Who We Are

EDSN advances safe and inclusive neighborhood community environments that inspire hopeful ambitions.

EDSN is an association of non-profit PlexLearning and Research to Practice Partnerships (RPP).   As an association of shared interest partnerships, together we advance selected place-based socioeconomic infrastructure programs more effectively than working alone.   The association promotes participatory parity and socioeconomic equity in shared governance among small neighborhood groups whose worlds are rapidly being transformed.   Our PlexLearning, technical, and lifestyle education programs affirm intergenerational, interdisciplinary, and continuous learning mindsets among small groups of motivated individuals.   PlexLearning lifestyle programs remove barriers, fill gaps, and build bridges between formal education, informal learning, entrepreneurship, and career management.   These programs also enable participants to navigate predatory and competing interests towards local equitable, academic, workforce, economic, and quality of life developments both in rural village and urban neighborhood communities.

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PlexLearning is used to marshal communication affordances in digital societies.   Communication with PlexLearning involves, among other things, education, schooling, shared governance, development, and community engagement for workforce, economic and quality of life arrangements.   Plexlearning presumes that digital societies afford unique forms of social constructs (ways of knowing and doing) in the creation, conveyance, governance, management, politics, and use of knowledge.   These distinct forms of digitally aided “literacy and intelligence” are called PlexKnowledge.   Sociocultural processes and infrastructures for supporting PlexKnowledge are collectively called PlexLearning.   For example, play is a uniquely distinct non-procedural taxonomy of learning in PlexLearning.

PlexLearning also presumes that digital society affordances contribute to rapid and often uneven sociocultural and economic changes.   To mitigate ensuing rapid transformations in both rural village and urban neighborhood communities, EDSN integrates PlexLearning into its Research to Practice programs that help people achieve equity, participatory parity, and quality-of-life development.

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We are a common Research to Practice agency for local Shared Interest Community (SIC) groups.   We help selected SIC groups of individuals participate in the transformation of their worlds.   Intern, SIC groups help people think for themselves through a shared culture of deep dialogues, proximal learning, digital literacy, purposefully lives, trusted partnerships, and active engagement in local governance.   Active engagement involves navigating complex challenges and situations in which people find themselves in the global village.   These situations include, but not limited to, access to clean water, managing chronic mistrust, and ability to produce healthy foods, in their efforts to survive, thrive, and become better neighbors towards peaceful, and sustainable coexistence.

Our PlexLearning programs enable local green spaces and food security projects.

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We are an Education for Development and Support Network (EDSN).   Support for our community engagement and Research to Practice Partnerships (RPP) comes from diverse private, academic, and government sectors.   EDSN strives to make privileges, immunities, and knowledge afforded by digital technology equitable for everyone, including those faced with barriers (real or imagined) created by self-interests, unquestioned values, different ways of knowing, prejudicial beliefs, and siloed boundaries of protected privilege.   We presume, purposeful diversity and participatory parity in sharing privileges technology offers, increases our ability to manage unforeseen risks technology brings to urban neighborhood and rural village communities.

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We are a network of enablers to Open Educational Resources (OER).   Our network fills gaps in socioeconomic infrastructures that integrate personalized life-long Universal Design for Learning with perseveration of accumulated knowledge with neighborhood libraries.   This infrastructure supports affordable access to proximal learning in trusted spaces that encourages preservation of shared collective intelligence, in diverse formats, for the stewardship of a sustainably planet.   Our cost sharing network programs promote success across academic (K-12 and Higher Education), career management, economic, entrepreneurship, workforce development, and quality of life domains.   Our OER programs integrate the valuable experiences of “Retired” and “adjunct” professionals with important roles in career management centers, apprenticeship, technical skills, and workforce development programs.

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We are administrators of local intergenerational and interdisciplinary education centers.   EDSN neighborhood PlexLearning centers coalesce around accumulated personal knowledge artifacts to make learners feel more welcoming and affirmed about life-long continuous learning.   We enable high quality education and training to take place in communities where people live, work, play.   Program curriculums integrate participants’ experiences, self-evaluations, motivation to learn, and neighborhood journalism, with entrepreneurial ambitions.   These affirming ways help local SICs manage predatory agency, competing interests, financial entrapment, and chronic hopelessness whether real or imagined.

We manage PlexLearning technology partnerships that enable economic and quality of life development in local communities.

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We are local entrepreneurial philanthropists.   Our SICs groups act as stewards of indigenous collective knowledge in their local communities for building storytelling capacity, food security, biodiversity, and nurturing hopeful ambitions.   As local stewards, SICs coordinate long-term infrastructure projects in urban neighborhood and rural village communities such as green spaces, clean water, food security, and safe paly grounds for children.

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We are more successful working together.   The EDSN association is greater than the sum of each SIC member.   Our association of local autonomous SIC groups make their RPPs more impactful than if they were working separately.   Membership benefits include programs for: effective governance; financial education; management of local trust-fund programs, intellectual property awareness; continuous learning; and successful business ownership.   Together we have collective capacity to be more successful in technical training, food security, supply chain management, clean water, manufacturing, Information Technology Services (ITS), marketing, social agency, research, and development.