Who We Are
The EDSN Foundation is an association of nonprofit neighborhood, and rural village, organizations that promote local economic and quality of life development through PlexLearning technology. This association helps local Shared Interest Community (SIC) groups think for themselves, and establish trusted partnerships, that enable them to solve economic and quality of life problems they view as important. These complex problems involve becoming better neighbors for peaceful and sustainable coexistence based on situations in which SICs find themselves in our global village.
We are your neighbors who believe PlexLearning is an effective digital communication and multi-dimensional education delivery system for the creation, exchange, management, and use of knowledge. PlexLearning affirms diversity in ownership, engineering, and maintenance of knowledge apps and avatars which are based on accumulated artifacts from personal learning experiences and related metadata.
We are promoters of personalized knowledge apps and avatars for, among other things, entrepreneurship, Research to Practice Partnerships (RPP) community engagement, deeply collaborative problem solving, equitable access to technology, diverse workforce development, open knowledge propagation, and intergenerational continuous learning.
We are an Education for Development and Support Network (EDSN). Our local long-term community RPP engagements programs are supported by private, academic, and government sectors. We make privileges technology offers accessible to everyone and help manage risks open technologies bring to neighborhood and rural village communities. Our PlexLearning partnership programs bridge gaps between formal education, informal learning, meaningful careers, purposeful lives, workforce and quality-of-life development.
We are local Open Source Knowledge and technology evangelists. We enable meaningful and deeply collaborative neighborhood dialogues that coalesce around accumulated PlexLearning artifacts, proximal learning, retention improving, and cost-sharing programs for success across academic, career, and entrepreneurship domains. Our use of opensource teaching and learning curriculums material enable our programs to be welcoming and accessible. We promote continuous intergenerational learning and sharing of practical knowledge for reverse engineering, and maintaining, personal knowledge artifacts. Our programs integrate participants’ experiences, self-evaluations, motivation, neighborhood journalism, and entrepreneurial ambitions in affirming ways for managing predatory agency, financial entrapment, and chronic hopelessness whether real or imagined.
We are your neighborhood opensource technology assistant centers. We aim to reduce “the technology gap” by allowing people at different stages of life and career feel welcomed and affirmed to stay relevant, hopeful, and purposefully engaged with their local neighborhood communities. We provide affordable access to, and assistance with, commercial-level technologies for high-demand skills development. Our programs coalesce around helping people visualize and showcase personal artifacts that represent their technical competencies and useful entrepreneurship skills for local economic and quality of life development.
We are your local PlexLearning RPP network agents. We provide one-on-one assistant to reduce financial helplessness and social marginalization. The PlexLearning framework is a hybrid of machine learning and education methodologies that marshal the agency of personal knowledge artifacts and indigenous social networks as authorized actors on behalf of their principals (learners). PlexLearning component methods, delivery systems, analytics processes and tools are collectively called PlexLearning education.
We are stewards of local indigenous collective knowledge, ways of doing, storytelling, and hopeful ambitions community groups view as important. EDSN blends entrepreneurial philanthropy and PlexLearning education to enable small neighborhood community groups articulate what is important in the situations which they find themselves. As stewards, we provide access to best practices that help people in neighborhood and rural village communities thrive as they navigate ebbs and flows from changing social circumstances, new markets, and competing interests. The EDSN association provides benefits that make these groups more effective than if they were working separately. These benefits include effective governance, financial education, intellectual property awareness, business ownership, and collective capacity building in areas of technical training, project management, manufacturing, ITS assistance, marketing, social agency, research, and development.