Who We Are

The Education for Development and Support Network (EDSN), is an association of cost sharing Research-to-Practice-Partnerships (RPP) for using Intelligent Technologies (IT) programs to bridge personal gaps between formal education, Informal Learning, Life and Living.   We view education as the creation, transmission, and use of knowledge in continuous, and enterprising, struggles toward living purposeful lives and becoming better neighbors.

We are managers of trusted spaces for jumpstarting, and shepherding RPP programs to sustainability.   Our programs promote deeply collaborative dialogues with learning analytics for personal education development, reinvestment, continuous improvement, and community engagement towards long-term economic value.

We are local networks of technical program centers specializing in open-source and open data development.   Our peer reviewed programs are designed for promoting a culture of technical and enterprising education that advances long-term economic interests and quality of life of local neighborhood communities.   EDSN’s neighborhood RPP program centers enable people at different stages of life, career, and vocation to stay productively engaged in life-long partnerships with their local communities.

We are facilitators of neighborhood gateway PlexLearning programs.   PlexLearning is an education methodology for using digital artifacts and data sciences to marshal Intelligent Technologies (IT) as authorized actors in the creation, conveyance, and use of knowledge with learners as their principals.   PlexLearning component methods, delivery systems, processes and tools are collectively called PlexLearning education.

We are hubs for local neighborhood entrepreneurial philanthropy.   Our trusted spaces and RPP programs allow small neighborhood SIC groups to coalesce around important development issues, (reinvestment, continuous improvement, cost sharing resources, and long-term economic opportunities) not available if group members were working separately.   Benefits from these centers include access to: marketing; purchasing; social agency; proximal learning; and professional oversight resources.   Group benefits also include development of effective governance and local leadership for, among other functions, managing collective protection against what neighborhood SIC communities view as predatory agency, economic entrapment, and hostile prejudices.

You can do better with EDSN…

If you or someone you know is highly motivated about using Intelligent Technologies (IT) to bridge gaps between formal education, Informal Learning, Life and Living, then contact us to learn how EDSN could be an effective cost-sharing Research-to-Practice-Partner (RPP) for your neighborhood group, local organization, or business.

(1) Gateway programs to higher education, careers, and vocations;

(2) Financial education, application and support program;

(3) Food security and diversity program;

(4) Community engagement Internships & fellow programs;

(5) Entrepreneurial philanthropy and cost-sharing programs;

(6) Cultural and environmental awareness programs.

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PlexLearning is an education methodology for using learning artifacts and data sciences to marshal Intelligent Technologies (IT) as authorized actors in the creation, conveyance, and use of knowledge with individual learners as their principals.

The PlexLearning enterprise of component methods, learning analytics, infrastructure, delivery systems, philosophy, ways of knowing, processes, learner agents and tools are collectively referred to as PlexLearning education.

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.