How we Work
The Education for Development and Support Network (EDSN) is an association of PlexLearning Research-to-Practice-Partnerships (RPP) for long-term community engagements that bridge workforce quality-of-life development gaps between formal education, Informal Learning, and meaningful vocations.
Highly motivated Neighborhood Shared Interest Community groups (SIC) and Research-to-Practice-Partners apply to become autonomous association members in support of EDSN’s mission. SIC groups are governed by their local boards of directors. Association membership is governed by EDSN’s by-laws. Membership allows EDSN to provide third-party oversight, capacity and social agency to ensure effective collaborations and Research-to-Practice-Partnerships.
Members benefit helps to cultivate cost-sharing Entrepreneurial Philanthropy mindsets that are continuously seeking enterprising approaches to charitable programs and workforce quality-of-life developments the interests of local neighborhood communities.
Membership in EDSN also enables long-term collaboration, access to scaffolding services, and capacity to jumpstart and shepherd projects to sustainability that neighborhood group view as important. We approach the economics of long-term community engagement and education for development “as if people in local neighborhood villages, and what they view as important, mattered.” Engagement involves, but not limited to, enabling groups to: access resources through cost-sharing; manage predatory agency; minimize chronic economic entrapment; and adjudicate hostile prejudices.
Collaboration between EDSN and Research-to-Practice-Partners go beyond donations, grants, and other forms of charitable-giving. EDSN’s partners are active investors in long-term community engagement, measurable and sustainable workforce quality-of-life developments. Partnership with EDSN allow schools, universities, businesses, government agencies, other organizations to have long-term and impactful engagement with local neighborhood community in ways generally not feasible if approached unilaterally.
Annual membership contributions, trust fund revenue, trustee donations, research and development grants are used to further EDSN’s mission.