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Stephen Fry is one of the smartest people on television; that’s been a given for a long time. The Cambridge graduate has been entertaining and enlightening viewers for over three decades on stage and screen in plays, television and movies. Now he has launched a startup which he has co-founded entitled Pindex, a platform which bills itself as a ‘Pinterest for education‘, and it looks fantastic.
It’s now possible to request invites to the site, which Fry describes as an enriching experience in “a time when it is easy to lose faith in an online world that seems to centre around trolling, bullying, hating, trivializing and belittling.”
The company, which is self-funded, provides a range of videos, infographics and other educational resources for students and teachers of all kinds. Fry provides creative direction for the platform, which was co-founded with John Leaver, who says that he began the project “out of frustration with the dull, dry material my 10-year-old daughter would bring home from school. Making every topic engaging is a huge task – too much for any one person. Pindex enables teachers and professors to share their best material. Working together like this is the only way to solve the problem.”
Leaver went on to tell The Telegraph that he will be collaborating a lot with Fry over the coming year: “Creating a lot of high quality material is going to be a marathon for us. We expect to spend a lot of time on that over the next year or so.”
In the first video, Fry breaks down the purpose behind the Large Hadron Collider (LHC). This gives an indication of the way in which further topics will be covered. It’s certainly an exciting prospect, and one which we at mygoodplanet will certainly be keeping an eye on.