In a snapshot
Salvo Lavis is a learning experience designer and strategist, writer, and producer with a passion for employing these skills to improve our collective understanding of each other and of the world in which we live.
- Passionate about learning and design for learning, completing a Master’s degree in Learning, Design, and Technology at Georgetown University (completing December 2023)
- Co-creator of World of the Weasel, a beloved series of books for children ages 4-10
- Experienced professional with nearly two decades of work in film, radio, advertising, and digital media
In a minute
I love writing, reading and learning–and combining those loves to create meaningful learning experiences.
In the first eighteen years of my career I produced and managed media productions and campaigns for companies and organizations like Disney, Yahoo!, Live Nation, and the University of Southern California. I also co-created World of the Weasel, a series of books for kids, and founded Spitball Studio to bring those books to market.
Since the covid pandemic, I have re-oriented my focus toward a lifelong passion for learning. That led to a Master’s program in Learning, Design, and Technology at Georgetown University.
Through 2023 and into 2024 I continue to pursue my interests in writing and producing creative projects alongside research and design for learning. I have been learning and researching about the cognitive and social factors bearing on learning, which in turn informs projects including envisioning the future of higher education, mapping learner journeys, exploring educational possibilities for museums, and creating an educational game to be played between children and parents. At the same time, the World of the Weasel team is working on creating the third book in our series. I’m also finishing my first novel as well as developing a nonfiction book about the relationship between knowledge and society.
I love to engage both my left and right brain. If creative and analytical work were polarized like handedness, I’d count myself among the ambidextrous. I believe they are not mutually exclusive, however, but meant to reinforce each other.
In case you’re still reading
I am an excellent verbal and written communicator with a strong ability to connect diverse people and ideas to each other. In this capacity I have engaged with companies in media, consumer technologies, food & beverage, and apparel; professors and administrators in higher education; public radio listeners; military officers; film producers; nurses; software developers; concertgoers; elementary school kids; journalists; and more. I have extensive experience as a writer, editor, researcher, producer, project manager, public speaker, and live event moderator.
I read a lot of books and articles, especially about technology, science, history, psychology, and math.
At the University of Texas at Austin, I majored in Economics and Plan II Honors and minored in mathematics. While at UT, I co-founded, produced, and anchored the current affairs program on KVRX student radio. I wrote my undergraduate honors thesis on perceptions of college and the effectiveness of its goals.
I speak fluent Spanish. Contácteme.