Who We Are

The Education for Development and Support Network (EDSN) is an association of Research-to-Practice partnerships that help people in neighborhood Shared Interest Community (SIC) groups think for themselves with PlexLearning education toward sustainable entrepreneurial philanthropy, workforce, and quality-of-life development.

We are a network of charitable partnerships with neighborhood SICs, private, academic, and government sectors to bridge workforce and quality-of-life development gaps between formal education, informal learning, and meaningful careers.   We are managers of neighborhood program-centers in trusted spaces with deeply collaborative dialogues, proximal learning and cost-sharing skills training that improve retention across academic, career, and entrepreneurship development.   We are developers of welcoming curriculum that integrates participants’ experiences, self-reflection, motivation, and entrepreneurship in affirming ways for managing predatory agency, financial entrapment, marginalization, hostile prejudices, inept leadership, and chronic hopelessness whether self-impose or otherwise.

We are enablers of access to privileges Artificial Intelligence technologies afford.   Our technology labs provide access to a culture of enterprising PlexLearning education, knowledge objects and peer reviews that enable high quality coding and Artificial Intelligent (AI) application development groups as long-term reinvestment in local neighborhood communities.   Our cloud-based technology labs enable people at different stages of life, career, and vocation to stay relevant and productively engaged with their local neighborhood communities.

We are managers of PlexLearning community engagement partnerships.   Our partnership with Carna Resources (www.carna.com) provides capacity and agency to manage life-long individualized and continuous academic, career, entrepreneurship, and quality-of-life development.   PlexLearning is a framework for purposeful, continuous and lifelong education (creation, conveyance, and use of knowledge) in artificial intelligence enabled societies.   The PlexLearning framework is a hybrid of machine learning and education methodologies that marshal personal knowledge artifacts as authorized actors on behalf of their principals (learners).   PlexLearning component methods, delivery systems, analytics processes and tools are collectively called PlexLearning education.

We are cost-sharing and capacity enabling hubs for small Shared Interest Community groups.   We are stewards for local neighborhood groups that coalesce around PlexLearning education, entrepreneurial philanthropy, capacity building, effective governance, cost sharing and other important development issues not available if groups were working separately.   For example, access to appropriate: marketing; purchasing; technology; research; finance; social agency; proximal learning and professional resources.

PlexLearning is life-long education (creation, conveyance, and use of knowledge) enabled by Artificial Intelligence (AI).
The enterprise of PlexLearning component methods: blockchain learning; infrastructure analytics; delivery systems; philosophy; ways of knowing; evolving processes; learner agents and knowledge objects are collectively called PlexLearning education.
The PlexLearning systemic framework enables the convergence of K-12 pedagogy (teaching or leading children), effective workforce development, Higher Education andragogy (training or leading adults), informal learning, and quality of life development.
This education framework is a hybrid process of machine learning and education methodologies that marshal personal knowledge artifacts as authorized actors on behalf of their principals (learners) in the creation, transmission, and use of knowledge.
The PlexLearning process, among other things, helps to fill personal gaps between formal education, informal learning, and meaningful careers for effective workforce and quality of life development.   In addition, the process enables continuous and enterprising struggles toward purposeful lives, becoming better neighbors, and capacity to be responsible stewards of environments in which people find themselves.
Theoretical framework is based on elements from selected works, which include but not limited to, the philosopher John Dewey; R. Buckminster Fuller; E. F. Schumacher's work in Small Is Beautiful: Economics as if People Mattered; David Colander and Roland Kupers in Complexity and the Art of Public Policy: Solving Society's Problems from the Bottom Up; and Hernando De Soto in The Mystery of Capital: Why Capitalism Triumphs in the West and Fails Everywhere Else.