How we Work

Neighborhood SIC groups are welcomed to apply for membership in the EDSN association.   In response to the application, a local EDSN representative will meet with the group and guide them through the process of becoming a member of the EDSN association.   Association membership is governed by EDSN’s by-laws and beings related rights, privileges, and responsibilities.

During the application process each SIC group will select community service programs that best serve their needs.   EDSN in partnership with private, academic, and government sectors provide opportunities for local SICs groups, through community service programs, to create a culture of continuous which involves proximal learning and micro retooling relevant skills with high quality opensource technology that complements or expands local neighborhood programs.

Community service programs are maintained by neighborhood SICs.   In these programs people at different stages of life and career are welcomed and affirmed to stay relevant, hopeful, and purposefully engaged with their local neighborhood communities.   There are four basic categories of program participants.   Interns serve to gain experience.  Fellows bring expertise to local development.   Neighborhood journalists articulate local experiences, ambitions and report on oversight issues, while PlexLearning evangelists provide marketing services and showcase local neighborhood entrepreneurship and development opportunities.

Community service programs are supported by local cost-sharing SIC-groups (starting at $20 per-month).   A basic neighborhood program requires at least twenty (20) sponsors and cost about $5,000 per year (including staff-intern stipend: 2-hrs. or $50 per-wk.).   Evangelists get 15% of contributions they generate for programs, Neighborhood journalists start at $0.15 per word for published articles with 20% residual income, and visiting fellows are self-supporting.

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.