My Story and Project
Last year, as a 19-year-old passionate student of life, I decided to step out of formal schooling and design my own experiential and self-directed learning journey. I launched The Eduventurist Project (www.eduventurist.org), in which I have been interviewing countless pioneering young people and adults around the world who are currently taking or have experienced their own “eduventure” in order to gain the skills and knowledge they need for the future. Like myself, these individuals tend to have interests in social entrepreneurship, innovation, and transformative change.
I have spent considerable time in various conversations and surveying the field of transformative educational programs that would best prepare my generation of aspiring social entrepreneurs for what is on the horizon of our dramatically changing world. Through my research, networks, and travels I have become aware of emerging and existing programs in the US and abroad (such as Knowmads, Kaospilots, The Mycelium School, and Breaker, to name a few) that offer innovative and effective learning program models that combine elements of self-designed and experiential learning. However, these inspiring and effective models are not as widely used and recognized, as they need to be. This emerging, growing and exciting community of practice needs to be better understood, networked and marketed.
I am therefore launching a “build-the-road-as-I-travel” research and experiential learning venture to explore best practices and promising models to use in designing and creating learning programs urgently needed today. I am planning to launch and carry it out this spring (which means ASAP)! The plan is to also have several other young eduventurists join me for various tracks of the journey, collaborating with me to help discover, unveil, discuss, analyze and capture the most important learning components of the overall exploration. I will also be attending social innovation-focused conferences and interviewing young people interested in this sphere about what they want in a learning program for the 21st century. The findings of this learning venture will then be creatively crafted into three concrete outcomes for the broader community.
There are three core outcomes of the Eduventurist Project:
- The Transformative Learning Guide: To increase the growth of these innovative
programs, I will create a guide for transformative education design similar to what The Startup Genome Report has
done for business and tech entrepreneurs.
This body of research will analyze existing programs, their methods,
forms, and structures, which will in turn enable schools, social entrepreneurs,
and others to learn how to best replicate more of these much-needed innovative
programs for my generation to become effective changemakers.
- Ecosystem and Strategic Partnerships: As I travel, this learning venture will build and
connect the community of practice around transformative learning for effective
and creative social entrepreneurship. As more programs begin to emerge and
grow, the designers, builders and participants of them will be able to call
upon this helpful network for advice, collaboration, and support. There is also
potential for a conference to convene these individuals for a face-to-face community
- Training Future Leaders: This eduventure will enable me and other
participants to learn in depth about cutting-edge programs so that we, as
members of Generation Y, can go on to create or participate in advancing the
growth of these programs. I am already involved in the emergence of educational
initiatives in the San Francisco Bay Area, and this eduventure is critical to
the process and my ability to create and consult them!
In order for this learning venture to be researched, planned, and launched, I must crowd source the needed financial support to cover research and planning time, travel costs, and design production and marketing expenses for the Transformative Learning Guide. I will be minimizing these costs as much as I can by relying on my existing networks as well as tapping the tools in the sharing economy such as Couchsurfing, Helpx, AirBnb, Craigslist, and others.
What you get
In return for your contribution, you will be recognized and thanked for your help in this important and revolutionary project by being mentioned as a Co-Producer in the Transformative Learning Guide! Additionally, depending on the amount of your contribution, you will be able to receive other perks listed on the sidebar. The best part will be knowing that you have invested in the new generation of passionate and ambitious entrepreneurs hoping to make a difference in our world.
What Happens if I don’t reach my goal?
If I am not able to reach my fundraising goal in the stated timeline, I will push the date for this learning venture back to allow for more times to raise funds. However, I have the momentum and plans ready to start now! I deeply believe that there are enough people who will support the goals of this project.
Other ways to help
Other contributions accepted (write to firstname.lastname@example.org):
My laptop is nearing the end of its life and if anyone has an extra or older one they no longer use but that still works, I would truly appreciate it!
A nice-quality video and/or still camera (i.e. DSLR) to more creatively document what I learn, the people and programs I visit.
- Help with graphic design or film editing
- Frequent Flyer miles
- A small tape recorder
If you have connections or contacts that would be important for me to incorporate into this journey, please let me know/introduce us! I have a preliminary list of organizations, programs, and individuals to visit and learn from, but I know there are many initiatives things out there that could be added to the itinerary. Also, if you know people in locations that will be posted in our itinerary in the coming weeks that would be willing to host me and possibly other youth participants for a night or two, I would appreciate that offer as well in order to reduce costs.