Requirements: projector, screen, mic and sound system for larger venues.  
  • Standards: see standards met by state.
  • Pair this assembly with a participatory workshop in your classroom.

Contact to Book →

More assemblies coming soon...


Banner photo: Matt speaking at the Episcopal School in Jacksonville, FL by Laura Evans

"Matt is one of the best teachers I have ever had. He is  full of historical and cultural knowledge... and his use of examples and ability to see the root of a topic was enlightening. He got us students to think and grow."

— Brad Boller, college freshman, Boston, MA


"Matt led my students on a true discovery-learning exploration. His energy, enthusiasm, and beautifully crafted lessons sparked my students' scientific curiosity."

— Laurie Stanton, 7th grade teacher, Ponte Vedra, FL


"Matt's dynamic, spirited energy captivated the students. His impassioned voice and physical animation infectiously drew us all into the story, granting each student an inspiring up-close encounter."

— Emerie Whitman-Allen, 6th grade teacher, Dayton, OH


"Matt educated us by artfully using the beauty of the places he has visited and stories of the people he knows to capture our attention and speak for themselves."

— Yama Pouye, high school junior, Jacksonville, FL


"Matt is an amazing communicator... He is perhaps the most approachable and open person I've ever met."

— Jared Perlo, college freshman, Cambridge, MA