Who We Are

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

EDSN is a non-profit association of PlexLearning and Research to Practice Partnerships (RPP).   The association of shared interest partnerships advances place-based economic, intergenerational, interdisciplinary, shared governance, and life-style education programs for navigating rapid socioeconomic changes in local community.   EDSN’s PlexLearning programs remove barriers, fill gaps, and create bridges, between formal education, informal learning, career management, professional interests, property stewardship (intellectual and physical), and entrepreneurship while advancing the protection of the planet for equitable academic, workforce, economic, and quality of life developments in local neighborhood communities.

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PlexLearning is a digital social construct for communication, education, shared governance, community engagement, workforce arrangements, among others.   Plexlearning presumes the creation, conveyance, governance, and use of knowledge in digital societies afford unique forms of social constructs including “literacy,” ways of knowing and 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.   One distinct form of digital knowledge in PlexLearning is Play which is recognized as a non-procedural taxonomy of learning.   EDSN presume digital affordances contribute to rapid and often uneven societal changes.   To address these issues, intelligent socio-digital utility systems platform, like Plexlearning, are used 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 based on situations in which people find themselves in our global village, such as access to clean drinking water and ability to produce healthy foods,   in their efforts to become better neighbors of for 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 engagement centers.   EDSN neighborhood centers coalesce around accumulated personal knowledge artifacts to make learners feel more welcoming and accessible to life-long continuous learning.   Program curriculums integrate participants’ experiences, self-evaluations, motivation to learn, and neighborhood journalism, with entrepreneurial ambitions, in affirming ways, that 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 a network of local entrepreneurial philanthropists.   Our SICs groups act as stewards of indigenous collective knowledge in their local communities, storytelling capacity building, 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 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 independent SIC groups make their RPPs more impactful than if they were working separately.   Membership benefits include programs for: effective governance; financial education; 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.