Find effective practices in one school that can be replicated across the system. That's his role at this VC fund, which invests in early-stage companies that target social problems. Previously, he cofounded Wireless Generation, an educational software company that serves 3 million users.
The "mind map." "I often use mind maps for fast, flexible brainstorming when there are a lot of different ideas in play at once; you can get the ideas out quickly and figure out the structure and connections as you go," says Gunn.
"I made this after visiting many schools in an attempt to organize, describe, and create a design language for what happens in the chaos of a regular school day. My objective---which I hope to achieve within a year---is to bring design language and tools into an online community so that schools can share operational practices and moves with each other. The goal is to help schools work as a system, to more effectively benefit learners."
As an example, he cites Boston's Match charter school; it uses donor and AmeriCorps funds to hire tutors and house them at the school---drastically increasing one-on-one instruction at no cost to the school system.