Who We Are
The Education for Development and Support Network (EDSN) advances long-term, Research to Practice Partnerships (RPP) engagement for personal and community development with enterprising digital-education.
The philosopher John Dewey is credited with the idea that Education (i.e. creation, transmission, and use of knowledge) is not preparation for life; education is life itself. In the spirit of Dewey’s pragmatism, EDSN membership provides access to a life-long, open and portable knowledge delivery-system afforded by Artificial Intelligent Technologies (AIT), collectively called digital-education. In the wake of socioeconomic ebbs and flows from rapid global changes, digital-education marshals authorized actors in peoples’ continuous and enterprising struggles to become better in life, and living.
EDSN uses trusted spaces in neighborhoods, and villages, to provide life-long, portable benefits digital-education affords while managing responsibilities these technologies bring. These trusted spaces promote Deeply Collaborative Dialogues (DCD) for small groups to engage each other in exploring individual freedoms and collective well-being toward Personal Improvement and Community Reinvestment (PICR) without sacrificing one for the other. Among other DCD benefits are authorized AIT actors that facilitate small local-groups as principals. From these trusted spaces EDSN members can coalesce with RPPs to achieve what they view as hopeful ambitions, relevance, privileged access, social agency, group savings, independent administrative-oversight, knowledge transfer conveniences and other useful developmental opportunities not available if groups were working separately.
RPP Community-engagement with EDSN is rewarding but not always easy, and requires giving oneself permission to participate in atypical DCDs for PICR. Participation may involve interaction with competing interests, or taking on new roles and responsibilities that require navigating confusion, uncertainty, migration related issues, and even challenges from conflict. For example, taking on roles in your local community that contribute to resisting socioeconomic extremes, and managing addiction to polarizing behaviors. In the Long-term, engagement with EDSN enables small groups to maintain safe-spaces with collective defense against what they view as predatory agents, hostile prejudices, ineffective governance and self-serving leadership.
EDSN offers Entrepreneurial Philanthropy Programs (EPP) for reducing chronic artificial scarcity of knowledge and social agency local communities view as important. EPPs’ long-term approaches to PICR fill important gaps traditional philanthropy, government and business programs are unable or unwilling to provide (i.e. enterprising uses of indigenous financial and socioeconomic structures). For example, EPPs provide trusted spaces with portable knowledge hubs for proximal-learning curriculums that promote seamless access between formal and informal ways of knowing. EDSN ’s EPPs are often the only viable, long-term PICR options for transient, migrant, immigrant, and refugee communities. Research indicates that young and middle-aged people use EPPs to jump-start or update their careers. EPPs are also attractive to seniors and retirees who feel marginalized and are in search of ways to remain relevant and valued in their community.
Grants, members’ financial contributions, and other assets entrusted to EDSN are managed from its entrepreneurial philanthropy trusts funds for PICR. Benefits from the trust includes, but not limited to, maintaining trusted spaces for EPPs, fellowships, internships, RPPs , and digital-education research programs. Examples of EPP community services include: Information Technology Services (ITS); archiving services, Management Information Services (MIS); back-office management; software application development exchange; long-distance family engagement support network; volume discounts; and access to other privileged conveniences made possible by AIT.
During socioeconomic ebbs and flows from rapid global changes, EDSN helps people remain relevant, optimistic, and useful participants in their community. Small groups, can explore what they view as important socioeconomic and cultural development opportunities in their neighborhood or village community by becoming EDSN members. There are three types of EDSN members: fellows, partners, or interns. In the wake of rapid global changes, EDSN serves as reliable, and portable, knowledge-hubs in peoples’ continuous life-long and enterprising struggles to become better. With EDSN , anyone can change the world, beginning with small CRI projects in their local neighborhood or village community.