Who We Are

EDSN is a nonprofit, nonpartisan association of neighborhood Shared Interest Community (SIC) groups that empowers people with technology to think for themselves in becoming better neighbors toward peace: safe and sustainable environments for all human flourishing.

We are an Education for Development and Support Network (EDSN) of partnerships with SIC-groups, private, academic, and government sectors.   We manage PlexLearning partnerships to bridge gaps between formal education, informal learning, meaningful careers, and purposeful lives.   These gaps include, but not limited to, entrepreneurial philanthropy, self-discipline, meaningful community engagements toward workforce, career, and quality-of-life development.

We are managers of neighborhood trusted spaces with programs for deeply collaborative dialogues, proximal learning, cost-sharing and PlexLearning skills training that improve retention across academic, career, and entrepreneurship domains.   We are developers of welcoming curriculums that integrate participants’ experiences, self-evaluations, motivation, and entrepreneurial ambitions 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 (AI) 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, hopeful, 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.