Ira Halpern is an Adjunct Research Fellow at the Innovation Cell. He is a Grade 11 student at <a href="http://www.nssf.ca/node/6">Northern Secondary School</a> in Toronto. He has served on various school committees and is also heavily involved with extracurricular drama and music. His writing has appeared in school publications as well as in external ones. He is interested in the social sciences and in the new era of communications, both online and offline. He likes to tackle problems with a cross-disciplinary approach.