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.

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 a framework for purposeful, continuous and lifelong education (creation, transfer, and use of knowledge) in artificial intelligence enabled societies.
The PlexLearning framework is a hybrid of machine learning and blockchain education methodologies which use  technology to marshal digital ledgers and personal knowledge artifacts as authorized actors on behalf of their principals (learners) in the creation, transmission, and use of knowledge.
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.
PlexLearning education creates, transmits, and uses knowledge to fill personal workforce quality-of-life development gaps in our continuous, and enterprising, struggles toward purposeful lives, becoming better neighbors, and responsible stewards of environments in which we find ourselves.
From the individual learner’s view, PlexLearning is a systemic framework that converge K-12 and Higher 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.