Founder & President

Gerard is inspired by the possibilities and the potential of bringing inner aspects of our humanity to the foreground in education. After graduating from Amherst College, he taught science and art, viewing science as a way to “teach” curiosity and art as a way to spark creativity. With a firm belief that education could do more to better prepare students for life and support the development of their humanity, he went on to complete a Master’s Degree in Education at the University of Massachusetts. Feeling that something was missing in education, he went on a quest to find answers to big life questions. While on this path, Gerard also developed a career as an entertainer doing mystery shows, quickly reaching the top of his field and earning the admiration of world leaders, celebrities, Fortune 500 CEOs, and national and international media. Through his performances, he incorporates his passion for mystery and inspires his audiences to ask big questions about life and reality. Simultaneously, he continued to pursue his vision for expanding the role of education, and in 2013 he founded the nonprofit Open Future Institute with his wife, Francesca Rusciani. They worked closely with educators and students to co-create the QUESTion Class, a semester-long daily class for high school students, with a structured and engaging curriculum. The class supports students in engaging meaningfully with some of the most important questions that are at the foundation of understanding our humanity and building a life of purpose.