21st Century Learning Initiative
The 21st Century Learning Initiative's essential purpose is to facilitate the emergence of new approaches to learning that draw upon a range of insights into the human brain, the functioning of human societies, and learning as a community-wide activity. We believe this will release human potential in ways that nurture and form local democratic communities worldwide, and will help reclaim and sustain a world supportive of human endeavor.
The 21st Century Learning Initiative was established in 1995 by a group of English and American businessmen and organizations to make sense of research on learning and learning processes that were fragmented in many different disciplines, and embedded in many different universities, research institutions and businesses around the world.
It has now reached the stage where it is offering training programs to organizations and groups in the United Kingdom and Canada.
The Initiative believes that the more that is discovered about how the brain works and the various motives which drive human behaviour , the more we are convinced that education has to be about much more than intellectual development, and that learning and schooling are certainly not necessarily synonymous. What politicians and commentators in many lands describe as being "a crisis in schools" is, we believe, better understood as a crisis in society's commitment to young people. All this is aggravated by a materialistic agenda that degrades the spiritual needs of individuals and nations to the single minded drive towards economic profitability.
The Initiative grew out of the work of the Education 2000 trust established in the UK in 1983. For four years the Initiative was based in Washington DC, and its work focused on conferences held at Wingspread in Wisconsin which involved some 60 researchers, policy makers, and practitioners from 14 countries. The Initiative established one of the first major web sites on learning to be set up on the internet. This enabled it to grow rapidly as a "virtual" organisation, frequently being quoted as source material on University degree courses, in PhD theses, in policy papers issued by government agencies, and in speeches made by educational and community leaders.
The message of the Initiative's has been encapsulated in the titles of three of the presentations, which have been widely adopted by many other organisations and interest groups. These are; "Battery Hens, or Free Range Chickens: What Kind of Education for What Kind of World?", "Reversing an Upside Down and Inside Out System of Education", and "Over schooled and Undereducated - getting the balance right." The Initiative is constantly adding to its knowledge base by synthesising the emerging findings from a variety of disciplines and social programmes concerned with human learning, and the building of sustainable community as a support for human endeavour. This synthesis is published from time to time in various articles, books, and broadcasts.
Most obvious are the numerous speeches, workshops, and training programmes that are delivered each year in various parts of the world. Plans are being made to establish an Initiative for the Study of Human Learning, Values, Ethics, and Community Development. This web site is the reference source for all this activity, as well as the network which holds together the interests and enthusiasm of many thousands of people in many different countries. The web site has been designed so as to be useful to those unfamiliar with these ideas (or unfamiliar with the best ways of using web sites), as well as for those who are anxious to cut straight to some of the primary research on which all this is based.
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