Who We Are

EDSN manages safe and inclusive neighborhood community environments that inspire hopeful ambitions.

EDSN is an association of non-profit PlexLearning and Research to Practice Partnerships (RPP).   As an association of shared interest partnerships, we advance place-based socioeconomic infrastructure programs in ways not possible when working alone.  The association promotes participatory parity and equity in shared governance among small neighborhood groups whose worlds are being transformed.   Our PlexLearning technical lifestyle education programs affirm intergenerational, interdisciplinary, and continuous learning mindsets among groups of motivated individuals.   PlexLearning lifestyle programs remove barriers, fill gaps, and build bridges between formal education, informal learning, entrepreneurship, and career management.   These programs enable participants to navigate predatory and competing interests as part of our efforts to advance equitable, academic, workforce, economic, and quality of life developments both in rural village and urban neighborhood communities.

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PlexLearning is a social construct for communication in digital societies.   Communication in PlexLearning involves, among other things, education, shared governance, community engagement, workforce, and quality of life arrangements.   Plexlearning presumes that the creation, conveyance, governance, politics, and use of knowledge in digital societies afford unique forms of social constructs including “digital literacy,” ways of knowing, and ways of doing (digital intelligence).   These distinct forms of digitally aided knowledge, along with their related applications, are called PlexKnowledge.   The framework and processes for supporting PlexKnowledge are called PlexLearning.   Play is recognized as one distinct non-procedural taxonomy of learning in PlexLearning.   EDSN presumes affordances in digital societies contribute to rapid and often uneven social, economic, and cultural changes.   To address these issues, intelligent socio-digital utility platforms, like www.edsn.org, are employed to marshal equity and participatory parity for quality-of-life development in local neighborhood communities.

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We are a common agency for local Shared Interest Community (SIC) groups that helps individuals participate in the transformation of their world.   SIC groups help people think for themselves through a shared culture of deep dialogues, proximal learning, digital literacy, purposefully lives, trusted partnerships, and active engagement in local governance.   Active engagement involves navigating complex challenges and situations in which people find themselves in the global village.   These situations include, but not limited to, access to clean drinking water, chronic mistrust, and ability to produce healthy foods, in their efforts to become better neighbors towards peaceful, and sustainable coexistence.

Our PlexLearning programs enable local green spaces and food security projects.

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We are an Education for Development and Support Network (EDSN).   Support for our community engagement and Research to Practice Partnerships (RPP) comes from diverse private, academic, and government sectors.   EDSN strives to make privileges, immunities, and knowledge afforded by digital technology equitable for everyone, including those faced with barriers (real or imagined) created by self-interests, unquestioned values, prejudicial beliefs, and siloed boundaries of protected privilege.   We presume, purposeful diversity and participatory parity in sharing privileges technology offers, increases our ability to manage unforeseen risks technology brings to urban neighborhood and rural village communities.

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We are enablers of local Open Educational Resources (OER) partnerships.   SICs fill life-long learning needs gaps by integrating archives of personal knowledge artifacts with neighborhood libraries for increase access, affordability, proximal learning, increased retention, motivation, maintenance of collective intelligence, and cost-sharing that promote success across academic (K-12 and Higher Education), careers, entrepreneurship, workforce development, sustainability of the planet, and quality of life domains.   EDSN’s OER programs use valuable experiences of “Retired” and “adjunct” professionals in important roles for academic tutoring centers, apprenticeship programs, technical skills training, and workforce development.

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We are administrators of local intergenerational and interdisciplinary education centers.   EDSN neighborhood PlexLearning centers coalesce around accumulated personal knowledge artifacts to make learners feel more welcoming and affirmed about life-long continuous learning.   We enable high quality education and training to take place in communities where people live, work, play.   Program curriculums integrate participants’ experiences, self-evaluations, motivation to learn, and neighborhood journalism, with entrepreneurial ambitions.   These affirming ways help local SICs manage predatory agency, competing interests, financial entrapment, and chronic hopelessness whether real or imagined.

We manage PlexLearning technology partnerships that enable economic and quality of life development in local communities.

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We are local entrepreneurial philanthropists.   Our SICs groups act as stewards of indigenous collective knowledge in their local communities for building storytelling capacity, food security, biodiversity, and nurturing hopeful ambitions.   As local stewards, SICs coordinate long-term infrastructure projects in urban neighborhood and rural village communities such as green spaces, clean water, food security, and safe paly grounds for children.

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We are more successful working together.   The EDSN association is greater than the sum of each SIC member.   Our association of local autonomous SIC groups make their RPPs more impactful than if they were working separately.   Membership benefits include programs for: effective governance; financial education; management of local trust-fund programs, intellectual property awareness; continuous learning; and successful business ownership.   Together we have collective capacity to be more successful in technical training, food security, supply chain management, clean water, manufacturing, Information Technology Services (ITS), marketing, social agency, research, and development.