Our Team

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Matt Shao, Executive Director

Matt started How the World Should Work in the summer of 2015. The concept began as a simple journal, after his editor suggested that a blog would help him gain exposure as a writer. The site originally served as an outlet to further elaborate on themes and motifs from his first novel, Continuity. Slowly but surely, the blog evolved as time progressed; eventually becoming the non-profit organization it is today.

Matt attended Vanderbilt University, playing baseball under legendary collegiate Coach Tim Corbin. Corbin’s one-of-a-kind demeanor, along with Matt’s deep admiration for his mother, are the two biggest influences he cites which shaped the person he is today.

After graduating in 2009 with a degree in Economics & Corporate Strategy, Matt spent six years as an insurance agent. Upon losing his mother in August of 2015, he abruptly left the only career he’d known to pursue his lifelong dream of becoming a writer. He has since dedicated his life to honor his mother’s memory, as she always supported his dream of becoming an author.

The first installment of the Continuity series was published in the spring of 2016, and focuses on humanity’s existential struggle as it searches for life elsewhere in the universe. Links where it may be purchased are included on the “Buy the Book” page on this site’s menu.


DSC_0921Johnny joined as Director of Operations in the Spring of ’17, after spending five years in the recruiting and business development industry. Having spent many years volunteering with various organizations, and always maintaining a passion for community service, Johnny is excited to be working toward the mission of How the World Should Work.


“How the World Should Work is a fresh take as an organization that promotes curiosity and creativity from it’s members. I am proud to be a part of something that focuses on building up individuals, creating a better future in whatever way possible.”

-Jonathan P. Wiggins



Will Burkitt, Director of Communications

Director of Communications and Producer of the Podcast, Will has been part of the team since March of ’17. He first got involved after pitching the idea of a podcast as a way for Matt to engage a broader audience with the topics behind his writing.

Passionate about the mission of the organization, Will joined How the World Should Work also as an opportunity to tangibly act upon his core beliefs – not only via the podcast, but through the various partnerships and projects that the organization has planned. He wants to help not only his community, but everyone across the globe gain a better understanding that just because the world works a certain way today – doesn’t mean it can’t be changed tomorrow.