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George Corugedo

Partner CTO & AI Strategist at Microsoft

The Wisdom of Adaptability in an AI-Driven World with George Corugedo

“So how about if we put, an app, an AI model in that device that helps kids calm down when they arrive at school and just take a few minutes to calm themselves, to get themselves focused, to be able to attend and open themselves to the lesson.”

Our guest, George Corugedo, a visionary and a father of three, brings his penetrating insights on the seismic shifts happening right before our eyes. George peels back the layers on the ever-growing impact of technology in education and employment, discussing the value of adaptability, vision, and maintaining a growth mindset in the face of AI-induced disruptions that will shape the landscape of 2040 and beyond.

With rich anecdotes from his own life, from childhood struggles due to developmental trauma and the echos of immigration, to the careful calibration needed in today’s digital age, George highlights the dual-edged sword of social media’s influence on mental health.

We conclude with George’s compelling personal narrative, underscoring why mental well-being, particularly in the malleable years of youth, is paramount to our individual and shared futures.

Join us on this riveting journey and, as we seek to continue the dialogue on these crucial themes, we invite your thoughts, feedback, and suggestions for future guests who can contribute to this important conversation.

Key moments

00:00 Childhood experiences shape perspective and guide AI.

04:16 Personal journey overcoming childhood trauma and ambitions.

06:48 Personal experience shapes teacher’s approach to education.

11:40 AI has the potential for trauma treatment.

13:19 AI’s positive impact on mental, and physical health values.

17:01 A Digital divide exists, but solutions are available.

21:56 Technical knowledge versus wisdom in job success.

24:30 Adaptability is crucial in rapidly changing work environments.

26:50 Time running out, future tech and disruption.

31:24 AI-driven automation will change jobs and thinking.

32:47 Workers will elevate with strategic decision-making.

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About In YOUth We Trust

In YOUth We Trust sits down with successful entrepreneurs, business leaders, educators, and others worldwide.

We spotlight how individuals & organizations are shaping a better world, directly or indirectly, for the coming generations by focusing on sustainability, equity, education, and more to empower young people to create the future they deserve.


About Lumi.Network

Lumi is building the world’s first AI-augmented platform where 10-25-year-olds undertake Quests to build entrepreneurship, design thinking & AI skills while collaboratively developing tech-enabled solutions to the world’s biggest problems (based on UN SDGs). The Quests culminate in a unique Digital Skills Passport accredited by a Stanford University-affiliated institution.

Working in teams from around the world, Luminaries learn skills in coding, design, and entrepreneurship. Supported by weekly expert sessions, they put these skills into practice to develop their original apps and solutions with tremendous potential to create real-world impact.

Young people see solutions, not problems. Lumi is their chance to combine their natural curiosity with the opportunity to make a real difference.

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About Your Host, Prashant Raizada

“I am an experienced entrepreneur & CEO whose career highlights include being part of the founding team of a unicorn (Infosys BPO- $2bn exit), Founder & CEO of Macmillan Publishers’ flagship digital education venture-EnglishUp, which became Brazil’s 3rd largest online English learning co.), working at McKinsey & Co. and having tried and failed (or learned) multiple times but starting back again…

I have operated in/engaged with most major global markets, continue advising companies across sectors on digital strategy/innovation, and mentor several start-ups and charities globally. I have dedicated the last 11 years to solving problems in all forms of education globally, and I am most excited about my latest venture, Lumi.Network, which is giving young minds globally an opportunity to learn about and collaborate to solve some of humanity’s greatest challenges. 

Since 2017, I also started my journey of inner transformation by becoming a part of the Self-Realisation Fellowship, a remarkable 100+ year institution started by Paramhansa Yogananda. Integrating yoga and meditation in my life has allowed me to become a better leader and person in all walks of life.”


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Sandy Nessing

Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer at American Electric Power