Letter from Executive Director

Welcome to World Savvy!

The idea for our organization was born in 2001 when my co-founder, Madiha Murshed, and I were in graduate school.  Following the events of 9/11, we observed and experienced alarming levels of xenophobia in New York City, and were deeply struck by how quickly the world was changing, requiring new and different skills, knowledge and dispositions to succeed. 

Madiha and Dana in New Zealand in 2012

Madiha and Dana in New Zealand in 2012

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, by 2042, no single ethnic or racial group will comprise a majority.  Diversity is our common future.  As the nature of our most important issues increasingly span national borders and our world becomes more interconnected, high on the list of those new, necessary skills is global competence, the capacity and disposition to understand and act on issues of global significance. As our world becomes more interconnected, the immediacy of issues such as the global economic landscape, climate change, conflict, poverty alleviation, and food security require a new toolkit. Global learning is no longer a luxury, but is essential preparation for a changing world.

Global learning is no longer a luxury, but essential preparation for our changing world.

Madiha and I both believed strongly that education is the foundation of a thriving society, but we were struck by the fact that, in the U.S., education wasn’t keeping pace with that change. We were preparing good test takers, not necessarily good thinkers and problem solvers prepared to thrive in our increasingly connected world.

We knew, as the world changed so dramatically, our approach to educating our future leaders should, too.  We wanted to affect systems change – truly rethink the way education prepared young people for our world.


Today, World Savvy is a national organization working with educators, schools and districts across the country to prepare all students to be global citizens and problem solvers. We’ve worked with nearly 5,000 teachers , and impacted nearly 700,000 students across 26 states and 12 countries. And that’s just the beginning. I’m passionate about the incredible opportunity we have to create a more just and equitable future by preparing the next generation to lead with global competence . I hope you share my passion and optimism, and look forward to introducing you to World Savvy.



Dana Curran Mortenson
Co-Founder and CEO