For the Love of Learning Episode #97
Thriving Learning Communities
A possible future for collaborative communities / societies
Monday March 20, 2017, 9pm-11pm EST
Tuesday March 20, 2017, 1am-3am GMT
Special Guest Host:
Thriving Learning Communities -Possible futures for collaborative communities / societies
The development and maturity of independent learning communities created for homeschoolers heralds more than just a gathering place for groups of homeschoolers or alternative learners to come together in regional areas. Do these centres potentially hold the key to the small collaborative communities of the future?
While the world hurls towards a belief in the inevitability of Globalism and The World State, there are growing ranks amongst anthropologists and futurists who believe that it will be the micro-communities of the future that will present the most viable and effective ways to solve economic dependencies, which will only be exacerbated by the reduction in the need for a human workforce. We speak with key and leading proponents of independent learning communities throughout the UK, USA, Canada and Australia to get their first hand experiences of the potential of such groups, how such groups evolve and whether our guest feel and can see that the collaborative, independent learning going on in their communities, has the momentum to carry beyond the experience of the so called schooling years and extend to a fertile collaborative testing ground for the meaningful ventures of the future. Are these learning communities the ones that will create the seed for these new ventures, which will not only add to the quality of life of their children, but have a purposeful need and assist in the creation of societies that are built on happiness, health and well being as their profitable ventures? Are Collaborative Independent Learning Communities the litmus test and proving grounds of sorts to support the theory that collaboration and not competition are the most productive, creative and effective ways for humanity to move forward? This is what we will discuss and explore in tonight’s panel.
Sonya Olthof is the mother of two boys who are homeschooled. She is also the founder and coordinator at Centre Communidée, a bi-lingual community centre for homeschooling families in Montreal Canada. Centre Communidée is also part of a hub of learning that is open to the families of homeschoolers, incorporating Atelier Communidée, which is a community workshop for families with children 7+ and individual artists looking to work in a collaborative space. The environment is set up with basic woodworking tools, a pottery wheel and kiln, several sewing machines, a knitting machine, a small loom, and various supplies and treasures aimed to inspire building and fixing projects. The Group participates in a large variety of activities both indoor and in nature and engages in a multi-generational approach to community based learning and living.
Special Guest Host:
Bringing projects to life that touch people and create meaning in their lives is a passion for George!
George Kaponay, is a dedicated explorer, social entrepreneur and life learner who along with his wife Bobi and their twin children, daughter, Réka and son, Lalika, have been traveling the world since 2011 on a journey of learning and discovery, which has seen them visit 32 countries on six continents. Committed to experiencing life together, George and his wife Bobi made the decision to take their children out of the traditional schooling system over six years ago and have not looked back. The entire family is committed to a life of learning together, while traveling and embracing change as a constant inspiration for their growth and development.
In 2016 they are engaging on a tour of the UK and USA to promote their 15 year old daughter’s debut novel Dawn of the Guardian which was released earlier in the year. George and Bobi are also shortly launching their Labour of Love Incubation Program (www.labouroflove.us), designed to provide a face-to-face, live working forum, intended to assist people, families and groups to find, define. launch and bring to fruition their very own Labour of Love pursuit.
This episode is produced by George Kaponay
Episode hosted by George Kaponay
As always, you can find out more about your host, Lainie Liberti at her website RaisingMiro.com and the alternative education & world schooling project she runs with her teen son at: ProjectWorldSchool.com. You can also connect with her on twitter @ilainie & facebook.
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