Who We Are
The Education for Development and Support Network (EDSN) is an association of charitable Research-to-Practice-Partnerships (RPP) dedicated to reducing the digital divide in ownership and control among neighborhood community groups. EDSN explores its objectives with intelligent technologies as actors in life-long community engagement and enterprising lifestyle development.
EDSN is a long-term education and community engagement services provider for lifestyle development, reinvestment, improvement, and support. Our programs and member services afford small Shared Interest Community (SIC) groups access to PlexLearning conveniences and opportunities privileged by emerging technologies, while also developing their capacity to manage responsibilities and side effects these technologies bring.
For example, EDSN programs provide affordable access to technology in appropriate formats that enable SIC groups to create, convey, and use knowledge for managing different forms of wealth during ebbs and flows of a rapidly changing global economy. We define wealth as the ability to survive a certain number of days forward at a given lifestyle. By managing their ability to survive, local communities can determine what they view as important, and embolden neighborhood SIC groups in their continuous, and enterprising, struggles to become better neighbors in life, and in living.
Our RPP-programs are long-term. They bring value to SICs by managing trusted spaces with deeply collaborative dialogues in neighborhood or village communities for development, reinvestment, improvement, and wealth conversion. Community engagement dialogues in these spaces are aided by PlexLearning education. PlexLearning is an education methodology for marshaling Intelligence Technologies (IT) as authorized actors in the creation, conveyance, and use of knowledge with learners as their principals. PlexLearning component methods, delivery systems, processes, learner agents and tools are collectively called PlexLearning education.
Program centers in EDSN’s network are designed for enterprising PlexLearning education with trusted partnerships, entrepreneurial philanthropy, and open-knowledge that advances local communities’ interests. These neighborhood program centers enable people at different stages of life, career, and vocation to stay productively engaged in, appropriately managed, life-long partnerships with their local communities.
EDSN’s PlexLearning centers also allow SIC groups to coalesce around important PlexLearning development, reinvestment, improvement, and wealth conversion opportunities not available if groups were working separately. Group benefits and programs include, research, marketing, purchasing, social agency, proximal learning and professional oversight. Group opportunities also include development of effective governance and local leadership for, among other functions, managing collective protection against what neighborhood SIC communities view as predatory agents and hostile prejudices.