Pledge from June 22nd to help seed an Agile Learning network on Evia Island, in Greece and across Europe. Ready, set, pledge! http://bit.ly/2r0NLoo
Nature Play is ready to become Europe’s first Agile Learning Community (ALC). We’re seeking to catalyse an Agile Learning ecosystem on North Evia by hosting ALF Summer Europe: the first ever Agile Learning Facilitators (ALF) training on the European continent.
To make this happen we need your help!
Your pledges will:
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Here’s Bear giving a TEDx on Agile Learning
This Agile Learning Facilitators Training is a co-creative, experiential training and incubator for a network of self-directed education projects in Europe.
It is for social entrepreneurs and change-makers who want to create learning spaces (like schools and homeschool groups) that put Intentional Culture Creation, Self-Directed Education and Self-Organisation into practice.
The retreat is also directed at parents, teachers, facilitators of children’s activities and education enthusiasts who are looking for radical and practical ways to transform education at home and in the world.
ALF Summer Europe is being co-produced by a diverse and global team!
Nature Play ALC is an Agile Learning ecosystem in the making located on the Aegean island region of North Evia in Central Greece. We’re learning from the exponentially growing ALC model in the USA to help nurture a distributed network of Agile Learning Communities in our region, in wider Greece and across Europe.
We’re already directing ourselves all the time. Everything we do is a choice. Conscious or unconscious, every individual is always in the driver’s seat of their life, their experience. What if we raised kids knowing this? What if we raised kids to pilot their lives on their own?
— Bear, Agile Learning Facilitator.
Specifically, we’re building momentum towards a diverse offering of activities and experiences for children and young people in the municipality of Limni-Mandouthi-Agia Anna on Evia island. Initially these will include:
We hope to make Nature Play ALC accessible to local children by adopting a complementary rather than confrontational approach, and also affordable to everyone - including the island’s refugee community - by making our programmes attractive to tourists and then actively cross-subsidising our offerings to local children. We intend to play to our environment’s strengths by embracing the opportunities for oversees educators and volunteers to join us in this co-learning adventure of a lifetime, whether on short or long term placements.
Something is stirring in the hearts and minds of three young families in love with their children and natural surroundings on Evia Island in Central Greece. Inspired by the exponential growth of Agile Learning Centres in the USA, we’re holding an intention to help cultivate a vibrant and colourful social movement behind self-directed educational models in Greece — a land where homeschooling is illegal and the state curriculum is compulsory.
— Marcus, Nature Play co-founder.
We believe that Agile Learning Centers offers a flexible and iterative approach to self-directed education that could inspire a cascade of disruptive innovation in the coming years as pressure on an underfunded and outmoded school system continues to grow.
We’re dreaming of a distributed educational cooperative for agile learners of all ages, from pre-schools and youth clubs to summer camps and innovation labs, starting with Nature Play ALC as a regional hub. We envision ALF Summer Europe to be a new beginning for young people on Evia Island — and potentially the catalyst to a brighter and more beautiful future for children all over Greece.
Framing Nature Play as Europe’s first ever Agile Learning Centre is a key part of our wholehearted response to a convergence of crises in Greece, the EU and across the world. We hope to apply best practice in agile learning and regenerative culture design to our specific locality of North Evia; a political and cultural context where a vivid, lived experience of crises converging has become a daily shared reality.
By holding space for our children to learn and grow in a self-directed way — supported by an intentional culture and agile management tools — Nature Play will offer people and projects on North Evia an opportunity to connect the dots between important questions rarely or never posed in public spaces. We hope one complete story will gradually emerge; a common vision and strategy — or “place DNA” — for the regenerative development of this unique and abundant bioregion. This symbiosis of people and place is our passion, because we know that only together can we learn how a new way of living and working together is possible.
The Aegean island region of North Evia is a fertile and biodiverse paradise of mountains and beaches between 2 and 3 hours outside Athens by car. We’ve got plenty of friends on Evia island who share our passion for self-directed learning and intentional culture creation; friends who have generously pledged access to a diversity of spaces which can host Nature Play ALC sessions from September 2017.
Spaces which we'd like to access include:
With the above in mind, our vision is to develop a distributed ALC model which coordinates activities in a diversity of dedicated and pop-up venues, reaching across an entire local municipality in scale.
Our bigger picture mission is to transform Evia into a leading European destination for regenerative culture design and applied social economics. In our hearts and minds, this vision and strategy begins and ends with self-directed learning and intentional culture creation. That’s why we’re building and planting this new story on a foundation of agile principles and practices.
We’ve observed the ALC model growing exponentially in the USA, and we’re stoked to be bringing this model to Europe. We hope that our innovative take on this approach will lead to even further replication and adaptation in a land where an archaic state curriculum is compulsory, and private universities have been illegal since 1970.
Thanks for reading, we hope you’ve been moved to support our campaign. If you’d like to make a difference today, right now, here’s how…
When? Friday July 28th — Saturday August 5th 2017
Where? Stagones eco camp, Evia Island
Join us for Europe’s first ever ALF Summer co-learning intensive, in 2017 and beyond!
Register your interest at http://transformevia.com/alf-summer or jump into this conversation by commenting below. And if you like our story, please share it with like-minded friends and family!
Email Marcus Letts on firstname.lastname@example.org
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