We are engaged in collective inquiry and development projects with compassionate people and communities devoted to a new way of being together on the planet.  

This collaboration is the culmination of years of generative learning at the crossroads of education, technology and economics. Together we are devoted to this sacred work for the integrity of the planet and the well being of her people. We believe we are standing at the threshold of an emerging worldview, and ultimately, the shared culture of humanity.  

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Melissa Rivera

Melissa is a scholar who has been devoted to participatory action research with educators and entrepreneurs, artists and activists in learning and leadership contexts for the past two decades. Her interdisciplinary work is grounded in psychology, education, critical and feminist studies and ancient wisdom traditions for the sake of individual transformation, community development and social change. She received her undergraduate and doctorate degrees from Brown University and the Harvard Graduate School of Education, respectively, and her coaching certification from Applied Emotional Mastery.  

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Marques Anderson

Marques is the founder and CEO of the World Education Foundation, currently based in the US and Norway. The WE Foundation bridges the gap between academic knowledge and implementation within global communities, such as Africa, Asia and the Middle East. The vision of the WE Foundation is to create global learning societies, by connecting and exchanging ideas and narratives across borders. Marques believes technology and human connection plays a catalytic role in creating the future learner and learning environments needed to create systemic innovation throughout the world. He holds a Masters from Linköping University in Adult Learning and Global Change. 

Jen Lemen

Jen is a social entrepreneur who translates ancient models of human development into actionable frameworks for innovation and change. Drawing on her experience with refugees, genocide and natural disaster survivors, Jen examines how cultures rooted in cradle-to-grave security provide clues to sustaining hope and well-being even after the worst things have happened. A seasoned digital publisher, Jen was an early pioneer of online learning classrooms and content specializing in personal transformation. Jen is the co-founder of various social change endeavors, including Hopeful World, and The Way of Devotion

We stress the 'search' part of research: a search for silenced knowledges and actions of reclaiming, recollection and re-creation. --The PAR Entremundos Collective

 

We can no longer as a global culture address social, economic and educational inequities by ignoring the creativity or innovation emerging outside recognized systems and institutions. Our intention is to seek the hidden resources embedded in communities unseen by a perspective codified in Western bias and to establish points of connection for  generative collaboration, using untapped funds of knowledge.

Trained in participatory action research, we are curious about new models emerging quietly at the edges of culture, education and economics. For our world to thrive in the face of ecological decline, we must uncover the systems and human dynamics that sustain life, foster unity and nurture transformation. In collaboration with activists, artists, scientists and scholars we create collaborative inquiries where experiential learning becomes applied knowledge that naturally drives social change. 

This research will create actionable approaches, tools, protocols and practices to truly influence how we build solutions for our current global concerns. We believe it is essential to recover and restore the value of human connection and the natural world, and we want to be part of the emergence of new ways of knowing and being on this sacred earth. We invite you to learn about our vision and projects and, if you feel called, join us. 

 

 
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We are creating new learning models for emerging global leaders.

Learners today require a rigorous set of skills and tools that will equip them to create environments for restoring, seeding and cultivating a new world. EDGE learning grows mindsets that sync with nature systems, so that students can activate the wisdom found in their personal physiologies as well as local sociocultural and economic ecologies. This innovative approach weaves decades of research in anthropology, critical theory in education, feminist studies, neuroscience and psychology. With this integrated foundation, students can engage in collective inquiry and development across geographies in ways that synthesize ancient technologies, cultures of compassion and emergent narratives.

The four elements of the EDGE Learning model include: 

EDUCATION (or Deschooling): shedding old models, mindsets and systems that inhibit discovery in the new worlds

DEVOTION (or Ecological Learning): learning from nature, creating physiological resonance with ecology, and awakening to our inherent interdependence with each other and the earth

GUIDANCE (or Relational Learning): reclaiming indigenous wisdom, generating new systems of direction, and understanding where you are in relationship to the community and the tasks at hand  

EMERGENCE (or Experiential Learning): applying the learning through lived experience, off-the-map travel and intense immersion in new worlds with participatory action research as a grounding orientation

 
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We are creating online educational environments for leaders to engage the four-part EDGE Learning model.

PURPOSE
We are developing an innovative approach to educating future young leaders, integrating education, technology, culture and entrepreneurship.

PROBLEM
Leaders have not been effectively prepared to work on global issues within diverse, international communities. Western educational models, based on industrialization, focus on compartmentalized, linear, analog production. Our world operates digitally now (literally and metaphorically), and new models are needed to support development for transformation in this modern context. 

PROPOSAL
We intend to create curriculum for our four-part EDGE Learning model, supporting leaders to shed outdated mindsets, reconnect with natural systems, anchor in ancient wisdom technologies, and experience mentor-guided field work. In addition, we will develop a tool that examines essential competencies for EDGE Learning and identifies areas for focus and growth.

PRODUCTS
Our intention is to create two online EDGE Learning programs:
a 10-day online introductory class (summer 2016)
a 12-week online course (autumn 2016) 

These learning tools will create a baseline understanding of EDGE concepts both in the academic classroom and online for the general public and provide the basis for onsite work with individuals and groups who wish to go deeper into the EDGE Learning experience. This for-profit venture supports ongoing development of future applications in technology and development.

 

 
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We are studying pioneers in learning for the new world. 

 

We are dedicated to learning from global communities and organizations who have been actively implementing emergent models of learning, leadership and ecological development so we can articulate a new methodology based on natural systems and the way of devotion. 

PROBLEM
We do not know enough about what is happening at the margins and in the borderland spaces created by dominant systems, shifting ecologies and changing cultural and economic infrastructures around the world. We also do not know enough about the innovative models that have been incubating and thriving in these edge environments.

PROPOSAL
Through WE Scholarship we propose a three phase, multi-year process to learn from five global communities and organizations focused on ecologically-grounded and sustainable models of development in culture, education and economics.

Pilot
We will identify and interview 20 new world leaders, gathering stories and insights from them about the principles and practices they believe are essential for our evolving world. Findings from this pilot study will inform the design and implementation of the longitudinal research described below.

Phase I: Design
We are ready to identify five communities with learning ecology models, build relationships and partnerships with organizational leaders, and create a design team (and advisory council) to guide the entire arc of the research.

Potential partners include Norwegian innovators who are educating a whole new cadre of leaders, rappers in Kuwait who are living at the intersection of art and technology, Indian educators who are reclaiming indigenous wisdom, Chicanos who are creating community economies, and Rwandans who are growing circles of transformation fueled by friendship and stories of hope.

Phase II: Data Collection
For the second phase of the project, we will gather data on the philosophy, principles and practices of the five communities. Our design team will work together to collect data within and across the sites, focusing particularly on learning each community's organic process, their indigenous way of learning, knowing, doing and being.

Phase III: Analysis and Findings
Finally, we will analyze the data and integrate our learning from each site and across all sites. Our findings will be shared in a series of multimedia presentations. We will also prepare an online archive of recommendations and resources on learning ecologies.

Our research is an iterative process that has impact on our learning technologies. As we continue to learn from these sites and other ecologies of global development, we will evolve our models and programs to become consistent with the needs of people and our planet.

 
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