Navigating Lifelong Learning: A Digital Nomad’s Odyssey

Session Information:

Date & Time: November 22, 2023 11:35
Session: Plenary Session
Room: Orion Hall

All presentation times are UTC + 9 (Asia/Tokyo)

In an ever-evolving world, the pursuit of knowledge knows no age or boundaries. Join me on a voyage of discovery as I share my personal odyssey through lifelong learning.

Four years ago, Lowell embarked on an unconventional journey, leaving behind the comforts of a traditional lifestyle to live, work and learn aboard a sailboat. This transition to a digital nomadic existence not only redefined his way of life but also presented a profound learning curve.

Lowell’s talk at the IAFOR Education Conference in Tokyo this November will explore the transformative power of lifelong learning in the context of a "never-too-late" journey.

Through anecdotes, practical strategies, and reflections on his voyage, his talk will inspire educators, learners, and digital nomads alike to embrace the idea that learning is not confined to a classroom or a certain age. Lifelong learning is a dynamic force that propels us forward, enabling us to adapt, connect, and thrive in an ever-changing world.

Lowell’s talk at the conference coincides with the release of his latest book Dare to Dream, a four step plan to redesign your life. A companion book to an upcoming History Channel Series of the same name.

Speaker Biography

Lowell Sheppard
Never Too Late Academy, Japan

Lowell Sheppard, Never Too Late Academy, Japan
Lowell Sheppard is an author, speaker, social entrepreneur, former minister, Fellow of the Royal Geographic Society, husband, father, long-distance cyclist, and aspiring sailor. Lowell has spent his entire adult life working with established non-government organisations (also known as non-profit societies) and in several NGO start-ups. As Founder of HOPE International Development Agency Japan, Lowell has seen the growth of HOPE-JP to be in the top 2% of charitable organisations in Japan with the coveted “nintei” certified tax-deductible status.

Lowell has served for the last twenty years as an informal advisor to companies and boards in the area of ethical decision making and thought leadership with a focus on community legacy. He has dedicated much of his life to social and environmental improvement projects.

As an author, his book Never Too Late (Lion Hudson PLC, 2005) was published in four languages and was the catalyst for his latest social enterprise called the Never Too Late Academy. His latest book, Dare to Dream, is being published in November 2023 in the UK and next spring in the US.

Lowell moved onto a sailboat two years ago in Tokyo and is currently sailing full time around Japan, working as a digital nomad running small companies.


About the Presenter(s)
-Lowell Sheppard is an author, speaker, social entrepreneur, former minister, Fellow of the Royal Geographic Society, husband, father, long-distance cyclist, and aspiring sailor

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