What We Do

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.

We manage a network of long-term community engagement programs and Research-to-Practice-Partnerships for workforce quality-of-life development.   Our programs provide individualized PlexLearning development opportunities for highly motivated local neighborhood Share Interest Community (SIC) groups.   SICs coalesce around workforce quality-of-life development issues they view as important, and which may not be available, or as effective, if group members were working separately.

From the view of the individual, EDSN provides a practical framework for lifelong learning, workforce quality-of-life development, and PlexLearning which is a systemic convergence of K-12 and Higher Education.

Programs offerings in our neighborhood community engagement network includes:

Community engagement and work-study internships that bridge personal workforce quality-of-life development gaps between formal education, Informal Learning, and meaningful vocations.

Research to Practice Partnership and Fellow-in-Residence programs with local schools, universities, businesses, government agencies, and organizations in ways that give people relevance in their neighborhood community, improve academic success-rate, stimulate career growth and business development.

Gate-way, bridge, and retention programs for technical certification, business start-up incubation, professional development, and higher education.

Entrepreneurial philanthropy programs to jumpstart and shepherd selected shared interest group projects to sustainability.

PlexLearning computer labs in trusted and affirming neighborhood spaces.   These labs provide affordable access to education and workforce development applications in appropriate formats and flexible schedules.

Support for converting tangible and intangible cultural assets and shared interests (i.e. love of sports, horticulture, animals, history, functional literacy, community development, and local food security) into long-term quality of life and socioeconomic value.

Library of well documented, high-quality, peer-reviewed open source applications for proximal learning, ongoing research and development.   The library also an enabling showcase of technical skills to potential customers and employers.
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.