Dale Stephens is a 20 year old education hactivist and Thiel Fellow. Started by Peter Thiel, the idea is that Fellows of the programme each receive $100,000 not to go to college (which Thiel believes is a waste of time and money). Dale Stephens is the leader of UnCollege a social movement which intends to challenge the notion that a college degree is the only path to business or career success. He points to the fact that self-directed learners consistently out perform traditional students, 22% of young college grads work at jobs that have no requirement for a college degree, and 70% of learning comes from real-world experiences. Dale is regularly invited to speak about his vision and has appeared on CNN, ABC, NPR, CBS, Fox, and TechCrunch. His work has been covered by the New York Times and New York Magazine toFast Company and Forbes.