I've posted about him a few times since beginning this blog - often about my efforts to put some of his ideas into practice. To over-simplify, his big idea is that given the right environment and minimal intervention, children have an extraordinary capacity for learning. This chimes loudly with my own observations of children's learning over the last 37 years in education.
So I was delighted when I discovered that he had been awarded the first annual TED prize of $1 millon to invest in "an idea big enough to inspire the world". One of the main aims is to collect evidence about Self Organised Learning Environments and to this end interested educators can download a resource pack outlining approaches, suggesting topics and possible responses to common issues that arise when using this approach to learning.
If you do nothing else, watch this video. but be warned, you may find yourself drawn in to what may well be one of the most important pieces of educational research this century.